Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Call for New Charter School Standards

September 17, 2014 by twalker  
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A new report just released by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University calls for increased accountability, transparency and equity in the taxpayer-funded charter school sector. The Institute is proposing standards to be implemented into state and charter authorizer policies that would better serve all students and protect the public’s investment in public education. Approximately 2.57 [...]

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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While schools and teachers have a tremendous influence over student learning, there is nothing the teachers can do to make it happen. It is completely out of the control of teachers to make students learn; the students have to do it by themselves, according to author and educator Ben Johnson. “So where should a school invest [...]

How to Get Girls More Interested in STEM Subjects

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one. Female students, for example, are [...]

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Now California is poised to become the first state to comprehensively restrict how such information is exploited by the growing education technology industry. Source: The New York [...]

Building A Better Teacher

September 15, 2014 by twalker  
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Teacher effectiveness is a hot topic in education circles right now. How do you measure it, and how can you improve it? Elizabeth Green, who studied teaching methods in both American and Japanese classrooms over the span of six years, says that it’s not, as some people assume, a question of personality or charisma. Great [...]

When Schools Can’t Get Online

September 12, 2014 by twalker  
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About 70 percent of America’s elementary schools still rely on slow Internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated. The Department of Education has pledged financing to help improve the situation. Last year, President Obama added more spending through the Connect Ed program, promising that “virtually all” the nation’s schools will have [...]

Supreme Court Finds Legislature in Contempt on Education Funding

September 11, 2014 by twalker  
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The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education. Even though it doesn’t force the Legislature to come up with a complete plan for fully funding public education before the end of this year, as the plaintiffs had asked, the court’s ruling asserts the justices can punish the [...]

5 Apps to Keep Parents and Teachers Connected

September 11, 2014 by twalker  
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Many parents would like to know how they can better connect with teachers and stay informed with their child’s progress. There is no shortage of social media and mobile application tools for receiving instant news and communication, and eSchool News has compiled the following apps to connect and network with educators during the school year. Source: eSchoolNews

Time to Ban Middle School?

September 11, 2014 by twalker  
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The sheer unpleasantness of middle school has become something of a cliché; “middle school dance” now stands as a shorthand for any socially awkward experience. And yet, for many of us, middle school is terrible, a time when childhood is sort of over but even the mixed blessings of adolescence have yet to fully present themselves. Now [...]

Anti-Tenure Campaign in Missouri Dropped

September 11, 2014 by twalker  
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Saying the timing is not right, the anti-tenure group Teach Great announced Tuesday that it will not pursue an election campaign for a Missouri constitutional amendment that would end some teacher job protections. It remains to be seen if any other supporters of the reforms take up the campaign, which is up against strong opposition [...]

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