Summer Seminar Gets Personal | ED.gov Blog

From today’s “Homeroom,” the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education:

Recently teachers from across the country participated in a summer seminar to grapple with an emerging hot topic in education:  how to personalize learning in a classroom full of diverse students with varying interests, skills and learning styles.

The seminar, held at the U.S. Department of Education and via webinar, included presenters who are current and former classroom teachers who offered both the theory and practical strategies for teachers interested in moving their classroom learning beyond a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Summer Seminar Gets Personal | ED.gov Blog.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/07/summer-seminar-gets-personal/

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NCSER announces FY 2012 Awards

For those readers interested in recent research grants awarded by the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the list of grants has been announced and can be viewed that the site below. If you are planning research or are looking for a grant for next year, the list includes the types of proposals that address the latest areas of critical need, and offer a good place to explore future research options.

NCSER announces FY 2012 Awards.

URL: http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/12awards2.asp

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Two More States For Obama’s NCLB Flexibility Waivers

Today’s inbox brought an update from the U.S. Department of Education. Clicking on the link to the information site, the first paragraph that caught my eye was this:

Federal education law has been due for congressional reauthorization since 2007. In the face of congressional inaction, President Obama announced in September of 2011 that the Obama Administration would grant waivers from NCLB to qualified states.

The basic concepts of NCLB were positive, but the law as implemented had serious flaws because NCLB was not adequately thought out prior to passage and implementation by Congress. The spirit of the law was sound, but the basic policies were clearly written by non-educators. Because the country’s legislators continue to allow politics to interfere  with educational need, NCLB remains as federal mandate, taking away from states one of the Constitutional responsibilities given them. For years, state education departments and local school districts have struggled to implement NCLB, a law that made little sense for most educational systems. In too many cases, the legislated policies destroying promising local programs and even programs that were already successful in educating students to become informed and critically thoughtful citizens. Because NCLB milestones could not be reached, these states lost much federal financial support.

This week, the Obama Administration’s NCLB Flexibility Waiver program has reached the important milestone toward returning education to state control by adding two more states to the program. To date, 52% of states have submitted educational programs that have been approved for the waivers. That’s more than half of the states that have taken back control of educational policy with guidelines that address the most critical education needs of the individual state’s children while keeping to the spirit of NCLB.

Read more at the link below.

via Obama Administration Approves Two More States For Nclb Flexibility – More Than Half of the Country Now Approved for Waivers, More to Follow | U.S. Department of Education.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-approves-two-more-states-nclb-flexibility-more-half-country

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