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Textbook prices still crippling students, report says | 48% of students share expense affects class selection

Textbook prices still crippling students, report says | 48% of students share expense affects class selection | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Most of us are very aware of the games textbook publishers play in order to issue new books and increase prices each and every year. And, yes, the prices are ridiculous and who wants to cut down more trees anyhow? It would make sense if more professors seriously monitor textbook pricing and consider less costly textbooks or, better yet, original source alternatives.  It's interesting that such a large number of students enroll (or don't enroll) in classes based soley on textbook prices.  We need less expensive alternatives given the vast amount of free, open source information available in the world today.... 

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Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Low performance of high performance high school is strong indicator of a student's college performance and overall GPA.... Abstract of University of Texas study included here.

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40 percent of parents learn how to use technology from their children

40 percent of parents learn how to use technology from their children | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that youth influence their parents in all technologies studied (computer, mobile Internet, social networking) up to 40 percent of the time.
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What It's Like to Be the First Person in Your Family to Go to College

What It's Like to Be the First Person in Your Family to Go to College | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

When Harry arrived at Vanderbilt University in 2008, he became the first person in his family to attend college. His parents were immigrants from Nicaragua, and he had attended a so-called “academically and economically disadvantaged” high school on the North side of Miami. Even after completing a rigorous IB program as a high-school student and receiving a scholarship, he arrived on campus feeling like an outsider.

“Never before had I truly felt such an extreme sense of estrangement and alienation,” he says of his first few months. “I quickly realized that although I may look the part, my cultural and socio-economic backgrounds were vastly different from those of my predominantly white, affluent peers. I wanted to leave.”

 


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Irish Culture: Single-sex or co-ed schools?

Irish Culture: Single-sex or co-ed schools? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
In a culture of ‘fake tan’ and ‘trophy wives’, single-sex schools provide a safety net for girls, says Barbara Ennis, principal of Alexandra College, Dublin (Single-sex or co-ed?

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It is interesting to think comparatively about what's transpiring with women in the U.S. and elsewhere compared to Ireland.  Are there many differences?  

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, January 22, 2014 8:14 PM

Interesting arguments from active school administrators for both views. -Lon

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To see how liberal arts grads really fare, report examines long-term data | Inside Higher Ed

To see how liberal arts grads really fare, report examines long-term data | Inside Higher Ed | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Finally, some needed data on the long-term salary scale for liberal arts grads.  Ultimately, as the piece suggests, "We need more engineers, but we also need more social workers."  That's for sure...!

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Patti Adler wins reinstatement at University of Colorado & Calls Out Administrative Attackers

Patti Adler wins reinstatement at University of Colorado & Calls Out Administrative Attackers | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Adler calls out her attackers. But winning a battle isn't the same as winning the war. I noted last month the latest in the University of Colorado administration's ongoing campaign to completely de...
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The sanitization of curriculum intended to provoke critical thinking and analysis of the society-at-large is troubling.  We need more Patti Adlers...

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High Time to Drop Left/Right Brain Myth

High Time to Drop Left/Right Brain Myth | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Psychologist Stephen M. Kosslyn, director of Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, is among the 176 prominent scientists who answered this year’s Edge Question: ”What...
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Teach For America Spinoff Helps Alumni Gain Influence

Teach For America Spinoff Helps Alumni Gain Influence | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The group works with former TFA corps members eyeing careers in policy, advocacy, and community organizing, and puts campaign muscle behind those who seek elected office.
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New advocacy pathway for alum...

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Why D.A.R.E. & "Just Say No" Programs Don't Work: Scientific American

Why D.A.R.E. & "Just Say No" Programs Don't Work: Scientific American | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A popular program for preventing teen drug use does not help. Here's what does
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There are many people within the at-risk youth behaviors community (social workers) that have been reviewing this prevention research for years (zero impact of D.A.R.E. and Just So No), but many schools continue to promote these same programs.  What follows is scientific evidence related to how to design programs that work.  

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(Ann Klotz, Laurel School) Mary Poppins and Me

(Ann Klotz, Laurel School) Mary Poppins and Me | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
As a mother, I feel caught between this yearning for happy endings and my sense that it is my job to stand for reality. I want to raise a son who retains his sensitivity but is resilient enough to cope.
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Parenting insights from the heart offered to us by Laurel School's headmistress, Ann Klotz.  I can actually hear Ann's lyrical voice reading this piece....she's a gem!

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Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor |

Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor | | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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It's often the schools in the most economically depressed areas where arts education programs are cut. AND these are the very places where students would most benefit from exposure to the arts. Otherwise, it is not  difficult to embed the arts throughout the school's curriculum and daily life.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 2014 7:38 PM

My experience was students love art. They love to express themselves in as many artistic ways as they can. The work of Elliot Eisner and Ken Robinson supports this observation.

