If you’re a principal, the University of Minnesota wants you to start your own blog. The university’s Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education or CASTLE was created to boost the number of administrators who know how to use technology in their schools and districts. Now CASTLE has started the Principal Blogging Project to encourage school leaders to create their own blogs to share news and events with the community, to market their schools, and to build community investment. Their goal is to get 100 principals blogging in 100 days. You can view existing principal ...


National Public Radio’s Morning Edition features a story on the value of education for one Arizona Navaho family living on a reservation. The Cooley family has sent six of their seven children off the reservation to be educated in Flagstaff, Ariz. Their youngest is headed there next year for middle school. Their oldest has a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. The story gives a glimpse into the difficulties that Navaho children face when they have to transition from a household without electricity or running water and a community that values silence, to the modern, noisy, electronic world ...


Pity the poor social studies teacher who has to figure out how to approach the subject of the Middle East and the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The Boston Globe reports on what happened when two such teachers tried expand the discussion by inviting a pro-Palestinian group called Wheels of Justice to speak at Andover High School in Massachusetts. The result has been a war of words among students, teachers, religious leaders, and community members. The typically staid Andover community, which according to the story prides itself on its inclusiveness, has erupted in controversy....


While we’re on the subject of the No Child Left Behind Act, listen to this National Public Radio interview with Tajah Gross, the principal of Northwestern High School in Baltimore. Ms. Gross talks about how the law has changed education in her school. Northwestern High School is currently in the law's restructuring phase, not having made Adequate Yearly Progress for the last five years. Ms. Gross seems to have a fairly positive outlook on the No Child Left Behind Act and she says its requirements have forced school officials to reevaluate programs and make sure they’re working for ...


Speaking of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which celebrated its 5th anniversary yesterday, the education world is abuzz about this article by Michael J. Petrilli, a former U.S. Education Department official under President George W. Bush and a one-time vocal supporter of the law. In his essay, Mr. Petrilli (now vice president for national programs and policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation) pretty much yanks his support and points out everything that has gone wrong. The Salt Lake Tribune, located in pro-Bush Utah, which early in the law's implementation led the state charge against No Child ...


Britain’s TES Magazine has a few hints for overworked teachers: get a life. They’re advising teachers that with the new year, educators should vow to get out from under that stack of essays that need grading and those lessons that need planning. TES recommends rest, recovery, and relaxation along with a renewed effort to get organized and stay on top of what needs to be done. In America, if you’re a teacher and need a new lease on life for this new year, head to Ithaca, N.Y., where the whole city plans to honor teachers in ...


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