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Mindful Schools.org Home

Our mission is to help lead the integration of mindfulness into education.
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Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer highlights Warstler Elementary School located in Plain Township in the Akron-Canton area that begins its day with the elementary school students using a practice called mindfulness. (The article is not yet available online). The morning routine, detailed in the article, is based on science not religion with teachers feeling the practice instills a skill that decreases behavior problems and serves to center the children. The Mindful School website, where school faculty may be trained in the practice, details the following issues that slowing down your mind and becoming more balanced may help serve:

 

Common problems in our schools:

Inability to focus or impulsiveness, leading to difficult classroom management

High levels of stress impacting both students and teachers

A lack of connection between students and their school community

Visit the Mindful Schools Web site for further information. Additional information is located here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEINtdXIqns

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NMC Horizon Report: Preview of the 2013 Higher Education Edition

NMC Horizon Report: Preview of the 2013 Higher Education Edition | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program, and is slated to be released in February 2013.


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This is a must-read technology report for me every year! Their predictions on adoption rates and what's coming down the pike are always rock solid. 

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ernestprats's curator insight, December 28, 2012 4:07 PM

Avance de un informe básico, con 5 líneas de futuro. A un año vista, MOOC y Tablets

Volkmar Langer's curator insight, December 29, 2012 5:12 PM

On top of the new List (Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less): Flipped Classroom and Massively Open Online Courses ... hi, hi, who would have guessed? :-))

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We Must Help Our Nation's Homeless Children Get an Education

We Must Help Our Nation's Homeless Children Get an Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Frankie has trouble focusing on his homework and paying attention in school; he has fights in the schoolyard; he has serious mood swings; he has no friends. He lives with his mother and two sisters in one room in a homeless shelter.
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1.6 MM homeless children in our nation.  What could be more important?

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Affluent Students Have an Advantage

Affluent Students Have an Advantage | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Low-income students with above-average scores on eighth grade tests have a college graduation rate of 26 percent — lower than more affluent students with worse test scores.
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The gap is widening....as is the debt load! 

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How to Keep All of Huck Finn in the Classroom

How to Keep All of Huck Finn in the Classroom | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Common Core, the new national standards for math and English language arts, is a rarity in U.S. public life: a federal undertaking with bipartisan support.
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Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory, has a English language arts recommendation that will ultimately provide teachers with more room in presenting a diverse array of literature.  The downside of his recommendation is adding yet another test to the already over-burdened classroom table. He suggests a test that evaluates general reading skills outside of the Common Core, and yet another test for literary historical knowledge. 

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Center for future of elementary education: (Video presentations of national thought-leaders available)

Center for future of elementary education: (Video presentations of national thought-leaders available) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

This cfee collection of video presentations includes an all-star cast of national education thought-leaders: Wendy Mogel, "The Power of Play", to Sir Ken Robinson, Carol Dweck, Richard Gerver, Yong Zhao, and the list goes on--is NOW available for viewing.  The center for the future of elementary education explores research, theory and practices that will transform elementary education.  This collection of voices on topics that matter to all of us should not to be missed! 

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The World We Explore- Sir Ken Robinson Zeitgeist Americas 2012

The World We Explore-- Sir Ken Robinson, Educator. Curiosity encourages us to push boundaries into uncharted territories. Where can our hunger for discovery ...
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 3, 2013 6:12 PM

From October 2012

Mirko Ganarin's curator insight, January 4, 2013 5:39 PM

Just listen to him. He has wit and can bring it to the point. Even if you do not have an interest in education. It is just fun to listen to Sir Ken Robinson.

 

Mirko Ganarin's curator insight, January 4, 2013 5:59 PM

Just listen to him. He has wit and can bring it to the point. Even if you do not have an interest in education. It is just fun to listen to Sir Ken Robinson.

 

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Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
How the world's richest college dropout sees the problems facing higher ed today.
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MOOCs: open enrollment and but not open licensing | opensource.com

MOOCs:  open  enrollment and but not open licensing | opensource.com | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

 

"...MOOCs—or Massive Open Online Courses—have been getting a lot of attention lately. Just in the last year or so there’s been immense interest in the potential for large scale online learning, with significant investments being made in companies (Coursera, Udacity, Udemy), similar non-profit initiatives (edX), and learning management systems (Canvas, Blackboard). The renewed interest in MOOCs was ignited after last year’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course offered via Stanford University, when over 160,000 people signed up to take the free online course. The idea of large-scale, free online education has been around for quite some time. Some examples include David Wiley’s 2007 Introduction to Open Education; Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, led by George Siemens and Stephen Downes in 2008; Open Content Licensing for Educators; and many others...."


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Larry Rosen: Driven to distraction: our wired generation - TwinCities.com

-- A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report surveyed 2,462 middle school and high school advanced placement and national writing project teachers and concluded that: "Overwhelming majorities agree with the...

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Minerva: Entrepreneur Is Running w/ For-Profit, Elite University -The Chronicle of Higher Education

Minerva: Entrepreneur Is Running w/ For-Profit, Elite University -The Chronicle of Higher Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
An entrepreneur is running with the idea that a brand-new, technology-fueled, for-profit university can predefine itself as "elite."...

