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More Research On Precisely What Works for English Language Learners

Cue new research from one of the regional labs in the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences: “The Correlates of Academic Performance for English Language Learner Students in a New England District.” While it’s not directed specifically at early education, the study does offer analysis of how well various language support programs support ELLs’ academic performance.

3 maps that show school segregation in the US

In nearly all states, white students go to school with other white students, and black students go to school with black students. You can see that segregation in these maps from the Urban Institute.
American schools are, in a way, getting more diverse: they are projected to majority-minority for the first time this year. But that statistic hides the truth about schools’ racial makeup. Even as students become more diverse, many are attending classes with other kids who look like them.
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3 maps that show school segregation in the US

In nearly all states, white students go to school with other white students, and black students go to school with black students. You can see that segregation in these maps from the Urban Institute.

American schools are, in a way, getting more diverse: they are projected to majority-minority for the first time this year. But that statistic hides the truth about schools’ racial makeup. Even as students become more diverse, many are attending classes with other kids who look like them.

How Much Time Do Students Worldwide Spend In Classrooms?

Where are children going to school the longest? The graphic below looks at primary to tertiary education life expectancy around the globe.
There are 8 countries where students spend an average of 17-20 years in school: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Finland 
There are 5 countries where students spend an average of 0-5 years in school: Senegal, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Niger
The vast majority of countries for which data was available show that students spend between 10-15 years in school on average
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How Much Time Do Students Worldwide Spend In Classrooms?

Where are children going to school the longest? The graphic below looks at primary to tertiary education life expectancy around the globe.

  • There are 8 countries where students spend an average of 17-20 years in school: Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Finland
  • There are 5 countries where students spend an average of 0-5 years in school: Senegal, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Niger
  • The vast majority of countries for which data was available show that students spend between 10-15 years in school on average
Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Plenty of plagiarism is intentional (though it’s hard to know how much cheating is really happening). Many of the matches Turnitin finds come from paper mills, cheat sites and its own paper database. And, as the technology improves, some students intent on cheating will find ways to outsmart it. But with the company adding 300,000 student papers a day, intentional plagiarism is riskier than ever.
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Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Plenty of plagiarism is intentional (though it’s hard to know how much cheating is really happening). Many of the matches Turnitin finds come from paper mills, cheat sites and its own paper database. And, as the technology improves, some students intent on cheating will find ways to outsmart it. But with the company adding 300,000 student papers a day, intentional plagiarism is riskier than ever.

