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Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
Generally, boys and girls become more polarized through their first years in school. Now, researchers have started to explore how to span that sex divide and are finding that more-equitable coed classrooms can have social and academic benefits for boys and girls alike. While children of both sexes play together as toddlers, by the end of…
Descriptors: Coeducation, Interpersonal Competence, Sex Stereotypes, Gender Bias
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
Dozens of teachers and literacy specialists from across the country hunkered down in Baltimore at round tables, with laptops, pens, and paper, intent on rewriting the collections that wield tremendous influence over the way millions of U.S. children learn literacy skills: the big-name basal readers. Hailing from 18 school districts in 11 states,…
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Literacy, Reading Instruction, State Standards
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
For a generation of children immersed in technology, emerging research suggests that while the temptation to multitask may be pervasive, the ability to control it could be the real bellwether of academic success. The pervasiveness of technology and social media, coupled with a fear of missing out on something important, has led students to pay…
Descriptors: Self Control, Brain, Reaction Time, Attention
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2012
An ambitious effort to refocus K-12 science education across the nation entered a new phase last week with the release of the first public draft of voluntary, "next generation" science standards. Organizers say the standards aim not simply to provide a foundation of essential knowledge, but also to ensure that students apply that learning through…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education, Academic Standards, Adoption (Ideas)
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
A new generation of education advocacy groups has emerged to play a formidable political role in states and communities across the country. Those groups are shaping policy through aggressive lobbying and campaign activity--an evolution in advocacy that is primed to continue in the 2012 elections and beyond. Though the record of their electoral…
Descriptors: Advocacy, National Organizations, Politics of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2012
As a new breed of national education advocacy organizations gains clout, they're entering into often-uneasy relationships with teachers' unions--and running into a debate about whether they can play a grassroots "ground game" comparable to that of labor. For many unions, the policy changes the newer groups typically support--staffing based on…
Descriptors: Unions, Advocacy, National Organizations, Politics of Education
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
Educators often look for ways to bring quiet children out of their shells, but emerging research suggests schools can improve academic outcomes for introverted students by reducing the pressure to be outgoing and giving all students a little more time to reflect. A 2011 study found teachers from across K-12 rated hypothetical quiet children as…
Descriptors: Extraversion Introversion, Shyness, Student Behavior, Academic Achievement
Education Week, 2012
The word "innovation" seems to be in everyone's lexicon these days; it's even turning up as part of new education job titles in school districts and states. The ideas that undergird it are animating a growing movement that's spurring new policies, programs, and products that carry with them the potential to transform how students learn and how…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Innovation, Educational Change, Educational Technology
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
The author reports on how cash-strapped school districts turn to outside groups for help in paying for staff and academic essentials, prompting frustration from some. In states and school districts still struggling to recover from recession-induced funding cuts, parent and community groups are feeling the pressure to raise money for instructional…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Elementary Secondary Education, School Districts, Advocacy
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
This article reports on new statistics which show that students with disabilities and black students are most likely to be restrained or isolated in school. As part of its most recent data collection, the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights asked more than 72,000 public schools to report how many students were isolated or…
Descriptors: Disabilities, African American Students, Employees, Parents
Education Week, 2012
Virtual education is moving into that intersection where rising popularity meets calls for greater accountability. How the virtual education movement responds to those calls will have a significant impact on how it evolves in K-12 over the next five to 10 years. This report tackles this shift in the virtual education landscape. It examines the…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2012
Two teenage girls were arrested in Florida and charged with cyberstalking after creating a fake Facebook page impersonating another student and using it to bully her. Students at an Indianapolis high school set up false Twitter accounts for their principal and tweeted offensive comments before the account was shut down. And at a Minnesota middle…
Descriptors: Bullying, School Safety, Profiles, Peer Relationship
Fleming, Nora – Education Week, 2012
As out-of-school programs--and the expectations for them--grow, the field is struggling to identify the kind of training staff members need to meet those expectations. A variety of efforts have sprung up across the country to define and improve the quality of after-school staff, some of which bear resemblance to the quest to improve the…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Educational Needs
Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
GreatSchools.org neatly ranks more than 136,000 traditional public, private, and charter schools nationwide on a scale of 1 to 10, based on state test scores. But what often draws readers are the gossipy insider comments posted by parents, students, and teachers, and the star ratings those commenters contribute. The growth of online school rating…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, School Choice, Nonprofit Organizations, Classification
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
A group of states that is designing tests for the common academic standards has taken a key step to ensure that the assessments reflect students' readiness for college-level work: It gave top higher education officials from member states voting power on test-design questions that are closest to the heart of the college-readiness question. At its…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Advisory Committees, Voting, College Preparation
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