November 2009 Archives

African-American history needs to be blended into the curriculum, not taught in isolation, through one-time events, a state-funded task force in Florida argues.

The Texas Education Agency has produced a document that shows which historical figures are being recommended for deletion from the Texas social studies standards and which are being recommended for addition.

The battle playing out in Washington state carries echoes of fights elsewhere around the country.

An advocate of civic education in K-12 schools expresses concern that an unfavorable federal audit of spending by the Center for Civic Education could reduce the amount of federal funding for civic programs.

From Guest Blogger Elizabeth Rich There's debate brewing within the National Council of Teachers of English over the organization's support of the "LEARN Act," the proposed reading legislation that would replace three federal programs including Reading First. I returned this week from NCTE's annual convention in Philadelphia, where LEARN was a hot topic of conversation, along with giving teachers and students the power to lead instruction. There was a 400-page program, and more than 6,000 educators in attendance. Teachers repeatedly expressed their dislike for standardized assessments and instructional scripts, and the subject of phonics elicited groans. Of the pending ...

An interactive site offers video interviews, a timeline, background resources on evolutionary theory.

The University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University receive grant funding to try the "UTeach" model for training math and science teachers.

The United Nations World Food Program is looking for the "edgiest, most provocative" videos about hunger for an international competition.

An audit has drawn attention to some problems in the two grant programs of the Center for Civic Education.

In describing the public-private effort, Obama talks about the importance of "STEM literacy."

Mathematica Policy Research was awarded a contract this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to study the effectiveness of sex education programs.

Minority representation in Virginia's gifted programs lags. Tim Kaine wants to know why.

A researcher questions whether beginning the common standards effort at the end of the K-12 pipeline is the right idea.

Researchers evaluating New Mexico's preK program recommend that it be expanded because it has had a favorable impact on children's achievement.

Charles Murray, Christina Hoff Sommers, Elizabeth Spelke, David Geary and other scholars probe the volatile topic of gender bias in math/science, and reach different conclusions.

Larry Sanger launches, which offers free educational videos, which can be sorted by topic area.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals about the removal of a book from school library shelves in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

Math teachers are in demand, despite the woeful economy, a report says.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has formed a committee to revise its standards for what an ideal library media specialist should know and be able to do.

A paper highlights states' efforts to boost literacy through career-and-technical, or vocational education.

A South Dakota school district puts a math curriculum in place, and test scores rise. But getting everyone to buy into it is not easy.

A Texas A&M program preps incoming students for calculus, through technology. Both the student, and the university, benefit, supporters say.

A student from Oakland, Calif., launches a project to transform farming in India.

New federal regulations appear to give states more flexibility on common standards.

Scholars, teachers, think tank folks, and teachers fill the ranks of those working the development of multistate K-12 standards in language arts and math.

A new video game called "Conspiracy Code," challenges students to stop a menacing organization from rewriting history.

Two major English-language arts organizations release standards for testing.

The Kellogg Foundation is backing an effort to give math-and-science teachers master's degrees if they agree to work in disadvantaged schools. It is also demanding more of universities.

A business-higher education group takes issue with the findings of a recent study on the "STEM" pipeline.

Today, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, introduced into the U.S. Senate a literacy bill that would provide $2.35 billion in funding for literacy programs from kindergarten to 12th grade.

A first draft of common K-12 standards is expected to come in mid-December. States' timelines for adopting those standards are likely to vary, one official says.

For scientist having trouble explaining molecular biology or string theory in language the public can grasp...a leading scientific organization has a resource for you.

Federal officials are considering new rules for testing English-language learners and students with disabilities on the NAEP. A public hearing is set on the matter.

China's education minister, Zhou Ji, is removed from his position and replaced by his deputy.

Literacy instruction "pops up on every corridor" at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala., writes my colleague Catherine Gewertz in an article published at this week.

A college physics professor argues that schools mistake throwing difficult math material at students for preparing them for the rigors of higher education.


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