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How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In HIGHER ED - Edudemic

How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In HIGHER ED - Edudemic | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The Horizon Report showcases a number of different examples of institutions that are using learning analytics in different ways.

Via L. García Aretio
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Extremely interesting research being conducted, especially at Stanford and a few other universities...

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Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes

Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
College fund-raising offices are turning to a handful of start-ups to help identify prospective alumni donors through their social media activity.
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The growing invasiveness of data-mining techniques....

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West Virginia Adjusts Science Standards, Adds Theory Of Intelligent Coal - Wonkette (satire)

West Virginia Adjusts Science Standards, Adds Theory Of Intelligent Coal - Wonkette (satire) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
So here is some not-yet-the-worst-news news: After getting caught rewriting the state's science education standards to include misinformation on climate change, the West Virginia Board of Education now says it will reconsider the changes.
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Study finds big gaps between student and employer perceptions @insidehighered

Study finds big gaps between student and employer perceptions @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Not surprising at all...further results will be released today. 

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The Learning Gap Infographic

The Learning Gap Infographic | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

The Learning Gap Infographic presents the difference between learning hours spent of middle class kids and kids born into poverty. Middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. Parents – 220 hours Pre-school – 1,395 hours After-school and... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-learning-gap-infographic/


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Elisabeth Pagach's curator insight, May 26, 2014 8:35 PM

This makes me realize how important it is that all children have access to preschool, field trips and after school programs.

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The Unappreciated Success Of Charter Schools

The Unappreciated Success Of Charter Schools | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
I think the conventional wisdom on charter school evidence could be summed up thusly:  "some charter schools appear to do very well, but on average charters do no better and no worse than public schools". But I would like to propose a better conventional wisdom: "some charter schools appear to do very [...]
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Should Schools Teach Personality?

Should Schools Teach Personality? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Traits like “grit,” more associated with personality than with intelligence per se, are capturing the attention of educators. But can they really be taught?
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The idea of "context being key" makes perfect sense.  The article's title, however, is a bit of a misnomer as the op-ed drifts into more of a debate about KIPP schools, its mission, and the merits of their character education programming.    

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Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A study by Scholastic points to ways that parents can encourage kids to read for fun.
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This study points out that we should limit the online time in the classroom and make sure teachers (tutors) are reading to children and given them time to read on their own. 

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, January 9, 5:16 PM

Keep on reading aloud.  Everyone enjoys a good story!

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We pick the five best school choice moments of 2014 - Watchdog.org

We pick the five best school choice moments of 2014 - Watchdog.org | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
School choice had plenty good moments in 2014. These are five of the best.
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The school choice movement wins when there is strong accountability & monitoring at the State, local and building governance levels. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  This is particularly true when it comes to the instructional and leadership credentials, experiences and, especially, oversight of all new schools.  There is a fine balance when it comes to this movement.  Parents should certainly be able to withdraw their children from underperforming public schools, but the backbone of America's education system must be a strong, inclusive "public" system that upholds the wisdom of America's forefathers who advanced, by writing it into law, the separation of church and state. However, a public system that locked children and their families into what amounted to "no choice" at all was ripe for this kind of national disruption.   

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Michael Obel-Omia: Parenting a child of color in post-Ferguson America

Michael Obel-Omia: Parenting a child of color in post-Ferguson America | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
My 15-year-old biracial son lives in tony Barrington with us, and he should have every right to feel safe running the streets. But the recent non-indictments, both in Missouri and New York, raise great anxiety for me.
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Michael Obel-Omia is a former colleague & Cleveland friend of mine.  He is an educational/school leader who now resides in Providence, RI.  We  ALL need to continue this conversation and listen with open minds and hearts.  Thanks, Michael.

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Thinking Matters: Critical Thinking Is Crucial for Success - Huffington Post

Thinking Matters: Critical Thinking Is Crucial for Success - Huffington Post | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Rapid advances in technology make it crucial that we not only learn new skill sets, but that we also continually assess the results and impacts of our new habits....
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"Our children are not able to take what they are learning and make it relevant to their lives. And this is not just a philosophical problem -- it is a real world disaster."

 

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Schools need a religious partner if they want any of Gov. Kasich's student mentorship money

Schools need a religious partner if they want any of Gov. Kasich's student mentorship money | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Partnering with a faith-based organization is now a condition for receiving any of the $10 million in state money Gov. John Kasich has set aside for student mentoring through his new "Community Connectors" program.
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Doesn't seem to be legal, but that won't stop his agenda.   And he is likely using the casino money to boot!  EGADS.

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Better Together: Parenting a Child in an Independent School

Better Together:  Parenting a Child in an Independent School | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
While all good schools work to meet the needs of every child, it can seem as if demanding "squeaky-wheel" parents get more attention than those who quietly try to follow school protocol. Yet how much of our protocol is explicit? Who helps p...
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Ann Klotz is one of my favorite heads of school.  This works for any parent in any school...and for boys as well as girls.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 12, 2014 7:43 AM

This is sound parenting advice for anyone....public school, boys and girls.  It just happens to be coming from Ann Klotz, Laurel School headmistress...a gem!

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 12, 2014 10:30 AM

I worked closely with parents, but, when it is not the cultural norm, it is resented. An independent school has some advantages in breaking free from repressive norms.

 

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Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views

Woodbury Reports Places For Struggling Teens - News and Views | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

This is a supplemental publication of Woodbury Reports' Places for Struggling Teens, www.strugglingteens.com.  We search the Internet to find articles and opinions that might be helpful to professionals in the private parent-choice network, and parents working with teens with behavioral/emotional/learning problems.


