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There was a time when textbooks added value to K12. In the old days, (1) content was truly scarce, and age-appropriate content was scarcer still; (2) teachers came to rely on the instructional resources such as the lesson plans and assignments that accompanied textbooks; and (3) students spent a significant portion of the school day, upwards of 50 percent, with their noses in textbooks, absorbing content.

The National Council of teachers of Mathematics wants high school students to make sense of their math. The organization is excited about the recent unveiling of Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, a book published last October (and part of what will become a full series), in which NCTM builds on three decades of advocacy for standards-based mathematics learning of the highest quality for students.

Though online learning is by no means new, it has been rapidly increasing in popularity over the past decade. “Since about 2002, online learning has been growing nationally at about an average of 30 percent each year,” says Allison Powell, vice president of the International Association for Online Learning (iNACOL).

The design of this site is text-heavy, with a somewhat inefficient use of space. The home page has sections dedicated to news, board meetings and useful links.

The Glen Cove (N.Y.) School District is composed of six schools serving some 2,900 students. The district employs 270 teachers.

With 18,000 students in 25 schools, and with data spread across 25 separate databases, the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ, had a data management nightmare.

District administrators knew they needed a better system for managing student information.

The Wentzville R-IV School District in Saint Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and the fastest growing area in Missouri.

Dear Readers: In these times of soaring enrollment and budget cuts, pressures are all around you to find areas for savings.

If your district has unused and used textbooks stuffed in a closet somewhere, you may have an untapped revenue source.

Revenue shortfalls are facts of life for school districts, and in many districts budget cuts are even threatening an area as fundamental to teaching as textbooks. Increasingly, K-12 administrators are turning to pre-owned textbooks to save money and maintain educational standards.

Female elementary school teachers may project a fear of math onto their female students, causing them to do poorly in the subject, according to a new study, “Female Teachers’ Math Anxiety Impacts Girls’ Math Achievement,” published by the University of Chicago on January 25, 2010. With over 90 percent of elementary school teachers being female, this finding has brought attention to gender roles within elementary education and could have administrators seeking additional professional development for teachers anxious about math.

Just days after the nation's governors, state commissioners of education, school administrators and education experts proposed draft common core standards for K12 in English and math, major education groups responded.

The National Education Association, the National School Boards Association and the Alliance for Excellent Education tout the new standards as promoting 21st-century skills of collaborating, problem solving and critical thinking.

He's patrolled the streets of Chicago, kept the local trains running on time and become a player in the highest echelons of City Hall. But at age 38, Ron Huberman—born in Israel and raised just outside of Chicago—is facing his most formidable challenge.

In districts with Hispanic populations, English language learning is a priority, particularly in the elementary grades, which many students enter still speaking Spanish as their primary language. In affiliation with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a private, non-profit organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination and improving opportunity for Hispanic Americans, about 100 community-based charter schools serve districts like these across the United States.

Whether charter schools are effective in helping students learn English is under debate in Massachusetts, where the state Senate passed a bill in November, backed by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, to change some low-performing public schools into charter schools as a way to improve students’ learning and performance.

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier recently pointed out a troubling fact: About 2,800 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were two or more years older than their classmates. "BIG problem," he posted via Twitter, a Web site that allows him to post text messages and share them with "followers"—other users of the service who are interested in receiving the messages.

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