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Right now, the U.S. Congress is reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — also known as No Child Left Behind. ESEA is a huge deal, the law affects every classroom in America. Learn what it has to do with standardized testing and what you can do about it.

Take action at http://GetESEARight.com

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I feel like our fixation on a test we give over 5-6 days in a school year is way over blown. Many stress and fret over it way more than is necessary. If we focus on great lesson design and plan our year well to cover core concepts the test will take care of itself.

The drawback for this outcry of to much testing makes us forget the need to assess our students as often as is needed. Every lesson we teach each day should be assessed through some sort of formative test. If we are telling our students information without the expectation for them to share what they have learned then most likely we have taught nothing.

http://sugoiteaching.com/home/2015/1/21/8-great-tools-for-formative-assessment
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Michael Proscelle has been a teacher for 15 years at Woodlawn Hills Elementary School in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Before becoming an educator he spent nearly two decades as a retail manager for a Texas grocery chain. Learn how he's applying his past experience in the business world, each and every day in his classroom.

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Teacher Michael Proscelle brings real world knowledge about the workplace into the classroom.
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National recommendations say that children should get at least sixty minutes of exercise each day and at least half of that amount should take place during the school day. See this infographic for more details. Educators, share your experiences on the difference you think physical activity during the school day makes on how your students learn.

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National recommendations say that children should get at least 60 minutes of exercise everyday. But what's the state of physical education in our schools?
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“I want books that reflect the life and world our kids are experiencing. I’m always on the lookout for books that feature a wide range of characters and experiences because I know these are the books my students are hungry for.” - Amanda Hahn, a librarian at East Hills Middle School in Bethlehem, Pa.

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As the student population changes, schools are adding more diverse books to their library collections.
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Schools in low-income communities need to be well-resourced and every student should have access to great teachers and an enriching curriculum. These critical factors can help hope and resilience flourish.

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Understanding the role of optimism and resilience can inform more effective programs and interventions, says child development expert.
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Two educators in Tulsa, Oklahoma have gone public in their refusal to administer the standardized testing regime imposed on their elementary school students, regardless of the consequences.

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Tulsa educators Nikki Jones and Karen Hendren Two educators in Tulsa, Oklahoma have gone public in their refusal to administer standardized testing.
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All of a sudden, everyone is talking about ‘ESEA Reauthorization” or “NCLB Reauthorization” or “ESEA/NCLB Reauthorization.” It’s all legislative-speak, but if you’re an educator, you can count on this: lawmakers in Washington D.C. are currently deciding how much time educators can devote to actual teaching and whether equal educational opportunities are delivered to every child.  And you can do something about it.

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In the recent debate over NCLB, lawmakers are deciding how much time educators will be able devote to actual teaching. It's time to speak up.
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We got giffy with it in regard to showcasing tips from educators on how to keep students engaged in class. Have you used any of these tactics in your classroom? Share your thoughts and any additional best practices for student engagement that you may have.

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Keeping students attention is a challenge for all educators at some point in their career. Here are some suggestions on keeping them alert in the classroom.
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For low-income students, the pathway toward higher education is especially hard to navigate. Many of them cannot afford college due to sky-high tuition rates and insufficient Pell Grants, which now only cover a small fraction of the costs. Unlike their more affluent peers, they have limited resources that leave them unprepared for college-level course work. This results in an increasing number of students who do not graduate, according to speakers at a White House summit on higher education.

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Education leaders discuss strategies on improving access for middle and lower income Americans.
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I think for students who are unable to pay their college tuition fees can work while learning through online degree from a recognized university.
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Lawmakers in Congress have proposed allowing schools to temporarily opt out of the healthy school lunch standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Donna West, a cafeteria manager at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, AL, and an NEA board member, explains why such a move would undermine not only student health, but also academic achievement.

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Congress is proposing a one-year waiver from new healthy school lunch standards. A school food service manager explains why the standards must be protected.
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While the nation and our public education system have changed a lot since 1921, one factor—family engagement—remains critical to student achievement.

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While the nation and our public education system have changed a lot since 1921, one factor—family engagement—remains critical to student achievement.
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As students work their way though school, they may be memorizing information in each grade level, but are they really learning?

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Many students lose the the information they acquire in school. Enter deeper learning – the process of fusing content knowledge with real-world situations.
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This problem has been identified to be the real course of crisis in education.  There those that have good grade from school but can hardly make any different in real world.  This is where research and studies have to be carried out to really work out the mordality that will place education in its rightful position to address the challenges of the world.
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