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Friday, August 31, 2012

Bill to overhaul California teacher evaluations advances

Bill to overhaul California teacher evaluations advances
San Jose Mercury News
In a showdown pitting unions against education reformers and school districts, a bill to overhaulteacher evaluations passed a major legislative hurdle late Wednesday when it was approved by the Senate Education Committee. If passed by the legislature ...

Chicago teachers union gives 10-day strike notice
CBS News
Union President Karen Lewis said contract talks with the Chicago Board of Education, which have been under way since November, have not yet touched on some issues that teachers are most concerned about, including wages. She said job security and ...

When to Brief the Teacher, and When to Bite Your Tongue
New York Times (blog)
And to the extent you know that these things impact her schoolwork, how much of a heads-up will you give her teachers before or around the first day of school? The question of whether to brief the teacher on your child's particular quirks or learning ...

New York Times (blog)

My View: Teachers deserve real merit pay
CNN (blog)
(CNN) - After reading Diane Ravitch's post on this blog, I felt compelled to respond. As a teacherwith seven years in a special education and integrated co-teaching classroom in New York City, I have heard a variety of excuses as to why our schools ...

New committee set up to enhance pre-school education
Channel News Asia
The Implementation Committee for Enhancing Pre-School Education (ICEPE) will be co-chaired byEducation Minister Heng Swee Keat and Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Chan Chun Sing. Members ... The Kindergarten Curriculum ...

GOP platform: Privatize education with vouchers, push abstinence-only programs
Examiner.com
We support options for learning, including home schooling and local innovations like single-sex classes, full-day school hours, and year-round schools. School choice – whether ... of teachers bigoted. "Today's education reform movement calls for ...

Examiner.com

Longwood teacher facing child porn charges put on leave
Newsday
Christopher Teague, 34, of 21 Hayes Lane, Coram, a math teacher in the Longwood School District for several years, was arrested by Computer Crimes detectives on a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child,... Content Preview This content is ...

Newsday

Education needed to deal with youth sports concussions
Boston.com
“Parents don't realize how much they need to reduce their child's level of activity after they've had even a minor concussion,” said Jessica Harney, director of rehabilitation services for Medford-based Hallmark Health System. “No text messaging, no ...

Is Education A Privilege For The Elite?
Huffington Post
They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they're able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams." Except ...

Miller Lite Invests In Education Of Hispanic Community In Honor Of Hispanic ...
Sacramento Bee
29, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Miller Lite, the Dallas Cowboys and the Adelante U.S. Educational Leadership Fund are partnering to support educational programming and resources for Hispanics through the "Scoring for Education" campaign. For the second ...

Word of the Day | discordant - NYTimes.com
By By THE LEARNING NETWORK
The Learning Network - Teaching and Learning With The New York Times ... Teachers can use or adapt our lessons across subject areas and levels. Students can respond to our Opinion questions, take our News Quizzes, learn the Word of the Day, try our Test ... As a Teacher Librarian I have always been inspired by the leadership of Joyce Valenza. Joyce is the Teacher Librarian at Springfield ... Other Education Resources at The Times. Education Life · Make an EducationDonation ...
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Woodbridge Teachers, Principals Punished In Cheating Scandal ...
By jessicamarcus
Two elementary school principals and three teachers in Woodbridge have been suspended with pay after state investigators said they helped students or encouraged cheating on standardized tests last year and in 2010. ... cheating on standardized tests last year and in 2010. “We take the quality integrity of our data very seriously,” state Department of Education spokesperson Barbara Morgan told WCBS 880′s Levon Putney on Wednesday. WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reports ...
CBS New York

Times Higher Education - The week in higher education
30 August 2012. • Carl Lygo, head of for-profit BPP University College, is no stranger to spats with those who have expressed concern at the rising influence of the free market in the higher educationsector. He namechecked Simon Ofield-Kerr, ...
News from THE

Sam Chaltain: Empathy for a Teacher
By Sam Chaltain
Teaching is the most difficult, most rewarding job out there. Yet we tolerate or participate in conversations about school reform that paint teachers into a two-dimensional corner. ... Standardized Testing; Ed-lection 2012; Education: Texas ..... More in Education... Shayla Smith, Atlanta MathTeacher, Allegedly Helped... Michelle Rhee At Republican Convention: Education Reform... America's Poverty-Education Link · Dropout Signs Can Be Spotted Early Among... Comments; 0; Pending ...
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Investigation into APS cheating finds unethical behavior across e ...
Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students' answer ... “ APS is run like the mob,” one teacher told investigators, saying she cheated ... Porter, dean of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, ...
www.ajc.com/news/news/local/investigation-into.../nQJHG/

Online classes tested at Auburn Middle School
Worcester Telegram
AUBURN — Ten Auburn Middle School eighth-graders will join 50 Auburn High School students participating in international online learning classes this school year. The high school students' grades will count toward their grade-point average and will be ...

