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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Bumgarner, a Three-Ring Master, Leads San Francisco to Its Third Title in Five Seasons

NYT Education News - October 30, 2014 - 6:26am
How many times have the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in the last five years?






Could Google pill detect cancer?

CNN - Tecnology - October 30, 2014 - 5:31am
Google is developing a pill that would hunt for cancer cells in human bodies. CNN's Laurie Segall reports.

The Learning Network: What Events Have Brought You Closer to Your Family?

NYT Education News - October 30, 2014 - 4:08am
Your family has likely suffered a loss, celebrated a triumph or participated in a regular activity or event that has brought some of you closer in some way. We invite you to tell us about it.






Education advocates file amicus brief to dismiss D.C. charters’ funding lawsuit

Washington Post Education News - October 30, 2014 - 4:00am

Fourteen public education advocates and two organizations filed an amicus brief in support of the attorney general’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the District has failed to provide equal funding to charter and traditional schools in accordance with the law.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Thousands of Pumpkins Light the Night

NYT Education News - October 30, 2014 - 3:14am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?






Strauss: The rise of the anti-standardized testing movement

Washington Post Education News - October 30, 2014 - 3:00am

Anybody who has been paying attention to K-12 public education knows that there is a growing movement against high-stakes testing and corporate education reform. How did it start? Here’s an account, by Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, formally known as the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | deadlock

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 11:05pm
This word has appeared in 175 New York Times articles in the past year.






School districts uncertain about new tests

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 11:02pm

Leaders of school districts that expect to administer one of two major new standardized tests next spring linked to the Common Core math and reading standards are worried they don’t have enough computers, bandwidth or personnel to administer the new online exams, according to a survey of educators released Thursday.

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Federal Rule Would Cut Funding to Some Career-Training Programs

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 11:00pm
Career-training programs with more than 800,000 students may be threatened under a new federal rule measuring whether graduates earn enough to pay off student loans.






Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her Period, Too Young or Right on Time

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 10:35pm
If you’re the parent of a girl, inevitably at some point, she will emerge from the bathroom or come home from school and inform you (not in these words) that her menstrual cycle has begun. Be ready.






U-Md. adopts new sexual misconduct policy after debate on many details

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 8:19pm

The University of Maryland at College Park adopted a new sexual misconduct policy this month — with special procedures for investigation and discipline — after lengthy deliberations on fine points such as how to define sexual assault and what role attorneys should play.

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Adaptive Math Learning Platform KnowRe Raises $6.8M

Educational Technology - October 29, 2014 - 7:41pm

by Catherine Shu, Tech Crunch

KnowRe, an online math learning site for secondary students, has raised a new round of $6.8 million. The funding was led by returning investor SoftBank Ventures Korea, with participation from KTB Network Partners Fund, Partners Investment, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. In a statement, KnowRe co-founder and co-CEO David Joo said the company’s Series A “allows us to scale our distribution in the U.S. on the heels of strong demand from schools and districts at our launch and further our product development and offerings for the U.S., Korea, and broader Asian markets.” KnowRe was first profiled by TechCrunch in January 2013, when it raised $1.4 million from SoftBank Ventures Korea for its adaptive learning platform. The site’s technology personalizes lessons for each student depending on their progress. The platform is intended to be used by teachers as part of homework assignments or with tutors and educators during classes.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/22/knowre-seriesa/

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Blended Learning Provides Pathway to Success for High School Students

Educational Technology - October 29, 2014 - 7:35pm

by Joseph Rapposelli, THE Journal

Many secondary schools are beginning to embrace the idea of distance learning possibilities for their students. Over the past few years, school districts around the country have implemented some type of blended learning into their curriculum. It is clear that an increasing number of school districts are making online and blended learning options available to their students. A 2013 report, “Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning,” commissioned by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) found that in 2013-14, more than 75 percent of school districts have some online or blended options. With this dramatic increase in online learning programs, school administrators struggle to determine if online learning is as productive as traditional face-to-face formatted classes. Research (Heterick and Twigg, 2003) suggests there is evidence that blended learning has the potential to be more effective and efficient when compared to a traditional classroom model.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/22/blended-learning-provides-pathway-to-success-for-high-school-students.aspx

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New online program will instruct teachers on developing, teaching online courses

Educational Technology - October 29, 2014 - 7:29pm

Indiana University Northwest

Responding to the growing demand for online educators, Indiana University Northwest has announced it will offer a new K-12 Online Teaching Certificate beginning in January 2015. The certificate program, which will be taught fully online, is a 15-credit hour program that will instruct certified K-12 teachers on how to develop and teach online courses geared toward primary and secondary level students.

http://www.iun.edu/news/2014/k12-online-teaching-certificate.htm

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First vaccine for deadly form of meningitis approved in U.S.

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 6:56pm

When meningitis outbreaks sickened students at Princeton and at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year, the schools had to seek special permission to vaccinate their students, using a vaccine that was not yet approved for use in the United States.

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SAT Cheating Inquiry Delays Scores for South Korea and China

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 6:52pm
The Educational Testing Service said it had reliable information that tests had been compromised for thousands of South Korean and Chinese students applying to American colleges and universities.






Fairfax seeks to dismiss teachers’ lawsuit alleging principal’s bias

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 6:42pm

Lawyers representing Fairfax County public schools filed motions to dismiss and split up a federal lawsuit against the school system and a principal who teachers allege discriminated against them based on religious affiliation, gender and race.

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Fairfax seeks to dismiss teachers’ lawsuit alleging principal’s bias

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 6:42pm

Lawyers representing Fairfax County public schools filed motions to dismiss and split up a federal lawsuit against the school system and a principal who teachers allege discriminated against them based on religious affiliation, gender and race.

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CNN Student News - October 30, 2014

CNN - student news - October 29, 2014 - 5:58pm
October 30, 2014

Strauss: Allegations of cheating on SAT in Korea, China being probed

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 4:06pm

The College Board  is investigating allegations of cheating on the SAT given Oct. 11, 2014, in Korea and China, and has withheld scores for students in those countries.

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