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March 24, 2011

Is There a 'Recipe for Good Teaching'?

In a post on the Harvard Business Review's Innovations in Education blog, a Harvard-trained social entrepeneur discusses an initiative his company created to improve teacher quality in India by developing a "recipe for good teaching." Part of this involved creating a 'micro-process' for teaching tha...

March 07, 2011

Schools Start Single-sex Lunches

Single-sex classrooms in public schools have been on the rise for a decade, but middle schools in Kansas are testing out single-sex lunch and recess, reports The Wichita Eagle. At several middle schools in Wichita, Kan., boys eat lunch while girls have recess and then the two groups switch. Princip...

February 23, 2011

Harriett Ball's Legacy

We were remiss in failing to note that influential Texas educator Harriett Ball died earlier this month. An elementary school teacher for more than 30 years before becoming a star speaker and trainer, Ball was widely known for inventively mixing rap and song into her instruction. According to an exc...

February 08, 2011

Who Owns a Lesson Plan?

A company that allows teachers to sell their lesson plans online paid out over $1 million to educators last year, according to a recent VentureBeat blog post. But some question whether or not teachers should reap these benefits. TeachersPayTeachers and WeAreTeachers are both websites designed for ...

February 04, 2011

Merging School and Health Care

Here's something you probably didn't know: February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. To commemorate their 28 days, school-based health centers around the nation (of which there are more than 1,900) are inviting local and federal policymakers to tour their facilities, according ...

February 03, 2011

Boycotting the Term 'At Risk'

Educators should stop using the term "at risk" and start using "school dependent," according to principal Brian Nichols of Newport News, Va. "At risk" emphasizes a list of variables that impact success but are outside the school's "circle of influence," he writes on the ASCD EDge social networkin...

January 31, 2011

Teachers Unenthused About Parent Report Cards

Two months after a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education told a national teacher's convention in Florida that he didn't know how to increase parent accountability, lawmakers in the Sunshine State introduced a bill that would require teachers to evaluate parents of early elementary school ch...

January 24, 2011

Creating an LGBT-Friendly Curriculum

Students in England will begin to see gay issues popping up in their classes, as the government pushes to raise awareness about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community, according to the Daily Mail. Beginning in February, which is LGBT History Month in the U.K., the organization Schoo...

January 18, 2011

Virtual 'Teachers' in Fla. Getting Poor Evaluations

Some teachers, students, and parents in Florida are less than satisfied with the virtual classrooms that are being used to deal with class size limitations, according to the New York Times. In response to a 2002 amendment restricting the number of students in classrooms—but not virtual labs...

January 11, 2011

Texting: The Solution to Truancy

A high school student has proven there's a way to reduce chronic absenteeism—and it's not by taking parents to court. In the Huffington Post, 15-year-old Zak Kukoff describes TruantToday, a Web application he originally created for a science fair project. The program sends text messages and e...

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