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Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Boston Schools Reopen After Vacation Marked By Marathon Bombing, Manhunt
After a week of April vacation bookended by a tragic marathon bombing and a manhunt that killed one suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and brought the other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, into custody, Monday marks a return to class for students of Boston Public Schools (via Huffington Post)
Rick Snyder Defends Secret Project To Reform Education System
Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended his administration’s involvement in a secret project that is trying to develop a cheaper way to deliver public education through a voucher-like funding system. (via Huffington Post)
Student Charged After Refusing To Remove NRA Shirt
A West Virginia student was charged with causing a disruption at a middle school when he refused to remove a T-shirt that displayed the National Rifle Association’s logo and hunting rifle. (via Huffington Post)
Just say no to “cinnamon challenge:” pediatricians
Pediatricians today cautioned young people against participating in a popular dare known as the cinnamon challenge, which involves trying to swallow a tablespoon of ground cinnamon in a minute without drinking water. (via Reuters)
Parents worry after Montgomery teacher’s arrest on child pornography charge
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The initial news was bad enough. A music teacher at their children’s elementary school in Montgomery County was in jail, accused of keeping child pornography on his laptop computer. (via Washington Post)
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Nao The Robot Teacher Becomes Newest Edition To Kansas School’s Teaching Staff
The Career and Technical Education Academy in Hutchinson, Kan., has hired a new teacher who may fit in perfectly at an institution with such a technological name. The Hutchinson News reports Nao, a robot teacher, has arrived mid-year at the high school but is already making a big impact. (via Huffington Post)
The Real Long-Term Effects Of Adderall Use
Overachieving students are popping Adderall and other drugs to stay focused and get ahead. But how does this habit affect them long term? (via Huffington Post)
Student Sues School, Says Bullying Attack Leaves Him Disabled
An Iowa teenager is suing his school district and several administrators because he says they didn’t do enough to protect him from bullying and an assault that left him permanently disabled. (via Huffington Post)
After “Tan Mom,” New Jersey bans children from tanning beds
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law on Monday banning children under 17 from using commercial tanning beds, a move stemming from the case of a local woman accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth. (via Reuters)
‘What Color is Monday?’ A look at life with autism
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New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders – one in 50 – up from previous estimates of one in 88. (via Fox News)
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
The Kids In Need Foundation, a non-profit with the mission to provide free school supplies to students in need, has partnered with Elmer’s Products Inc. for its second annual teacher grants program. The Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit grant will award 250 grants, ranging from $100-$500, to various K-12 teachers across the nation who conduct classroom projects selected from a catalog of over 500 projects. Grants will be awarded based on these three criteria:
- financial need
- description of how the particular project meets the educational needs of the students and satisfies the state standards or curriculum requirements of the school
- the number of students who will benefit from the project
Read more details and click on the application at kinf.org/elmers.
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Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Baby’s Death Renews Debate Over a Circumcision Ritual
Prosecutors are investigating the death of a newborn boy who died in September after contracting herpes through a controversial practice of ritual circumcision, reviving a debate in New York over safety and religious freedom.
Teacher Survey Shows Morale Is at a Low Point
The slump in the economy, coupled with the acrimonious discourse over how much weight test results and seniority should be given in determining a teacher’s worth, have conspired to bring morale among the nation’s teachers to its lowest point in more than 20 years, according to a survey of teachers, parents and students released on Wednesday.
Journal Disavows Study Linking Abortion, Mental Health
A leading psychiatry journal has distanced itself from a controversial study that it published in 2009 which suggested a link between abortion and mental illness, including such severe forms as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, and drug addiction.
Women in Texas Losing Options for Health Care in Abortion Fight
The cuts, which have left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options for treatment, grew out of a plan to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood.
Teen Sues School After Staff Members Announce Her Pregnancy — At a School Assembly
A 15-year-old New Mexico teen was kicked out of school then publicly humiliated all because she was pregnant, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
2 Children Found Living in Abandoned Bus in Texas
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Two children who were found living in a stench-filled abandoned school bus near Houston, its windows blocked and the lot around it covered in trash, are in the custody of Texas child welfare workers, officials said Thursday.
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
As your kid navigates new classes, think about choosing one outstanding elementary school teacher to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a one week-long, all-expense paid summer program for professional development in math and science. The academy was founded by PGA golfer Phil Mickelson, his wife Amy, and the oil and gas company ExxonMobil. The program was developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions.
Every summer, about 100-200 elementary school teachers from around the nation are picked to “go back to school” and learn new, exciting ways to teach kids math and science. The five-day curriculum was put together by Math Solutions Professional Development and the National Science Teachers Association, and it includes activities, demonstrations, and experiments to help educators motivate their students to love math and science. The program is open to third to fifth grade teachers. Watch YouTube videos of teachers talking about participating in past programs.
Parents and students can go to SendMyTeacher.com to nominate a teacher for the 2012 program or teachers can also nominate themselves. The deadline is October 31, 2011.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, so take some time to thank the teachers (school instructors, tutors, coaches) who spend everyday nurturing your child’s education and development. Even if you don’t have time to pick out the perfect gift, a thoughtful note, a gift card, or an appreciative word would surely be welcome.
