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Applying to College With The New York Times

Applying to College With The New York Times | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
College admissions resources from The New York Times.
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All the college blog links from the NY TImes in one handy place!

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Schools of Thought: A Taxonomy of American Education Governance | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Schools of Thought: A Taxonomy of American Education Governance | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Fordham Report:  See where your state falls within the taxonomy of governance control....

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Rules of Thumb for School Leaders from My Experience as Head of School - Independent Ideas Blog

Rules of Thumb for School Leaders from My Experience as Head of School - Independent Ideas Blog | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Friends and former colleagues know I think Ann Klotz, headmistress at Laurel School, rocks the house as a school leader. She also has a gift for verbal and written expression.  Here she offers what I label as emotionally intelligent, prudent advice for school leaders, although everyone can benefit....  

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University of Illinois Researchers Link Physical Fitness To Better Mathematical Skills

University of Illinois Researchers Link Physical Fitness To Better Mathematical Skills | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Physically fit children tend to have a greater mathematical ability, claims a latest study, conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois.
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There are numerous reasons why the decrease of physical activity during extended school days and/or lack of even basic outdoor play equipment really bothers me.  I suppose math achievement within these same environments might prompt a few school leaders to reconsider drill and kill environments and increase time for play & exercise. 

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Sierra Magazine Announces 2015 Rankings of America’s Greenest Colleges and Universities

Sierra Magazine Announces 2015 Rankings of America’s Greenest Colleges and Universities | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
 
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Oberlin & ASU make the cut! 

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Congrats to Oberlin, ASU and others...

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Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)

Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Just a few years after the recession caused widespread layoffs for teachers, school districts now find themselves with numerous job vacancies and few qualified candidates to choose from.
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While the article focuses primarily on California, growing & severe teacher shortages exist in Arizona, Kansas (where educators are fleeing to Missouri) and elsewhere.  It's a combination of depressed salaries, high student: teacher ratios and stifling, drill & kill working conditions: State budgets shortfalls target education while high-stake testing and a 24/7 assessment environment saps all the creativity and fun out of the job.  Lastly, the negative political scrutiny of the teaching profession in the last decade, some deserved and some not, has served to wreaked havoc on the desirability of the profession. It's no surprise to anyone that has been paying attention that we now have a national teacher shortage.... 

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While the article focuses primarily on California, growing & severe teacher shortages exist in Arizona, Kansas (where educators are fleeing to Missouri) and elsewhere.  It's a combination of depressed salaries, high student: teacher ratios and stifling, drill & kill working conditions: State budgets shortfalls target education while high-stake testing and a 24/7 assessment environment saps all the creativity and fun out of the job.  Lastly, the negative political scrutiny of the teaching profession in the last decade, some deserved and some not, has served to wreaked havoc on the desirability of the profession. It's no surprise to anyone that has been paying attention that we now have a national teacher shortage.... 

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Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
She had put on her Penn Face. But living up to expectations was just too much. Dying seemed the only way out. It wasn’t.
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Sadly, educators and school counselors have focused on over-achieving perfectionism in certain sectors for awhile now. Institutional, parental & social media reinforcements are partly to blame for this pressure cooker.

 

"Ms. Holleran was the third of six Penn students to commit suicide in a 13-month stretch, and the school is far from the only one to experience a so-called suicide cluster. This school year, Tulane lost four students and Appalachian State at least three — the disappearance in September of a freshman, Anna M. Smith, led to an 11-day search before she was found in the North Carolina woods, hanging from a tree. Cornell faced six suicides in the 2009-10 academic year. In 2003-4, five New York University students leapt to their deaths."

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George Washington U Goes Test Optional in Admissions | InsideHigherEd

George Washington U Goes Test Optional in Admissions | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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There are ways for top-ranked universities to be test-optional.  Especially, given a world where many students benefit via professional tutoring, and other students don't score as well due to test anxiety & learning differences.  Moreover, low income students are often at a disadvantage due to their less enriching life experiences.  Overall, there is not a strong correlation between test scores & college performance.  The SAT/ACT tests only serve to create an uneven playing field.  On the other hand, if someone excels at taking timed, multiple choice tests, it's okay to bring them on...  

