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Education Department's obsession with test scores deepens

Education Department's obsession with test scores deepens
Washington Post (blog)
By Valerie Strauss Apparently it's not enough for the Obama administration that standardized test scores are now used to evaluate students, schools, teachers and principals. In a new display of its obsession with test scores, the Education Department ...

Mexico's Failing Education System Illuminated in Film
Fox News
Federal education authorities are clueless to how many teachers the country actually has. Teenage students can't solve long-multiplication problems. This is the harsh reality of Mexico's education system, both public and private, as displayed in a new ...

Report: Teacher's aide sent love letters to boy
Kansas City Star
About three dozen parents and supporters staged a protest at the Los Angeles-area school rocked by allegations of lewd conduct crimes by two teachers against children. They demanded greater communication with education officials and the placement of...

Kansas City Star

Ford's Theatre opens new museum, education center in DC to study Abraham ...
Washington Post
The new museum is part of a $60 million project to create a destination for learning about Lincoln. Exhibits will address the aftermath of Lincoln's death and the evolution of his legacy. There is also workshop space for teachers and students, ...

LA school teaching aide sent love letters to 11-year-old boy, mother claims
The Guardian
The allegations come as school district administrators move to replace the entire staff at Miramonte elementary school as the Los Angeles unified school district investigates two veteran teachers arrested last week. Mark Berndt, 61, is charged with ...

The Guardian

New Film Shows Mexico's Failing Education System
ABC News
Education authorities don't know how many teachers work in Mexico. Teachers often miss class, and some who do show up have long conversations on their cellphones. This is the harsh reality of Mexico's education system, both public and private, ...

California teachers' retirement fund commits $500 million to infrastructure
Sacramento Bee
By Dale Kasler The California State Teachers' Retirement System is hopping on the infrastructure bandwagon, committing $500 million to roads, utilities and more. The pension fund Tuesday announced a partnership with Industry Funds Management of ...

House education panel OKs bid to expand cyber charter schools
Detroit Free Press
By Lori Higgins The House Education Committee today approved a bill that would expand opportunities for students to enroll in cyber charter schools. The cyber charters, public schools that serve students in grades K-12, allow students to take all of ...

Eastern Cape teachers end go-slow
Times LIVE
Teachers in the Eastern Cape ended a go-slow on Wednesday, the provincial education department said. This came after the department and the teacher union Sadtu reached an agreement on the reinstatement of temporary teachers. Eastern Cape premier Noxolo ...

Education and infrastructure targeted in Scottish Budget
The Finance Secretary said: "We are acting to build economic confidence. We are working to attract investment. We are tackling unemployment, particularly youth unemployment." MSPs backed the Budget by a vote of 70 to 52. Education and infrastructure ...


Three teachers nominated for Golden Apple
Barrington Courier-Review
Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media Three Barrington Community Unit School District 220 teachers are hard at work completing applications and essays after having been nominated for the Golden Apple award. The Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching was ...

A governor casts himself as an education reformer
The Connecticut Mirror
He recapped reforms he has rolled out in recent weeks: increased funding, better early childhood education, higher standards for teachers and diminished red tape. Then said, "We must do one more thing." And that is tenure reform.

Teachers still getting digital edge in Austin
This week more than 10000 teachers are in town, learning about the latest and greatest technology when it comes to educating students.

Obama Promotes Education At White House Science Fair
News One
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama hosted the White House science fair Tuesday and called for millions of dollars in new funding to improve math and scienceeducation, an effort he said would be crucial to the nation's long-term success.

News One

SC breather for aspiring teachers
Times of India
GUWAHATI: Aspiring teachers of the state can heave a sigh of relief with the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifting the stay order issued by Gauhati high court on the fresh appointment of elementary school teachers, both contractual and permanent.

Teaching schools revolution
The Guardian (blog)
Teaching schools aim to make all schools into laboratories of learning practice withteachers who study their own practice and that of others then blog to publish their findings and work with universities to get masters accreditation for their ...

The Guardian (blog)

Poll: New Yorkers Trust Teachers Union More Than Mayor
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By a margin of 47% to 39%, voters said they believe the teachers union is playing a positive role in improving the city's education system. The new survey comes as a challenge to Bloomberg in his third term. The mayor won control of the nation's ...

Alonso sends letter to teachers explaining PIP strategy
Baltimore Sun (blog)
We have redesigned our professional development model, replacing one-off workshops with multi-session courses, and created an office of Teacher Support and Development within the Office ofTeaching & Learning dedicated to overseeing this work.

GOP lawmakers revise Daugaard education plan
Rapid City Journal
An education compromise between Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Republican leaders in the state Legislature would limit cash incentives for math and science teachers to those new to the ranks and give school districts more flexibility in awarding bonuses to ...

Johnson City Board of Education passes resolution opposing part of Haslam's plan
Right now if the governor's plan is passed as is school systems would receive more funding only if fewer teachers are teaching at least five more students in their classroom. "We don't want to lose any of our teachers because we have great teachers ...