CSN, UNLV experience surge in online courses, enrollment
Las Vegas Sun
When Hilary Nagel goes to “class” at College of Southern Nevada, she powers on her iPad and listens to a lecture in her pajamas from the comfort of her home. Nagel, 28, is among the growing number of university students across the nation taking online ...

Las Vegas Sun

SHSU officials consider eliminating Blackboard and eCollege dual learning ...
SHSU Houstonian Online
Blackboard 9, also referred to as “Blackboard Learn,” is not only the newest edition of the online communication system for professors and students in face-to-face courses, but online coursescould be moving in that direction as well. The new ...

GED Testing Service Launches Online Marketplace
Sacramento Bee
"Nothing like this has ever existed before," said Nick Laul, vice president of strategy and business development at GED Testing Service. "Instead of wading through online ads and purchasing materials that may be of questionable value, adult learners ...

Noida-based e-learning solutions startup iProf launches digital library
VC Circle
Two-year-old tablet education firm iProf Learning Solutions India Pvt Ltd has launched a digital library, available at thedigilibrary.com. The library features interactive content and will offer education materials for competitive exams like ...

China Education Resources Inc. Reports Q2 2012 Financial Results
MSN Money
30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - China Education Resources, Inc. ("CER") (TSXV: CHN) (OTCQX: CHNUF), a leading technology provider of online learning, training courses and social media for teachers, students and education professionals, announced its ...

Up Against Giants Like Udacity, Treehouse Promises One Key Thing From Its ...
BostInno (blog)
When the question, “Will employers ever take online learning seriously?” is brought up, Carson says Treehouse already has a built-in solution. “The reason people think university degrees are worthwhile is because they mean something to employers,” ...

UAE students 'benefiting from e-learning'
Virtual College
Schools are attempting to bring e-learning innovations into the classroom and curriculum in order to capture students' interest and imagination. The publication pointed out that teachers have already realised the benefits that computer-assisted ...

WCET's Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Brings the Power of ...
RedOrbit
Each one of the participating institutions is an acknowledged leader in the world of online learning. They include the six founding PAR Framework partner institutions American Public University System, Colorado Community College System, Rio Salado ...

New Penn State center aims to transform teaching and learning process
Penn State Live
This is leading to 10 percent growth in online enrollments nationally, according to the Sloan Consortium. Penn State, which offers online programs through its World Campus, is creating a Center for Innovation in Online Learning to help faculty ...

SWGTC offers more online learning classes « Online Learning Update
By Ray Schroeder
by Stephen Abel, WALB. One South Georgia technical college now has a record number of students enrolled in online courses. Southwest Georgia Technical College saw a nearly 20 percent increase in online classes offered and signed up ...
Online Learning Update

UC partners with California Learning Resource Network
By help@ucop.edu
The University of California this week launched a partnership with the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), a state-funded technology service of the California Department of Education, to certify high school online courses that may ...
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Developing a strategy for lifelong learners in Canadian universities ...
By Tony Bates
This means of course more flexible delivery and a greater focus on online learning. However, it means much more than that. Here are some strategic considerations resulting from a change in the demographics of university and college ...
Tony Bates

Online Learning | The George Washington University
GW offers select undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and individual courses exclusivelyonline, as well as opportunities that combine online and ...
www.gwu.edu/online-learning

Volunteer Teachers needed for Rural Schools - Idealist.org
With most programs you can volunteer as an "English Teacher" or Creative Arts ... Teaching work involves you assisting the local teachers in their day to day ...
www.idealist.org/view/volop/34XnBsx8GFDw4/

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Condoleezza Rice: The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat

Condoleezza Rice: " . . . when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going? The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are. . . ." Condoleeza Rice's RNC Convention remarks

Americans are most likely to say U.S. children who go to private schools get an excellent or good education (78%), followed by parochial school (69%) and charter school (60%) students. That compares with 37% for public school students.
Read more at GALLUP.com.

Washington Post Invests in Education Tech Site - Peter Kafka ...
By Peter Kafka
EdSurge, a site that covers the boom in education technology, has raised a $400000 seed round led by the Washington Post Co. and NewSchools Venture Fund, along with angels like Allen & Co.'s Nancy Peretsman and Silicon Valley ...
AllThingsD

UT trustees ponder raising profile of online learning, summer school
Knoxville News Sentinel
NASHVILLE — University of Tennessee leaders narrowed their focus Tuesday to two priorities that could change how students are taught in the future: online learning and summer school. UT Board of Trustees members and administrators in a workshop ...

