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Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school | Video on TED.com

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school.
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A beautiful, almost poetic TED talk by Kakenya Ntaiya about the importance of being bold and trying to change our own world in order to change the entire world...

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Charter Schools Aren’t Perfect, But They Introduce Competition

Charter Schools Aren’t Perfect, But They Introduce Competition | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Arkansas Democrats support a bill to give traditional schools freedoms similar to those of charter schools. But only traditional schools that must compete.
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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for e...
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Finland sits at the top, but is not content to rest on its laurels as the world is still changing...

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Reason #2 Bricks and Endowments, Then People

Reason #2 Bricks and Endowments, Then People | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the third post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private SchoolsPrivate schools are currently caught in what I see as a bricks and endowment arms race. A new athletic field house at one school begets a similar one at the next. When one school runs a highly publicized capital campaign, all the others scramble and panic to launch their own. Result 1: our campuses more closely resemble medium-sized universities complete with state of the art athletic centers, science labs that suggest we are mapping the human genome, drop-dead performing arts centers, and astro-turfed training
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This series has been the most popular post ever--but with the fewest comments. When 650 people read a post within a few hours, it is telling (especially that no one seems to comment)
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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence is a huge driver of success.
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Great article to assess your EI....

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10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools

10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
orThe Dirty Little Secrets of Independent Education We Must AddressI think I might be a living stereotype. From a distance, I am sort of a “classic” prep school educator: a white male raised in the Episcopalian tradition from suburban Philadelphia; a lover of history; an owner of Norton’s anthology; a high school hockey player, a lacrosse coach (former collegiate player) with a penchant for outdoorsy activities like hiking and paddling. As well, I am the owner of more than a few pastel ties and blue blazers, and consider myself a Dead Poets’ Society fan who can quote m
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Brian Hart is someone I've known for many years.  He is an excellent teacher. Stay tuned for more.... 

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Frank Bruni: "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote To The College Admissions Mania" - The Diane Rehm Show

Frank Bruni: "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote To The College Admissions Mania" - The Diane Rehm Show | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Many young people are led to believe the college they attend will determine their future. Author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni makes an impassioned argument for why that belief is wrong.
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This was such an excellent radio program that I don't know where to begin....listen and learn!

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Where Have All The Teachers Gone? - KPBS

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? - KPBS | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
"The erosion is steady. That's a steady downward line on a graph.
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The perception that teaching is a less steady career and the overt politicization of the teaching profession are part of this equation.  

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Why Principals Matter

Why Principals Matter | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story—and everything changed.
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Principals as visible leaders....that's the difference.  

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Report outlines evolving faculty models and growing support for reform @insidehighered

Report outlines evolving faculty models and growing support for reform @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Being a lifetime adjunct professor is not a profession (for most)...entire US system, once the envy of the world, at risk.

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How the Common Core Frustrates Suburban Parents

How the Common Core Frustrates Suburban Parents | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Why middle-class white parents are up in arms about the new standards
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Many schools, especially of the suburban variety, tend to over-hype their academic achievements..... Interesting article.  

 

Ed Sec: His theory? "All of a sudden … their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were."

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: All About Google Classroom in 22 Clicks!

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: All About Google Classroom in 22 Clicks! | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby, Dean J. Fusto
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Our favorite cybrarian is back with a great selection of tools and tutorials to help Google schools utilize all the features in Google Classroom! Enjoy.

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Dartmouth College: Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered?

Dartmouth College: Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Dartmouth College has decided to ban hard liquor from campus. But is that the best way to deal with underage drinking?
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The range of opinions are posted near the main article. 

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Harvard Tells Professors They Can't Have Sex With Students

Harvard Tells Professors They Can't Have Sex With Students | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Harvard has formally banned sexual relationships between professors and undergraduate students. The new policy comes on the heels of similar decisions at other institutions.

The university says the decision to clarify the acceptable limits of a p...
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It seems odd that they even have to issue this statement....but they, obviously, do.

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Reason #3: The College Placement Obsession (or Where Innovation Goes to Die)

Reason #3: The College Placement Obsession (or Where Innovation Goes to Die) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the third post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private SchoolsIn case you have not noticed, the college application and admission process can still be best described, on a good day, as anachronistic, dehumanizing, and impersonal: SAT/ACT scores, AP numbers, and GPAs are still generally used as the gruff bouncer at the door of the exclusive club. With record numbers of students from around the globe applying to our colleges, it is simply the easiest and most efficient way to cull the herd. Once this bloodletting had been done, it is only then that a college admission office
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The downside of AP curriculum highlighted as well...

