Up to $100,000 for arts education

The NEA is sponsoring the School-Based Grants for Arts Education, which provide $10,000-100,000 to projects that help K-12 children and youth acquire knowledge and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Projects must also apply national or state arts education standards and include experience, study, performance, and assessment.

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$25,000 for encouraging leadership in the Jewish community

The Hadassah Foundation offers up to $25,000 to programs that encourage self-confidence, leadership skills, and healthy lifestyle choices among adolescent girls and young women in the Jewish community. Programs should provide awareness and training for influential adults (parents, teachers, staff, mentors, and volunteers) who work with adolescent girls and young women ages 12-26. Applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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$10,000 for the winner of the Outstanding Young Educator Award

Nominees for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award should be preK-20 education professionals, 40 years of age or younger, and demonstrate exemplary commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession. The winner will receive a check for $10,000, be profiled in Educational Leadership Magazine, and be honored during a general session at the ASCD Annual Conference. The winner will also receive an ASCD Institutional Membership for his or her school or district.

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$5,000 to improve asthma education

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the AAFA are offering the Everyone Breathe Asthma Education Savings Bond and Grant program, which invites K-12 parents to nominate their children with asthma to receive a $2,500 savings bond. Grants will be awarded based on the level of commitment demonstrated by parents and school administrators to implement and sustain a plan of asthma care and education at their schools.

There will be 10 grand prize winners: The nominated child with asthma will receive a $2,500 savings bond, and the nominated school will receive $5,000 to improve the quality of asthma care and asthma education. In addition, 50 second-place winners and their nominated schools will each receive asthma nebulizer kits.

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Lecture capture used to proctor exams in higher education

Monitoring test takers with lecture-capture technology can save campuses money.

Valerie DeVoss knows what test cheating sounds like: Tapping on a smart phone, the rustling of unseen papers, and barely audible whispering – all tipoffs that can be recorded by lecture capture systems used to proctor exams for online students.

Devoss, nursing instructor at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Wyoming, said the campus’s switch to equipment traditionally used for recording professors’ lectures has helped educators there more closely monitor students who take quizzes and tests online, by themselves.

Colleges and universities have long used pricey technology to keep an electronic eye on online students. Eye and fingerprint scanners, along with expensive cameras are among the most common tech tools for proctoring web-based tests.

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Should professors be forced to post syllabi online?

Compliance with online syllabus policies vary throughout higher education.

Requiring professors to make their syllabi publicly available on the web could draw a backlash from educators who see the document as their intellectual property, while universities and Texas legislators demand greater transparency in curriculum, lesson plans, and textbooks.

Many college professors and instructors post their course descriptions and syllabi voluntarily to the campus website. This, experts said, gives students a better idea of what to expect from the course and could cut down on the number of class spots that are added and dropped at the start of every semester.

A handful of institutions, including Duke University, the University of Washington (UW), and Fayetteville State University in North Carolina have online syllabus systems, with varying levels of compliance.

Texas lawmakers in 2008 unanimously passed a first-of-its-kind law requiring all public colleges and universities to make syllabi available on the internet in fewer than three clicks from the institution’s homepage.

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$500 for creative classroom projects

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation’s teachers.

Teacher Grant awards range from $100 to $500 each and are used to finance creative classroom projects. The number of grants awarded varies from year to year, depending on the amount of the funds being requested. Typically, 200-300 grants are awarded each year.

The applications are judged according to a rubric which emphasizes innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness.

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2011 best high school rankings released by Newsweek

These are challenging times for secondary education. Cash-strapped school districts are cutting back; No Child Left Behind mandates test results; parents and students stress unabated. NEWSWEEK, which has been ranking the top public high schools in America for more than a decade, revamped its methodology this year in hopes of highlighting solutions. We enlisted a panel of experts—Wendy Kopp of Teach For America, Tom Vander Ark of Open Education Solutions (formerly executive director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor of education and founder of the School Redesign Network—to develop a yardstick that fully reflects a school’s success turning out college-ready (and life-ready) students…

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Worst of Detroit schools to be moved to new system

The worst of Detroit’s schools will be pulled out of the district–which the nation’s top education official calls the “bottom of the barrel”–and placed in a new system that gives principals and staff more control over spending, hiring and improvement efforts, state officials announced Monday, reports the Associated Press. The overhaul is meant to help address problems in a debt-plagued district where nearly one in five students drops out. While the Detroit Public Schools has had a state-appointed emergency financial manager for two years, the current one said there’s only so much that can be done without more radical change…

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Rick Perry signs student criminal disclosure law in Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a measure that gives the state’s teachers more access to criminal information about their student, the Associated Press reports. The law will require written notification of student arrests as well as details about parolees from the juvenile justice system. It was prompted by the 2009 fatal stabbing of a teacher in Tyler, Texas, by a 16-year-old who had been released from the Texas Youth Commission…

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