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New York's P-TECH names school principal

P-TECH, New York's new technology-infused college and career-training program for high school students, has hired Natasha Walkowicz Shea as its new principal. Most recently, she was the principal of Greenwood Lake Elementary School in Orange County. Walkowicz Shea's new job and the new school are funded by a $2.1 million grant intended to get the P-TECH program off the ground over the next few years.

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Maximizing PLC time to improve classes

Many schools have professional learning communities and time is set aside for groups of teachers to collaborate, to work on district initiatives and be agents of change in the schools. Simply giving teachers support and time to create shared video resources for their students could be a key to facilitating significant improvement in our schools.

Common Core test tools aid students with special needs

Common Core assessments are making testing easier for students with special needs. The computer-based exams include tools such as on-screen calculators, read-aloud instructions and descriptive videos to enhance accessibility for students with disabilities while keeping them in the classroom with their peers.

Louisiana teachers union says schools lack technology skills for Common Core test

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers surveyed over 1,000 educators statewide online and found that 87 percent of them said their schools did not have the technological resources to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test online. The teachers responded that many of their students lacked the computer skills as well.

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2014 AASA & ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum

October 2–3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

2014 ASBO International Annual Meeting & Expo

September 19–22, 2014
Kissimmee, Fla.

2014 AESA Summer Leadership Conference

July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.

NAESP 2014 Conference

July 10–12, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

ISTE 2014

June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 27–29, 2014
Dallas, Texas

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