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Educators Err When They Marginalize Parents

Educators Err When They Marginalize Parents

Saturday, June 30, 2007
By EDWIN DARDEN and WARLENE GARY

As we enter the backstretch of another school year, students have endured the latest round of state exams and standardized tests -- a spring rite of passage in the No Child Left Behind era. 

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Study: States Differ on School Standards

Study: States Differ on School Standards

Thursday, June 7, 2007
By NANCY ZUCKERBROD

A reading score that rates a fourth-grader "proficient" in Mississippi would be failing in Massachusetts, an example of state-to-state variations likely to fuel debate about a need for more uniform national standards.

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How to Fix No Child Left Behind

How to Fix No Child Left Behind

Thursday, May 24, 2007
By CLAUDIA WALLIS, SONJA STEPTOE

It's countdown time in Philadelphia's public schools. Just 21 days remain before the state reading and math tests in March, and the kids and faculty at James G. Blaine Elementary, an all-black, inner-city school that spans pre-K to eighth grade, have been drilling for much of the day. At 2:45 in the afternoon, Rasheed Abdullah, the kinetic lead math teacher, stages what could be called a prep rally with 11 third-graders. The kids, who are at neither the top nor the bottom of their class, have been selected for intensive review—as has a contingent from other grades—because their test scores hold the key to putting the school over the top on the pivotal Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAS).

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   Who Needs Algebra? Insight on Algebra Courses and Methodologies

Who Needs Algebra? Insight on Algebra Courses and Methodologies

April 2007
By TAMMY MINN

While quadratic equations and polynomials were once food for the college bound, they are now standard fare for students beginning as early as 8th grade. But are IE schools making the grade when it comes to teaching this crucial subject?

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School whiteboards: Blackboard jungle turning white

Blackboard jungle turning white

April 24, 2007
By LIA TIMSON

Learn more about The A+ Algebra TabletSome question whether the money spent on electronic whiteboards for schools is worth it, writes Lia Timson.

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How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century

How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006
By CLAUDIA WALLIS, SONJA STEPTOE

Entering a 2007 classroom is like traveling in a time machine back to 1907 classroom. From the objects in the room, to the learning tools and even the smell, not much has changed. Unbelievable if one considers the changes and innovations in all other aspects of our lives. How do we prepare our students for 21st century in an atmosphere where times stands still?

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Interactive Whiteboards: Assistive Technology for Every Classroom

Interactive Whiteboards: Assistive Technology for Every Classroom 

March / April 2005
By ALFRED N. BASILICATO

Learn more about The A+ Algebra TabletLife can be complicated in today's schools. Sometimes you really should ask an expert.

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School Blackboards Are Turning White and Interactive

School Blackboards Are Turning White and Interactive 

Dec. 8, 2004
By ERIC DASH

Learn more about The A+ Algebra TabletFor Jonathan Dakers, a sixth-grade teacher at Blind Brook Middle School, the blackboard is a relic, of no more practical value than a slide rule or ditto machine.

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Chalkless: SMART Board magic

Chalkless: Poly High School teachers perform SMART Board magic

November 2, 2002
By MARIA T. GARCIA

Learn more about The A+ Algebra TabletTeacher Kelly Poelstra's fingers are like a magic wand. Standing in front of her dimly lit classroom at Poly High School, Poelstra taps on the white board and lines of text suddenly appear. Another couple of taps on the touch-sensitive screen and a picture of Louie XIV emerges.

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