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Big Thinkers on Education

Big Thinkers on Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. Get inspired by their big ideas.
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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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Common Core: No Better Alternative (William Bennett)

Common Core: No Better Alternative (William Bennett) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
William Bennett says critics of Common Core have lost perspective of its purpose - to help students excel.
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I really wish the entire American public would read this fact filled article.   Bennett hits on the two points that have created mistrust and the politicization of the CC.  Firstly, "Some of the criticisms leveled against Common Core stem from mistakes made in local implementations -- not from a uniform federal mandate."  Local implementation, including opportunities to select one's own curriculum, has been increasingly blamed on the "Common Core" rather than state or local administrators accepting the blame.  Secondly,  ". . .different states with different standards and different tests proliferated, we ended up with unreliable measures of how our children are really doing".  It's important that children in Texas and children in Ohio are meeting the same, high-achieving standards.  Too many states lowered their standards to "look good".  Otherwise, In some states, like Arizona, the Common Core has been politicized as an "east coast, elitist initiative."  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We  need common standards and individual states should not be given permission to opt-out because their result will not please the voting public.   Please read this article. Thanks, William Bennett.

 

 

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Students struggle on civics exams (infographic)

Students struggle on civics exams (infographic) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Chicago Schools are seriously considering placing civic education back on the front burner....thank heavens!  We can only hope that other large public school systems will follow.  

 

Read the front page article on these efforts:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-civics-overhaul-met-20141130-story.html#page=1

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The Best and Worst Places to Live for a Low-Cost College Education

The Best and Worst Places to Live for a Low-Cost College Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
With a wide spread in tuition and tax burdens, the cost of sending your children to local public schools can come to just over $40,000 for four years—or more than $130,000—depending where you live. See where your state ranks.
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New Hampshire and Vermont, you're not as progressive when it comes to this critical ranking.  Indeed, both states land at the bottom of the list.  Ohio & Arizona fall somewhat in the middle. California students, who have been protesting college costs of late, have less to complain about than many, many other states.  It is all a costly mess, but some messes are  much larger and burdensome than others...

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Testing: How Much Is Too Much?

Testing: How Much Is Too Much? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Two new surveys try to quantify the number of standardized tests students take in school — an estimated 113 by graduation.
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What Would Happen if There Was No Achievement Gap?

What Would Happen if There Was No Achievement Gap? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Economists say the monetary benefits would more than pay for the interventions to bring disadvantaged kids up to speed.
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STAND UP FOR OHIO'S CHILDREN: BE COUNTED!

Presentation for parents and interested stakeholders about changes to Operating Standard 3301-35-05-4: Faculty and Staff Focus.
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The United States should never deem the arts, music, and physical education as merely add-ons.  This direction by State officials runs contrary to brain-based research and the growing need for creativity and innovation in this country.  

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Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition - YouTube (Current Event/Historical Knowledge)

Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition - YouTube (Current Event/Historical Knowledge) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Texas Tech's new student political organization PoliTech goes to campus to see how much our students know about their nation's politics! You might be surprised.
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This is so depressing!  These students don't know anything about current political events nor are they familiar with the history of our great country.  Yes, these are COLLEGE students.  I recall a civics exam that everyone was required to pass when I was in eighth-grade. It was challenging, but everyone worked hard to achieve a 100% passing rate for our grade. While I am not pro-testing given the deemphasis of certain content areas like history & civics given they're not part of state tests, but the United States is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to fostering an educated, politically engaged populace....  

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What Would You Change About Your Body. Adults & Children - YouTube

Tweet: http://ctt.ec/eYsSu | Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1vfL4dr These days it is so easy to feel insecure about our appearance. Whether it is because of the m...
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It does make you think.  A "mermaid tail"...that's what I want!

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Study claims high-fructose corn syrup may be responsible for autism in children

Study claims high-fructose corn syrup may be responsible for autism in children | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
New Orleans -- A study conducted by a group of researchers suggests that the rapidly increasing number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the US may be linked to high-fructose corn ...

Via Autism Daily Newscast
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Who knows?  I would like to learn more about the sample size and other data related to this research study.  There is no doubt, however, that America's food supply is wreaking havoc on our health. 

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Stella Waterhouse's curator insight, October 29, 5:14 AM

??????????  Is there anything that doesn't cause it?

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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, 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, 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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U. of Virginia President ) On Sexual Assault & alcohol/drugs predators' weapon of choice @insidehighered

U. of Virginia President ) On Sexual Assault & alcohol/drugs predators' weapon of choice @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Sullivan said. “Serving sweet-tasting but high-proof punches to women, while the guys sip a few beers, is often described as the prelude for taking advantage of the women.”

 

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, following last month's expose' in Rolling Stones Magazine that detailed a gang rape on her campus and an administrative/faculty culture that ignored it, stays clear of blaming the victim, typically women, and thus is not criticized on social media after her speech on Monday.  

 

“Alcohol does not cause rape, but alcohol is often a tool of the predator,” she said".

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Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Who believes in conspiracy theories—and why
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Can White Teachers Be Taught How to Teach Our Children?

Can White Teachers Be Taught How to Teach Our Children? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A recent conference, whose goal is to increase the racial and cultural competency of educators, provides a basic framework for addressing racial insensitivity in the classroom.
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A rich resource with a link to further research on the topic of racial and cultural competency within the article.  

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Rox and Roll: Parents: let Harvard go

Rox and Roll: Parents: let Harvard go | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
As a former admissions officer for two "elite" schools -- one Ivy and one West Coast Ivy-equivalent -- I am in a unique position to offer some insights for parents that may be of help in raising healthful teens. Exasperated...
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Good advice...period. 

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Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World

Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.
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NPR is focusing on color this week. Cultural context fuels what we like...

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Complete Package: College admissions by Khan Academy (Resource Kit)

Complete Package: College admissions by Khan Academy (Resource Kit) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Navigate college admissions like a pro with Khan Academy's evolving resource! Inside, find advice that is relevant for all college applicants in addition to portions tailored for high potential students who are worried about whether they can afford higher education.
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Khan Academy will help many students who attend high schools that do not have strong (if any) college counseling.  It is also useful for organizations that support students seeking college admissions. 

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TIME Magazine Criticized for Anti-Teacher Cover

TIME Magazine Criticized for Anti-Teacher Cover | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This article was originally published by Common Dreams.

Educators and parents are slamming TIME magazine editors for their November 3rd issue cover, which they say levies "malicious" and "false" at
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The battle continues....  Everyone, in all ed sectors, really need to join forces and move beyond blaming our teachers for all the woes in the world. 

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