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Can the Internet save education?

Can the Internet save education?
Fox News
Put up free classes and instruction online from the best teachers, they argue at conference after conference, and all our education ills will be cured. In fact, all the leading educational institutions have been keen on the idea for years, ...Furthermore, e-learning can be a terrific supplement to teaching in what many educators call the "flipped classroom." Essentially, the idea is to add pre-class instruction, lessons and video online so that when the student gets into the physical classroom they are prepared to work through new material, solve problems, and discuss new topics. This "flipped" approach can maximize the short amount of time teachers have with students in the classroom. It can also be used by students who miss a class or want to refresh their memory about a particular point.
The online materials in the flipped classroom approach are no substitute for regular classroom instruction, of course. But it can enhance a pupil's understanding through digitally enhanced historical documents, pictures, recordings, and, yes, videos. . . . 

Schools Deal Sets Overhaul
Wall Street Journal
Dannel Malloy, shown in February, reached an agreement with lawmakers and teacher unions after three months of negotiations. "I believe education reform is the civil-rights issue of our time, and once I sign this bill, the table will be set for real...

Wall Street Journal 

For Connecticut Governor, a Less-Willing Legislature
New York Times
He pushed for an education package that drew bitter opposition from traditional Democratic allies in teachers' unions because of tough language on tenure and teacher accountability. Still, with a unanimous vote in the House on Tuesday, ...

New York Times 

NYC Educator: Obama to Teachers--Drop Dead
By NYC Educator
To show how much he appreciates the endorsements of NEA and AFT, President Barack Obama declared this week, Teacher Appreciation Week, to be National Charter School Week. So all you public school teachers wasting your time with ...
NYC Educator

Teachers' Lounge: The Bluff City Philosopher
Huffington Post (blog)
Meet them right here in the Teach Plus Teachers' Lounge throughout the week. In the Lounge today, meet Jesse Jeff, a second-grade teacher at Delano Optional School in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the T+ Network. Prior to going into teaching, ...

Conn. education bill at a glance
--EVALUATIONS: Expands teacher evaluation programs to require, at the state-level: a new scoring system, periodic training on the program for teachers being evaluated and administrators performing the evaluations, professional development based on the ...

Education bill includes literacy rules, but doesn't pay for them
Page 8A Calling it a small first step in a years-long effort, the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday passed a slate of reforms to the state's K-12 education system with implications for teachers, administrators and students at all grade levels.

Eagle Point teachers strike; classes canceled
Bend Bulletin
It's the second school strike of the spring in Oregon, which hadn't seen a teacher walkout since 2006. The strike began at 6 am in Jackson County School District 9, said Dave Carrell, acting president of the Eagle Point Education Association.

Cengage Learning and Blackboard Launch Digital Content Integration
MarketWatch (press release)
STAMFORD, Conn. and WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- CengageLearning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions and Blackboard Inc. today announced availability of an integrated solution that ...

Violin teacher Totenberg, who played for Roosevelts at the White House, dies ...
Washington Post
Totenberg began performing at age 7, and his passion for violin and teaching continued up to the day before he died, with him asking visiting former students to perform at his bedside, showing fingering techniques to others and whispering feedback on ...

Roman Totenberg, Violinist and Teacher, Dies at 101
New York Times
Roman Totenberg, a Polish-born violin prodigy who came of age in the era of expressive players like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, shared their virtuosity and influenced generations of musicians as a teacher, died on Tuesday at his home in Newton, ...

New York Times

Legislature Approves Education Reform Bill
By Chandra Johnson Greene The Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously approved the education reform bill Tuesday night, after the state Senate approved the lengthy bill early Tuesday morning. The legislation is viewed as a compromise of sorts ...

Last-hired teachers can be first fired, despite intent of 2011 Legislature
Las Vegas Sun
By David McGrath Schwartz (contact) An education reform package passed by the Legislature last year was supposed to have ended the practice of basing teacher layoffs on seniority rather than performance. But that's exactly how the Clark County School ...

Delaware to Launch Personalized Learning Paths for 9th and 10th Graders
MarketWatch (press release)
AUSTIN, Texas, May 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Delaware Department of Education is launching a personalized program for 9th and 10th graders that will create customized learningpaths for each student based on testing data.

