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Ed secretary Duncan spotlights West Caldwell Tech as model for nation

They added an hour to every school day and gave students laptops to continue their studies at home. They hired more teachers and worked with veterans and rookies alike to improve their classroom strategies. Three years later, student achievement at West Caldwell Tech has soared, with dramatic increases in state test scores, an increased graduation rate and more students applying for college.

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Strengthening the link between technology and education

Silicon Valley is widely regarded as the birthplace and nursery of digital innovation. Technology continuously arising from the Valley is substantial, and these leaps forward have fundamentally changed the way our world functions and thinks. There is a compelling argument that this model should be expanded to include education policy, where there exists a strong need to foster innovation, not limit it.

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Obama joins celebrities, politicians, tech firms to launch coding initiative

This week marks the official launch of Hours of Code, a campaign asking every U.S. teacher to dedicate one hour of class time to educating students about computer science and programming. Founded by brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi and their nonprofit Code.org, the event is timed in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week.

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2014 AAAS Annual Meeting

February 13, 2014

Chicago, Ill.

ACLU asks court to stop subpoenas in Montclair Board of Ed probe

Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey are seeking a court order to quash a subpoena issued by the Montclair Board of Education as part of its investigation into the public disclosure of student tests. Representing an anonymous client who uses the name “Assessmentgate,” the ACLU was scheduled to appear yesterday in Essex County Superior Court.

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San Francisco middle schools use innovation gift for technology

San Francisco middle schools are in the midst of spending the largest gift ever given to the district. In October, Salesforce.com’s CEO Marc Benioff gave $2.7 million to the San Francisco USD, with the only requirement being that the money goes toward “innovation.” About half of it will be used to beef up the district's technology infrastructure. The rest will be given in the form of $100,000 grants to middle school principals.

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Top 100: K12 leaders choose the most effective products of the year

The editors of District Administration magazine are proud to present the 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. This year’s winners were chosen from more than 1,800 unique nominations sent by K12 leaders who detailed the products’ positive impacts on their schools.

Elementary school principal moves to district tech position

Joseph Mazza, who has been principal of Knapp Elementary School since 2007, part of the North Penn School District, is stepping down effective Dec. 4 to accept a grant-funded position within the district that involves helping administrators, home and school associations, teachers and other groups to connect and collaborate through social media.

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S.C. district’s new tech director shares passion for electronics

Andrew Cox, the Aiken County School District's new tech director, is a self-described classic computer geek with a long career in technology that started in the Aiken district. He succeeds Dal Stanley, who will retire in January after 27 years with the South Carolina district.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

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