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Spelling Bees in Today’s World?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 03, 2011, 05:43 pm   


Last night, an eighth-grader from Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Sukanya Roy, was crowned the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion after an unprecedented night of drama. In the final moments, just five competitors were left, and it appeared none of them would ever miss as they went on an unprecedented 21-word streak. Miss Roy ultimately took it home, winning in the 20th round after correctly spelling "cymotrichous," a word for "having wavy hair." While the competition is often exciting and provides scholarships for children, many in the blogosphere have questioned the merit of such a contest in today's technology-driven world.
Differentiation Daily
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 03, 2011, 05:35 pm was brought to my attention last week by its creator, Paula Kluth, and her team. It's a potpourri of posts that provide quick descriptions of websites that teachers can add to their arsenal of teaching tools and strategies.
Race to the Top Continues
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 02, 2011, 01:01 pm   

On the heels of last fall's federal Race to the Top competitive grant program, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced last week that the program will resume this year with new funding. Comprised of $200 million earmarked for former runner-ups and $500 million for new early education state initiatives, the newly revived program has yielded both praise and criticism from policymakers and state education chiefs.

Wisconsin County Judge Strikes Down Union Law
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 26, 2011, 03:23 pm   

This morning, Judge MaryAnn Sumi struck down Governor Scott Walker's budget repair law aimed at curbing union power, ending forced unionism, and closing budget shortfalls.

National Center for Education Statistics Releases Annual Report
posted by: Cindy Omlin | May 26, 2011, 02:17 pm   

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the data arm of the Department of Education, today released their annual report entitled, The Condition of Education, meant to summarize important developments and trends in education using the latest available state and federal statistics. The congressionally mandated report is considered a snapshot of education trends across the country and is used by policymakers to determine current patterns and understand educational populations.
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