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Sazhida runs a kindergarten for pastoralist children in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan during the summer – Education Article

This content comes from our newly released interactive youth version of the 2019 GEM Report, presented today at the UN Youth Forum in New York. Jailoo kindergartens provide education for the children of pastoralist families who move to mountain pastures (jailoo) in the summer to fatten their livestock for the winter. The kindergartens ensure that children do not fall behind in their studies while their families are on the move. Lessons are designed to match the lifestyle of the children…

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When the State Superintendent Starts Following Your Twitter Account, Again – Education Article

Yesterday,  I received confirmation that Mark Johnson, the state school superintendent, is now following my personal twitter feed through his office’s official twitter account. Again. Even have the proof. And I absolutely welcome it. Again. Actually, it’s the third time. There are around 100,000 teachers in this state. Mark Johnson’s official twitter account currently follows 1,324 people (as of this post), mostly political leaders, pundits, and education professionals. Makes one wonder how many are teachers. Maybe it puts me in…

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Teachers in Transition: A Self-Care Primer – Education Article

The following was written with gratitude to restorative practices expert, Monica Kaminski. I bet you can name a close colleague to whom you’ve lent a gentle ear as they transitioned to a new professional or personal identity. Maybe they were psyched and ready to go; maybe they were surfing the stages of grief. Likely you’ve been there yourself. Teachers live lives of transition. So, it’s odd that so few are familiar with the process. For example, you might know that transitions…

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Sanford & Friedman, Curriculum Mapped, Yale Sued, Papers Posted, Pension Roller Coasters And More! – Education Article

Chad Aldeman on the pension roller coaster NY teachers are on. Max Marchitello on how the year of the woman hasn’t caught up to education pensions yet. Thomas Friedman on Stefanie Sanford. (Come for Sanford, stay for the civics idea). ACCT on community college and options for rural men. Yale sued. Curriculum mapped. All the papers from the recent CALDER conference are online now, some interesting work. The other day we talked about a teacher who is sort of a…

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Mark Johnson’s Version of the “American Dream” Neglects the American Reality For Many of Our Students – Education Article

If you are a parent of a student in the public schools of North Carolina, you might have received this missive from the state superintendent today: Parents and caregivers, As you know, your child is unique. Just as all students have different strengths and likes, all students’ pathways to success will be different. For too long, many education leaders made students feel that the only way to success was to earn a four-year degree. Teachers, other educators, and employers know…

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What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing — via Literary Hub – Essay Writing Tips and Help – Education Article

Regular readers of my blog know that I’m an aspiring writer, and I’ve been working on my book for a couple of years now between teaching and learning more about edtech. Here’s a great blog post I came across that’s written by an editor-turned-writer. It presents some unique tips for writers, and I found it quite valuable. Here’s an interesting snippet: Writing is RevisionThis won’t come as news to anyone, but I can’t stress it enough. The first draft is…

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One Year Ago, Today. | caffeinated rage – Education Article

  From The Villanovan: “Below is a list of all mass school shootings in the United States which occurred after the Columbine High School Massacre. Dates and death tolls (excluding the shooter) are included. Although many other mass shootings have occurred,  only shootings involving the death of five or more people have been included in this list.” Columbine High School Shooting, Littleton, Colorado – April 1999: 13 Dead Red Lake High School, Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota – March 2005: 9 Dead West Nickel…

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I Am a “Loser Communist Democratic Teacher Thug” – And Proud of It – Education Article

Last year from Rep. Larry Pittman of NC: This is a man who is also an ordained minister who called for arming teachers in North Carolina to avoid having “blood on their hands.” A man who did not expand Medicare to children living in poverty in NC. That number is over %20 of all the state’s children. Then there was this: “Union thugs.” Nice. And now this from the son of the President of the United States of America last…

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Bellwether Decks – Education Article

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed that slide decks with data on various issues tend to get a lot of downloads and reads. So we’ve put them out on issues including charter schools, recent civil rights data and adjudicated kids, the recent Janus case, and teacher exit data in DC, for instance. These decks both inform and have led to change in policy and practice. Sharing this because (a) we can build these on issues you’re interested in so reach out to…

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9 top YouTube channels to boost classroom lessons – Education Article

Video can be a powerful tool for classroom learning, and it’s safe to say that teachers have never had more videos at their fingertips than they do today. But with so many videos on YouTube, how do you find the good stuff? You know, those perfect, one-of-a-kind, just-right-for-your-lesson videos—the ones that make you think, “Oh, my students have to see this!” The best YouTube videos for the classroom are the ones that teach or—better yet—show something you can’t otherwise do…

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Give School Systems Calendar Flexibility! – Education Article