Massively Online Open Courseware – Massively Off Course?
UConn Advance (blog)
One of the hot trends in higher education is the spread of MOOC: Massively Online, Open Courseware. MOOCs are online courses with high production values that are freely available to the public. For example, Harvard and MIT recently announced edX, ...

New Mexico Virtual Academy Opens Blended Learning Program
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
FARMINGTON, N.M., Aug. 28, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA), a new statewide online public charter school authorized by Farmington School District, will open a new blended learning center in Farmington designed to meet the ...

Library system offers 500 online continuing education courses
TCPalm
STUART — Martin County Library System (MCLS) announces that beginning Aug. 27, MCLS users will have access to more than 500 online continuing education courses through a new online learning tool called Universal Class™. Topics include arts and ...

Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model?
City Town Info Education Channel
Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are internet-based classes available to the global public, have received a great amount of publicity in recent months, and with good reason. These online educational services have garnered millions of ...

City Town Info Education Channel

E-learning hybrid 'can meet university education challenges'
Virtual College
E-learning hybrid 'can meet university education challenges'. A hybrid of e-learning and traditional education is an effective solution to the challenges of providing academic services in university. Robert Sternberg, senior vice-president, provost and ...

W&M lacks online courses
Virginia Gazette
E-learning components have been built into some courses, but the idea of a fully online education doesn't have a place at America's second oldest college. "We don't offer any fully online courses," Registrar Sallie Marchello said flatly. Topics ...

Sign up online for Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning fall classes
Vanderbilt University News
For the first time, online registration is now available for Vanderbilt's Osher Lifelong Learning courses. The non-credit classes are open to all adults 50 and older who want to pursue lifelonglearning through lectures and discussions in a relaxed ...

Designing Digitally, Inc. Selected by the National Fire Protection Association ...
Einnews Portugal
Designing Digitally, Inc. was recently awarded a contract to create educational and engagingE-Learning developments for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These E-Learningmodules are focused on the dissemination of the National Fire ...

MU Online Spending Up
OzarksFirst.com
Tweet. COLUMBIA, Mo. -- You don't have to go to Columbia to get a degree from Mizzou...the University adds $2.5 million to the online degree program. Last year, over 9,100 students enrolled in M-U's online learning program. That generated enough money ...

Online learning in higher education is no panacea | NewsOK.com
Online learning can and does play an important role in higher education. But it can't replace the face-to-face learning that takes place every day in our colleges ...
newsok.com/online-learning-in-higher...is-no.../3703984

Teachers Unions, Federal Spending Slammed at GOP Convention
Education Week News (blog)
As for overhauling teacher tenure, Christie said teachers unions were "just too powerful. Realteacher tenure reform that demands accountability and ends the guarantee of a job for life regardless of performance would never happen. For the first time ...

New Code Aims to Ease Suspensions of Students
New York Times
News, data and conversation about education in New York. . . With an aim of reducing punishments that keep students out of the classroom, the department's new disciplinary code also guides teachers to ...

Kindergarten teacher charged with ill-treating child
TODAYonline
Kindergarten teacher charged with ill-treating child. Updated 07:33 PM Aug 29, 2012. SINGAPORE - A kindergarten teacher from a PAP Community Foundation Education Centre has been charged with ill-treating a five-year-old child under her care. The court ...

NJ Teachers, Principals Suspended in Cheating Scandal
NBC 10 Philadelphia
Officials say third-graders at the Avenel Street School were coached by teachers who were given the statewide exam in advance. "The kids are just way too young for this," remarked parent Emily Pereire. "They should be learning their elementary skills ...

Who will be President Romney's education chief
The Seattle Times
I'm not getting ahead of myself but now that Hurricane Isaac has decided to avoid the Republican Convention in Tampa - I'll save the jokes for later - Day Two of the convention turns to other things, such as predicting who a President Mitt Romney would ...

Catholic college teacher suspended in gay marriage row
TVNZ
A teacher at a Catholic college in Whangarei has been suspended and students allegedly threatened in a dispute with the principal over gay marriage. The bitter stand-off was prompted by comments from Pompellier College principal Richard Stanton in the ...

Thousands more pupils dragged into GCSE grading row
Telegraph.co.uk
By Graeme Paton, Education Editor. 3:42PM BST 29 Aug 2012. Comments. Headteachers insisted that earlier estimates relating to the number of pupils affected by a sudden hike in grade boundaries may have been short of the mark. An analysis by the...

Telegraph.co.uk

Michelle Rhee At Republican Convention: Education Reform Will Require ...
Huffington Post
“There is a difference in my mind between teacher union leadership and rank-and-file teachers,” she said, adding that most teachers got into the profession wanting to have a positive impact. Fixing problems, she said, is “going to require teachers ...

