National Education News

Strauss: School district bans classroom discussion on Michael Brown, Ferguson

Washington Post Education News - August 26, 2014 - 9:02am

The superintendent of a school district in Illinois has issued a directive banning any discussion in classrooms of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer, or the civil unrest that followed in Ferguson, Mo.

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L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads

Education Week - August 26, 2014 - 8:54am
Los Angeles schools won't be getting iPads after records showed schools superintendent John Deasy had developed a relationship with the vendors two years prior to the bidding.

Fiscal Recovery Buoys K-12 Budgets as School Year Opens

Education Week - August 26, 2014 - 7:52am
Most states are feeling a modest funding lift, experts on education finance say, but revenue streams remain unstable.

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

NPR on Education - August 26, 2014 - 7:03am

The tech giant launches new tools for teachers.

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The Learning Network: Reader Idea | Telling Stories With Data

NYT Education News - August 26, 2014 - 7:02am
The idea: Learning to tell stories with data through creating infographics, after first observing effective examples from The New York Times and elsewhere.






Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

NPR on Education - August 26, 2014 - 3:59am

More than 70 colleges are under investigation for how they've handled sexual assaults. The current attention to campus sexual assault has been driven largely by student activists using social media.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Michael Brown’s Funeral Draws Large Crowds

NYT Education News - August 26, 2014 - 3:32am
What message did speakers at Michael Brown’s funeral have for the large crowd that gathered there?






Strauss: The problem with the ‘problem with tenure’ for teachers

Washington Post Education News - August 26, 2014 - 3:02am

Attacking tenure and job protections has become the rage in school reform circles. In recent years some states have either eliminated tenure or cut back on teacher job protections by legislative means, and the courts have become a new battleground since a California judge last month declared unconstitutional state statutes that give job protections to teachers. There are two similar lawsuits in New York state and more are expected to be filed in other states.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Life in Colonial America

NYT Education News - August 26, 2014 - 2:31am
Test your knowledge of life in Colonial America by playing our crossword.






The Learning Network: Word of the Day | gesticulation

NYT Education News - August 25, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in one New York Times article in the past year.






Op-Ed Contributor: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services

NYT Education News - August 25, 2014 - 8:12pm
Poor students don’t just need teachers. They need social workers.






Teenagers Seek Out Online Courses

Educational Technology - August 25, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Larry Press, A New Domain

As you can see, more than 40 percent of incoming freshman UCLA polled had been frequently or occasionally assigned an online course in the past year. More shocking (to me, anyway) was that roughly 70 percent had sought out an online course on their own. Looking more closely at the information, it is clear public school students had slightly more experience with online courses than those enrolling in private colleges. This makes some sense, as public institutions tend to offer more online courses in their own curriculum. The most fascinating part of this poll for me was that incoming freshman to historically black institutions of learning were much more prone to having engaged with online courses than any other freshman group, whether it was assigned or not.

http://anewdomain.net/2014/08/18/teenagers-seek-online-courses/

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Personalizing Instruction With 1-to-1 and Blended Learning

Educational Technology - August 25, 2014 - 7:35pm

By Dan Gordon, THE Journal

Rich Boettner is the chief technology officer at Hilliard City Schools (OH). Here, he details how his district started with a technology task force and ended up using 1-to-1 computing to facilitate blended learning. This past school year, we created a technology task force to figure out where we should be going. The result was to move forward with a 1-to-1 initiative. But what we heard the loudest was that unless you have a strong vision of what you’re trying accomplish, just buying devices is not going to be a fruitful endeavor. So working with a committee of staff, teachers and principals, we outlined a vision for blended learning as a component of this project.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/08/18/personalizing-instruction-with-1-to-1-and-blended-learning.aspx

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Pequea Valley considers letting students supplement high school with online courses

Educational Technology - August 25, 2014 - 7:30pm

by CINDY HUMMEL, Lancaster Online

The Pequea Valley School District Board of Directors has reviewed proposed updates to the school’s graduation requirements, including one that would let students add online classes to their course load. Board members discussed a new draft of a policy on graduation requirements which included how online courses would be accepted for graduation credits. Under the proposed changes, high school students could take approved online courses from institutions other than Pequea Valley at their own expense, according to director of curriculum and development Rich Eby.

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/pequea-valley-considers-letting-students-supplement-high-school-with-online/article_8ab20ed4-26ec-11e4-a802-0017a43b2370.html

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School year begins in D.C. and Montgomery County

Washington Post Education News - August 25, 2014 - 7:19pm

Students at Eastern High School found balloons and a dance party Monday morning when they arrived for their first day of school. Students waited on the sidewalk on the bright, sunny morning to pick up their course schedules, and every senior at the Capitol Hill school received a crown.

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