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Math Scores Slide to a 20-Year Low on ACT

[ad_1] The newest batch of ACT scores shows troubling long-term declines in performance, with students’ math achievement reaching a 20-year low, according to results released Wednesday. The average math score for the graduating class of 2018 was 20.5, marking a steady decline from 20.9 five years ago, and virtually no progress since 1998, when it was 20.6. Each of the four sections of the college-entrance exam is graded on a
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Norwich vigil remembers stillborn babies

[ad_1] Families of stillborn babies have been remembering them at a candlelit vigil.Organised by Susan Goreham, people gathered outside a lit-up City Hall in Norwich to share their stories.Ms Goreham set up Jessica's Wish after her daughter was stillborn 12 years ago.Since then she has helped fundraise for charities and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. [ad_2] Source link
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‘I Want a Job and a Life’: How Principals Find Balance in All-Consuming Work

[ad_1] Mojdeh Henderson, the principal at Berewick Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C., sticks to a time-management plan that ensures she spends about 80 percent of her time in classrooms. —Chris Keane for Education Week Just a few months into her first year as principal of Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., Kristen Gracia was on a fast track to burnout. She'd been assistant principal for four years and
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A Principal’s Guide to Work-Life Balance

[ad_1] When Bill Zimmer got his first school administrator job in 2008, it came with a heavy dose of advice from peers who’d made the transition ahead of him: Don’t let the job consume you, or you’ll burn out. Zimmer, now the principal of the 550-student Highland High School in upstate New York, took their warnings to heart. In the last decade, he’s honed both in-school and out-of-school habits that
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The Important Role Principals Play in Special Education

[ad_1] Principals who effectively manage special education in their schools have to be one part lawyer, one part counselor—and a little bit fearless. That's the assessment from interviews with principals, educators in administrator-prep programs, and researchers who have taken a deep look at successful school leaders. The need for legal expertise is obvious: The federal government, through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states, and school districts have created a
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How Principals Can Banish Toxic Adult Behavior

[ad_1] Complainers. Freeloaders. Procrastinators. Backstabbers. Know-it-alls. Bullies. Former principals Stephanie D.B. Johnson and Diane Watkins have seen them all in schools—and not just roaming the halls or slouching in the back of class. Like any workplace, schools can be plagued by adult slackers or agitators who, whether intentionally or not, can sabotage morale and campus culture. And principals, especially those new to the job, often need help dealing with those
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Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority

[ad_1] October 16, 2018 | Corrected: October 19, 2018 Within the first eight days of school this year, three students in a suburban district East of Los Angeles killed themselves. None of the deaths were related—the students had been from different schools, in different grades, and didn't appear to know one another. But the quick succession of suicides left the community reeling. "I'm not sure how to explain that, it's
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What Principals Can Do to Keep Schools Safe Amid Shooting Fears

[ad_1] Principal Andy Jacks, right, with bookkeeper Debbie Stewart, observes the video feeds from security cameras at Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Va. The cameras were installed after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. —T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week In the days after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Principal Andy Jacks huddled with members of his staff at Ashland Elementary School to see
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What Principals Can Do to Keep Good Teachers in Their Schools

[ad_1] Jayda Pugliese, the principal of St. Mary Interparochial School in Philadelphia, assists a student. The first-year principal of the K-8 school teaches in each grade level for one period a week to show support for her teachers. —Photos by Sarah Bones for Education Week Principal Mary Beck knew that in order to transform her Chicago high school's staff culture, she had to go the distance—13.1 miles, to be exact.
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Develop and Validate—Then Scale: Lessons from the Gates Foundation’s Effective Teaching Strategy

[ad_1] Standards-based reform. School-to-work. No Child Left Behind. Small schools. Teacher effectiveness. College- and career-ready standards. Grit. The U.S. education policy community has a long history of picking up and later dropping reform ideas. Still, it is hard to believe that, just a few years ago, the mayor of Washington, D.C., was unseated, teachers were on strike in Chicago, and the public forum nationwide was alight over teacher evaluation reforms.