Republican Education Platform 2012 Emphasizes School Choice, Teacher ...
Huffington Post
Instead, the GOP outlines what is in fact powering education reform at the local level across America: ... Reiterating its commitment to school choice, the GOP advocates “options for learning,” including home schooling, single-sex classes, full-day ...

Teachers have a new 'demon'
Toronto Sun
It's probably the same planet McGuinty was on when his government hiked teacher pay to the stratosphere, as the rest of us struggled. Teachers at the top end of the pay grid make more than $90,000 a year and in some boards, they're allowed to bank up ...

Education a Key to Hurricane Evacuations, City Finds - NYTimes.com
By By MIREYA NAVARRO
Andrea Mohin/The New York TimesCornelia Taylor decided to stay in her Queens apartment during Hurricane Irene. Green: Living. Of the 370,000 New York City residents ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Irene approached last Aug. 28, only ...
Green

School: Teacher Helps Students Cheat Because She Says They're ...
By Candice Leigh Helfand
http://ourtaxdollarsatwork.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/fifth-grade-atlanta-georgia-teacher-helped-dumb-as-hell-students-cheat-on-tests-just-one-of-180-teachers-inplicated-in-scandal/ Fifth Grade Atlanta Georgia Teacher Helped “Dumb As ...
CBS Atlanta

Education Waiver Would Spell Entanglement for Alabama
By Lindsey Burke
Alabama is considering requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to relieve the state of some of the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But the waivers represent a troubling pact with Washington: To ...
The Foundry: Conservative Policy...

Teachers Are Boring, Irrelevant, and Not Necessarily Authoritative ...
By Katherine Mangu-Ward
Erickson offers a tidy wrap-up of what's wrong with public education, including the prevalent notion that students should be discouraged from using their "kid" technology (e.g., texting) for educational communications because it will leave them unprepared for professional life. ... Technology leads to a new role for teachers (and parents): that of a learning facilitator and coach, rather than of an authoritative source of information. .... The teacher had one of us "die" from a scorpion bite.
Hit & Run

Chile education crisis: Water cannons and tear gas on the streets of ...
By RT
Clashes have broken out as tens of thousands of students and their supporters demanded improvements to Chile's public education system in the streets of Santiago. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the most radical protesters. ... unleash water cannons, tear gas on thousands of Chilean students (PHOTOS). Clashes erupted after tens of thousands of students marched in the Chilean capital of Santiago for education reform. Spanish press reported 15 police injured, ...
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Hunger in Our Schools: Share Our Strength's Teacher Report | End ...
According to a new survey of public school teachers released by Share Our... No Kid Hungry ...
https://secure.strength.org/.../SHARE_Teachers_Report_2012....

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2012
Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the ... of school and just want to keep learning, there are an incredible amount of free, ..... Individuals interested in teachingclasses regularly post to the University of ...
lifehacker.com/.../plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehack...

Where a college education counts -- and doesn't -- in jobs search ...
Finance: Where a college education counts -- and doesn't -- in jobs search. ... One of the main problems there is that the residents have little education so they ...
finance.yahoo.com/.../where-college-education-counts-doesnt-...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free Online University-level Courses

Coursera provides access to college courses online for free
Daily Illini
In today's digital age, everything is online and available with a few keystrokes or finger swipes. The Internet has bridged gaps in communication between people, and education is another avenue whereonline technology makes it easier than ever to get ...  

EdX Announces Free Online Courses for Fall Launch - US News ...
The free online platform will join a crowded field of education providers.
www.usnews.com/.../edx-announces-free-online-courses-for-f... 

LEARNING: Online schools offer virtually unlimited options
San Angelo Standard Times
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Teala Howell, a graduate of an online school, says it's not for everybody. "It has to be for somebody who's motivated, somebody who wants to get an education," she said. "If you're one of those kids who sits in the back row and isn ...

Heads call for regrading of English GCSEs
BBC News
Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary, said: "This speculation that education is now increasingly a political football is extremely corrosive to teachers trust in the government's handling of the education system. "We welcome the fact that Ofqual ...

BBC News

Clark: As education in Illinois changes, don't forget students
The State Journal-Register
Education reform. Common Core Standards. Budget cuts. As we start a new school year in Illinois the most important priority is probably the least discussed: The children in our public school systems. Standardized tests, higher standards and new laws ...

Teachers set to rally at Ontario legislature
CBC.ca
Education Minister Laurel Broten unveiled the details of proposed legislation from the Ontario government in mid-August, which would freeze teachers' wages if approved. (CBC). Related. Related Stories. Unions vow to take fight against teacher bill to ...

