Archive for October 2014 - Page 3

    • LEAs move ahead on restorative practices

      (Calif.) Some districts have a long history of success dealing with classroom management without the last resort option of suspension or expulsion – so much so that it has impressed even those who champion alternative discipline methods known collectively as restorative practices.

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    • Tech tools for better classroom management

      (Tenn.) Having established a level of comfort with downloaded lesson plans, multimedia presentations and even online testing, educators across the country are set to confront one last analog holdout – behavior management.

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    • ‘Wasted’ school time forces court intervention

      (Calif.) An Alameda judge has ordered state education officials to intervene at a Los Angeles high school where students claim a poor learning environment, fueled by organizational mismanagement, has deprived them of nearly two months of meaningful instruction time.

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    • New research supports blended approach to computer learning

      (District of Columbia) Nearly from the first time a teacher took chalk to a blackboard, educators have sought out advanced technology in hopes of finding a better method for delivering curriculum.

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    • Over-reach doomed charter transparency bill

      (Calif.) Charter schools will remain exempt from requirements of the state’s public meeting and open records laws following Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto – for the second time in three years – legislation that would have mandated compliance just as traditional public schools do.

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    • Teacher certification and pay tied to test scores and evaluations

      (Idaho) Despite strong objections from the state’s teacher association, the Idaho State Board of Education this month approved a tiered certification and salary program for teachers, which includes linking student test scores with employment evaluations.

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    • Tennessee’s promise to pay JC, trade school tuition

      (Tenn.) Nearly 23,000 students have signed up for Gov. Bill Haslam’s ‘Tennessee Promise,’ a program that will pay the full tuition for any high school graduate who attends a two-year college or trade school.

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    • New laws aside, big hurdles remain for computer science

      (Calif.) Although legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week takes big steps toward integrating computer science studies into mainstream public school curriculum, advocates say California’s education system still badly lags the economic demands of the booming technology sector and other actions are needed.

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    • Options and support for homeschooling boom

      (N.C.) Today more than 1.7 million children in the U.S. are being homeschooled, a number that has almost doubled since 1999 and represents an explosion over the past two decades in the numbers of American children being educated at home and the tremendous growth in the technologies, materials and supports to aid them in this endeavor.

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    • Age and gender factor into bullying more than language

      (District of Columbia) As with other life experiences, students endure bullying differently as they graduate through elementary, middle and high school, suggesting that intervention should evolve as well, new research shows.

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