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February 10, 2012

The End of the Tripods, and of Author John Christopher

Guest post by Ross Brenneman For those who knew "when the tripods came," the Feb. 3 death of English author John Christopher hurt. Christopher, born Samuel Youd, was a prolific science fiction writer, penning over 50 books and several trilogies. He passed away at the age of 89. While Christopher g...

February 09, 2012

Think Tank Raises Alarm of Federal Overreach Into Curriculum

In a new white paper, the Pioneer Institute suggests that the U.S. Department of Education may be violating prohibitions against a federally dictated curriculum.

February 08, 2012

Arts Education, Already on Rise in Boston, Gets $4 Million Boost

A public-private initiative in Boston to vastly increase access to quality arts education in schools just received a new infusion of $4 million.

February 06, 2012

Close Reading: Are Educators Behind the Curve?

Close-reading isn't anything new, and it's amazing that more instructional leaders don't know about it and use it, a curriculum consultant argues.

February 06, 2012

Calling All Teachers: An Invitation to Help Design Common-Core Tools

One of the two state assessment consortia begins the process of recruiting groups of teachers who will take leadership roles in teaching colleagues about the new tests, and help design instructional resources for them.

February 02, 2012

States Exploring a Creativity Index for Schools

Officials in several states are exploring the idea of developing a creativity index for schools.

January 31, 2012

Ind. Bill Adds New Wrinkle to Debate on Teaching Creationism

A bill in Indiana would require public schools that teach creationism to address origin theories from multiple religions.

January 25, 2012

Superintendents Explore How to Change Reading Instruction

Improving reading instruction was the topic du jour at a Washington forum yesterday that brought together four superintendents and an educational publisher.

January 24, 2012

Federal Grants Promote Science Ed. for English-Learners

The NSF and U.S. Department of Education have recently issued grants to help improve science learning among English language learners.

January 23, 2012

Searching for Resources to Teach the Common Standards

The hunt for instructional resources for the common standards is starting to yield more results.

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