National Education News

Common-Assessment Groups Differ on Accommodations

Education Week - April 21, 2014 - 7:03am
But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities.

Resistance to the Common Core Mounts

Education Week - April 21, 2014 - 7:03am
Critics of the standards for English/language arts and mathematics span the political spectrum, from tea-party members to union leaders.

The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | April 21, 2014

NYT Education News - April 21, 2014 - 6:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.

The Learning Network: Should Society Support Artists and Others Pursuing Creative Works?

NYT Education News - April 21, 2014 - 4:01am
Should those in creative pursuits receive reductions in their living expenses?

The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | A Look Back at the World’s Fair of 1964

NYT Education News - April 21, 2014 - 3:32am
What is the lasting significance of the World’s Fair of 1964?

Strauss: What teachers really want

Washington Post Education News - April 21, 2014 - 3:00am

One of the striking things about modern school reform is that the people who you would think would be a big part of the discussion -- teachers -- have largely been ignored. So what do teachers want? Francie Alexander, chief academic officer for Scholastic Inc., writes about a nationally representative poll of teachers that answers the question. Alexander has taught at all levels and worked as a district reading consultant for Pre-K through high school. She has authored numerous professional articles for educators and dozens of books for children.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | conifer

NYT Education News - April 20, 2014 - 11:03pm
This word has appeared in 13 New York Times articles in the past year.

A Catholic High School Abruptly Loses Its Fight to Stay Open

NYT Education News - April 20, 2014 - 9:11pm
Saddled with an estimated $4 million in debt and low enrollment, 52-year-old Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn will close in June.

Teacher Says LaGuardia High School Picks Tests Over Talent

NYT Education News - April 20, 2014 - 8:34pm
Some wonder why test scores trumped talent after the performing arts school’s principal rejected students the faculty wanted to accept.

Why successful consortia for online learning are so difficult

Educational Technology - April 20, 2014 - 7:40pm

BY TONY BATES, Online and Distance Ed Resources

It would seem obvious that there would be great advantage in building consortia for online courses, so that courses could be shared between institutions, thus saving institutions the cost of developing new courses that are already being offered by other institutions. In particular, when you have a single state system of universities and two year colleges, it seems even more obvious. This is basically the idea behind the new Ontario Online initiative, for universities (Ontario already has a collaborative system, OntarioLearn, a partnership of 24 Ontario community colleges that have pooled their resources to increase online learning options.)

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Bridging the miles: Distance learning helps students earn degrees locally

Educational Technology - April 20, 2014 - 7:35pm

by Carrie Hoppe, Sheboygan Press

UW-Sheboygan and other UW colleges campuses have also been able to increase the breadth of curriculum offered to students through the use of UW colleges online courses. Currently, 10 percent of UW-Sheboygan students utilize online coursework as a complement to live instruction in traditional classrooms on the campus. “The various distance modalities available at our UW Colleges campuses allow us to offer a much broader range of course offerings to our students than would otherwise normally be available on campuses or colleges the size of UW-Sheboygan,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Joseph-Silverstein, UW-Sheboygan dean and CEO. “Technology allows us to provide expanded educational opportunities to students in Sheboygan County, including baccalaureate degrees offered through our UW four-year partners.”

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Virtual learning lab could change learning landscape

Educational Technology - April 20, 2014 - 7:30pm

By Attiyya Anthony, Sun Sentinel

“If we’re not teaching these kids technology then we are doing them a disservice,” said Principal Jeff Silverman. Last month, the school was chosen as one of four schools in the nation, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to be featured in a French documentary called “School of the Future.” The blended classroom is called ‘Christa’s Launch Pad’ and teaches eighth-grade students United States history, not in the traditional method, but with every student glued to a computer. This is no typical classroom — instead of chairs, there are yoga balls and video game rockers. Students plug in their headphones and work on online modules provided by the Florida Virtual Learning School on topics ranging from the French and Indian War to Women’s Suffrage. Two teachers are there to help and ensure the kids stay on task.,0,7401544.story

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Stuck on a college wait list? Here’s what you should do.

Washington Post Education News - April 20, 2014 - 7:05pm

Wait-listed by your dream college? I have good news and bad news.

First the bad.

In the late 1990s, I had one of my few news scoops. It was a front-page story revealing that at some selective colleges the number of applicants on the wait-list approached, and sometimes exceeded, the number of applicants accepted. Those college admissions officers could not bear to reject young people just as accomplished as the ones they were accepting. So they inflated their wait lists.

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Prince George’s school board hires an executive director

Washington Post Education News - April 20, 2014 - 6:53pm

Erica Berry has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a law degree and master’s degree in public health, but she says that her heart has always been in education policy.

So when the Prince George’s County Board of Education advertised for an executive director who would help it craft and review policy, collaborate with the new schools chief and help develop ways to improve parental involvement in the school system, Berry decided to apply.

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High school career academies prepare students for jobs

Washington Post Education News - April 20, 2014 - 5:35pm

Jasmine Loftland held her hand over her left eye and squinted with her right.

“It just looks like a big, white board,” said Loftland, 16, her contact lenses sitting in a green-and-white case nearby. She covered the other eye. “It’s worse,” she said, shaking her head as she giggled. “Honestly, I don’t see the arrows.”

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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

NPR on Education - April 20, 2014 - 4:00pm

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words

NPR on Education - April 20, 2014 - 3:25pm

Linguist and curse-word expert Timothy Jay says by the time children head to school, they have a well-developed palate of bad words.

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Briefly: International Education: English Higher Education Faces Enrollment Slowdown

NYT Education News - April 20, 2014 - 12:38pm
The credit ratings of English universities risk being damaged by a slowdown in their enrollment of full-time students from outside the European Union.

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