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Debate Escalates Over Professor's Twitter Remarks (Scott Walker, tenure, free speech, anti-semitism) Wisconsin-Madison | InsideHigherEd

Debate Escalates Over Professor's Twitter Remarks (Scott Walker, tenure, free speech, anti-semitism) Wisconsin-Madison | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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This is the most liberal university in a conservative state where Scott Walker attacked and won a battle against tenure.  Unfortunately, while professor Sara Goldrick-Rab has been a rising sociology star, her comments to prospective students crossed the "professionalism" line.  Your opinion? Twitter reactions are, nevertheless, particularly disturbing. 

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Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works.
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Excellent piece in an environment where we increasingly witness overly punitive, old-fashion behavioral consequences of our youngest children--meltdowns caused by drill & kill environments that keep children at desks all day long without playtime or breaks.  Moreover, weak classroom management skills are supplemented, in some urban school environments, by all-encompassing disciplinary practices & procedures that are neither age-appropriate or fit to serve the long term interest of children.  

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How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives

How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A new study finds strong links between staying in school and living longer.
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K-12 Issues Within Broad Sweep of Recent High Court Rulings

K-12 Issues Within Broad Sweep of Recent High Court Rulings | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Even when the U.S. Supreme Court is not weighing education-specific cases, many of its decisions reach into the schools—and the 2014-15 term was no exception.
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(Kudos to Cleveland) Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

(Kudos to Cleveland) Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers are measuring the impacts of social-emotional learning programs in eight big-city school districts.
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I am enormously proud of Cleveland (CMSD) schools and their focus on a key developmental program.  We live in an era where the socio-emotional health of children is too often not even on the radar screen.  Indeed we have many overly compliant, emotionless school cultures with adults singularly focused on the school's achievement on a few test scores. CASEL is a terrific organization, and our children deserve nothing less.

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Required Silence: Meditation is Changing Schools and Students

Required Silence:  Meditation is Changing Schools and Students | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This week, The Huffington Post talks about how meditation is changing schools and students; the legacy of ‘Queer Eye'; an oral history of 'Love & Basketball' and dads indescribable first moments with their babies.
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Required Silence: "I look at meditation as being an umbrella that we were able to put over the top of the school to keep the rain out."  (Hit the down arrow to read the article) 

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What Teachers' Lounge?

What Teachers' Lounge? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Gov. Kasich thinks the problem with teachers is the teachers' lounge. The problem with teachers is this: We are having to deal with laws that are being passed by people who have not one single clue as to what our job entails. Go ahead, good sir! Get rid of the teachers' lounge. We probably won't even notice. We're too busy doing our job.
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Teachers' lounge?  Huh?  I've been in & out of schools for the last 30 years and have never, ever witnessed teachers lounging around lounges.  Never. Ever. 

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Early Results from Common Core Tests Show Academic Gains -- THE Journal

Early Results from Common Core Tests Show Academic Gains -- THE Journal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Some states have begun to report the results of their Common Core-aligned state standardized tests from the 2014–2015 school year, and so far, most are showing increases in student achievement.
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Seven states -- Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia -- have published scores for standardized tests aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Arizona, because of the "new rigor" finds most students not proficient in math or reading.  Long-term, it will be telling, given the politics of the poor results, if the state decides to return to its own, diluted tests or if the citizens/politicians will decide its time to better fund and support education and children.  

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Videos of Planned Parenthood officials create new political debates over fetal tissue research | InsideHigherEd

Videos of Planned Parenthood officials create new political debates over fetal tissue research | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Higher Education: Worth reading to be better informed on this thorny, yet scientific debate....w/ consideration given to polio & ebola vaccines. 