Encinitas Teachers to Get Pink Slip Warnings
By Marlena Medford and Anastacia Grenda As many as 19 teachers may lose their jobs in the Encinitas Union School District to make up for budget shortfalls after the Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to formally issue layoff notices during its May 8 meeting.

Learning French and making an Impact in Montreal
Fox News
Because soccer is an international game, Bernier says learning new languages comes with the territory. He knows some Danish from spending most of his career there. ''The Scandinavian countries are good in English, but if you go to France, ...

Kasich upset education plan altered
Columbus Dispatch
John Kasich blasted Senate leaders yesterday for altering his third-grade reading guarantee, arguing the changes “weaken efforts to improve education for Ohio's children.” Kasich said he was “troubled by moves under way in the Senate,” specifically ...

Columbus Dispatch

State education reform package OK'd by legislators
EDUCATION REFORM • MAKING THE GRADE Funding for 1000 new preschool slots, 10 Family Resource Centers and 20 school-based health clinics Requires schools to include 20 minutes of physical exercise K-5 every regular school day. Commissions a study about ...

Kansas House approves plan to increase education funding
Kansas City Star
By BRAD COOPER TOPEKA -- The Kansas Legislature moved closer to increasing funding foreducation Tuesday when it approved a plan for adding $50 million to elementary and secondaryeducation. The House voted 99-17 to add the money to a $14 billion ...

It's Teacher Appreciation Week - Who Is Your Favorite Martinez Teacher?
Tell Patch users which teachers you think are making the grade. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged all Californians to find ways to appreciate teachers this week, designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week. “Teaching ...

Dedicated teachers
Chicago Tribune
We know it's the teachers who work day in and day out, in the classrooms, before and after school, and at home after hours, who have our kids' best interests at heart. We know that good teaching conditions in schools mean good learning conditions for ...

Board votes for teacher layoffs; SFUSD tried to shield schools in poorer areas
San Francisco Examiner
The decision did not affect the San Francisco Unified School District's ability to skip special education, bilingual, math and science teachers. The district's human resources staff recommended the board vote to ignore the judge's nonbinding decision, ...

San Francisco Examiner

Children's Vision & Learning Campaign Helps Educate Public About Visual Skills ...
MarketWatch (press release)
... May 9, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- More states, schools, and teachers are being held accountable for poor readers, but no one is being held accountable for whether or not students have the visual skills necessary for reading and learning.

House debating education reforms
Greenwich Time
Establishes a new teacher evaluation system which would take student achievement into account and would measure teacher effectiveness. Teachers would be evaluated annually and get ongoing professional development training. Sets out procedure to fire ...

Teacher at UMKC says athletes failing grade was altered
Kansas City Star
A few weeks later, Lyons said, he received a telephone call from Reggie Bassa, director of the school's Program for Adult Continuing Education, which oversaw the course. “He said there seems to be problem with the student's grade,” Lyons said.

Education chief eyes fund shift
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Ed Vogel CARSON CITY - The new state schools superintendent said Tuesday he is seeking federal permission to allow the Clark County School District to use millions of dollars in existing No Child Left Behind funds to reduce the number of teacher ...

Rethink Teacher Appreciation Week - U.S. Department of Education
By Guest Blogger
At the school level, principals could create hybrid roles for teachers, which would allow masterteachers to direct new teacher training, perform research on best teaching practices, or design curriculum materials without being completely ...
ED.gov Blog

Great Science Education Starts With Inspired Teachers
By Sally Ride
Each summer her organization hosts the Sally Ride Science Academy Brought to you by ExxonMobil, a teacher development program to strengthen STEM education in the United States. Follow her @SallyRideSci. Thank you, Dr. Mommaerts. If you hadn't taken a personal interest .... I am not talking about all the teachers in the world, there are a lot of people who don't seeteaching just as an “occupation”. Having such a teacher, is my dream coming true.(I hate schools. I am posting this ...

