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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12

Education Week – Michelle R. Davis and Michele Molnar

“Faced with a rapidly changing set of challenges, including tight budgets, new technologies, and competition for students, some school leaders are incorporating entrepreneurial practices into their operations.” (more)

Denver Schools Lead Charge Into School Garden Programs

Education News – Jordan E. Wassell

““Research has shown that student involvement in gardening increases fruit and vegetable consumption,” said Donelle Scaffidi. “Through gardening, students develop important social skills and a connection to where their food comes from…”” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cuomo Signs Bill For Mandatory Kindergarten in Buffalo, Utica

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law this week making kindergarten attendance in Buffalo mandatory. Advocates of the law report that earlier learning leads to higher high school graduation rates.” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Educational Reform. Why It Is Not Working

Psychology Today – William Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D.

“If money, revised standards and curricula, and high-stakes testing are not the real problems, what is? I think the real problem is that students generally lack learning competencies. Amazingly, schools tell students more about what to learn than how to learn. I think that such schooling has it backwards. In my view, the main goal of school should be to motivate students to learn and to teach them how to do it.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Explainer: Why Does the Teenage Brain Need More Sleep?

Epoch Times – Michelle A. Miller

“Throughout our lives we experience changes in sleep patterns and in the amount of sleep we need…Circadian rhythms change around puberty, probably due to hormonal changes. This results in adolescents displaying a delayed circadian sleep phase with a preference for going to bed late and getting up later than adults.” (more)

Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Education Week – Kavitha Mediratta

“By helping principals and teachers address the underlying causes of misconduct—and giving them options other than suspension and expulsion—forward-thinking school districts across the nation are demonstrating how positive discipline can improve educational outcomes.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

Education Week – Michele Molnar

“U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Education Next – Patrick J. Wolf

“The cost of public education is largely ignored by both the media and education policymakers. Many people think it is awkward, complicated or destroys the intrinsic and infinite worth of public education to inject hard-nosed considerations of efficiency into America’s schools.” (more)

A better way to market school lunch program: Column

USA Today – David Just and Brian Wansink

“There’s one truth emerging from the debate over the National School Lunch Program on the floor of Congress and in the lunchrooms of public schools: You can lead a child to vegetables, but you can’t make them eat.” (more)