N.J. education commissioner likes tenure reform bill, wants pay changes
Asbury Park Press
Ruiz has been meeting with various interest groups, including the state's largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, for about a year. Ruiz has been praised by Christie, a Republican, and Cerf reiterated that praise on Tuesday.

U.S. News - Parents fume over accused LA teachers' pensions
By Conan Nolan and Frava Burgess, NBCLosAngeles.com
Because you obviously don't know about teacher's unions, I will tell you that they spend time trying to reduce classroom sizes, make sure students have the resources necessary for proper education, and yes, putting measures in place to protect the workers they represent. The fact that ..... Your republican politicians have made it very clear with their ratcheted up pursuit of union busting and squeezing teachers with teaching to tests rather than actually productive instruction. #3.8 - Wed ...
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New Pinterest and Education – Stephen's Lighthouse
By admin
Get ideas on how to make learning more hands-on. There are pages and pages worth of pins all about hands-on projects for students. ... You might not have thought about using Pinterest as a personal development tool, but it works for that as well. Find ideas that can help you push yourteaching to the next level. Find other teachers. Seek out other teachers on Pinterest so that you can share ideas. You can find your coworkers or strangers and start following each other. Stay on top of...
Stephen's Lighthouse

Learning Expectations « The Connectome
By Ben
Learning Expectations. Researchers have isolated a specific pathway our brains use when learning new beliefs about others' motivations, a new study says. "M'lord! 'Tis improper to influence the lady's anterior cingulate!" Though this type of ...
The Connectome

Panel Ponders Future of Open-Education Resources - Wired ...
By Nick DeSantis
Washington – Open-education efforts like the free lecture materials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and producing free online textbooks are relatively new, and advocates face questions about how to pay for such projects and how to ... This entry was posted in Publishing, Teaching. ....Learn how top technology companies are partnering with campuses across the country to advance online learning as it becomes an increasingly important aspect of higher education.
Wired Campus

Obama Announces Education Initiatives at White House Science ...
... and foundations led by Carnegie Corporation – to support programs to prepare teachers in science, technology, engineering and math, including programs allowing students to simultaneously earn a degree in their subject and a teaching ...
The Caucus

Kevin Carey on Innovation in Higher Education, Arnold Kling ...
By Arnold Kling
Reihan has some post-interview thoughts, including: At the very least, colleges and universities should be required to release data on whether or not students demonstrate a significant improvement in learning between enrollment and graduation -- and if they don't, they should be barred from receiving federal student loan money. Full half-hour ... My colleagues--the teachers of the courses--thought it unfair to test students in this way. They didn't want to know whether their students had ...
EconLog: Library of Economics...

Jane's Pick of the Day: The Social Learning Revolution
By Jane Hart
A revolution is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.” (Wikipedia) I've been preparing some extended notes for some presentations about The Social Learning ...
Jane's Pick of the Day

Assessment for Learning | blog of proximal development
By Konrad Glogowski
What I've learned since is what every experienced teacher knows very well: that assessment for learning — an ongoing process that provides students with timely and meaningful feedback, informs us about how well the students are doing, and gauges the effectiveness of our classroom practice ...These conversations and the feedback we give also provide us — the teachers — with valuable information on how well we're reaching and supporting the learners in our classrooms.
blog of proximal development

An Open Letter to My Colleagues in Education by Charles A. Burris
How much responsibility for these poor results should be placed squarely upon the individual students and their parents' unwillingness to take their child's education seriously due to its compulsory, tax-funded nature rather than as an ultimate ...

Teachers Unions, Staring Into Financial Abyss, Channel Saul ...
By Kyle Olson
Fresh on the heels of an exclusive report detailing a 7-day Caribbean cruise that National EducationAssociation staffers are currently enjoying, Education Action Group has learned that dozens ofteachers unions around the country are running out of money. According to reports published ... The National Education Association is now teaching an organizing method the Service Employees International Union has been using as well: “Constant Organizing Goals.” In a 2010 PowerPoint ...
Big Government

Duncan urges experiments in education | Harvard Gazette
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for large-scale educational reform during a talk at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. ... While poverty greatly affects a child's performance, great schools and teachers are the “most effective anti-poverty tool of all.” He suggested creating full-service community schools that can offer educational as well as health and social services to disadvantaged children, and pointed to the Obama administration's Promise Neighborhoods, ...
Harvard Gazette

Microsoft UK Education Webcasts: New Dates Added! - The UK ...
By Tim Bush
News from Microsoft for universities, written by the UK Education team. ... The HE Blog News and views from the Microsoft UK Education Team. Advanced search ... Learning Without Frontiers 2012: First batch of videos now available. Posted 1 ...
MSDN Blogs

American Physiological Society > Education
Professional development opportunities for science teachers provided by the APS ... Resources for graduate students and educators on teaching and learning ...

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