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November 17, 2009 A continuation of the conversation about school choice and school improvement begun at Vanderbilt University’s recent National Center on School Choice Conference.
November 12, 2009 A lively discussion of teacher social networking and its role in teacher learning and career satisfaction, and for suggestions on getting the most out of online collaboration.
November 3, 2009 Psychologists Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams, authors of The Mathematics of Sex, discuss why gender gaps remain at the highest levels of mathematics and science careers, even as girls seem to have caught up with boys in those subjects.
October 22, 2009 As state and federal education policies play an increasingly large role in K-12 education decisionmaking are local school boards becoming obsolete? Or are they an essential part of the American system of K-12 education?
October 13, 2009 According to a recent survey by MetLife Inc., nearly half of all teachers say their students’ learning abilities are so varied that they can’t teach effectively. What tools and skills do teachers need to improve classroom management in diverse settings?
September 29, 2009 – Education Week
  Forty-seven states have joined a national effort to adopt common academic standards in math and language arts—work that’s being led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. But if previous attempts to get states to adopt common standards are any indication, challenges loom ahead.
September 15, 2009 – Education Week
  In response to research showing a connection between parental involvement and student achievement, districts nationwide have launched initiatives to increase community engagement with schools. Yet many schools find it difficult to sustain parent involvement beyond the parent-teacher conference.
September 10, 2009 – Education Week
  Many schools districts are at a loss on how to best educate long-term English-language learners. Kate Menken, an assistant professor of linguistics at the City University of New York, answered questions about what she’s learned during three years of researching long-term ELLs in New York City. The study also included an intervention in two high schools with long-term ELLs that is showing promising results.
September 3, 2009 – Education Week
  More educators are considering the use of mobile devices in the classroom, but some critics feel such devices are more of a distraction or annoyance than a learning tool.
August 27, 2009 – Education Week
  Students in early grades have made steady progress in math, but high school students’ test scores remain mostly flat. Why are students’ scores stagnating in the upper grades?
August 18, 2009 – Education Week
  Two veteran district leaders—Superintendents Jerry D. Weast and Beverly L. Hall— answered questions about the keys to their success.
August 6, 2009 – Education Week
  While interest in programs that put computing devices in the hands of all students and teachers seems to be rising, the financial and logistical challenges of starting and sustaining one-to-one computing efforts are significant.
July 16, 2009 – Education Week
  Green computing methods can be good for the environment, but they can also be good for the bottom line.
July 9, 2009 – Education Week
  The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to prepare students for life after 12th grade. Two experts answered questions about what a good transition plan includes, and what administrators should keep in mind while coordinating postsecondary transitions.
June 30, 2009 – Education Week
June 23, 2009 – Education Week
June 9, 2009 – Education Week
May 28, 2009 – Education Week
May 26, 2009 – Education Week
May 19, 2009 – Education Week (Web)
May 15, 2009 – Teacher (Web)
May 5, 2009 – Education Week (Web)
May 1, 2009 – Education Week

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