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Grit, optimism and other buzzwords in the way of education

Unrelated to new technologies, or digital literacy, 21st Century Skills are all about desirable character traits. I’m all for a move away from dependence on standardized test scores, but the focus on “character” is suspect.

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Newspaper, professors create tool to help parents find ideal schools

The Boston Globe worked with two professors from the College of the Holy Cross to build an online tool, Dreamschool Finder, to help parents locate the public school system that best suits their kids.

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'Leveling' at Philadelphia schools is raising anxiety

"It's called "leveling" – the process the Philadelphia School District uses in mid-October to shift teachers based on enrollment fluxes. In the past, the district often hired more teachers to resolve problems of overcrowded classrooms.

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Online application woes make students anxious and put colleges behind schedule

With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions.

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Superintendent turns technology against dropout rate

Oklahoma Superintendent Joe Kitchens is focusing on a strong telecommunications network and analyzing student data through various platforms to raise his district's 63 percent graduation rate.

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Administrators must rise above Common Core controversy

As widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards moves ever closer, the initiative is coming under attack from both the left and right. But school district leaders must ignore the politics and focus on the practical realities of implementation.

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Schools take the boring out of long bus rides

Innovations ranging from on-board music to digital mapping and alternative fuels are making long bus rides better experiences for students while also helping districts make transportation more efficient.

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Onondaga Central Schools (N.Y.) hires new superintendent

The Onondaga Central School District has hired Robin L. Price, a principal in the Oneida City School District, as its new superintendent.

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Hacienda La Puente USD picks Parulan-Colfer as new superintendent

Largest school district in California's San Gabriel Valley promotes Interim Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer to top spot.

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Shenandoah Co. Public Schools (Va.) selects Jeremy Raley as superintendent

Jeremy Raley, currently the district's assistant superintendent of administration and finance, begins his new job on Nov. 1.

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