Google is teaming up with Discovery Education to give students an opportunity to meet the artists behind Google's doodles via a virtual field trip. The event, dubbed "From Sketches to the Google Homepage," is part of the seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition and will be broadcast live from the company's headquarters March 5 at 1 pm Eastern.
Every year, more than 2 million adults are released from prisons and jails in the United States. Of those, some 40 percent find themselves incarcerated within three years of their release. But prison education programs can curb the three-year rate of recidivism by as much as 13 full percentage points. Unfortunately, according to a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, those education programs saw some drastic cuts in the four years immediately following the start of the recession, especially in states with higher prison populations.
Teacher evaluation systems are being foisted on administrators without the preparation, tools or support needed to make the systems serve their theoretical purpose — improvements in the practice of teaching. "If we expect teacher evaluation to lead to improved instruction and learning in schools, we must provide the tools, resources and knowledge that principals need to implement successful teacher evaluation models," according to Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Google this week formally launched its fourth-annual Google Science Fair, which calls on students aged 13 to 18 to submit experiments following this year's theme: "It's your turn to change the world."
When schools need technology and districts can't provide it, sometimes the only way to find the funds is to get creative.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
People are most likely to donate money to pre-K to grade 5 literacy projects at schools close to home, according to information released by Looker and DonorsChoose.org.
Most state education agencies have chosen to close or restructure low-performing schools rather than shifting more effective educators to those schools, according to a new report.
President Obama expects to request new funding in the federal budget for the next fiscal year specifically to help teachers and administrators obtain professional development to help them make the transition to digital learning.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Linking student test data to individual teachers is the biggest challenge of establishing data systems to improve student achievement, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.
A Recovery Act requirement for state education agencies to support linking educator compensation and evaluation to student achievement has presented significant challenges, and fewer than 10 SEAs supported that goal by the end of the 2010-2011 school year, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.