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How Hormones Foretell Whether People Will Cheat — HBS Working Knowledge

How Hormones Foretell Whether People Will Cheat — HBS Working Knowledge | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There's a key link between our hormone levels and unethical behavior, according to new research by Francesca Gino, and colleagues. The good news: businesses can do something about it.
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Groundbreaking research that applies to highly competitive educational institutions & business environments (think of Wall Street or the ivies).  Given the "perfect storm", the tendency for continual unethical behavior and/or cheating appears to be fairly high, almost certain, in high stress, competitive institutions.  The percent of participants who cheated during the study itself, 44%, is alarming.  Many "organizations are basically creating the perfect storm for the hormonal encouragement and maintenance of unethical behaviors." Moreover, "The research also provides incentive for academic institutions to address performance-related stress, especially at schools that attract highly driven, highly competitive students".

 

 

 

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Groundbreaking research that applies to highly competitive educational institutions & business environments (think of Wall Street or the ivies).  Given the "perfect storm", the tendency for continual unethical behavior and/or cheating appears to be fairly high, almost certain, in high stress, competitive institutions.  The percent of participants who cheated during the study itself, 44%, is alarming.  Many "organizations are basically creating the perfect storm for the hormonal encouragement and maintenance of unethical behaviors." Moreover, "The research also provides incentive for academic institutions to address performance-related stress, especially at schools that attract highly driven, highly competitive students".

 

 

 

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Cleveland school district's efforts to bring charter schools on board getting 'mixed' results

Cleveland school district's efforts to bring charter schools on board getting 'mixed' results | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The plan to turn around Cleveland's failing schools has started to gain some traction, although its strongest advocates say that momentum could be accelerated by more involvement from the city's charter school community. A few local charter operators — most notably, the ever-growing …
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Breakthrough Charter Schools still a leader in terms of collaboration with the public district and performance...

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Growth Mindset | LEARNing To LEARN | ICT | eSkills

Growth Mindset | LEARNing To LEARN | ICT | eSkills | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Growth+Mindset

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Ines Bieler, Gust MEES
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What The College Kids Are Reading

What The College Kids Are Reading | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Book programs for freshmen — and sometimes a whole campus or community — are meant to spark discussion and unity. This year's picks at eight U.S. schools range from chilling nonfiction to poetry.
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These are the kinds of lists that always interest me..

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How to Cut Children's Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

How to Cut Children's Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Parents have a better chance of controlling their children’s addiction to texting and gaming if they set aside family times for putting down devices.
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A Teacher's Rape Reveals Massive Security and Mental-Health Treatment Failures in Arizona Prisons

A Teacher's Rape Reveals Massive Security and Mental-Health Treatment Failures in Arizona Prisons | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Catherine screamed, but nobody heard her. She and Jacob Harvey were alone in the classroom at Eyman Prison in Florence, where, just moments earlier, as part of her duties as a teacher for the Arizona Department of Corrections, she had been administering a 20-year-old inmate a prep test for his...
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Rape culture at its worse--think about this quote for a second:  

"You're more likely to get raped working at a high school than in a prison," says Corri Wells, director of Arizona State University's prison education program. "With all that security, [prisons are] probably the safest places in Arizona."

 

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Study connects full-day kindergarten to better health, achievement

Study connects full-day kindergarten to better health, achievement | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Full-day kindergarten may be a gateway to higher academic achievement and improved health for Nevada’s youth, according to a recent study from UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences.
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No surprise...

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As debate on Confederate flag emerges, institutions named after controversial figures also come into play | InsideHigherEd

As debate on Confederate flag emerges, institutions named after controversial figures also come into play | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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What's in a name?  Plenty. 

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Charter schools at (almost) a quarter-century: Looking back, looking ahead | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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The hindsight bullet-points, such as the profiteering by some and lack of governance and oversight, hit all the right notes.  However, I don't agree with a few of the future recommendations, particularly the ability to select students.  If, as the report states, you want to start a charter school for musicians, students will certainly opt-out if they don't have an interest in learning an instrument.  Finally, the opting-out of state standards should not be an option if public funding remains part of the mix (whether one agrees w/ the standards or not). 

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