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March 11. 2013: Teaching and Learning Weekly is out

March 11. 2013: Teaching and Learning Weekly is out | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Teaching and Learning Weekly, by Adam Atodl: A free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about education, for teachers and students.

 

Read and subscribe free at http://paper.li/f-1328546324


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Always great to scan each week...

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Sexual Assault Report: McCaskill says her survey shows colleges 'falling short'

Sexual Assault Report: McCaskill says her survey shows colleges 'falling short' | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Athletic departments are minding their own stores in far too many instances....lack of training, adherence to policy, you name it!  

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21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

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Ch..ch...ch...change! 

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A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis.


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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 19, 8:33 PM

A nice visual of three predominantly observed theories of learning:
Cognitivism
Behaviourism
Constructivism 

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, June 20, 4:21 AM

Ótimo infográfico com dicas sobre as três teorias de aprendizagem (construtivismo, behaviorismo e cognitivismo) mais comuns nos programas de design instrucional. Simples sem ser simplista.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, June 26, 6:19 AM

I love stuff like this. It makes me think about what I am doing and why :-)

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Frat Brothers Who Filmed Themselves In Sexual Assault Expelled 'After Graduation'

Frat Brothers Who Filmed Themselves In Sexual Assault Expelled 'After Graduation' | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
James Madison University punished three fraternity members for sexually assaulting a female student and sharing their video of the attack by banning them from campus -- after they graduate.

The school found the men responsible for sexual assault a...
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What an unbelievable reaction from this university.  It's obvious that the government has to intervene in these campus rape cases as far too many universities haven't learned how to handle these very serious situations and protect women on their campuses.  

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The Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia

The Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

 exaThe current president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, Indira Samarasekera, is leaving at the end of this month. This means that her job, which pays at least $400,000 (about US $368,500), is up for grabs. I’m sure the search committee expected a lot of top talent in the...

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Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (& the Fight by a few States to Drop-Out)

Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (& the Fight by a few States to Drop-Out) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Chrispin Alcindor, a Brooklyn fourth grader, was once a top student. But rigorous new academic standards — and the exams that accompany them — have frayed his confidence.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 15, 8:41 AM

After years of rote learning, the Common Core asks children to become nimble, more abstract thinkers equipped for the modern age. However, the greater expectations has caused a handful of anxious states, fearing a drop in test results and for the first time national comparisons, to come up with often ridiculous arguments in order to drop out.  

 

The test were created in 2009 by a group of education experts, with the backing of the National Governors Association and Chief State of School Officers and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (NOTE: The Obama administration played NO role in drafting the guidelines).  In March of this year, "Indiana became the first state to abandon the CC, followed by South Carolina and Oklahoma."  Arizona seems poised to follow suit.  Overall, where school funding is weak and national score comparisons are viewed as a frightening prospect, counter arguments against the Common Core seem to run rampant. Teachers often have to relearn how to present materials and professional development is key.  Rote instructional strategies are much, much easier---asking children to think, use evidence, predict, and support their arguments is daunting to some folks.  Ultimately, a transition period will be required, but the backlash is mostly born out of fear and politics....and an uneducated news media and public that reinforces these notions. 

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Teacher Protections Violate Student Rights, Calif. Judge Finds

Teacher Protections Violate Student Rights, Calif. Judge Finds | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The ruling, which the state's teachers' unions have vowed to appeal, finds that California laws governing teacher tenure and dismissal violate the constitutional rights of students.
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All 74 School Shootings Since Newtown, In One Depressing Map

All 74 School Shootings Since Newtown, In One Depressing Map | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, President Obama promised "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this." His gun reform push, focused on a background check measure that ...
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This is only schools, folks, this doesn't include movie theaters, malls, etc. 

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PBS: New Orleans rebuilds education system with charter schools - YouTube

In September, New Orleans will be the country's first all-charter school district. The evolution was accelerated after Hurricane Katrina, when state official...
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This is really the test pilot of a city, New Orleans, that is almost completely operating with charter schools (with a few exceptions).  What lessons can be learned?  Are there other cities heading in a similar direction? 

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Map: The National K-12 Testing Landscape

Map: The National K-12 Testing Landscape | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
See the results of Education Week’s 50-state reporting project on states' testing plans for 2014-15.
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The undecided states are weighing joining the fray and may worry about national comparisons for political reasons.  

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Do We Have a Fundamental Right to Education? (Affirmative Actions Long Road)

Do We Have a Fundamental Right to Education?  (Affirmative Actions Long Road) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
And has it been violated?
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The battle has focused on merit when it needs to focus on unequal funding.  The majority of school funding comes from property taxes and that's the main issue if you study the facts...

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Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex.


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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, May 18, 5:08 AM

Interesante comparación de la dedicación requerida para ser docente en cinco países del mundo.

Niki Davis's curator insight, May 19, 3:16 AM

Looks too certain to me - there must be enormous difficulties in measuring this across cultures, contexts and other aspects of these rapidly evolving ecosystems. 

