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    Arbor Day: April 25, 2008

    Arbor Day: April 25, 2008
    Nebraskans planted more than a million trees on April 10, 1872, in celebration of the first Arbor Day. The occasion fulfilled the dream of Julius Sterling Morton, a newspaper editor and former governor of the Nebraska Territory. Morton, an ardent proponent of forestation, lobbied for years for a holiday to encourage the planting of trees. In 1885, thirteen years after Arbor ...
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    Is Public Education Failing Black Male Students?

    Is Public Education Failing Black Male Students?
    A 50-state report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education has come to a dispiriting conclusion: public education is failing black male students. Nationwide, the graduation rate for this demographic of students is a paltry 47 percent. And in some major cities, it's perilously low—in New York City and Philadelphia, for example, only 28 percent of black males complete high school ...
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    NCLB: Frequently Asked Questions About Accountability

    NCLB: Frequently Asked Questions About Accountability
    h4. 1. What is “adequate yearly progress”? How does measuring it help to improve schools? No Child Left Behind requires each state to define adequate yearly progress (AYP) for school districts and schools, within the parameters set by NCLB. In defining AYP, each state sets the minimum levels of improvement—measurable in terms of student performance—that school districts and schools must achieve ...
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    NCLB: 20 Frequently Asked Questions About Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements

    NCLB: 20 Frequently Asked Questions About Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements
    h4. 1. Why is teacher quality such an important issue? A major objective of No Child Left Behind is to ensure that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or income, have the best teachers possible. A well-prepared teacher is vitally important to a child’s education. In fact, research demonstrates the clear correlation between student academic achievement and teacher quality.9Studies also show ...
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    NCLB: Becoming a "Highly Qualified Teacher"

    NCLB:  Becoming a "Highly Qualified Teacher"
    h4. Myth: No Child Left Behind requires all teachers to earn a bachelor’s degree in every subject they teach, as well as certification in every subject. h4. Reality: The law requires teachers to have a bachelor’s degree and full state certification and to demonstrate content knowledge in the subjects they teach. NCLB requires neither separate degrees nor separate certifications for every ...
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    Ending Poverty, Changing Minds

    Ending Poverty, Changing Minds
    Whether we are poor, middle class, or wealthy, we have all normalized poverty. The primary mindset change that needs to occur is to see poverty as the real, life-threatening emergency that it is. Research tells us that people die early living in poverty. Dr. Ruby Payne describes the condition of poverty as being caught in the tyranny of the moment. There ...
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    Education Budget Winners and Losers

    Education Budget Winners and Losers
    The President's FY2011 budget is out, and we've now had time to digest the toplines and find out if our pet programs are on the chopping block or slotted for additional support. Not surprisingly, ED is reorganizing its budget around priorities similar to Race to the Top, leaving some clear winners and losers. As a former Capitol Hill rat and appropriations ...
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    Should Dropping Out Be Illegal?

    Should Dropping Out Be Illegal?
    By now, the numbers are ingrained on the souls of most education reformers. Nearly a third of all ninth graders will not earn a high school diploma. In our African-American and Hispanic communities, that number statistic rises to nearly 50 percent. Imagine, a 50/50 chance of earning a high school diploma of you are a student of color. The statistic ...
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    Can Obama Help Black Boys?

    Can Obama Help Black Boys?
    Black male students are lagging behind every other group, including their black sisters, writes Richard Whitmire in his farewell USA Today column. President Barack Obama will be a symbol of success, but will that be enough to help black boys succeed? It’s not just about race or poverty: Black female students are much more likely to earn good grades, complete high ...
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    13 Rules Teachers in the Past Lived By

    13 Rules Teachers in the Past Lived By
    Members of my profession including myself continue to fuss, fume, and flip out over various educational reforms. The paperwork involved in order to maintain one class of students let alone maintaining six or seven groups is unimaginable Classroom management is a frenzied dance between federal and state laws, administrator demands, parental wants, and student needs. Sometimes when I’m hanging on my ...
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    Race to the Top: The Largest Education Discretionary Program in History