CBC.ca

Followers of the Virgen del Rosario religious group fight for secular education
San Francisco Chronicle
Mexican authorities are still unable to overcome the resistance of an apocalyptic religious sect in western Mexico which has refused to allow public school teachers to hold classes in their town. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) Photo: Alexandre ...

San Francisco Chronicle

Veteran teachers out at Social Justice High School
WBEZ
... teachers is a year-long sub for the freshman English teacher, who is out on maternity leave. CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said a new English teacher will start today and noted that there is currently a teacher for the AP Literature and Composition ...

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Special Education
Huffington Post (blog)
Firstly, the school is fully serviced -- meaning it has a wide-ranging staff of teachers, therapists, specialists, a social worker, psychologists, and other experts all available under one roof. That is unusual ... Each class has a teacher and an ...

Special education advocates to rally in Lansing over class sizes, caseloads
Detroit Free Press
"Teachers are overburdened and overstressed. It's not sustainable," said Marcie Lipsitt, a parent advocate and co-founder of the Michigan Alliance for Special Education, which is sponsoring the rally. The rally is attracting advocacy groups and ...

Funding Education-Back To Basics
Mesquite Citizen Journal
Administrators and teachers must together help reduce the isolation of the lone teacher behind closed doors in the classroom by mentoring, coaching, and connecting with each other, in a true spirit of support, networking and collegiality. Teachers must ...

Williams named new head of Texas Education Agency
Houston Chronicle
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A tea party favorite who worked for the U.S. Department of Education under President George H.W. Bush was tapped Monday to become Texas' top education official, and he'll take over just weeks before the start of major litigation ...

Word of the Day | errant - NYTimes.com
By By THE LEARNING NETWORK
About The Learning Network. The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. Teachers can use or adapt our lessons across subject areas and levels. Students can respond to our ...
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Teacher Robert Duncan Fired For Obama Cartoons Fights For His ...
A Louisiana teacher finds job in jeopardy because of two Obama cartoons drawn by middle school students. ... Are we so ashamed of our childrens thoughts that we should crucify their teachers? Sounds like the dark ages, or the times of the ...

Back to School: Teachers Union Loses Members While Per-Pupil ...
By Lindsey Burke
We're living with a recession that just won't end, political attacks that have turned brutal, and societal changes that are impacting us—from stupid education “reform” to an explosion of technology—all coming together to impact us in ways that we had never anticipated. Pringle is likely referring to the reforms that Governor ... [T]oday's entrepreneurs know they can harness emerging technologies to reimagine teaching and learning. It's a story as old as change itself. The candlemaker's ...
The Foundry: Conservative Policy...

Seeking respect, Wisconsin teachers go abroad | eSchool News
By staff and wire services reports
She doesn't know exactly what to expect as a teacher at Qatar Academy Al-Wakra, but she knows what the Middle Eastern sun will do to her fair skin if she's not careful. “I'm freaked,” Wolfe said while waiting for her flight at Mitchell International ...
eSchool News

Ex-OC Teacher Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With A Student He's ...
By neilajamee
An ex-Orange County high school teacher pleaded guilty Monday to having a sexual relationship with a former 17-year-old student.
CBS Los Angeles

Romney's pick for Education: Jeb? Rhee? — Joanne Jacobs
Bush wrote the foreword to Romney's education plan and is the “godfather” of the ... given Romney's dissing of the teacher's unions, Luna's got anti-union street ...
www.joannejacobs.com/.../romneys-pick-for-education-jeb-rh...

Daily Kos: Chicago Teachers Union Grassroots Campaign ...
Astroturf groups like Stand for Children, Democrats for Education Reform, ...High School ...
www.dailykos.com/.../-Chicago-Teachers-Union-Grassroots-C...

Could Solar Power Save Teachers' Jobs? : Discovery News
Could Solar Power Save Teachers' Jobs? Turning to solar can reduce energy bills for school districts, especially important during these belt-tightening times.
news.discovery.com/.../solar-power-teachers-jobs-120828.htm...

Greater Boston Area Sylvan Learning Centers Launch - Yahoo! News
Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2012 To help encourage a love of learning and ... an individualteacher, a mentor, an educational program, a tutoring program, ... E. Bavaria, senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning.
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Online learning alternative opens shop in Trinidad
Trinidad Times Independent
Some students struggle with a traditional classroom educational experience, whether it's because they don't feel comfortable in a room filled with other students or because their lifestyle has other commitments with jobs or children that don't allow ...

Districts Require E-Courses for Graduation
Education Week News
This school year, incoming freshmen in the Kenosha Unified School District have another requirement to fulfill as they look ahead to graduation: online learning. "We had very little resistance to it," said Daniel M. Tenuta, the assistant superintendent ...

UT trustees gather in Nashville for online learning workshop
The Tennessean
The scenario was part of a 10-minute video that imagined a world where existing advances — such as the free online courses offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other organizations — evolved to completely redefine higher education.

