Motherlode Blog: ‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way Sep 29th

Motherlode Blog: ‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way – nytimes.com/ My 7-year-old son asked to stay home while I ran errands in our neighborhood. I agreed, and our experiment was a success — except to those who insisted on seeing encouragement of independence as a “tragedy waiting to happen.”   […]
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Ending Teacher Tenure Would Have Little Impact on its Own Sep 29th

Ending Teacher Tenure Would Have Little Impact on its Own – http://educationnext.org/ Tenure for public school teachers is increasingly under attack, with the Vergara v. California judge ruling in June that “both students and teachers are unfairly, unnecessarily and for no legally cognizable reason…disadvantaged by the current Permanent Employment Statute.” Last year, North Carolina legislators voted to phase out […]
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$2B bond act may help bridge digital divide in New York Sep 27th

$2B bond act may help bridge digital divide in New York – districtadministration.com Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a plan, backed by the state Legislature, that would let New York borrow $2 billion for technology for classrooms and high-tech security on public school campuses, as well as permanent classrooms for prekindergarten students and those now taught […]
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Computer Programming Basics: An Hour of Code Sep 26th

Computer Programming Basics: An Hour of Code – sciencebuddies.org With more and more kids playing video games and using apps, the secret to introducing kids to computer programming may be in making a game of it. With a smorgasbord of fun, engaging, playful, and puzzling modules available as part of the Hour of Code initiative, […]
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Blended Schools Network Debuts PD for Special Ed Sep 25th

Blended Schools Network Debuts PD for Special Ed – thejournal.com Blended Schools Network is introducing online professional development for teachers of special education students.   Continue Reading Blended Schools Network Debuts PD for Special Ed – thejournal.com
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NC officials begin business listening tour Sep 25th

NC officials begin business listening tour – edweek.org   Continue Reading NC officials begin business listening tour – edweek.org
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Engaging Students Through Competitions, Contests and Code Sep 24th

Engaging Students Through Competitions, Contests and Code – coolcatteacher.com Pat Yongpradit, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, is now Director of Education for Code.org. He has a track record for helping girls become interested in STEM and programming. In this example, his student, Anh Vo, created a game for the Magic Cup Kodu Cup Challenge 2013. She […]
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Campaign for America's Future: What’s the Matter with Kansas Education Policy? Sep 24th

Campaign for America's Future: What’s the Matter with Kansas Education Policy? – nepc.colorado.edu/blog Jeff Bryant Source:  Campaign for America's Future Since “The Wizard of Oz,” the term “we’re not in Kansas anymore” has been shorthand for saying we’ve changed the usual surroundings for a new, disorienting terrain. For school children who actually live in Kansas, […]
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School Specialty partners with Ohio community to furnish high school Sep 23rd

School Specialty partners with Ohio community to furnish high school – districtadministration.com School Specialty, Inc.’s Projects by Design team worked closely with the Shelby City School District to outfit learning spaces in the new Shelby High School with furniture and equipment. Implemented solutions included student tables that can change configurations for different types of class […]
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Charter School Teachers Subsidize State Pension Plans Sep 22nd

Charter School Teachers Subsidize State Pension Plans – http://educationnext.org/ Peter Greene and Neerav Kingsland have been debating the financial efficiency of public charter schools. Rather than wade into that debate, I’ll take on one element of it that’s rarely mentioned: teacher pensions. To begin with, Kingsland is absolutely right to point out that states have engaged […]
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