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Archive | November, 2014

Education Department moves to regulate teacher preparation programs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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The Obama administration unveiled a proposal Thursday to regulate how the country prepares teachers, saying that too many new K-12 educators are not ready for the classroom and that training programs must improve.

Under the plan, the federal government would require states to issue report cards for teacher preparation programs within their borders, including those at public universities and private colleges, as well as alternative programs such as those run by school districts and nonprofits such as Teach for America.

Child Sex Trafficking: How to Take Action through Prevention and Reporting

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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By Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff
Program Director, M.Ed. School Counseling at American Public University

Incidents of trafficking have been reported in all 50 states. Informing parents, schools, and the public about this problem is critical to recognizing victims and also helps with prevention efforts by educating children about common ways traffickers get them involved.

Passing Rate Declines by 20% as State Uses New Certification Exams for Teachers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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New York State saw a significant drop in the number of candidates who passed teacher certification tests last year as tougher exams were introduced, state officials said on Wednesday, portraying the results as a long-needed move to raise the level of teaching and the performance of teacher preparation schools.   Please read the full article at the below link and feel free to comment.

Public school enrollment jumps in N. Va., heading to 40 percent of state’s students

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Enrollment in Northern Virginia’s public schools is surging toward a record even as student populations dwindle in the vast majority of school systems across the state in the wake of the 2008 recession, according to a new University of Virginia study.

Just 31 percent of Virginia’s districts saw public school enrollment increase since 2008, the U-Va.

A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn.

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