Quality Control a Challenge for Virtual Ed.
Education Week News
As online learning has entered the mainstream—with roughly a third of the nation's high school students enrolled in at least one online course, according to a report released in June 2011—more states have created policies, procedures, and even ...

E-Learning Funding Models Analyzed
Education Week News
For instance, the costs associated with operating a full-time virtual school are much different from the costs of providing supplemental online courses, which consequently need a much different funding formula. While similarities in finance mechanisms ...

Clarke Middle students learn to farm
Online Athens
Clarke Middle School students might soon transform a small garden and agriculture classes into a true farm and business. For years, master gardeners with the Athens Area Master Gardener Association tended to a garden at the middle school. Raised-bed ...

Treehouse: Learning Web Development, Programming and Coding Online
Technapex
Over 12,000 students have begun learning with Treehouse, an online platform that features a wide variety of video lessons taught by experts in each topic area. Treehouse's subjects are broken down into three categories; web design, web development and ...

Western Illinois University Selects Desire2Learn(R) Learning Suite to Support ...
Broadcast Newsroom
Faced with increasing demand from students for online classes and a blended learning environment, Western Illinois University selected Desire2Learn Learning Environment to supplement the on-campus experience with online courses. Launched in ...

How Online Classrooms Resemble Facebook | Inside Online Schools
By Dr. Diane Hamilton
The good news for new online students is that there is training and usually some tutorials that can help students learn how to navigate in the online classroom. Based on the questions that people ask me about online learning, there are many ...
Inside Online Schools

Michigan State University Moves from Blackboard's ... - e-Literate
By Phil Hill
After many technical difficulties, lost homework assignments, complaints and deliberation, MSU announced Tuesday the selection of Desire2Learn, or D2L, as the university's new online learningmanagement system, or LMS. Blackboard's ...
e-Literate
University of Missouri invests $2.5 million to develop e-learning ...
About 9,000 students enrolled in online courses last year, a 22 percent increase from 2010. Currently for the fall semester, 3,659 students are enrolled in one or ...
mizzouweekly.missouri.edu/archive/2012/34-1/.../index.php

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Time to Re-Think the U.S. Education System

It's Time to Re-Think the U.S. Education System - Tammy Erickson ...
By Tammy Erickson
Many argued that they were preparing the kids for the real world — limiting the Re-Gens' use of "kids'" technology, teaching them to communicate the way adults do. I understand their perspective, but frankly ... Boredom with the teacher-centered learning process. The kids I've interviewed all say that they ... Technology leads to a new role for teachers (and parents): that of a learning facilitator and coach, rather than of an authoritative source of information. Growing interest in pragmatic, ...
HBR.org

Teachers' protest looms as legislature mulls bill to ban strikes, freeze wages
Globe and Mail
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says his party will support a bill that will force new contracts on teachers, but he won't use his clout to make changes to it. The Opposition ... EDUCATION Tories signal support for Liberal's teachers bill. It ...

Globe and Mail

Ohio teachers must make the grade
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Tim Melton, legislative director for the education reform group StudentsFirst, said parents andteachers alike had become frustrated with evaluations that ranged from lackluster to nonexistent. "The biggest factor in school by far is an effective ...

Teachers can be the solution, if they're given the support
Philadelphia Inquirer
Research has shown that teachers tend to leave schools for reasons that have long plagued Philadelphia schools: because the working conditions make teaching unsustainable, because their autonomy and professionalism have been eroded, and because they've ...

On Teaching and Tutoring
The New American
Besides, most of today's teachers have been badly prepared by their colleges of education. Which is why they are so poor at teaching the basics and why test scores continue to reflect the lack of genuine learning that takes place in too many of today's ...

ChinaCast Education Corporation Completes $2.15 Million Financing
Sacramento Bee
27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- ChinaCast Education ("ChinaCast" or the "Company", OTC: CAST), a post-secondary education services provider in China, today announced the closing of a $2.15 million private offering of its Notes and Warrants.

Improving teaching in Indigenous education
Phys.Org
It looked into the current and future provision of teacher professional development in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education when related to the National Professional Standards for Teachers Standard 1.4 and 2.4. ... change ...

Teachers' Unions See Opportunities in Online Charters
Education Week News
An online charter school in western Pennsylvania claims to have made virtual education history three years ago by becoming what is thought to be the first cyber charter school in the nation—and the only one to date—to unionize. In June 2009, teachers ...

Students, teachers face new ways to learn, teach
Shreveport Times
Mike Hasten. Filed Under. News · K-12 Education. BATON ROUGE — Many Louisiana students will soon experience a new way of learning and teachers a new way of teaching. When schools officially enact Common Core State Standards, often referred to as ...

