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Students’ Summer: Engineering For Your Imagination

Engineering FYIThe Engineering FYI camp from Purdue University is a residential camp for girls who have completed 7th or 8th grade. FYI campers will work with Purdue women engineering students on hands-on activities such as designing materials for disaster relief efforts. Date: June 13 – 17, 2011. Application Deadline: April 15, 2011.

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Fla. May Tie Teacher Pay to Student Scores

Florida StudentsStarting in 2014, new teachers in Florida could see their pay and promotions linked to their students’ performance on state assessments. Bills being considered in the legislature also would allow school boards to fire teachers more easily for mediocre results. Similar legislation was vetoed last year by the former governor, who considered it too extreme, but Gov. Rick Scott seems poised to approve this somewhat gentler version.

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Feature: Tsunami Waves’ Destructive Power

Tsunami Hits MiyakoWater is surprisingly heavy, and, when in motion, it can kill. The tsunami that hit Northern Japan on Friday is an eye-opening example of the power water can have—and the devastation it can bring. “It’s basically like a hundred tanks coming across you,” oceanography professor Philip Froelich says.

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Most Schools May Earn ‘Failing’ Grade

Arne Duncan and StudentEducation Secretary Arne Duncan warned last week that 82 percent of the country’s schools soon could be considered failing if the No Child Left Behind law is not changed. The administration is seeking to relax some accountability measures in the law. “The law has created dozens of ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed,” Duncan said.

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Feature: Engineered for Earthquakes

1960 TsunamiFrom buildings that sway rather than collapse to tsunami seawalls and drills, Japan’s earthquake precautions have made the nation uniquely prepared for disaster. Learn how Japanese construct skyscrapers and other earthquake-resistant engineering in this New York Times feature. Such practices undoubtedly helped save lives, though the toll from last week’s temblor and giant wave continues to mount.

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Feature: Japan’s Approach to Math Learning

Japanese LearningForget graphing calculators. The hottest tool for learning math in this high-tech powerhouse is a relic from Japan’s preindustrial past: the venerable abacus. At a time when ubiquitous digital devices are blamed for making people “dumber,” the world’s original calculating device, known as the soroban, is more essential than ever, advocates contend.

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ESEA Could Save Money

No Child Left BehindA new government study suggests that smart recrafting of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) can help save taxpayers a bundle. Meanwhile, a group of moderate Senate Democrats plans to introduce a series of bills in the next few weeks to jump-start the overhaul.

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A Long Way, Baby? Maybe.

Women's HistoryJust in time for Women’s History Month, the White House presented the first report on the status of American women since the Eleanor Roosevelt Commission prepared one for President Kennedy. Men still out earn women by $1 to 75 cents. However, fields like computer science and engineering enjoy the narrowest gaps.

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Organization: U.S. Education Delivery Institute

MailboxThe U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI) is an innovative, non-profit organization that helps to implement change in public education. EDI’s mission is to develop the capacity of system leaders in K-12 education and higher education to define and deliver on their academic vision—setting and reaching goals that increase the number of students who graduate from high school college and career-ready, then enter and succeed in college.

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