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Articles by Jenna Zwang

Originally from Seattle, Jenna graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At USC, she studied in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where she earned her B.A. in broadcast journalism and minored in peace &

New film fights negative perception of teachers

New film fights negative perception of teachers

Think of it as kryptonite for ‘Superman’: As lawmakers work to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights and school reformers place much of the blame for the problems plaguing…

Textbook-free schools share experiences, insights

Textbook-free schools share experiences, insights

Nearly one year after a pilot program that put Virginia's fourth, seventh, and ninth grade social studies curriculum on an iPad, Virginia state officials say they have learned much from…

Social websites are latest sources for plagiarized material

Plagiarism is going social, according to Turnitin.com, which found that one-third of plagiarized material in student papers can be traced to social networking, content sharing, or question-and-answer websites. “That’s what [students…

Teachers prepare for 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

As the nation prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, many teachers are struggling with how to teach about the…

Resources for teaching about 9-11

From the NCSS, a variety of resources and lesson plans on 9/11 and the war in Iraq: http://www.socialstudies.org/resources/moments From PBS, “America Responds”: A lesson that is cited and used by…

Survey suggests Americans support teachers, but not online education

New poll results from Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup reveal that the American public has an overall positive outlook on its children’s schools, although poll respondents seem to oppose online…

Companies focus on student health, nutrition

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, and as First Lady Michelle Obama promotes her “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage children and families to live active, healthy lifestyles, student health…

Seven keys to an effective autism education program

With incidences of reported autism increasing exponentially, educators are struggling to accommodate the needs of this growing population of students. But some key steps, including individualized assessments and data tracking,…

Maryland becomes first state with environmental literacy requirement

Maryland has become the first state to mandate an environmental literacy requirement for all students: A new policy adopted by the state board of education requires public schools to work…

Matt Damon, others speak out to ‘Save Our Schools’

Teachers and their supporters turned out by the thousands July 30 for the Save Our Schools March in Washington, D.C. They came to protest budget cuts, the outdated No Child…

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