A Huge List of Teacher Deals For You!
A.C. Moore: Teacher Discount Program: mail in information to get discount card
Academic Superstore: Discounted classroom supplies.
Adobe: Heavy Discounts (25-75% off retail) via Adobe Teacher & Student Store.
Aerosoles: 15% off for teachers who are members of The National Education Association. Aerosoles: Members of the National Education Association can get 15% off with proof of membership.
Ann Taylor Loft: Loft Loves Teachers: 15% off.
Apple Store: 5-10% via Apple.com’s Edu Store for Faculty, Staff, Students.
AT&T:  Offers a 15% teacher discount on monthly bills in most states. This discount, however, varies state to state, so be sure to call your local AT&T store to confirm. AT&T: Usually around 19% off your monthly bill. Varies by educational institution – need to enter work/school email address for discount eligibility
Banana Republic: 10% off with employee ID.
Barnes & Noble: B&N Educator Program: 20% off list price & up to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days.
Ben Franklin Crafts: 10% off every Tuesday with teacher ID.
Best Buy: Will honor other manufacturer discounts; up to individual store.
Big Lots: Teacher Appreciation Day on August 11, 2012.
Book Warehouse: Educators’ Book Club: 15% discount.
Books-a-Million: 20% off for faculty (in-store only)
Bose: Educators Direct Group: special pricing for US Educators only on certain items; have to call the Customer Focused Development Team (1-800-353-4207).
CampusTech: Discounts on software & technology products
Crayola: Gold Star Teacher program: Discounts from CrayolaStore.com & opportunities to test/provide feedback on new products & lesson plans.
Creative Teaching Press: Sales on various products
Dell: Dell University – savings vary by college (offer high school discounts too).
Discount School Supply: Discounted classroom supplies.
Educators Bed & Breakfast Travel Network: Members can get discounted travel at $40 per night for 2 people; Home Stays with other members of the EBBN
ETA/Cuisenaire: Outlet Store – up to 75% discount on classroom supplies
Explorica: Book trips & join Extra Rewards program: chance to attend an international teacher convention for free
FedEx Office: National Educators Discount Program: 15% off
Gradware: Discounts vary, good for student or teachers, just online
Half Price Books: Teacher & Librarian Discount Card: 10% off
Hancock Fabrics: Show your school ID for 15% off.
Home Depot: Teachers pay no sales tax with tax exempt paperwork. (in-store only)
HP: Up to 10% off via Academic Purchase Programs.
Izzit.org: Free educational DVD to teachers grade 6-12 on their birthday.
J. Crew: valid at outlet locations as well: 15% off with employee ID.
JoAnn Fabrics: 15% off with Teacher Rewards membership. JourneyEd.com: Faculty pricing – varies by school
Kmart:Various teacher-exclusive savings.
Lakeshore Learning: Teacher’s Club Members can save 15% and monthly specials.
Lenovo: 5% off.
Life’s Little Favors: Call customer service at 1-800-406-9985 to find out how you can get 10% off at this online favor boutique. (in-store only)
Lowe’s: Teacher’s pay no sales tax with tax exempt paper work (in-store only).
Magmall.com: Educator Subscription Discounts: up to 50% off regular magazine subscription rates.
Marriott Hotels: Discounts vary. Show your ID and say you’re a local government employee.
Michael’s: 15% off with school ID
MPM School Supplies: 10% off for teachers on their first purchase.
My Corporate Logo: 15% off custom logo design (code: bWNsMDAx)
National Geographic: Teachers are eligible for discount on Geographic Project kits; Have to email info to receive additional info about discounts.
National Park Service: Show a valid school ID to receive 15% off park purchases. This is not valid on park entry fees, camping fees or Smoky the Bear Petting Zoo fees.
NEA (National Education Association): Various NEA member benefits & discounts
NY & Co.: 5% off with employee ID.
Office Depot: Star Teacher Program: 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, & paper; 1% back on almost everything else; 15% off copy & print orders.
Office Max: MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers: $10 reward for every $75 spent.
PBS: PBS Teachers program: sign up to receive 10% discount on next purchase at ShopPBS for Teachers
PETCO: Free aquarium for select teachers with application (PETCO only gives this aquarium to a set number of teachers each year)
Pets in the Classroom: Teachers of pre-K-8th grade students in both public and private schools can apply for a hassle free grant that will refund them the costs of having a small classroom pet (Up to $150).
Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off depending on the store with a teacher I.D. (in-store only)
PrintPal.com: School sales & discounts: 10% discount on all orders over $100
Raymond Geddes: Take 10% off any order with code WEB1 at checkout.
Regal Theaters:  in-theater only, *depends on theater, usually 25% off
Replace My Contacts:  5% off an order of $100 or more
Room Store Furniture: 10% off with school ID  (in-store only).
Schlotsky’s: 10% off with school ID (in-store only)
Software Express: Discounts of up to 75% from a variety of publishers, requires a teacher ID and email from the principal
Sony: Eye on Education Program: various pricing discounts, financing solutions, & trade-in programs.
Sprint: Up to 18% off for teachers in participating schools.
Staples: Teacher Rewards Program: 10% back in rewards on most purchases.
Student Universe: Discounted group airfares for students & faculty members (groups of 12+)
Teacher Deals: Teaching supplies at 20-50% off everyday
Teacher eBooks Now: Features a “deal of the day,” discounted downloadable e-books
TeacherDisCount.biz: Various discounts for NEA members/AFT members/Non-Union teachers
Teachers Travel Web: B&B and home exchange for members worldwide
Teachers’ Discount: Discounted classroom supplies
Teachers’ Insurance Plan:  Special savings on car insurance for active & retired education professionals
TeacherStorehouse.com: Gain credits toward future purchases, get 2% of all purchases made by people you refer to the site.
The Container Store: Organized Teacher Discount Program: 10% off.
The Limited: 15% off with pay stub or teacher ID card.
The Teacher Store at Scholastic.com: Up to 50% off deals and sales
ThinkEDU: Teacher discounts on software, hardware, textbooks, Apple products and more
Time Magazine for Kids: School-wide volume discounts (from 10-99 to 300+)
Vacations To Go: Cruise discounts – vary by cruise line & availability
Verizon: Employee Discount Program: varies. Visible Changes: 10% off with school ID. Just show your ID the first time you get your hair cut there.
Western Digital Store: 20% off all products when you create an account with a school email address.
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A Huge List of Teacher Deals For You!

