September 2011 Archives

Plans Unveiled for Federal 'Green Ribbon Schools' Program

Up to 50 schools will be named Green Ribbon Schools in 2012. One of the criteria focuses on ensuring students are environmentally literate.

Praise and Criticism for Common Standards, Test Guidelines

Commentators and scholars air views on the common standards in math, and critique two groups' content frameworks and test specifications.

Flipping the Classroom: Hot, Hot, Hot

"Flipping the Classroom" has generated intense interest.

STEM Ed. Among Cuts Sought in Draft House Budget Plan

The draft plan from House Republicans would eliminate federal funding for a variety of education programs, including support for STEM education, arts education, and teaching U.S. history.

Ed. Dept. to Scrutinize Standards and Test Plans for NCLB Waiver

The U.S. Department of Education will closely evaluate states' plans to adopt college- and career-ready academic standards and tests.

Iowa Ed Chief Faces Ethics Review for Pearson Trip

The education chief in Iowa faces an ethics review for a trip to Brazil that was indirectly funded by the Pearson Foundation.

Report Gives Most States an F for Teaching Civil Rights

Although most states received a failing grade, Alabama, Florida, and New York earned an 'A' in the new study.

News Magazine Identifies 'Best' Schools for STEM Learning

U.S. News & World Report this year for the first time has sought to identify the best public high schools for learning science and math.

STEM to Play Starring Role in 42nd Season of 'Sesame Street'

The PBS program offers a curricular focus on STEM education in its 42nd season.

Senate Panel Breathes Life Into Moribund Literacy Programs

A key Senate committee this week approved legislation that would attempt to restore federal funding for literacy programs that was essentially wiped out in fiscal 2011. For the big picture, check out my colleague Alyson Klein's post over at Politics K-12. The bill was approved this week on a party-line vote of 16-14 by the Senate Appropriations Committee, with all Republicans opposed. Total discretionary funding for the Department of Education, at $68 billion, would stay about the same as in fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30. The most notable development on the literacy front is that the Senate panel would ...

UPDATED: NCLB Waiver Requires States to Report College-Going Rates

If states want waivers from key NCLB provisions, the Education Department will require them to report annually on their students' and schools' college-going and college-credit-accumulation rates.

The Power of Teaching Artists Highlighted in New Report

A new report from the University of Chicago takes a close look at teaching artists in schools, suggesting they hold great potential to enhance arts education and learning more broadly.

Putting Common Standards to Work in an Election Year

A New York City teacher sees common-standards opportunities in the Republican debates.

Youth Chorus Founder Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Francisco Nunez has "elevated the youth chorus to the ranks of serious contemporary music," the MacArthur Foundation says.

Are High-Achieving Students Getting Short Shrift?

The needs of high-achieving students could be getting short shrift in schools, a new study and essay argue.

Assessment Consortium Membership Shifts

New Mexico joins the PARCC assessment consortium, continuing the shakeout of test designs that states are choosing for the common standards.

Twenty States Named to Help Craft New Science Standards

The 20 participating states span the country, from California and Arizona to Michigan and Maryland.

U.S. Must Bolster Civic Learning in Schools, Report Says

The new report from several civics-education groups suggests that schools play a key role in strengthening U.S. democracy.

Report Highlights Potential of After-School STEM Learning

A research and advocacy group for afterschool programs takes a look at research on the potential benefits for such programs that focus on STEM activities.

Report: Pearson Foundation Finances Trips Abroad for State Ed. Officials

The Pearson Foundation has been financing trips abroad for education commissioners, the New York Times reports.

Nashville to Reinvent Music Curriculum for City Schools

The Nashville school system is rethinking music education, with new classes in songwriting and composition as well rock and hip-hop performance.

Lawmakers Having Misgivings About Common Standards

State lawmakers in Wyoming consider challenging the state's adoption of common core standards, but take no immediate action.

Maine Among States to Lead Science-Standards Effort

Maine's education commissioner announced this week that the state will be among those to play a lead role in developing new science standards. Kansas officials say their state is "likely" on the list.

Common-Core Study Methodology Questioned

A California math-standards expert duels with the authors of a study that found college instructors see the common standards as solid preparation for first-year college courses.

STEM-Focused Schools on Rise Across Nation

A new wave of STEM schools are cropping up around the country, with an emphasis on serving student populations underrepresented in the STEM fields.

Study: Formative Assessment Improves Writing Skills

From guest blogger Nora Fleming Student writing skills can be improved in the classroom by having teachers provide students regular feedback, track their progress, and encourage them to evaluate their own skills, finds a new report from the Carnegie Corporation of New Yorkreleased today. "Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment" examines whether formative assessment can improve students' writing skills and what techniques are best to help them improve. The research was published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group based in Washington that supports college readiness for high school students. The report draws on earlier findings from "Writing...

SAT Scores: A Gauge of College Readiness?

The latest SAT scores show a decline in all areas, but the College Board says four in 10 of those taking the test meet its definition of "college ready."

Professional-Development Group Plans Common-Standards Help

The ASCD beefs up its staff to support professional development for the common standards.

NSF Issues New Grant for Computer Science Curriculum

The new grant will help expand a computer science initiative overseen by two San Diego universities.

Study: "SpongeBob" Dampens Children's Brain Function

Preschoolers experience a drop in their executive brain function immediately after watching "SpongeBob SquarePants," a new study finds.

UPDATED: Math Groups Team Up to Offer Common-Standards Help

Professional groups team up to offer help transitioning to the common standards.

'That Can't Be Bill': Remembering a Teacher Lost on 9/11

A retired teacher who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is remembered in a video tribute.

New Study Probes 9/11 Treatment in Standards, Textbooks

A new study from two professors with expertise in teaching the social studies examine how textbooks and state standards handle the 9/11 attacks and related issues.

Arabic Instruction on Rise in U.S. Schools Since 9/11

The teaching of Arabic in U.S. schools, while still relatively rare, has grown significantly since the 9/11 attacks.

Reading Group Plugs Effective Teacher-Prep Strategies

In honor of International Literacy Day, the International Reading Association calls attention to the traits of good teacher preparation.

U.S. History Textbooks Show Anti-Labor Bias, Report Says

The report from the Albert Shanker Institute examined four U.S. history textbooks that hold a large share of the market, and perceive an anti-labor bias.

Six States Win Striving Readers Literacy Grants

Six states win $180 million in funding for comprehensive literacy grants.

New York City Immerses All Teachers in Common Standards

New York City's day of common-standards training for all teachers echoes what teachers across the United States will be learning this year as the new guidelines reach classrooms.

Duncan Names New Members to Assessment Board

Secretary Duncan today named five new members to the National Assessment Governing Board, including the superintendent of the Baltimore district and Kentucky's commissioner.

A Big Need for Common-Standards Curriculum Resources

Educators crave instructional resources for the common standards.

New Standards Unveiled for High School Psychology

The revised standards for psychology come at a time of growing interest in the subject among high schoolers.

Education Dept. Unveils Resources Page for Teaching 9/11

The U.S. Department of Education, as well as many others, have been making available resources to help educators teach about 9/11.

Ten Years After: A Look at Teaching 9/11 Today

Some observers say that 9/11 gets little or no mention in most social studies classrooms.

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