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Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.
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Thank you, Greg Deegan, (history teacher) for pointing out this article.  Amen, amen.  We need a fully, broadly educated populace. 

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Schools study test results and costs of 4-day weeks

Schools study test results and costs of 4-day weeks | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Peoria schools study whether going to a 4-day week results in better test scores and budget savings.
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Decrease in instructional time not truly addressed, but other pros and cons featured in slides.

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Reason #1: The Culture of Self-Congratulation: Why Fix What Isn’t Broken?

Reason #1: The Culture of Self-Congratulation: Why Fix What Isn’t Broken? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the second post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools“We have been doing this right for over one hundred years. Why would we change a winning formula? We have always believed in tradition and rigor.” This was the clear message given to me by a department chair in my first few years as a private school history teacher. The assumption here is much more pervasive than you might expect, especially amongst “old guard” private educators (which many of our administrators, department chairs, and storied faculty are): if our graduates continue to g
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The second posting by Brian Hart, but the first deeper-dive into the 10 reasons in the series, "Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools."  

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Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption

Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Academics and social movements must reclaim the university and transform it into a public space.
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Significantly, many college adjuncts need food stamps to survive & students face crippling debt by graduation time.  "Universities are losing their sense of public mission, just as leadership in higher education is being stripped of any viable democratic vision. In this new Gilded Age of money, greed, selfishness and profit, academic subjects gain stature almost exclusively through their exchange value on the market." 

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Why Do American Students Have So Little Power?

Why Do American Students Have So Little Power? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A group of Kentucky teens is struggling to get a modest bill passed, revealing just how difficult it is to convince adults that kids' opinions matter.
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Designy Mom: Challenging Education Through Design | Newcity Design

Designy Mom: Challenging Education Through Design | Newcity Design | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Using design theory to address real-world issues. She focuses on  wrap-around services, like medical/dental, and space for students who are mothers embedded into the design of educational spaces.

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Inside the Elite Marlborough School’s Shocking Teacher-Student Scandal

Inside the Elite Marlborough School’s Shocking Teacher-Student Scandal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
When a recent graduate of the L.A. girls' school posted an essay about a predatory English teacher Joe Koetters, the story went viral. Vanity Fair explores the story behind the scandal, and the messy investigation that followed.
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It's shocking that they allowed this fellow to transfer on to another school without warning....hope he goes to jail.  This article could also be titled, "What NOT to do if you're Chair of a School Board or the Head of School." 

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David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students (Link to Carr's Syllabus)

David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students  (Link to Carr's Syllabus) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Mr. Carr, who died Thursday, was a funny, demanding, optimistic teacher of reporters-to-be at Boston University, and his syllabus distills his sense of an unfolding digital age. Excerpts here serve as the final Media Equation column under his byline.
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Brilliant, brilliant!  Fortunately, we have a treasure trove of his knife sharp thoughts on what he felt mattered to future journalists.  And then consider his introductory remarks to students (Carr was not interested in sharing his resume): 

 

“Your professor is a terrible singer and a decent dancer. He is a movie crier but stone-faced in real life. He never laughs even when he is actually amused. He hates suck-ups, people who treat waitresses and cab drivers poorly and anybody who thinks diversity is just an academic conceit. He is a big sucker for the hard worker and is rarely dazzled by brilliance. He has little patience for people who pretend to ask questions when all they really want to do is make a speech.

 

Direct Link to Press Play:  His syllabus.   https://medium.com/press-play/press-play-4b26bed77b7d

 

 

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Schools of the future | The Guardian

Schools of the future | The Guardian | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Latest Schools of the future news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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An array of great article examples...

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The Graduation Gap Between White and Black Students Is Widening in the US | VICE News

A report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education shows only 59 percent of young black men will graduate in the US, compared with 65 percent of Latino and 80 percent of white students.
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Ten Apps that Can Make Your Life Easier

Ten Apps that Can Make Your Life Easier | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, the American Psychological Association released their annual Stress in America report. Not surprisingly, according to the report, millennials are the most stressed-out generation, followed by Gen X....
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Pocket stands out as does Get Human (for me). 

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