 

Art in its many different forms helps develop the brain differently than other academic subjects. It allows a holistic approach to that development.

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A Battle Over School Reform: Michelle Rhee vs. Diane Ravitch

A Battle Over School Reform: Michelle Rhee vs. Diane Ravitch | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
As the No Child Left Behind era ends and Common Core begins, two education heavyweights face-off over what we’ve learned and where we’ve gone wrong.
Linda Alexander's insight:

And what a battle it will be --too bad we can't work harder to find some common ground, however.  After all, don't we all want the same thing for children? Sadly, I often wonder if this battle is more about the children or the adults.   As we know, these two educational reform heavyweights are almost always at the complete opposite ends of the pendulum.  

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MBA ranking 2014: key and methodology - FT.com

MBA ranking 2014: key and methodology - FT.com | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Weights for ranking criteria are shown in brackets as a percentage of the overall ranking. Audit year: indicates the most recent year that KPMG audited the school, applying specified audit procedures relating to data submitted towards the ranking.
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If you click, "rank" within the article the entire top 100 list appears.  

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Committing to Play for a College, Then Starting 9th Grade

Committing to Play for a College, Then Starting 9th Grade | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
An intensifying competition for top players has led recruiters to focus on younger girls, but many coaches and parents worry about a psychological toll.
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The entire system is flawed and somehow girls are more at-risk for early recruitment (soccer, lacrosse) than are boys. And then the player gets to college and sits on the bench for four years because they were recruited way too early and the college made a scholarship mistake. 

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Global Education Digest: Focus on Global Learning/Drop-Out Stats

Global Education Digest:  Focus on Global Learning/Drop-Out Stats | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Chronic inefficiencies in primary education systems are preventing many countries from offering real learning opportunities. The 2012 edition of the Global Education Digest puts the focus on grade repetition and early school leaving.

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Anne Fennell's curator insight, January 24, 2014 10:35 AM

every child in our world MUST count - 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 2014 7:06 PM

Educación primaria y deserción escolar.

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Stop Treating Reading as a "Skill": Deep Content Knowledge is at its Core: Don Hirsch.

Stop Treating Reading as a "Skill": Deep Content Knowledge is at its Core: Don Hirsch. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Children cannot be truly literate without knowing about history, science, art, music, literature, civics, geography, and more.
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Here, here!

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A City Education: Students Will Stop Saying 'That's Gay' and 'Retarded' if Adults Quit, Too | A City Education on GOOD

A City Education: Students Will Stop Saying 'That's Gay' and 'Retarded' if Adults Quit, Too | A City Education on GOOD | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Through A City Education, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis. Words are powerful.
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Fixing Classroom Observations: Issues Analysis Report on Re-imagining Teaching

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A report that highlights why classroom observations need to change with a much stronger focus on the delivery of key content given the Common Core. 

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The Impact of Google on Our Memory ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Impact of Google on Our Memory ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

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Launching the Workshop School: ( & Please Stop Overly Policing Online Student Access)

Launching the Workshop School: ( & Please Stop Overly Policing Online Student Access) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
In this case study, Matthew Riggan, one of the founders of the Workshop School in Philadelphia, describes how he and his colleagues developed a school they thought better equipped students for the real world by organizing learning around projects...

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Linda Alexander's insight:

This is a terrific article!  Here is a key thought offered, "Learning to stay focused even when buffeted by distractions and learning to distinguish between what content is appropriate and what is not is every bit as important to their long-term success as learning to read more words or calculate more efficiently."  To all the school systems that overly police student access, this article is especially for you to read!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:07 AM

Fascinating!

Chris Carter's comment, January 19, 2014 10:44 AM
Spot on, Linda! I am enthralled by this article.
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Study documents impact of 'quality of life' rankings of colleges | Inside Higher Ed

Study documents impact of 'quality of life' rankings of colleges | Inside Higher Ed | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Very interesting admissions information, but not entirely surprising data that happiness & beauty count.  After all, we're human.

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Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed the institution’s involvement in slavery, setting off a controversy that made headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique.
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Excellent discussion on the Diane Rehm show today.  Craig Steven Wilder's new book about the troubling history of America's Universities--America's history & its lingering unfolding today...

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The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.
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The pros and cons of leaders and others having too much emotional intelligence.  

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What’s the Matter With Kansas’ Schools? (and what it could mean for the entire country)

What’s the Matter With Kansas’ Schools? (and what it could mean for the entire country) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The state’s relentless cuts in education could hurt the whole country.
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It's disheartening that funding education always takes a backseat at the State level, but the opposite is true when politicians run for office. I am surprised that Arizona is not part of the short list of lawsuits, however, given the funding ranks 50 out of 50 right now....  

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