  • A.C. Moore: Teacher Discount Program: mail in information to get discount card
  • Academic SuperstoreDiscounted classroom supplies.
  • Adobe: Heavy Discounts (25-75% off retail) via Adobe Teacher & Student Store.
  • Aerosoles: 15% off for teachers who are members of The National Education Association. AerosolesMembers of the National Education Association can get 15% off with proof of membership.
  • Ann Taylor Loft: Loft Loves Teachers: 15% off.
  • Apple Store: 5-10% via Apple.com’s Edu Store for Faculty, Staff, Students.
  • AT&T:  Offers a 15% teacher discount on monthly bills in most states. This discount, however, varies state to state, so be sure to call your local AT&T store to confirm. AT&TUsually around 19% off your monthly bill. Varies by educational institution – need to enter work/school email address for discount eligibility
  • Banana Republic: 10% off with employee ID.
  • Barnes & Noble: B&N Educator Program: 20% off list price & up to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days.
  • Ben Franklin Crafts: 10% off every Tuesday with teacher ID.
  • Best BuyWill honor other manufacturer discounts; up to individual store.
  • Big Lots: Teacher Appreciation Day on August 11, 2012.
  • Book Warehouse: Educators’ Book Club: 15% discount.
  • Books-a-Million: 20% off for faculty (in-store only)
  • BoseEducators Direct Group: special pricing for US Educators only on certain items; have to call the Customer Focused Development Team (1-800-353-4207).
  • CampusTech: Discounts on software & technology products
  • Crayola: Gold Star Teacher program: Discounts from CrayolaStore.com & opportunities to test/provide feedback on new products & lesson plans.
  • Creative Teaching Press: Sales on various products
  • DellDell University – savings vary by college (offer high school discounts too).
  • Discount School Supply: Discounted classroom supplies.
  • Educators Bed & Breakfast Travel NetworkMembers can get discounted travel at $40 per night for 2 people; Home Stays with other members of the EBBN
  • ETA/CuisenaireOutlet Store – up to 75% discount on classroom supplies
  • Explorica: Book trips & join Extra Rewards program: chance to attend an international teacher convention for free
  • FedEx OfficeNational Educators Discount Program: 15% off
  • Gradware: Discounts vary, good for student or teachers, just online
  • Half Price Books: Teacher & Librarian Discount Card: 10% off
  • Hancock Fabrics: Show your school ID for 15% off.
  • Home DepotTeachers pay no sales tax with tax exempt paperwork. (in-store only)
  • HP: Up to 10% off via Academic Purchase Programs.
  • Izzit.org: Free educational DVD to teachers grade 6-12 on their birthday.
  • J. Crew: valid at outlet locations as well: 15% off with employee ID.
  • JoAnn Fabrics15% off with Teacher Rewards membership. JourneyEd.com: Faculty pricing – varies by school
  • Kmart:Various teacher-exclusive savings.
  • Lakeshore Learning: Teacher’s Club Members can save 15% and monthly specials.
  • Lenovo5% off.
  • Life’s Little Favors: Call customer service at 1-800-406-9985 to find out how you can get 10% off at this online favor boutique. (in-store only)
  • Lowe’s: Teacher’s pay no sales tax with tax exempt paper work (in-store only).
  • Magmall.com: Educator Subscription Discounts: up to 50% off regular magazine subscription rates.
  • Marriott Hotels: Discounts vary. Show your ID and say you’re a local government employee.
  • Michael’s: 15% off with school ID
  • MPM School Supplies: 10% off for teachers on their first purchase.
  • My Corporate Logo: 15% off custom logo design (code: bWNsMDAx)
  • National Geographic: Teachers are eligible for discount on Geographic Project kits; Have to email info to receive additional info about discounts.
  • National Park Service: Show a valid school ID to receive 15% off park purchases. This is not valid on park entry fees, camping fees or Smoky the Bear Petting Zoo fees.
  • NEA (National Education Association)Various NEA member benefits & discounts
  • NY & Co.: 5% off with employee ID.
  • Office Depot: Star Teacher Program: 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, & paper; 1% back on almost everything else; 15% off copy & print orders.
  • Office Max: MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers: $10 reward for every $75 spent.
  • PBS: PBS Teachers program: sign up to receive 10% discount on next purchase at ShopPBS for Teachers
  • PETCO: Free aquarium for select teachers with application (PETCO only gives this aquarium to a set number of teachers each year)
  • Pets in the ClassroomTeachers of pre-K-8th grade students in both public and private schools can apply for a hassle free grant that will refund them the costs of having a small classroom pet (Up to $150).
  • Pizza Hut: 10%-20% off depending on the store with a teacher I.D. (in-store only)
  • PrintPal.com: School sales & discounts: 10% discount on all orders over $100
  • Raymond Geddes: Take 10% off any order with code WEB1 at checkout.
  • Regal Theaters:  in-theater only, *depends on theater, usually 25% off
  • Replace My Contacts:  5% off an order of $100 or more
  • Room Store Furniture: 10% off with school ID  (in-store only).
  • Schlotsky’s: 10% off with school ID (in-store only)
  • Software Express: Discounts of up to 75% from a variety of publishers, requires a teacher ID and email from the principal
  • Sony: Eye on Education Program: various pricing discounts, financing solutions, & trade-in programs.
  • Sprint: Up to 18% off for teachers in participating schools.
  • StaplesTeacher Rewards Program: 10% back in rewards on most purchases.
  • Student UniverseDiscounted group airfares for students & faculty members (groups of 12+)
  • Teacher Deals: Teaching supplies at 20-50% off everyday
  • Teacher eBooks Now: Features a “deal of the day,” discounted downloadable e-books
  • TeacherDisCount.biz: Various discounts for NEA members/AFT members/Non-Union teachers
  • Teachers Travel Web: B&B and home exchange for members worldwide
  • Teachers’ Discount: Discounted classroom supplies
  • Teachers’ Insurance Plan:  Special savings on car insurance for active & retired education professionals
  • TeacherStorehouse.com: Gain credits toward future purchases, get 2% of all purchases made by people you refer to the site.
  • The Container Store: Organized Teacher Discount Program: 10% off.
  • The Limited: 15% off with pay stub or teacher ID card.
  • The Teacher Store at Scholastic.com: Up to 50% off deals and sales
  • ThinkEDU: Teacher discounts on software, hardware, textbooks, Apple products and more
  • Time Magazine for Kids: School-wide volume discounts (from 10-99 to 300+)
  • Vacations To Go: Cruise discounts – vary by cruise line & availability
  • Verizon: Employee Discount Program: varies. Visible Changes: 10% off with school ID. Just show your ID the first time you get your hair cut there.
  • Western Digital Store: 20% off all products when you create an account with a school email address.