Heather Morrow Giles's curator insight, June 19, 7:19 AM

this is why we go home so tired!

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21st Century Schools Edition: Summer Institute New Orleans, Frog Jumping Day, PBL,

21st Century Schools Edition: Summer Institute New Orleans, Frog Jumping Day, PBL, | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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What's Inside:Summer Institute 2014 - New Orleans in JulyFrog Jumping Day is May 13Designing a high quality PBL UnitSerendipity in Curriculum DesignNew Partners - Fielding Nair International and The Learning RevolutionProfessional Development & Consulting

 

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Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Common Core standards mean freedom to many teachers. Here's why.
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A generally conservative education institution highlights an op-ed by a teacher who has a rather positive view of the Common Core.

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Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The United States may have many of the best elite colleges, but over all, our higher-education system has many of the same problems found in K-12.
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The K-12 issues don't disappear once students get to higher ed.  Indeed our K-12 skill deficiencies are actually magnified by the end of college.....really sad!   

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Teacher Prep, June 2014 National RANKING Report

Teacher Prep, June 2014 National RANKING Report | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher Prep Review 2014 is the second edition of NCTQ's annual assessment of the nation's 2,400 teacher prep programs. The Review uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation.
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For what it's worth (rankings are always quite flawed), here is the June 2014 Teacher Prep Review.  The non-cooperating schools are also listed within the report. 

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny in Sports

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny in Sports | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Sports plays a role in perpetuating sexism and misogyny—and it can play a role in ending it.
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We always need to speak-up!  Thanks, Lori Day, for highlighting article and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for a great piece.

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Starbucks will pay employees to take junior and senior years at Arizona State online @insidehighered

Starbucks will pay employees to take junior and senior years at Arizona State online @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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While one initially feels this is another darn good reason to work at Starbucks, it's also a brilliant brand strategy and PR.  Firstly, it offers Starbucks a limited risk strategy coupled with feel-good PR.  Employees who have completed two years of college and still desire a four-year college degree may be additionally motivated to apply at Starbucks; two year degree folks are optimal job candidates, so this helps Starbucks attract a better applicant pool.  

 

Many retail stores are taking their cues from Target's plunge as executives learned far too late that your brand needs to stand for something and build loyalty or one misstep can be a death blow. Yes,  a brand should stand for more  than price and/or product.  Ask Nordstrom.  Ask Cosco. 

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Charter schools give parents choices that they want

Charter schools give parents choices that they want | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Our Turn: The Arizona charter-school movement began 20 years ago with the simple idea that parents know best and competition makes us stronger. We're on the right path.
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Arizona has the greatest number of charter schools of any state in the country.  If you want to get a sense of their overwhelming popularity, please read this article.  While the state  in the early stages didn't close poor performing schools fast enough, this is no longer the case. The state is getting tougher and many pupil schools are now requesting to convert to charters. 

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U.S. schools chief calls California ruling 'a mandate' to fix tenure, firing laws

U.S. schools chief calls California ruling 'a mandate' to fix tenure, firing laws | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom.
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This is a huge deal; a big blow to school unions and faculty tenure down the road! 

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Why Hierarchy Is Outdated: The (Long Overdue) Need For Organizational Adaptability

Why Hierarchy Is Outdated: The (Long Overdue) Need For Organizational Adaptability | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Hierarchy is outdated. The age-old system originally designed by the military and adopted by corporate America has been rendered obsolete for the simple fact that it promotes irrelevance. Here’s why.

Via Celine Schillinger, Wise Leader™, Aki Puustinen
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Schools were organized according to a factory model and the leadership hierarchy adopted from the military.  Both models are outdated and need to be reconstructed with more shared accountabilities with an alignment on purpose.  However, a rudderless ship does not work, so the voice of a leader is still necessary....  

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, June 13, 7:01 AM

Et c'est un militaire de haut rang qui le dit...

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Video: A School Tackles Cyberbullying

At the Facing History School in New York City, students and school officials discuss tips for dealing with cyberbullying.
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Schools adding computer coding to curriculum | Boston Herald

Students as young as kindergartners are learning computer programming as Massachusetts schools join a growing national movement to prepare students
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If coding integrates that many skill sets, then it makes sense to consider it core learning that is applicable to the real 21st Century World. 

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Dale Russakoff: A Test for School Reform in Newark (The New Yorker)

Dale Russakoff: A Test for School Reform in Newark  (The New Yorker) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had an ambitious plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.
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NPR had a lengthy discussion about this article yesterday.  Very interesting analysis of the school reform movement in Newark, NJ and the roles of Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg. 

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(Code.org) Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, & Lately, Coding

(Code.org) Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, & Lately, Coding | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are signing up to teach computer coding, which some view as a basic skill for today, and the tech industry-backed group Code.org is pushing basic coding even for the very young.
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20,000 teachers from K-12th have introduced coding and now 30 school districts, including NY City and Chicago, have agreed to add coding classes in the fall.

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