best practices

A Road Map for Excellence in Education

Quality education is without a doubt one of the necessary foundations for a thriving community. Excellent schools create excellent graduates, and that creates a pool of potential employees that can help attract business.

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Raising the Grade for Public Education

For a state accustomed to accolades for educational excellence, a D+ grade surely will earn scorn from defenders of the current system. Given what’s at stake, however, we should seize this criticism and take it as an opportunity for some self-reflection.

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Teacher Observation Less Reliable than Test Scores

A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher's effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,000 teachers and about $50 million later, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks it has the answers.

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Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2013 Convention & Exposition

February 4-8, 2013
Austin Convention Center
Austin, Texas 

Folly Quarter Middle Named Maryland Blue Ribbon School

Folly Quarter Middle School in Ellicott City has been named a 2012 Maryland Blue Ribbon School. It is one of six Maryland schools, and the only school from Howard County, to receive the honor.

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Mahtomedi (Minn.) District Operates One of Nation's First Fab Labs

With guidance and expertise from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Mahtomedi (Minn.) School District (about 20 miles east of Minneapolis) is operating one of the nation's first public school fabrication laboratories, or Fab Labs, joining over 140 operating in universities and businesses worldwide, and hundreds more in the planning stages.

U.S. Lags in International Education Assessments

The results for international assessments on math, science, and reading are in: Students from East Asian countries, along with a select group of European countries, outperformed those in the United States, according to the results for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released Dec. 11.

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Minn. Schools’ Tech Team Earns Prestigious Award

The Technology Committee at Minnesota's North Branch Area Public Schools has been named the 2012 TIES Technology Leadership Team award winner. The committee was chosen for the prestigious award for its leadership in bringing technology to the classroom, efforts in building community around technology in the classroom within the school district and the community, and the wide variety of technologies and practices it encourages in the school district.

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Florida Tragedies Highlight Training Need

The accidental deaths of two special needs students from Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla. this year are shedding light on the need for comprehensive, mandatory emergency preparedness training for paraeducators.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Project 2020 Turns High School Dropouts into Graduates

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