Friday, October 31, 2014

As More Schools Have Their Head in the Cloud, Privacy Concerns Persist

October 30, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler Not too long ago, Anne Smith, like most other teachers, used regular class periods to offer feedback and guidance  to her students on their classwork. After she began using Google Apps for Education (GAfE), things began to change. Soon, students were seeking feedback from her after school hours. Initially, Smith, a high [...]

All in the Family: How Teacher Home Visits Can Lead to School Transformation

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Barbréa Finney has something to tell the two teachers who have settled into her living room couch. Finney, 70, has been fostering children in the Detroit area for 40-plus years and she’s probably welcomed more than 50 boys and girls into her home. But the four girls, ages 6 to 11, [...]

Is it Getting Better for LGBT Students? Yes, Just Not Fast Enough.

October 27, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram Although schools remain a hostile environment for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, real progress has been made in providing greater support and resources. That’s the takeaway from the new 2013 National School Climate Survey, published by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Even though the survey shows [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On 20th Anniversary of Proposition 187, Latino Leaders Promise Mobilization

October 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram Twenty years ago next month, California voters approved Proposition  187, the infamous state ballot initiative that was designed to cut off immigrants’ access to social services, including health care and public education. The courts would strike down most of the law’s provisions (the state did not have the right to legislate immigration [...]

Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education

October 15, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flanery In states including Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Connecticut, lawmakers think they have the answer for students who need extra time and support when they get to college: Take it away. These policymakers have promoted the idea that developmental or remedial education—those extra reading and math classes that students must take when [...]

Three Things You Can Do To Help Make College More Affordable

October 10, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Last year, seven out of 10 college graduates graduated with student debt, about $30,000 each, and the total student debt owed by Americans topped $1.2 trillion. At those levels, student debt isn’t just a burden — it’s become a barrier to higher education and the American Dream. It’s time to do [...]

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