National Education News

Baltimore's Teacher-Pay Experiment Gains Foothold

Education Week - August 25, 2014 - 1:52pm
The school district, in collaboration with the local teachers' union, has worked to transform the traditional pay schedule into one emphasizing professional accomplishments over credentials and seniority.

Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Revisiting Limits on Screen Time

NYT Education News - August 25, 2014 - 1:16pm
It’s a constant quandary. A parent writes “I feel like my biggest parenting challenge is the battle against screens taking over my children’s lives.”

D.C. school year starts with a dance party at Eastern Senior High School

Washington Post Education News - August 25, 2014 - 12:48pm

Students at Eastern Senior High School were met with balloons and a dance party Monday morning on their first day of school.

They lined up on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules. Every senior at the Capitol Hill school was given a crown.

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Strauss: Superintendent tells parents what matters most — and it’s not Common Core

Washington Post Education News - August 25, 2014 - 12:39pm

Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter.

It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK — 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 — 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 — 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.

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Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens' Health

NPR on Education - August 25, 2014 - 12:18pm

The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.

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Experimental SpaceX rocket self-detonates

CNN - Tecnology - August 25, 2014 - 11:13am
A small rung on a long ladder to Mars broke on Friday, when a rocket test in Texas ended in ball of fire in the sky. The rocket self-destructed as a safety measure -- a common practice in the aerospace industry.

Your own 'trash palace' for $30

CNN - Tecnology - August 25, 2014 - 11:13am
From Islands to hotels and treehouses, ideal homes from waste materials

The Learning Network: How Will You Teach About Ferguson?

NYT Education News - August 25, 2014 - 10:22am
As teachers head back to school, we wonder whether, and how, you will be talking and teaching about the events in Ferguson with your students. Please tell us here and we may include your thoughts in our Sept. 2 lesson plan.

The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Aug. 19-25, 2014

NYT Education News - August 25, 2014 - 10:20am
Take the quiz to see what you know about these news stories, and to find links to more information about each.

Strauss: U.S. doctors urge later school start times for teens

Washington Post Education News - August 25, 2014 - 10:01am

The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools start class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. because adolescents have unique sleep rhythms that make it harder for them to go to sleep and wake up earlier than other people, and that sleep deprivation can affect academic achievement as well as cause other problems.

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