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Professional Development That Takes You to Another World, Almost
posted by: Pamela | April 06, 2011, 01:15 pm   

My decision to travel outside of the United States as a twenty-year old quickly became a time to observe what education looked like throughout the world. On every trip or study abroad experience I did my best to experience education in the country being visited. And upon my return from every trip I realized just how much the experience broadened my horizons (pardon the cliché) and helped me develop many content-rich lesson plans that intrigued my students.
 
Supreme Courts Rules in Favor of Tax Credits
posted by: Pamela | April 05, 2011, 02:14 pm   

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ordinary taxpayers cannot challenge government programs that use tax breaks to direct money to religious activities and schools, providing a huge victory for school choice advocates nationwide.
 
Union Battle Progress
posted by: Pamela | April 04, 2011, 03:30 pm   

Since the news in Wisconsin broke, more than 12 states have adopted similar legislation aimed at curbing union power, advancing education reform policy, and ending forced unionism. The national unions and their state counterparts have proven that regardless of outcomes in the legislature, they will fight on in court- spending countless dollars on organizing ballot initiatives and recalls. Make sure to follow the news in your state by reading AAE's daily blog posts.
 
The Great Cursive Debate
posted by: Pamela | April 01, 2011, 04:18 pm   

Most adults today remember countless hours spent practicing their cursive in elementary school. These days it's hard to remember when we last used the skill, unless maybe to sign a check. According to reports, cursive instruction is dying out all over the country. Will the once staple of a grammar school education go the way of the abacus for today's children?
 
Social Media in the Modern Classroom
posted by: Pamela | March 29, 2011, 03:16 pm   


While everyone knows that technology has changed our world, policymakers and education experts are still debating the value of social media in a modern day classroom. In a technology driven world, opportunities to educate children are arising everywhere. With the rise of social media and online learning, teachers need to strike a balance between using these innovative online tools and exposing them to inappropriate content and misuse.

 
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