America in Action: Make Civics Education Come to Life

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America in Action: Make Civics Education Come to LifeFor far too many of us, the word “civics” conjures up images of a dusty, beat-up textbook. As adults-voters, tax-payers and jurors-we’d like to think that we have this “what it means to be an American” thing down. But what about our kids? A 2006 study by the University of Connecticut revealed that even at America’s top schools, there are disturbing gaps in college students’ awareness Continue reading

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Rethinking the Meaning of Sustainability

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Rethinking the Meaning of SustainabilityIt became clear early in the RSR study that we needed to ask ourselves, What exactly do we mean by sustainability? When a community has a program in place for 20–plus years, it isn’t the same program that started some 20 years ago, nor would we expect or want it to be the same program. How and why has it changed?

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The Uniform Salary Schedule

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The Uniform Salary ScheduleFor at least two and a half decades, political leaders and opinion makers have been telling teachers and union leaders like me that it is high time to move away from the single salary schedule. For a long time it was easy for us to dismiss those calls for change. This was partly because as a profession we are more remote from the policy debate than we should be, but it is also Continue reading

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Math for Kindergarteners: Getting to Know Numbers

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Math for Kindergarteners: Getting to Know NumbersMuch like in preschool, your kindergartener is learning the fundamentals of counting, measuring, sorting, and number operations. But kindergarten children are expected to work more independently, more quickly, and with less prompting from adults. By practicing math concepts at home as well as in the classroom, your child will gain the confidence necessary to meet the challenges of new math Continue reading

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Is Santa Real? How to Deal with the Christmas Question

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Is Santa Real? How to Deal with the Christmas QuestionLet’s face it: the holidays are a frantic time. There are presents to find, get-togethers to plan, holiday parties, plays and special events at school. In the middle of all of this chaos, your 4-year-old walks up to you, and with a thoughtful look on his face, asks the question you’ve been dreading: “Is Santa Claus really real?”

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EDC’s Online Innovations Journal Goes To Print

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EDC's Online Innovations Journal Goes To PrintThe Spring 2000 issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., marks the debut of the print version of Innovations in End-of-Life Care, EDC’s online journal for health practitioners caring for dying patients and their families.

Selections from the bimonthly Innovations will now appear regularly in the Journal’s quarterly publication. Continue reading

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Competition and Charters Spur Innovation

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Competition and Charters Spur InnovationIt is in the nature of markets that some succeed, some are middling, and others fail.” That is the static view of the marketplace that induced Diane Ravitch, in her new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, to turn against accountability, charter schools, and school choice.

Economist Joseph Schumpeter saw it another way. In his view, it is in the nature Continue reading

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Young Survivors Prepare for the Next Disaster

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Young Survivors Prepare for the Next DisasterYouth who have survived a natural disaster often have insights that can help their communities prepare for future crises. International agencies recently tapped that knowledge, turning to survivors of the tsunami in Indonesia, an earthquake in Pakistan, and others who had encountered near-death situations or witnessed severe damage to their communities.

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The Accreditation Game

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The Accreditation GamePhotograph by Larry Williams/Masterfile.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (known broadly as NCATE, pronounced “en kate”) was launched in 1954 by a coalition of professional organizations from across the education community. Previously, teacher-training programs had been accredited by states, regional accrediting bodies, or an association of teacher colleges, Continue reading

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A Parent’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Reading Party

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A Parent's Guide to the World's Biggest Reading PartyOn March 2, millions of kids will crack open a book. Every day is an important day for reading, but on this very special week books get a major national pep rally as famous athletes and actors issue reading challenges, mayors read proclamations, and teachers tape themselves to the wall…all in the name of reading. And your kids can join them!

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