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Businesspeople, Educators Seek Ways to Teach Students Entrepreneurship

Businesspeople, Educators Seek Ways to Teach Students Entrepreneurship | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Prominent businesspeople and educators are looking for ways to teach students to be more entrepreneurial.
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This article focuses on a few schools my own children had the privilege of attending...Hawken School & Blue Valley Schools in Overland Park.  Shout-out to both!

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Changing the World, One Word at a Time! | The Queen Latifah Show - YouTube

Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen, members of the Get Lit organization perform "Somewhere in America". SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/QLsubscrib...
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Fearless and powerful!

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Students Gain Access to Files on Admission to Stanford - NYTimes.com

Students Gain Access to Files on Admission to Stanford - NYTimes.com | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Wow...game changer. Surprised it took students this long to use this 1974 law to access admissions records.

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Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College (Kudos to Community Colleges!)

Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College (Kudos to Community Colleges!) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
President Obama’s plan to expand free access to two-year schools deserves Congress’s support.
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I absolutely love this Tom Hank's op-ed.  I, too, have taken classes at two-year schools that rival the best courses offered at four-year, private institutions.  My love of anthropology was foster by a professor of Native American studies at Johnson County Community College.  While Germany recently announced "free college" for all its citizens, watch the US as we balk at trying to lift-up a small percentage of motivated but needy folks. 

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Appeals Court To Hear Two Arizona Education Cases Monday

Appeals Court To Hear Two Arizona Education Cases Monday | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
One case is the state’s 2010 ban on ethnic studies. The court will also hear arguments on a decades-old civil rights lawsuit, addressing how Arizona teaches English Language Learners.
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These two civil rights cases need to be resolved.  ELL students learn much more when not segregated from their classmates and mainstreamed. There is evidence-based, pedagogical support for using an immersion approach that is rarely debated within the foreign language/second language learning community.  Moreover, to teach children about their own heritage or our multicultural world prepares them for the 21st Century and the world as it now exists. Those opposed to these two basic educational approaches are only  discouraging the assimilation of immigrant children and/or the acceptance and understanding of broader worldviews.     

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Talking to Your Teenager About Online Pornography

Talking to Your Teenager About Online Pornography | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Start here: “We need to talk about Internet pornography; there are a few things I want to be sure you know,” and continue to the things your family considers the most important.
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A tough but necessary talk for parents.  Sound advice from Lisa Damour, child psychologist, and others.  NY Times Motherlode. 

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18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know

18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
In the area of thought leaders, education tends to be dominated by men. However, there are at least 16 women who every educator should know about.
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The overwhelming majority of classroom teachers are women, especially within the public school setting, while the majority of superintendents are men.  Therefore, let's welcome an article that serves to highlight women leaders (whether one agrees with their personal viewpoints or not) within the field of education.

 

A little fact-checking also uncovered:

In 2007–08, some 76 percent of public school teachers were female, 44 percent were under age 40, and 52 percent had a master’s or higher degree. Compared with public school teachers, a lower percentage of private school teachers were female (74 percent), were under age 40 (39 percent), and had a master’s or higher degree (38 percent).In 2011, 24.1 percent or one out of every four superintendents was female (Kowalski, McCord, Petersen Young & Ellerson, 2011). Continuing at this rate, 0.7 percent annual increase, it will take approximately 77 more years for women to no longer be underrepresented in the superintendency (Grogan & Shakeshaft, 2011). The issue of gender inequities in educational leadership cannot be ignored (Sanchez &Thornton, 2010).
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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A small but growing number of universities have adopted a more engaging, demanding form of the standard introductory courses, and research suggests the new style works better.
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Higher Ed has been particularly slow to recognize that content knowledge doesn't equate with an inherent ability to engage students, especially in the large lecture halls.

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Obama's Pick For Surgeon General Prevails Over NRA

Obama's Pick For Surgeon General Prevails Over NRA | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In a rare show of defiance of the National Rifle Association, the Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as surgeon general of the United States. Murthy's nomination had been stalled for nearly a year due to comments he ma...
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Schools know something about the connection between guns and health and safety issues.  This is an important development.  

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Report: On average, Ohio charter schools perform worse than public counterparts - Akron Beacon Journal

Report: On average, Ohio charter schools perform worse than public counterparts - Akron Beacon Journal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A report on student performance released Tuesday indicates that Ohio’s charter schools continue to lag the national average, again performing no better as a group than traditional school districts.
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The exception to the rule within Northeast Ohio are some fairly outstanding, high performing charter schools, including the entire group associated w/ Breakthrough Schools.  Ohio needs to figure out what they've done right in terms of leadership and pedagogy and replicate that elsewhere. 

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Preschool Teacher Pay & Importance (Language Gap 30 MM words) Arizona Daily Star

Preschool Teacher Pay & Importance (Language Gap 30 MM words) Arizona Daily Star | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
But next step in improving early-childhood education is finding a way to boost pay.
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We notice the impact on the children coming in our doors who have not attended preschool, especially in an area of the country, Arizona, with so many ELL students. A few nuggets from the article that stood out for me follows: 

 

"Much research has been carried out about the “vocabulary gap,” which shows that by age 3, children living in poverty may hear up to 30 million fewer words than children from wealthier homes.

 

The report, by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, found that many who work with young children nationwide earn less than adults who take care of animals and barely more than a typical fast-food cook.

 

While teachers earn so little, the cost of childcare is out of reach for many families".

 

 

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How Independent Schools are Focused on Endowments and Fundraising in a More Competitive World

How Independent Schools are Focused on Endowments and Fundraising in a More Competitive World | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There have been many recent articles on the challenges that private colleges in the U.S. face including lower enrollments, higher costs and tuition increases.   Many of these same trends are also i...
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