If you don’t have time to do something today, it’s National Teacher Appreciation Week all week long, so you can still celebrate teachers. In 1984, National PTA instituted the first week of May as a way to thank teachers for their ongoing efforts in helping children learn. In a recent press release, National PTA offered these suggestions for honoring teachers:
- All-school events: Host a breakfast or lunch. Plan a school assembly or classroom program to honor teachers.
- Parents’ thanks: Send a notice home with all students to request that parents take time to write a personal note to their children’s teachers or ask parents to e-mail teachers a note of thanks during the week.
- At the car wash: Coordinate a car wash and invite the school staff and teachers to get their vehicles washed for free. Hang a banner outside the school entrance to let the community know that “We love our teachers and staff.”
- Priceless thanks: Try arranging a few different ways for children to say how they feel about their teachers: personalized notes, poems, decorated paper flower petals, construction-paper clouds, or colorful handprints are some good ideas.
- Stress away day: Request a few professional massage therapists to come and give 15-minute head, neck, shoulder, hand, or foot massages to the teachers and staff during planning or lunch periods.
You can visit PTA.org for more ideas on how to thank teachers or join the Thank-A-Teacher Facebook group to share your ideas.
How are you thanking teachers this week? What are your ideas?
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Friday, March 11th, 2011
Under Pressure, Firm Shutters Line That Made Tainted Wipes
A Wisconsin medical supplier that made millions of recalled alcohol prep products now blamed for serious infections and at least one death is shutting down the line that produces the wipes — at least for now. But the parents of two children harmed by infections blamed on contaminated Triad products said the move is too little, too late, and raises more questions about why government regulators haven’t taken stronger action against the firm. [MSNBC]
Coffee May Reduce Stroke Risk
Women in the study who drank more than a cup of coffee a day had a 22% to 25% lower risk of stroke than those who drank less, according to findings reported Thursday in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA, behind heart disease and cancer. The findings add to the growing body of research showing coffee appears to have hidden health perks. A study done by Larsson in 2008 on men who drank coffee or tea had similar results. One of the most popular drinks in the world, coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants that improve health. Other research has suggested coffee can help prevent cognitive decline and can boost vision and heart health. It is also associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer. [USA Today]
Dog Kisses: Is It Safe to Smooch with a Pet?
According to an article in WebMd, not even doctors and veterinarians agree about kissing a dog on the lips or vice versa. Thinking that dog’s tongue is clean is off base, says veterinarian William Craig, but don’t stop there. “Dog spit isn’t chemically cleansing. It turns out that it’s the dog’s rough tongue that helps to physically remove contaminants from an open wound” and likely the reason why many wounds do not get infected,” he told Pawnation. Craig adds “people tend to brush their teeth regularly and rinse with mouthwash. Dogs tend to lick themselves and eat things off the ground.” “Humans and dogs have different bacteria in their mouths,” explains Nelle Wyatt, a veterinary technician at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. “Not all of the bacteria are capable of causing disease in the other species.” [USA Today]
Boy Toddlers Need Extra Help Dealing With Negative Emotions, Experts Urge
The way you react to your two-year-old’s temper tantrums or clinginess may lead to anxiety, withdrawal and behavior problems down the road, and the effect is more pronounced if the child is a boy who often displays such negative emotions as anger and social fearfulness, reports a new University of Illinois study. [Science Daily]
Passive Smoking Increases Risk of Stillbirth and Birth Defects, Study Suggests
Pregnant non-smokers who breathe in the second-hand smoke of other people are at an increased risk of delivering stillborn babies or babies with defects, a study led by researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. [Science Daily]
Teacher Who Twice Threw a Chair at 7th-Grader Tries to Clear Her Name
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A longtime teacher at a Joliet junior high who last year “snapped” and twice threw a chair at a seventh-grade boy, striking him once in the head, is trying to clear her record so she can teach again. After Filak tried to get the boy to do his work, he instead told her to “leave me alone, fool,” witnesses said, according to a judge’s ruling that found the chair-throwing incident was child abuse. [Chicago Tribune]
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
State legislator Kelli Stargel recently filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives that would require school teachers to grade the parents of their K-3rd grade students.
The bill, HB 255, notes that:
“Although the school environment has a great impact on a child’s well-being and academic success, parents and the home environment form the foundation of a child’s present and future life. Without proper parental involvement in all aspects of a child’s life, the child’s prospects to be a well-equipped and useful member of society are greatly diminished.”
This may all be true, but Stargel goes even further by proposing that teachers include a parental involvement grade based on four criteria. Each child’s parent or parents would receive a “satisfactory,” “needs improvement,” or “unsatisfactory” marking based on the following:
1. Parental response to requests for conferences or communication.
2. The student’s completion of homework and preparation for tests.
3. The student’s physical preparation for school that has an effect on mental preparation.
4. The frequency of the student’s absence and tardiness.
So what do you think? Is it a good idea to have teachers grading parents on their involvement? What would your grade be?
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