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Revolving Door Spins Again: Boston Globe’s Glen Johnson to Kerry’s State Department
By Matthew Sheffield | February 01, 2013 | 04:23 A A

Glen Johnson, formerly the politics editor for, the website of the Boston Globe, has become the latest journalist to join the Obama Administration working as a senior adviser for new secretary of state John Kerry.
In a hilariously self-unaware press release, Kerry is quoted touting Johnson’s supposed neutrality. Even though his new senior aide has accepted a political appointment in the administration, everyone needs to understand that Johnson is “not a partisan.”
NBC Promotes Correspondent Chelsea Clinton’s Role in Obama Inauguration
By Kyle Drennen | January 15, 2013 | 16:22 A A

On Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer eagerly touted special correspondent Chelsea Clinton being a part…

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Charter Pulse

24th-street-elementary-schoolAmabilia Villeda had no idea her daughter couldn’t read.

It wasn’t until the girl had moved on from the 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles that the Spanish-speaking mother of three was told her sixth-grader was reading at below the first-grade level.

Now, in eighth grade, she reads at a third-grade level. Her son, a third-grader, also has fallen behind.

“You can’t talk to the principal,” Villeda said through a translator. “(I) tried to talk to the teachers (at 24th Street), but there was no result.”

Villeda is one of a group of parents working with the Los Angeles-based Parent Revolution, the advocacy group that helped pass the state’s “parent trigger” law in 2010. The law allows parents who gather enough signatures – equal to 50 percent or more of the families enrolled – to force dramatic changes on how a failing school is run.

The group has helped…

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Open Doors for Teens

In 1965, soon after John Holt’s first book, How Children Fail, was published, a teacher wrote to him, saying, in effect,

I have just read your book, and like it.  But there is something you don’t know, that you should know. For over thirty years I have been teaching in the public schools of New York City. For over thirty years, along with my fellow teachers, I have been going to educational conferences, and training sessions, and workshops, to hear countless leaders in education talk, as you do, about the dignity of the child, and the importance of individual differences, and of fostering positive self-concepts, and building on the interests of the child, and letting the child learn from curiosity rather than fear.  And for thirty years I and my fellow teachers, as we went back to our classrooms, have said to ourselves, “Well, back to reality,” and have…

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Natee Prasanpanich

Autodesk (Maya และผลิตภัณฑ์อื่นๆ) มันมี Student License ให้ใช้ได้ 36 เดือน แต่พอหมดอายุแล้วก็ต่อใหม่ได้เรื่อยๆ สำหรับผลิตภัณฑ์บางตัวในเวอร์ชั่นล่าสุดจะมีลายน้ำ (watermark) บอกว่าเป็น student version เวลาเร็นเดอร์ออกมา แต่ในเวอร์ชั่นต่อๆไปจะไม่มีแล้ว (เพราะ Autodesk คงอยากล่อให้อาจารย์และนักเรียนหันมาใช้กันเยอะๆ) แต่อย่างไรก็ตาม Autodesk ไม่ให้สถานศึกษานำไปติดตั้งบนเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์ในห้องแลบของสถานศึกษา ให้ใช้เฉพาะเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์ส่วนตัวของนักเรียนและผู้สอน


Free Software for Students in the Education Community

More than 35 software products are available for free* download from the Education Community—each with a 36-month license. Start the academic year off right by downloading the 2013 Autodesk® software that professional architects, engineers, and digital artists use to push the boundaries of design. You want to change the world. We want to help you do it.


Frequently asked questions about the recent update to the Autodesk Education Community License and Services Agreement (LSA).

Can institutions download free software for their classroom and lab environments?
No, the Education Community is available only for individual students and individual faculty members.

How does the education software differ from commercial versions?
The Student version downloaded from…

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Oxford University Press (OUP) ha anunciado hoy la compra de Nelson Thornes para ampliar su fondo de publicaciones educativas.

OUP ha comprado la editorial a Infinitas Learning, una de las principales empresas europeas de productos y servicios para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje, por un valor no declarado.

El catálogo de Nelson Thornes cubre una amplia variedad de asignaturas y recursos para la enseñanza primaria, secundaria y la formación profesional. Sus títulos complementan las publicaciones educativas de OUP en el Reino Unido y en el resto del mundo, proporcionando a profesores y estudiantes algunos de los materiales de mayor calidad en el mercado.

Inicialmente, la compañía operará como una filial independiente de OUP y mantendrá su oficina de Cheltenham, la estructura y personal de la organización al día de hoy, así como su imagen de marca actual.

Richard Hodson, anterior Director de Operaciones Internacionales de la División Infantil y de…

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Hi All,

A few weeks ago, I was teaching a session and the little boy I was working with started scratching his eyes, laying his head down, and covering his ears.  So I asked mom “Is he feeling okay?” and she said ” Well, he had a fever earlier and so I gave him Tylenol then he was fine”. I said “okay”, thinking to myself, I hope he doesn’t have that flu going around and finished the rest of my session.

Two days went by and  I started getting that yucky feeling of chills/tiredness swarm over me like a heat wave and by that evening, I had the full-blown flu.  As an early interventionist we know there is a  likelihood of getting sick  but its important to be aware of some preventatives things to do.  Now of course I take the ever so popular “Airborne” like it is going out of style and wash my hands so…

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Allen's Weblog

If you have a Hall of Shame, add to the list the name of Carmen Ortiz, the US Attorney for the State of Massachusetts. It was she who pushed for substantial jail time for the Internet Activist Aaron Swartz after local prosecutors had decided on probation. It was the prospect of as much as 35 years in prison that likely caused Swartz to commit suicide.

Carmen Ortiz, who had her sights set on Governor, was also slapped down hard by a Judge hearing her case against a Tewksbury, Massachusetts motel she has been hectoring for years, accusing the motel of aiding and abetting the sale of drugs in a run-down neighborhood. The owners said they had taken all of the recommended measures by the local police, and had cooperated with the police in every instance.

The motel owners contended that the prosecution was attempting to seize a million dollar property…

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