Iowa education reform in works for years
Quad City Times
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — If many of the education reform ideas — teacher career paths, mentoring and performance reviews — being discussed by state officials and task forces have a familiar ring to them, they should. They're already in the Iowa Code ...

Headmaster's voice: Pressure is on to gain six A* GCSEs
Telegraph.co.uk
She attends a very good independent school and has been told – whether by herteachers or her friends is not entirely clear — that no serious university will look at her unless she has half a dozen A*s. Is this the case? Or are A grades ... Education ...

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elearnspace › MOOCs, Learning Points
By gsiemens
MOOCs, Learning Points. Carol Edwards from BCIT recently shared a document detailing her experience participating in massive open online courses. She concludes: “Based on the Report Card generated above, MOOC's are a failure, both as an educational product and as a business model.” I appreciate any critique of MOOCs. The value of critiques often rests in ... Finally, MOOCs are essentially the web happening to education. To evaluate them by the value points of a hierarchical ...
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How to Write Like Your Teacher Told You Not To : @ProBlogger
By Guest Blogger
The idea of writing exactly not like your teacher told you to. This should be easy to grasp as we all went to school, and we all kind of remember what “good writing” is—according to our teachers. Just a word of explanation before we begin. I'm from Poland. .... Greetings. Reply · Egger says: 8/27/2012 at 3:09 pm. Here you have a right Polish education system is very similar, and all of these systems are still the Middle Ages, we do not have modern teaching methods in Europe. Reply ...
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Berkeley Unified Teachers Getting 1-Percent Bonus « CBS San ...
By gdrosenblum
In a state that's plagued with ongoing public education cuts, teachers in the Berkeley Unified School District will get a welcome one-time bonus, according to the Berkeley Board of Educationannounced.
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Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 differences on education - Yahoo! News
Here is a look at how the two differ on the issue of education. ... season to make the case that hiseducation funding and policy initiatives are saving teachers' ... Mitt Romney unveils education reform plan heavy on 'parental choice' (+video) · Back to school: How to measure a good teacher · Student loan forgiveness: 5 ways ...
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Blog from Battery Place: “Learning to Be a Better Teacher”
This blog was written by Social Studies teacher Bill Mason, currently a teacher at ... and a methodology for properly teaching the Holocaust in the classroom. ... Edelstein's EducationDepartment provides pedagogical training for teachers in the ...
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Education Week Teacher: Arkansas teacher makes house calls
In fact, "a box" is how Newark Elementary first-grade teacher Deena Bruce ... Bruce began conducting front-porch visits eight years ago when she began teaching. ... "It just seemed like the way to help students know teachers do more that just ... and hopefully get him to talk more about what he is learning and doing in class.
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Education news you shouldn't miss

Education news you shouldn't miss...
Washington Post (blog)
It released a report that says the national student-teacher ratio jumped 4.6 percent from 2008 to 2010, essentially nullifying gains made since 2000 in lowering class size. President Obama called for states to invest in public education and save ...

Union leaders have Chicago teachers wanting more
Chicago Tribune
"If you're preparing teachers for a strike, you have to create a sense of militancy and a sense of expectation," said Rod Estvan, education policy analyst with disability rights group Access Living. "Once you create that sense of expectation, you may ...

Avi Flombaum, Skillshare Teacher, Earns $100K A Year As Tech ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Avi Flombaum made $100,000 this year teaching Ruby programming for Skillshare. How manyteachers have the opportunity to make $100,000 a year? Meet Avi Flombaum, 28, a programmer andteacher who hasn't taken the usual route.
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Guest Commentary: Blueprints for teacher evaluations
Denver Post
I spent the last two school years teaching in Harrison Two Schools, a high-poverty district in southern Colorado Springs that has put in place one of the most progressive, far-reaching teacherevaluation systems in the country. At Harrison, teachers ...

Obama, Romney spar over private-sector's role in education
Chicago Tribune
Romney seeks to encourage - with federal subsidies, when necessary - robust participation from the private sector in teaching American kids and training workers. He would use public ... He has secured billions more in public funding to help states ...

Learning by example — what an idea
Statesman Journal
CHICAGO — Every once in a while you hear about an education reform measure that just simply makes sense. Newly in vogue: Showing teachers how great teachers teach. In fact ... For many of my peers, the student teaching experience was equally lottery ...

Rookie teacher accepts profession's challenges in a time of transformation
DesMoinesRegister.com
Terry Branstad's 2013 legislative proposals will include changes to teacher pay and the creation of career options that reward teachers for taking on leadership roles within their schools. A similar plan was proposed — and ... “There are lots of ...

