December 19, 2007

Education Week, Vol. 27, Issue 16
Education Funding Philanthropies Launch Teacher-Training Fellowships
The $17 million program is described as a “Rhodes scholarship” for teaching.
Vaishali Honawar, December 19, 2007
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Teaching Profession Report Roundup Student Motivation
Motivating students is a key element of effective teaching that is largely dependent on the teacher, concludes a position paper.
Katie Ash, December 18, 2007
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Federal Report Roundup School Breakfast
About 8.1 million low-income children participated in the federal school breakfast program in the 2006-07 school year, an increase of 5 percent over the prior school year, but still a lower participation rate than it should be, concludes an analysis.
Christina A. Samuels, December 18, 2007
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Curriculum Report Roundup Academic Achievement
Low proficiency rates on national assessments, for example, do not spell the failure that many observers claim, says a study.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, December 18, 2007
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Ed-Tech Policy Report Roundup Online Learning
A new guidebook by the U.S. Department Education’s office of innovation and improvement explores the benefits of using online courses to deliver advanced content for secondary school students.
Andrew Trotter, December 18, 2007
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Education Report Roundup Providing State Pre-K in Child-Care Centers
In New Mexico, child-care centers are required to provide services such as health screenings and parent gatherings for pre-K students, but those centers aren’t paid for by the state.
Linda Jacobson, December 18, 2007
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Student Well-Being Social-Skills Programs Found to Yield Gains in Academic Subjects
A forthcoming research review analyzes school-based programs designed to foster children’s social and emotional skills.
Debra Viadero, December 18, 2007
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Teaching Profession News in Brief Tracking Teacher Compensation
The National Education Association reported last week that the average percentage change in teachers’ salaries from the 2004-05 to the 2005-06 school year was 2.9 percent.
December 18, 2007
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School Choice & Charters News in Brief Whittle Aims to Open Private Schools With International Theme, Locations
Edison Schools Inc. founder Christopher Whittle hopes to convert a 35-acre property in suburban Washington into a private school to help jump-start his latest venture: a globe-spanning network of private schools.
December 18, 2007
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Education Book Review New in Print
The highs and lows of teaching, religion in secondary schools, summer opportunities for teens, and more.
December 18, 2007
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Federal Space Agency Urged to Step Up K-12 Education Projects
The report by the National Research Council says that NASA lacks a coherent overall plan—or adequate budget—for evaluating its elementary and secondary projects.
Andrew Trotter, December 18, 2007
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School Choice & Charters Rhode Island Coalition Aims to Start Network of Regional Charters
If Rhode Island town leaders have their way, they’ll ditch public education’s current bureaucracy and start over with a clean slate.
Scott J. Cech, December 18, 2007
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Federal Commentary Why We Need to Save (and Strengthen) Social Studies
Judith L. Pace examines how the "social studies squeeze" disproportionately affects students in the lowest-performing schools.
Judith L. Pace, December 18, 2007
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Education Funding 2008 Budget for Education Awaits Outcome of Tussles
Federal lawmakers and the Bush administration were still working late last week on final details of a package of bills that would fund programs in the Department of Education.
Alyson Klein, December 18, 2007
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Accountability Commentary Accounting Is Not Accountability
Norm Fruchter asks: Can school improvement result from audit efforts?
Norm Fruchter, December 18, 2007
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School & District Management Minneapolis Aims at New Start for District
The system has been struggling in the past few years with low student achievement, declining enrollment, money shortages, and frequent leadership changes.
Catherine Gewertz, December 18, 2007
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NEW IDEAS: Technology innovators look for “angels” in the school market.
NEW IDEAS: Technology innovators look for “angels” in the school market.
Courtesy of ArchieMD Inc.
Classroom Technology Software Group Aims to Help Ed. Tech. Startups Grow
A software group recently highlighted fledgling educational technology “innovations” at a New York City gathering designed to help their developers connect with potential backers.
Andrew Trotter, December 18, 2007
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Infrastructure Online Profiles a Factor in College Admissions
Applicants use new Web tools to sell themselves, as some colleges scan students’ social networks.
Scott J. Cech, December 18, 2007
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Teacher Preparation Reports Renew Debate Over Alternative Preparation
Only half the teachers in high-needs schools trained via alternative routes said they were prepared for the first year of teaching, according to survey findings.
Vaishali Honawar, December 18, 2007
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Student Well-Being NFL Effort Builds Middle School Football Programs
Since it was launched in 1998, the NFL’s Junior Player Development program has grown to serve more than 21,000 middle school boys at 160 sites nationwide, for free.
Katie Ash, December 18, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor N.Y.C. Reforms Rely on ‘Insecurity and Fearfulness’
That your article’s author and I should travel around to city schools and discover such different systems is thought-provoking.
December 18, 2007
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Federal ‘Growth Models’ Gaining in Accountability Debate
As the U.S. Department of Education opens the alternative measuring stick to all states, some educators call for the models to take center stage under a renewed No Child Left Behind Act.
David J. Hoff, December 18, 2007
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Federal Impact Is Slight for Early States Using ‘Growth’
Growth models don’t appear to be making a big difference in the proportion of schools meeting annual goals under the No Child Left Behind Act, a new analysis concludes.
Alyson Klein, December 18, 2007
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BRIC ARCHIVE
Gregory Ferrand
Federal Commentary The What Works Clearinghouse: Time for a Fresh Start
It's not too late for the clearinghouse to fulfill its promise, Robert E. Slavin argues.
Robert E. Slavin, December 18, 2007
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Ed-Tech Policy News in Brief Online-Course Provider K12 Inc. Goes Public to Expand Reach
The online course provider K12 Inc. became a public company last week, issuing 6 million shares at an initial share price of $18.
Andrew Trotter, December 18, 2007
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Education Letter to the Editor A Vote for Head Start’s Academic Component
I am heartened by the rising level of education credentials required of Head Start teachers, and am happy to say that they already far exceed those of teachers in private preschools.
December 18, 2007
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School & District Management News in Brief Six L.A. Schools Vote to Join Mayor’s Effort
In Dec. 11 voting at the campuses, teachers and parents approved plans for two high schools and four middle schools to join the Partnership for LA Schools. Ballots were still being counted at a third high school.
Ann Bradley, December 18, 2007
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Federal Federal File Education Odds and Ends Before the Voting Starts
Candidates from both parties seem to be sharpening their focus on what might fix the ills of American public education.
Michele McNeil, December 18, 2007
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Student Well-Being School, Team Names Remain Thorny Issue for Many in Oregon
Are high school sports teams that use names, mascots, or logos inspired by Native American images respectful? Or are they offensive? Oregon education officials will get back to you on that.
Katie Ash, December 18, 2007
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