    Race to the Top: The Largest Education Discretionary Program in History
    This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar as follow-up to last Friday's festivities on Race to the Top, the Innovation Fund, and the host of other additional funding programs made possible through a generous grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The call served as a recap of the paperwork released on Friday, emphasizing the need for ...
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    An Open Letter to Teachers Going Back to School

    An Open Letter to Teachers Going Back to School
    We work in an amazing profession that allows for a fresh start every 12 months. Not many jobs can boast that perk. The opportunities are there for us to make it, to paraphrase that sage of modern times, Sponge Bob Square Pants, “the Best Year EVER!” If you’re a rookie this year, just out of college, or even in your first ...
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    Veteran Teachers Talk

    Veteran Teachers Talk
    Award-winning veteran teachers have supplied a set of tips to pass on to their first-year colleagues. Some recurring suggestions: contact parents in the beginning of the school year, fostering a friendly rapport before problems arise; be well prepared for class; and model and enforce rules of courtesy and respect. Here are a few samples of veteran teachers' tips: Consistency—do what you ...
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    How Can Principals Help First-Year Teachers?

    How Can Principals Help First-Year Teachers?
    Teachers who worked in teams and with mentors, or who had continuous contact with other first-year teachers, relished the camaraderie. For many teachers, however, professional isolation proved difficult. These teachers spoke wistfully of the need for more guidance and support from veteran teachers as well as opportunities to work closely with colleagues. "I was surprised how isolated some teachers are. I ...
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    Meditations on The School Year

    Meditations on The School Year
    When they looked back, teachers remembered moments of poignancy, joy, and struggle—and sometimes the fear of the unknown. But all seemed somehow transformed, even emboldened, by their first year teaching. What stands out is the teachers' untainted optimism, which is repeatedly put to the test and yet emerges intact. The other striking quality is how privileged these teachers feel in serving ...
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    What Teachers Really Did in 2009

    What Teachers Really Did in 2009
    2009 was a full year for educators everywhere. The economy and the lack of teaching jobs for new and experienced teachers was the biggest and unexpected twist of the year. Teaching looks back at 2009 and what teachers were really doing here on our community. View list now. [page]
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    Hope for Future Teachers in This Economy

    Hope for Future Teachers in This Economy
    I enjoyed a conversation with a "baby" teacher recently that encouraged me is these uncertain times. She came to me with a video tape of one of her lessons that she needed copied to DVD. No problem. As she waited, and my students worked, we spoke of many things both educational and inspirational. Her ambition is to teach early elementary, perhaps ...
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    Teaching Membership Benefits

    Teaching Membership Benefits
    We want you to get the best deals for what you need most to be a professional in the education field. That is why we are partnering with other well known companies and organizations to give you benefits. Check out the great advantages to Teaching membership below: h4. *Lesson Plans & Article Library* Unlike other sites, Teaching is proud to offer ...
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    The Perfect Author Visit

    The Perfect Author Visit
    This article is part of Teaching Book Giveaway. How can you win? 1. Read this article. 2. Take Teaching Book Contest Quiz, November 1-30, 2008. (This contest has ended.) 3. Make 100% on the quiz and be entered to win 35 autographed copies of "Jack of All Tails.":http://teaching.monster.com/products/products/490-jack-of-all-tails 4. Read the "official contest rules":http://teaching.monster.com/news/6628-teaching-book-quiz-giveaway-official-rules to see if you qualify. I chatted ...
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    Your Back to School Guide

    Your Back to School Guide
    Everything a Teacher Needs to Know Before School Starts. As summer quickly comes to a close, preparation for being back in the classroom begins to mount. And what you do in the first week of school can truly set the tone for the rest of the year. Use this elaborate guide, exclusive to Teaching—with tips, strategies, even lesson plans—to help you ...
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