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Laurel School Highlighted: Collaborative Partnerships Give All Students “the Right to Rise”

Laurel School Highlighted: Collaborative Partnerships Give All Students “the Right to Rise” | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Laurel School is highlighted and their collaborative public-independent school partnership....congrats, Laurel, and let's hope for more schools just like you!

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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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Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. 6 top picks.

Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. 6 top picks. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Help unlock your child's best self with a few tried-and-true strategies.
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Education Flexibility in Ohio to Boost Innovation and Improvement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Education Flexibility in Ohio to Boost Innovation and Improvement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Getting Out of the Way--a new report on ways to deregulate Ohio's public schools to increase innovation & administrative flexibility to reduce costs. Teacher seniority/tenure, step increases on potential chopping block.  There are other recommendations re: alternative licensure.  

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Out of the Books in Kindergarten, and Into the Sandbox

Out of the Books in Kindergarten, and Into the Sandbox | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
After focusing on raising test scores in math and reading, more school districts are embracing play as a bedrock of early education.
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Disadvantaged students often enter classrooms almost two years behind their more affluent peers. However, eliminating playtime or any form of exercise during what is often an extended school day is, frankly, cruel.  There are ways to layer lessons and include meaningful play. We want a creative and innovative populace in the United States. Overall, this requires schools to provide developmentally appropriate room for children to DAILY exercise their minds and bodies.   

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Mattress Protest at Columbia University Continues Into Graduation Event

Mattress Protest at Columbia University Continues Into Graduation Event | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Emma Sulkowicz, who used the mattress to protest the university’s handling of her sexual assault complaint, hoisted it for the last time as she crossed the stage.
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Sexual assault on campus--woman, supported by her friends, carries a mattress to graduation stage.

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ASCD EDge - Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning

ASCD EDge - Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge

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Why Coeducation Matters - (Declining Higher Ed Interest in Single-Sex Ed & But Increase in K-12)

Why Coeducation Matters - (Declining Higher Ed Interest in Single-Sex Ed & But Increase in K-12) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"The decline reflects the fact that women are doing quite well in higher education, and no longer feel the need for a protected space to develop their intellectual potential.  Women now earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent of the master’s, and 53 percent of the doctoral degrees awarded each year in the U.S. "

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This blog posting discusses neuroscience and the lack of evidence that girls and boys are wired any differently.  Great piece!

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Professor fails entire class & University Intervenes | InsideHigherEd

Professor fails entire class & University Intervenes | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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In case you've missed this story: Collective punishment is never the correct approach, but behavior as part of grading equation justified. 

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Arizona Judge: Some Undocumented Students Eligible for In-State Tuition | InsideHigherEd

Arizona Judge: Some Undocumented Students Eligible for In-State Tuition | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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This is one of those instances when you're relieved that federal law overpowers state-rights, especially in this thorny State.  Arizona needs an educated populace, so this is indeed good news for residents that will likely be staying in the State for the long term. 

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Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal

Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Opt out is far bigger than a test refusal event.
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A growing movement that cuts across all socioeconomic and ethnic/race lines in NY.....judge for yourself. 

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Raising Ethical Children: Are We the Problem?

Raising Ethical Children: Are We the Problem? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
J.P Morgan pays $5.1 billion to settle allegations it misled mortgage-finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption; former county employee faces corruption charges; NCAA announces sanctions scandal; Armstrong finally admits to decade of drug use; SEC freezes assets in Ponzi scheme…and the list goes on and on.It is certainly difficult to watch the news or read the paper without concluding that personal integrity is on the wane. With all those scoundrels out there in the world setting terrible examples, many of us
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13 Absolute Truths About Being A Mom

13 Absolute Truths About Being A Mom | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There is no supermom. There is only the real mom. And the real mom is brave, tenacious, funny, crazy, excited, tired, giving, crying, hoping, loving, challenging, working, worn out, loving life, loving those kids, and amazing....
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Or a dad.... love this!

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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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Cleveland Schools: Transformation Plan & choosing right school for your child

Cleveland Schools: Transformation Plan & choosing right school for your child | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Neighborhood ambassadors are charged with informing the community about school choices.
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The ambassador program helps families select the right school for their child's success.  Kudos to Cleveland's Transformation Plan!

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The 20 Most Expensive Private Schools In America (Note: Independent Schools)

The 20 Most Expensive Private Schools In America  (Note: Independent Schools) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
These are the 20 most expensive private high schools in America.
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This list would have been interesting if they had managed to factor into the rankings a cost of living index.  As shared, a single area of the country dominates the list (where the cost of living & admissions competition is the highest). 

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Kids don't usually learn about the birds and bees in kindergarten. Unless, of course, they're Dutch.

Kids don't usually learn about the birds and bees in kindergarten. Unless, of course, they're Dutch. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Gettin' it on. How babies are made. Grown-up time. You get the picture.
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The US roots, likely back to the Puritans, informs how we address love & affection, and the framework from which we teach students about the birds and bees.  

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Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Asked to identify obstacles to student achievement, the best educators point to factors outside class.
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Survey results attached. 

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What the Future Economy Means for How Kids Learn Today

What the Future Economy Means for How Kids Learn Today | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Amidst an uncertain jobs future, how can schooling complement, not compete with, students' informal learning?
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Policy makers are asking us to return to the drill & kill "basics," while the US labor market thrusts into the future. Futurists, actually for the last 10 years, have been predicting "the end of the job." This isn't as far-out as it once seemed given the tremendous growth in freelance work. Moreover, we are not paying attention to how some of the more tech-savvy children learn today via socially-connected platforms, although it's hard to believe that low-income families, a huge number in the United States, will have the necessary bandwidth to create their own learning networks (as this article states).  From where I stand, there could well be two separate educational systems in this country.  First, a much more innovative, peer-to-peer, project based approached for children from higher income families, and the continuation of the same old educational practices for most everyone else. And that would be really sad. 

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Challenging the Coed Standard: A Single-Sex Education Makes All the Difference for Girls - Independent Ideas Blog

Challenging the Coed Standard: A Single-Sex Education Makes All the Difference for Girls - Independent Ideas Blog | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Another lens on single-sex education via Lisa Damour, Laurel School. 

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
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Psychology Today...

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Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.
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"When legislators start telling teachers what to teach, no matter what it is, they, as the state itself, are taking over your child's teacher's classroom, and taking over your child's education. When they make laws requiring teachers to teach certain things, they are taking over your child's education. Common Core does not do that. It establishes standards for instruction that some state departments of education over-analyze and turn into awful, prescriptive curricula. Blame that part on the state bureaucrats. But don't blame it on Common Core".

 

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Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View

Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There’s a compelling case that good neighborhoods nurture success.
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Where you live early in life matters...

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Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains

Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Children of poorer, less educated parents have smaller cerebral cortices, study finds

Via juandoming
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We know much more about the brain and brain development. Through additional stimulation, we now recognize that the brain can rewire itself and generate new synapses, throughout most of life. Nevertheless, this research screams for a focus on poverty and anti-poverty programming. Lastly, it's very important to note that, "race and ethnicity had no effect on any of these correlations. The links between socioeconomic status and brain structure were the same across individuals, regardless of racial background,” Noble says."

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Legislators Introduce Student Digital Privacy Bill

Legislators Introduce Student Digital Privacy Bill | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The student digital privacy bill comes at a time of widespread government and industry enthusiasm for education technology, along with mounting concerns that many school districts may be ill-prepared to evaluate and adopt digital learning products.
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Very much needed and necessary to advance the use of technology in schools and mitigate the fears. 

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