Saturday, October 25, 2014

Students Speak Out on Staying Motivated and Engaged in Learning

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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By Nicholas Sella Everyone has an opinion when it comes to education, from politicians to reformers and pundits, but we don’t often hear from those with the most important voice—the students. How have teachers impacted their lives? What do they like about their schools? What’s the best way they learn? All of these questions and [...]

Are Cell Phone Bans Worth the Trouble?

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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While many districts see personal mobile devices purely as distractions, many educators are embracing their potential as learning tools. According to a 2013 Project Tomorrow survey, 32 percent of districts had policies prohibiting the use of personal mobile devices by students. That same survey, though, showed that attitudes were shifting. In 2010, 25 percent of principals said [...]

The U.S. Dropout Rate is Falling Fast, But Hold the Champagne

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker On the heels of the good news about the U.S. graduation rate comes word from the U.S. Census Bureau that the high school dropout rate has fallen to a record low. In 2013, just 7 percent of 18-24 year olds dropped out of school, down considerably from 12 percent in 2000.  Although the [...]

Are Teachers Warming Up to the Common Core?

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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In a new survey, teachers say they’re feeling more confident about using the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms—an optimistic finding that comes even as recent polls suggest dwindling public support for the initiative. Although enthusiasm for the Common Core declined to 68 percent from 73 percent last year, among teachers who have worked with the standards [...]

Scholars: What Matters Most for Successful Teaching is Collaboration, Not Competition

October 23, 2014 by twalker  
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Two researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that if students are to show real and sustained learning, schools must also foster what sociologists label “social capital” – the value embedded in relations among teachers, and between teachers and school administrators. “Social capital is the glue that holds a school together. It complements teacher skill, [...]

Master Teachers Discuss Pathways to Leadership – Inside and Outside the Classroom

October 22, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler Even as far back as the nineteenth century, policymakers overstepping their bounds in the debate over education were a problem. Renowned philosopher and educational psychologist William James, says David Berliner, sounded the alarm more than 150 years ago by proclaiming that lawmaking should not interfere with the art of teaching. “James warned [...]

These Are The States Where Kids Have The Best Opportunities In Education

October 22, 2014 by twalker  
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A new index released Monday from the nonprofit groups Opportunity Nation and Measure of America looks at the level of opportunity afforded to citizens around the country in the areas of education, jobs and local economy, community health and civic life. The index ranks the best areas for educational opportunity, based on on-time high school graduation rates, [...]

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?

October 22, 2014 by twalker  
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Two years ago, two students formed Student Voice, a group that aspired to “revolutionize education through the voices and actions of students.” The group has grown in numbers and visibility, recently moving from grassroots effort to official nonprofit. Their now-popular #StuVoice Twitter chats have included education heavyweights, like U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Student Voice [...]

Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler According to many lawmakers, the barely average standing of U.S. students in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings is all the proof you need that our schools are failing. They have used the rankings to push ineffective and often destructive policies. But these so-called reformers are missing or ignoring key [...]

GOP Schooled on Education Politics

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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Republicans thought this would be the year to make education their winning issue. The plan was simple: Talk up the GOP’s support for school choice — including vouchers to help parents pay for private school — and win the hearts of moms everywhere.  It hasn’t worked out like that. Instead, in Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and [...]

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