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February 23, 2009

Have You Hugged A Museum Today?

With all the wondrous and free exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, we here in the Washington, D.C., area tend to take museums for granted. But the availability of such resources in communities large and small is not guaranteed, particularly as the economic crisis continues to put pressure on bu...

February 10, 2009

Teaching About Homelessness

Here in the Washington area, many public schools have gotten involved with teaching children about homelessness through participation in the annual Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon, which is a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations that serve the homeless or try to prevent homelessness. Full d...

January 21, 2009

What Did You Teach and Learn on Inauguration Day?

I have no scientific data to back up my assumption that most teachers in America—at least the ones teaching in the upper-elementary grades through high school—took time out of the day yesterday either to watch part of the inauguration or discuss the events and their place in history. Even ...

January 16, 2009

Inauguration Resources Update

Here are a couple more resources for inauguration lessons and activities: CSPAN will host four days of inauguration coverage on its television channel and Web site, and has posted curriculum resources on its classroom site CSPAN in the Classroom. Channel One, the news program shown in many middle...

December 12, 2008

The Ultimate Social Networking Tool for English Teachers

If you're an English teacher and you don't know who Jim Burke is, I just have to wonder where you've been for the last decade. Burke, an English teacher at Burlingame High School, outside of San Francisco, has been sharing his professional insights with colleagues around the country through numerous...

October 16, 2008

Obama Excerpt in Text Causes Controversy

Some parents and residents in Racine, Wis., are raising eyebrows over a section in a middle school literature textbook that includes a lengthy narrative on Barack Obama and excerpts from his book, Dreams From My Father. The 8th grade text, published by McDougal Littell, has been in use in the school...

August 26, 2008

Finally a Gold Medal for U.S. Students!!

It may have been a bit depressing following the Fordham Institute's "Education Olympics" or Bob Wise's video commentary comparing the nation's fixation with the Beijing Olympics and athletic excellence with the inadequate attention given students' academic performance. But there was at least one shi...

August 12, 2008

Competition at the Ed. Olympics

It's hard not to get drawn in to the record-breaking heats in the Olympic swimming competition, or the excitement of the early matchups in soccer and basketball. But before you get all patriotic about the dozen or so medals the United States has already won in Beijing this month, you might temper yo...

August 05, 2008

Let the Games Begin

As the world turns its eyes toward China for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games, former W.Va. Gov. Bob Wise has donned a sweatsuit, ready to talk international competition. But in a series of video messages being released over the next two weeks, Wise, the president of the Alliance for Excellent Educ...

July 22, 2008

A Change at the Top of the Governing Board

Charles Smith, the executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, has announced that he's stepping down from that post to take a position with the Washington office of ACT. The governing board, which sets policy for the influential National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAE...

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