Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 12/03/2013

Kristen Swanson @kristenswanson announces that Edcamp has moved to Twitter for the 12 days of edcamp. Just follow and share your best “gifts” to other educators at the #edcampgift hashtag.

If you need to get started on Twitter …

“It was time to push the button.”

That is the final paragraph of Democrats were forced to go ‘nuclear’ at last, the column for tomorrow’s Washngton Post by Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson.

It is thorough, and every assertion Robinson makes is back up with …

Teachers Hate Pep Rallies!

The following is a guest post by Danielle Shanley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for New Milford Public Schools, NJ.  Here she reflects on what she say in New Milford HS on a Friday before our annual Spirit Week pep …

The importance of support positions

 In a comment to my recent post, The Librarian Bonus, Renee observes:

I agree with your suggestion. [That librarians fill the role of technology integration specialist.] I just sent your blog post to our Director of Libraries and

What does a self-proclaimed, true S.O.B. look like?

There is likely someone similar to him driving education policy in your state or school district. Watch as Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction in the State of Oregon, as he delivers a message to school administrators encouraging them to …

Thinking P-3: Supporting Students From Age 3 to Grade 3, and Beyond

By Gail Connelly, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Early childhood education may be the single most important part of a successful learner’s P-12 experience. Because of that, early learning is an essential focus for elementary school …

Race to the Top District Winners Already Changing Their Plans

Nine months after the U.S. Department of Education named 16 winners to share $400 million in the first Race to the Top for districts, change orders already are being approved.

The 16 winners have pitched ambitious plans to dramatically improve

U.S. House Kicks Off Renewal of Career and Technical Education Legislation

Career and Technical Education legislation has always been bipartisan—and lawmakers in the House are hoping that an upcoming reauthorization can continue the tradition.

CTE is the largest federal program for high schools, funded at about $1.13 billion. And its focus—career …

Federal Guidance Given States on Testing Flexibility

By guest blogger Catherine Gewertz. Cross-posted from Curriculum Matters.

In new guidance issued Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education offered states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring, as long as they administer field tests being designed …

Jobs for top US businesses

The rate of unemployment in the USA has dropped from approximately 7.6 per cent to around 7.4 per cent. Above has marked probably the least rate since what was observed in the year 2008 the month of December. More Americans …