Did you know that North Carolina is one of only one of 14 states that had state laws that governed school calendars? The above graphic is from the Feb. 2017 Final Report to the Joint LegislativeProgram Evaluation Oversight Committee on school calendars. What is also shows is that North Carolina was at the time was one of the TWO states in the entire country whose laws dictated when a school could start and when it had to end. But there…

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Malaysia says it will redress the gender bias in its textbooks – Education Article

Last year, social media helped call out an infographic being studied by nine year olds in a Year 2 health and physical education textbook in Malaysia showing that girls should protect their modesty or risk being shamed and having their family’s honour questioned. The infographic has now been covered up in the textbooks, with a correction page issued to schools. The graphic on the left taken from the textbook in question is about a girl called Amira who it says…

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Denver’s 100% Predictable Strike, Rahm’s History, James Foreman Jr.’s History, Alliance College-Ready Looks Forward, Treat Them Like Athletes, Gaming Teacher, More! – Education Article

Kate Pennington on teacher shortages. Bellwarians reflect on gym. Jason Weeby on ten lessons from “Eight Cities.” Ashley LiBetti on The Times’ early ed coverage. Denver teachers strike. Of course. There was never not going to be a strike and if you’re a teachers union and you’re not rattling the cage to strike then you’re doing it wrong in 2019. What’s concerning is that while ProComp is hardly perfect it’s driven some real progress in Denver on equity. That’s at risk.…

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Remembering Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers – Education Article

In May of 2014, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest helped to craft legislation to create a North Carolina Education Endowment Fund that would allow for tax deductible contributions to be made for supporting teacher pay. One of the initiatives of the fund was to sell specialty license plates. As reported in a Feb. 2015 News & Observer post by Colin Campbell: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest needs at least 500 people to sign up for “I Support Teachers” license plates, part of his effort…

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Unlock education for everyone | World Education Blog – Education Article

By Tisha Verma, Save the Children 2019 is a critical year for children and young people everywhere. It’s critical in building a world where every child gets the chance to learn. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July in New York will include a review of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), which promises quality inclusive education for all by 2030. Whilst there are some exceptions, an honest appraisal of progress towards achieving SDG4 will point to serious and often growing gaps. …

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My School System Needs a New Superintendent, One Who… – Education Article

This past Friday afternoon right after the ending school bell in the high schools rang (high schools end last of all levels) teachers in my district received an email from the system superintendent announcing that she took a position with the Department of Public Instruction. People may debate on how effective a superintendent was / is in the office of leading the local public school system. Honestly, I could not imagine many jobs that are harder to perform while pleasing…

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Edujob: COO @ Pahara Institute – Education Article

The Pahara Institute is seeking a COO. So great chance to work at a values driven organization that is at the forefront of supporting leaders and driving conversations in the sector. From the JD: The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will serve as a member of Pahara’s executive team, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Program Officer (CPO) to oversee the achievement of Pahara’s annual goals.  She/he/they will have a primary focus of overseeing Pahara’s internal operations, including…

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State Champions & Even Better People – Education Article

I am biased toward my own school. Won’t deny that. But hearing that four students from my school won individual state championships in the state indoor track meet makes me proud and not just because of the hard work and the effort put into a mentally tough and physically challenging sport culminated in being first in the state. But because each of those young people is a great person. One young lady scored 24 points in an away basketball game…

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NC is Not a “Prudent” Employer of Teachers: About Berger and Moore’s Recent Staff Raises – Education Article

From a February 1, 2019 column by Colin Campbell in the News & Observer concerning staff raises for Sen. Berger and Rep. Moore’s staff: Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore have seen a lot of turnover on their staffs since 2017, but some of the staffers who stuck around have been rewarded with pay increases of 20 to 50 percent. The NC Insider compared current salary records for the president pro tem’s office and speaker’s office with records from January 2017, at the beginning…

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The State of North Carolina Should Restore Professional Development in the State Budget – Education Article

From WUNC.org from last December: “The General Assembly cut the budget line item for teacher professional development from the state budget during the recession and has never restored it. In 2008, the state budgeted $12.6 million for educator professional development. That line item has been reduced to zero. Now schools might pay for some professional development from other budget areas—like federal funding or state funding to support digital learning — or teachers can turn to grants.” “Never restored” are two…

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18 Valentine Sites For Students – Education Article

Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else: Drag-and-drop Dress up the heart Google Drawings Magnetic Poetry from Ctrl Alt Achieve Games and puzzles Games and stories ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu Line up the hearts Match Mouse skills Poem generator Puppy jigsaw Rebus game Rebuses Sudoku Tic-tac-toe Typing Unscramble Write in a heart This slideshow requires JavaScript. Do… This is only a…