Integrating game-based learning into the new school year

The Cost of Raising & Educating Kids

The average cost of raising a child from birth through age 18 is about $250,000 (excluding the cost of birth, college, and lost wages in between) or $13,900 per year. That Department of Agriculture estimate includes an extra bedroom and some transportation cost which, for some families, may not be a marginal cost. But it is still breathtakingly high–about a quarter of annual median income of $54,000.
While more than 90% of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). The grand total of $32,600 to raise a kid raises questions about economic sustainability. The disproportionality that falls on low income families raises questions about equity.

The Cost of Raising & Educating Kids

The average cost of raising a child from birth through age 18 is about $250,000 (excluding the cost of birth, college, and lost wages in between) or $13,900 per year. That Department of Agriculture estimate includes an extra bedroom and some transportation cost which, for some families, may not be a marginal cost. But it is still breathtakingly high–about a quarter of annual median income of $54,000.

While more than 90% of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). The grand total of $32,600 to raise a kid raises questions about economic sustainability. The disproportionality that falls on low income families raises questions about equity.

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Scientists report that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other screen did substantially better at reading emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who, as usual, spent hours each day looking at their smartphones and other screens.

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In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Scientists report that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other screen did substantially better at reading emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who, as usual, spent hours each day looking at their smartphones and other screens.

image via flickr:CC | danielito311