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Articles Archive For: February 2011

  • PowerTeacher Provides Intuitive Environment for Monitoring Student Progress, Including Mobile App for Anytime, Anywhere Access

    By: Paul Smith | February, 2011 | 43,512 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: News, PowerSchool

    Rancho Cordova, CA, February 23, 2011 — As our nation’s education system increases its focus on standards-based education and student achievement, it has become more important than ever before that teachers are able to track student progress on a weekly, daily and, often, hourly basis. Millions of teachers around the country have the tool for easily and accurately monitoring student progress at their fingertips with PowerTeacher, Pearson’s web-based gradebook. A new PowerTeacher video from Pearson shows the ways that this online gradebook is helping students, teachers and parents monitor progress …

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  • Common Core Virtual Conference

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2011 | 2,144 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    This summer, many high school graduates will pick up their belongings and move away from home.  Some of these graduates will move across town, while others will move to a neighboring state or across the country – taking their first steps towards adulthood.  They’ll move on to obtain a higher education or they will enter the hustle and bustle of the workplace – sometimes both.
    What are we doing to ensure these young men and women have received the same educational foundation?
    Today, each state has its own set of educational standards.  …

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  • Celebrating Black History Month

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2011 | 14,647 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources

    February often inspires visions of winter snow, chocolate, pink hearts and roses. It’s a month that begins with a fury of events like Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day. Although the holidays and events never seem to stop, February is most important for our month long celebration of African-American History. Since 1976, the United States of America and Canada have annually celebrated Black History Month in February. In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian and author, started Black History Week to help educate the American people …

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  • Celebrate School Counseling Week!

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2011 | 2,308 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: News

    For more than a month our nation’s eyes, ears, and hearts have been focused on the survivors, victims, and victims families of the Tucson Tragedy.  Although tragedies unite us, despite our differences, and bring out the best in mankind, the pain and heartache is lasting. One of the most poignant stories of the Tucson Tragedy was the loss of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. With National School Counseling Week drawing to a close, I can’t help my thoughts from turning to the classmates of Christina-Taylor Green.  Even though we can visibly see …

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  • Innovation In The Classroom

    By: Paul Smith | February, 2011 | 3,588 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Education Reform, News

    Imagine innovators Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates as young children; their young minds intrigued by a complex mathematical equation or absorbed in a compelling book. Imagine what would have become of these brilliant minds if classroom curriculum stifled their creativity and teachers refused to encourage their questions and inquisitiveness.
    Now imagine that the next Bill Gates (or Betty Gates) was a student in your classroom…. Would you change your classroom practices? Would you be more likely to encourage inventiveness and inquiry?

    President Obama’s recent remarks on nationwide …

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  • PowerSchool Parent Story

    By: Paul Smith | February, 2011 | 4,508 views | No Comments | Posted in: PowerSchool

    We recently received a heartfelt thank you note from PowerSchool Parent, Chris Mayersky.  It read:
    I could not live without PowerSchool. It’s that simple.
    I have three boys in 1st, 3rd and 6th grades.  This year, PowerSchool was upgraded allowing me to see all of my sons’ grades with one login.  Tons and tons of papers, work assignments, grades and projects are sent home everyday… it’s really hard to keep organized, and now that I have a child in middle school, his assignments and grades are more important and his progress needs …

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  • Decline In Penmanship

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2011 | 17,476 views | No Comments | Posted in: News

    National Handwriting Day was on January 23rd.  While I sat gazing at my calendar, and reflecting upon the years I spent in school tediously working on my cursive, I couldn’t help but pull out a scrap of paper and start practicing my letters.

    Some say that penmanship is on the brink of extinction. With a society dependent on technology, many journalists, technophobes, and educators are declaring penmanship a lost art. It would appear that chicken pecking at a keyboard is the new chicken scratch! As I read numerous articles about the …

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