Reynolds teachers authorize strike | OregonLive.com
By James Mayer, The Oregonian
Assembled at Reynolds Middle School in Troutdale, the teachers voted 94.2 percent to support a strike, according to Joyce Rosenau, president of the Reynolds Education Association. ... Theteacher's union has proposed raises in step, cost of living and benefits that would put the district in the hole by an estimate $7.5M by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. .... And for all of youteachers that seem to think that you have a lock on teaching or learning, you are living in the dark ages.
Oregon Education

Celebrating teachers on National Teacher Day | Official Google Blog
By A Googler
One of the best parts of my job working on the Google Education team has been hearing inspiring stories time and again of great teachers who build strong relationships with and bring out the best in their students. We recognize that there are ... In honor of National Teacher Day today in the U.S., we wanted to showcase a few amazing stories of dedicated teachers who have shown us how they used technology to make learning magical for their students. At Eastfield Global Magnet ...
The Official Google Blog

David Moshman: Should Creationist Teachers Have Academic ...
By David Moshman
Academic freedom does not permit a teacher to ignore the approved curriculum or to indoctrinate a captive audience of students in his or her religious or political views, whatever those may be. ...This Blogger's Books from Amazon · indiebound · Liberty and Learning: Academic Freedom forTeachers and Students by David Moshman · Adolescent Rationality and Development: Cognition, Morality, and Identity, Third Edition by David Moshman. FOLLOW EDUCATION. Like. 7k. Get Alerts ...
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Criteria For Special Education Placement « CBS Philly
By amyparmenter
As the number of students in special education classes swells, some educators question whether the children have legitimate disabilities, or they are failing or unruly for other reasons. ...The issue is — if those students are in special ed classes because of legitimate disabilities, or weak academic programs that cause them to fall behind, or because some teachers want unruly kids out of their classrooms. Thomas Hehir of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, one of the report's authors, believes ...
CBS Philly

Portland teachers will decide by tomorrow whether to accept delay ...
By Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian
Ballots must reach union headquarters by 5 p.m. to determine whether teachers will accept a half-year delay in their raises and a $400000 cut in back pay owed to high school teachers. Ifteachers ... Teachers in Portland will decide by Thursday whether to accept a half-year delay in pay raises they are otherwise guaranteed in order to save the school district $2.25 million and help save teaching jobs. ... 77 · Portland deal in works to save some or all 110 teacher jobs on chopping block ...
Portland News

Hillsboro School District cutting 11 more teachers, class sizes will ...
By Wendy Owen, The Oregonian
Last month, 13.5 elementary teachers were on the list to be cut. Now, it's ... The district also sliced the equivalent of about one music/physical education teacher. ... Delay teacher pay increase for experience and education – saves $1.4 million ...
Washington County News

Report: 64% Of Schools Plan To Cut Teaching Positions | Politics on ...
By Joseph Spector
Sixty-four percent of districts plan to cut teaching positions. The report was conducted by the state School Boards Association and the state Association of School Business Officials. School budgets will be voted on by the public on Tuesday.
Politics on the Hudson

The CHE's Craven Blow Against Honest Speech - Blogs - Education ...
By Rick Hess
Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Follow Rick and AEI's Education Program on Twitter http://twitter.com/AEIeducation.
Rick Hess Straight Up

USDA Blog » Appreciating Rural Teachers
By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Today, on Teacher Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to say “thank you” to America's educators. In particular, I'd like to send a brief message of thanks to our teachers working in small towns and ... Through USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, we've funded distance education projects to help connect rural students with more educational opportunities across the country. And earlier this year, USDA Rural Development signed a memorandum of understanding ...

Chronicle of Higher Education Fires Blogger Over Black Studies ...
The Chronicle of Higher Education has severed ties with a blogger after her post dismissing black studies as “left-wing victimization clap-trap” provoked a torrent of criticism, including a petition signed by more than 6000 people calling for her ...

UAE teacher acused of standing on student - Yahoo! News UK
An expat teacher in the UAE is under investigation after it was claimed she ... The boy's parents complained to Sharjah Education Zone at the beginning of ... "She is still teaching at the school because the laws do not allow us to take ... "Our teachers often work with the social worker to find the issue and tackle it," she said .

Legislature Approves Education Reform Bill - New Canaan, CT Patch
http://newcanaan.patch.com/articles/legislature-approves-education-reform-bill- ... and the Connecticut Education Association, the state's largest teachers union. ... Implement changes to the teacher tenure and evaluation programs that ties ...

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