Iowa Education Reform Plan Plows Familiar Ground
KCRG
DES MOINES, Iowa- If many of the education reform ideas like teacher career paths, mentoring and performance reviews that are being discussed by state officials and task forces have a familiar ring to them, they should. They're ... used the framework ...

UK: Traditional subjects resurgent
The Australian
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, wants more pupils to sit GCSEs in core subjects favoured by universities and employers. He introduced the "English Baccalaureate", by which the government will rate schools by the number of its pupils who take a ...

Students, teachers face new ways to learn, teach
The Daily Advertiser
11:00 pm. Business briefs. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources will hold its annualeducation and training seminar,...- 11:00 pm ... BATON ROUGE — Many Louisiana students will soon experience a new way of learning and teachers a new way of ...

Arkansas teacher makes house calls
San Francisco Chronicle
In fact, "a box" is how Newark Elementary first-grade teacher Deena Bruce likens to how young students see her and other teachers. "You're in ... Bruce began conducting front-porch visits eight years ago when she began teaching. They are not required ...

Teachers, staff increase in area schools
Jacksonville Daily News
After budget cuts last year, Carteret County's school system has eight additional teachers and 11 new teacher assistant/bus driver positions in its operating budget for this school year. School officials said the summer has been about preparing for the ...

First drop in UK high school test scores in 24 years draws anger from top teachers
Washington Post
Education Secretary Michael Gove has denied leaning on evaluators to give high school students a tough time, but some principals are demanding that tests be re-graded. One teachers' association has threatened to sue over the issue, and Britain's ...

Where American Education Lines Up Against China
By Charles M. Blow
It's no secret that America's educational systems could use some help. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow charges that the country is in dire straits. Lining up statistics from a recent report, Blow details how students in the United States ...
THEROOT.COM

The Best Resources For Learning About Neil Armstrong | Larry ...
By Larry Ferlazzo
Teachers might want to do a lesson on his life this week…. You might also be interested in The Best Sites To Learn About The ... My latest book, "The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels," (co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski) is now available. It was published in the summer of 2012. You can find out more ... My posts for Classroom Q & A with Larry Ferlazzo at Education Week Teacher.
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Once Regional exemplars in Education, we now gone dismal ...
By KNews
But the AFC emphasizes that not only to meet the global challenges, but on ground of equal opportunity and upward mobility it is required of all of us to revamp our education system from top to bottom, replenish our teaching corps, buckle down on math, ... And why not substantial increments to those who have proven to be master teachers – the experienced and highly qualified, and those highly skilled in say math, science, and language? ... Every student is capable of learning.
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Education Talk With the Obama 2012 Team: Thinking Outside the Box
By Queen of Spain
After one tearful parent-teacher conference my husband and I knew this was not the education we wanted for our son, or for our daughter who would be following in his footsteps in just a few short years. But what ... Some highlights from the conference call (you can see the tweets with the hashtag #edu2012 here): the administration says they understand standardized tests are only ONE way to measure how well a child is learning, a teacher is teaching, and how a school is performing.
Queen of Spain Blog

Union blocks bill on firing 'predator' teachers — Joanne Jacobs
By Joanne
You are here: Home / Education / Union blocks bill on firing 'predator' teachers. Union blocks bill on firing 'predator' teachers. August 25, 2012 By Joanne 1 Comment. Awaiting trial for sexual abusing fifth-grade students, a Los Angeles teacher was paid $40,000 to take early retirement. A bill to make... against it. Assembly Democrats receiving heavy teachers' union contributions abstained in a committee vote, the equivalent of ”no” without the accountability, reports Anderson Cooper.
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Instructor | Scholastic Teacher
Teachers are launching new programs to get kids on their feet and back into shape. Read more > ...See how one school is teaching it in elementary school.
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Illinois law aims to improve physical education - DailyHerald.com
A new Illinois law aims to strengthen physical education in the state's schools. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation Saturday and called on Illinois residents to ...
www.dailyherald.com/article/20120826/news/708269889/

A Teacher Writes the President about Merit Pay « Diane Ravitch's blog
A teacher in Boynton Beach sent me a letter he wrote to President Obama in 2010, trying to explain why merit pay doesn't work. Obviously, no one at the White House or the U.S. Department ofEducation ... Since the number of teachers so honored will inevitably be limited in any given ....Teaching is also a learning process.
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Would I be able to study Primary Teaching Single Honours / BA ...
Would I be able to study Primary Teaching Single Honours / BA (Hons) & QTS at Uni ... with all of this will I be allowed to continue onto uni to become a teacher?
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Learning to like Mitt « Hot Air Headlines
“He was actually teaching his boys, saying, 'This is what we do. We do this as a family.' ” Romney's oldest son Tagg once made the same point to the radio host ...
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