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K-12 Education News – July 27, 2009

Administration Pressures States on Teacher Evaluations

The Obama administration is using financial leverage to make student achievement data part of teacher evaluations, the New York Times reports. States with laws barring use of the data stand to lose a share of a $4.3 billion Race to the Top fund, under rules proposed by the Department of Education.

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Lesson: Bridge Building. Tension and Compression

LightningVolt_Mackinac_BridgeIn this lesson for grades 6-12, students experience the forces of tension and compression by manipulating objects that are strong in each but not in both. Students then take what they have learned and apply it to the construction of a simple model of a beam bridge and the more complex suspension bridge and inverted triangle support structure. During the lesson, students watch video segments that illustrate the design and construction process in the real world.

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Feature: Goal-oriented

Robo-soccer coach, teacher and fundraiser, this Spelman College computer science professor aims high. Can he inspire a black, female Bill Gates? By David Zax

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Lesson: Magnify It

In this lesson for Grades K-2, youngsters come to understand that there are limits to what the eye can see and that a magnifying glass can help extend those limits.

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