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No Child Left Behind’s One Big Achievement?

Some advocates say the notorious law actually improved outcomes for special-ed students—and they fear that Congress's rewrites to the law could put an end to that progress.<p>Nearly two decades ago, when Ricki Sabia insisted her 5-year-old son could read, his public-school teachers didn’t believe her. …

How the Supreme Court voted in 13 key cases

Partisan gerrymandering<p>Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission<p>The court ruled that independent commissions may draw electoral district lines, saying that the people have a right to try to make the congressional redistricting process less partisan.<p>EPA pollution rules<p>…

A bunch of clever writing prompts

It’s been a bit hectic around here but I did run across a fun resource that listed a bunch of cool writing prompts. Buzzfeed has gathered the …

Tip of the Week: Listen Current equals NPR goodness

I got an email several weeks ago about a new online teaching tool called Listen Current. It sounded interesting but threw it on the back burner …

47 “Magic Words” for showing relationships in student writing

Over the last few months, I’ve written several times about evidence-based terms. Evidence-based terms are words and phrases that can help your kids …

More “un-Googleness” and what that can look like in practice

Several months ago, I posted some thoughts about the importance of creating better problems for our kids to solve. Basically I asked:<p>“If a kid can …

Google Add-Ons

More and more of us are moving to tools such as Google Apps for Educators, Chromebooks, and mobile devices. We’re using the Cloud to create and share …

Mobile Google apps – now they’re just showing off

I think Microsoft hit a Google nerve. Just weeks after Microsoft posted new mobile tools for its office suite, Google comes back with handy mobile …

Smarty Pins – Google Maps, geography trivia, and video games

Google Maps. Geography trivia. And video games. Three of my favorite things. And now, they’re all together in one place.<p>Google’s new Smarty Pins. …

Google Classroom. No. I never received an invite. But I forgive you.

Curse you Google.<p>I have consistently pledged my allegiance. Starting with Search, jumping into Google Earth, then Drive, and continuing through …

Mobile Google upgrade: Slides for iOS completes the trifecta

Yeah, I know. Not the most engaging title. But it’s been a busy day so . . . just a little brain dead.<p>But not so dead that I can’t appreciate the …

A boatload of Chromebook goodies

I’ve always been an Apple guy. Way back in the early 80s, I got started on an Apple IIe and nine-pin matrix printer before spending a few years in …

7 ways to use Google Classroom

I’m starting to sense a bit of a mancrush between Google Classroom and myself. It just seems really easy to use and I’m loving how it can start to …

2 Google Chrome extensions I’m falling in love with

I’ve been on a bit of a Chrome browser / Chromebook / Google Apps for Education kick lately. There’s always been a strong connection between me and …

These Historians on Twitter Don't Have a Large Following -- But They Should!

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Replica Edition New York Times Newspaper in Education

Bring The Times to Your Students.<p>The New York Times has embarked on an effort to offer complimentary student subscriptions so the next generation can …

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Some historical thinking sentence starters

This is an attempt to construct some sentence starters that help to scaffold historical thinking, reasoning. In the comments, please suggest others …

COMIC-CON EISNER AWARDS: Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan draws upon war — as she hopes for peace

<b>IN HER SUPERB</b> graphic novel “The Property,” Israeli author Rutu Modan writes of war’s devastating effects from the long view of multiple generations, even drawing upon the experiences of her ancestors in Poland.<p>So it was especially gratifying for Modan that “The Property” won an Eisner Award for …

The bloodshed continues

FOR both Israelis and Palestinians, the third war between Israel and Gaza in six years may prove to be the most gruelling yet. Since the war started …

Keeping politicians honest

For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something

The ferocious charge across much of Iraq by militants now calling themselves the Islamic State has created something almost unheard of in the highly divisive Middle East: international consensus.<p>The U.S. and its allies, as well as some American rivals, including Russia and Iran, are all opposed to …

A Permanent Iran Nuclear Deal Is A Long Shot — Here Are 7 Main Sticking Points

With time running short, the gaps between the negotiating positions remain wide and diplomats privately acknowledge that the talks may be extended beyond the agreed July 20 deadline, if progress has been made and an accord appears to be within reach.<p>Here is a brief overview of the main sticking …

Image analysis shows Iraq's new jets are from Iran

A Sukhoi fighter jet in Iran's fleet.<p>The Iraqi air force appears to be using Sukhoi fighter jets camouflaged to hide the fact that they were sent …

The US Is Flying Right Into The Iran-Russia-Syria Plan In Iraq

The Syrian Air Force bombed targets that were allegedly ISIS positions in western Iraq last week. Iran has reportedly sent its entire fleet of Sukoi-24 fighter jets to Iraq. And Russia has sent jets and "advisers" to assist Baghdad.<p>The U.S. military is now in a situation where it likely has to work …

Iran Wants Someone To Run Shi'ite Iraq For Them — And This Might Be The Man They'll Choose

And this move is all about Iran positioning itself to become the major player in the Shi'ite regions of Iraq.<p>Iran has been sending surveillance drones over Iraq, and is providing the government-backed military with manpower and arms. There is also an Iranian intelligence unit that has been deployed …

Exclusive - Iran eases demands in Vienna nuclear talks: Western diplomats | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has reduced demands for the size of its future nuclear enrichment programme in talks with world powers although Western governments are urging Tehran to compromise further, Western diplomats said on Thursday.<p>A Russian worker walks past the Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 …