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Friday Fish Pics – Expert Edition – Education Article

Talk about using your hot stove time well. This is Kevin Kosar’s daughter. And she’s tying a wooly bugger. Herself. So while it’s not a picture of her with a fish, she’s been featured here before with fish, along with her dad, and a kid tying a fly would be more than good enough anyway – not a skill I have. She asked for the fly tying kit for Christmas. More, please! Looking for more hot stove fish action? OK, here and…

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An e-textbook scandal rocks Antigua – Education Article

A couple of weeks ago, the leader of the opposition in Antigua, Jamale Pringle, called for the resignation of the Minister of Education, Michael Browne. Why? The heat has been turned up over the matter of some 6,000 e-books due to be used in secondary schools. These books were contracted from an Indian firm, FortunaPix, for $9 million. The heart of the debate lies over an additional licensing fee of US$250 for every eBook user per year, totaling $5 million…

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No-Excuses Expansion – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

If you’re looking for a place to find an honest conversation about all things education, Steven Singer’s (not the Philly jeweler) blog gadflyonthewallblog is a good place. Mr. Singer speaks truth to power ranging from race and poverty in education to school privatization. One of Mr. Singer’s latest entries speaks of a study, authored by Sarah Cohodes of Columbia University’s Teachers College, suggesting a way to reduce the Black-White achievement gap. She argues that highly-effective charter school practices – from…

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The North Carolina General Assembly Should Pass SB 28 – Restore Master’s Supplement for Teachers (And Include Other Vital Staff Members) – Education Article

The GOP-led NC legislature’s 2013 decision to end graduate degree pay bumps for new teachers entering the teaching profession was not only misguided, but another wave in the assault on public education here in the Old North State. I confess there exist numerous studies that have shown that advanced degrees do not correlate with higher test scores and/or higher graduation rates. Even John Hood’s October 2015 op-Ed “Not a matter of degrees” on EdNC.org makes note of these studies. He…

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Welcome to one of the biggest EdTech conferences: 2019 TCEA Convention & Exposition – Education Article

TCEA Convention & Exposition presents innovative strategies and best practices for integrating technology into schools, classrooms and libraries. Thousands of educators gather in Texas to discuss what knowledge and resources they need to engage students and increase productivity. Unicheck is among the hundreds of exhibitors to showcase access to the latest edtech resources and new opportunities for networking. Incidentally, you may remember that, we have landed amongst the finalists in 2018 Tech&Learning Awards of Excellence. Guess where the grand prize…

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National Board is No Secret Handshake Club – Education Article

A few years back, a very good friend of mine won a highly regarded award for teaching. Another educational leader joked with me, “well of course she won, she’s an NBCT and you are all part of that secret handshake club.”  Although I was taken aback, I simply smiled politely. However, since then variations of this comment have come up time and time again. There is an underlying assumption that somehow National Board Teachers belong to some elusive club and…

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Dear NC State Board of Education, Please Stop Listening to Jeb Bush – Education Article

The following tweet appeared today: ExcelinEd is the think tank founded by Jeb Bush right after his tenure as the governor of Florida. Their donors (2018) include: Gates. Walton. Pearson. Zuckerberg. Koch. Charter Schools USA. And ExcelinEd was in NC today talking about how to improve Read to Achieve, the initiative passed in 2012 has been a complete failure. Simply put, it has not “achieved.” From an October, 2018 Charlotte Observer report: The General Assembly passed Read to Achieve legislation in 2012. It was…

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North Carolina: A State Where Ice Cream and Doughnuts Are Important Than Fully Funding Schools – Education Article

If you have not read the latest post by the gifted teacher / writer Justin Parmenter on his blog Notes From the Chalkboard, then do so. Entitled “After ice cream, could state lawmakers address our practice of assigning F’s to schools of poverty?”, Parmenter talks about yet another empty bill presented in the NCGA. Yesterday Representative John Torbett filed a bill entitled ‘Official State Frozen Treat.’ If passed, this legislation would end years of confusion which had residents wasting valuable time eating…

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CIRCE’s Events & Adventures (February 2019) – imaginED – Education Article

Ebulletin Contents Welcome Message from Dr. Gillian Judson, Executive Director, CIRCE Upcoming Events Learn More & Participate Study With CIRCE: Graduate Programs at SFU Some of CIRCE’s Recent Events & Adventures CIRCE International:  Italy, Mexico, Chile (Sept 2018-January 2019) Support CIRCE   Greetings imaginative colleagues! CIRCE has had an active and successful launch! Our new website is up and running and our community is growing daily. Meet the team: our Steering Committee, our International Board of Advisors, and our Academic…

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