 

Most of the tech entrepreneurs I've met are in their 20s and seem younger, animated by the idea of a limitless future. Most of the college presidents I've met are in their 50s or 60s and seem older, as if they'd emerged from the womb with a conservative haircut, dark suit, and stentorian voice given to proclamations about the noble mission of academe. Ben Nelson is in his late 30s and seems to be neither a tech entrepreneur nor a college president, which may be why he is actually both, having recently founded the Minerva Project, billed as the "first elite American university to be launched in a century."

 

Minerva, based in San Francisco, has not yet enrolled any students. It currently consists of Nelson, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and former chief executive of the online-photo company Snapfish, and his ideas about what a technology-fueled global university could be. That combination was enough for Benchmark Capital, an early investor in eBay and Twitter, to give Nelson $25-million this year to make his vision real.


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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.

Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby, Julie Lindsay, João Greno Brogueira, Sakis Koukouvis, Dr. Richard NeSmith, Gust MEES
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Colleges Extend Early Admission Deadlines (NY Times Blog w Comprehensive List of Colleges)

Colleges Extend Early Admission Deadlines (NY Times Blog w Comprehensive List of Colleges) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

A growing list of colleges with deadlines posted and links to their Web sites. "As the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continues to disrupt lives, several colleges have agreed to extend their early admission deadlines.

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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Education Policy Posts & Articles | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Education Policy Posts & Articles | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Education Policy Posts & Articles http://t.co/lo6sKhjo
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Terrific list of recent ed articles to skim through and self-select based on interest.  Signing up for Larry Ferlazzo's blog may also be of interest to ESL folks.

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For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Why philosophy? Because the study of philosophy, the "love of wisdom," creates and nurtures thoughtful minds, minds that can -- as Aristotle suggests -- entertain a thought without accepting it.

Via Aki Puustinen
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Another quote that captured my attention: "I realized that anger -- in both politics and everyday life -- is largely a reaction to fear, and that this fear can be lessened exponentially through the sort of reflection philosophy fosters."

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Public vs Private Schools: The Cold Hard Facts - Edudemic via @josiefraser

Public vs Private Schools: The Cold Hard Facts - Edudemic via @josiefraser | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Is there a difference between public vs private schools? The teachers themselves are likely both there for the right reason. What do the stats say?

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On a child-parent level this analysis is flawed.  Basically, all the diverse categories of private (and public) schools are lumped together....please refer to comment section below to learn a few reasons why. 

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Linda Alexander's comment, December 27, 2012 11:20 AM
As interesting as these stats could be, this is extremely flawed analysis. As most educators know, there are many different categories of "private" schools. There are independent private schools (for a complete list refer to the National Association of Independent Schools or NAIS.org) that have very different stats, especially within the advanced degrees category versus what's reported here. There are also many urban and suburban parochial schools, and thousands of religious private schools. Basically, to lump all these unique entities together into one bundle doesn't make any sense. The same reasoning also applies to public schools. Families are wise to try and compare apples-to-apples within their own home communities.
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Asians: Too Smart for Their Own Good?

Asians: Too Smart for Their Own Good? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Elite colleges have implicit quotas for Asian-Americans, just as they once did for Jews.
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Admissions departments must balance non-discriminatory practices with creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment that takes into account student background and aspects of intelligence beyond mere test scores. We still do not have objective measurements in place for creativity, innovation skills, verbal skills and less paper and pencil oriented intelligences. However, whatever system is in place can not discount certain groups because they are too qualified either. We still need more holistic ways of understanding human potential and individual capacities that will be critical to Americas success in the 21st Century.

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Empowering Rural School Districts: A Vision Unfulfilled - Huffington Post (blog)

Empowering Rural School Districts: A Vision Unfulfilled - Huffington Post (blog) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Empowering Rural School Districts: A Vision UnfulfilledHuffington Post (blog)The Rural School and Community Trust offered expertise on pedagogy and place-based learning strategies, Apple gave guidance on use of individual tablets and incorporating...
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In the 2008-2009 school year, approximately 20 percent of the nation's total public school enrollment attended a rural school, and approximately 40 percent of those children lived at or below the poverty line.

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NASBE: Born in Another Time - Report on the Role of Technology in Schools

NASBE 2012 Report on the Role of Technology in Schools.  

 

Innovative technologies—from smartphones and smart TVs to iPads and even Leap Pads for preschoolers— have launched our children into a digital age, a period in which the average teenager texts 60 times every day, a large majority of teens have a social networking site, and the combined use of media by students averages 6.5 to nearly 10 hours daily, much of it in a multi-tasking environment. This generation of students truly has been born in a time very different from that of their parents, school board members, principals, and most of their teachers.

 


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Mastery-Based Assessment Builds Accountability (Cleveland, Ohio's MC2 STEM High School)

Mastery-Based Assessment Builds Accountability  (Cleveland, Ohio's MC2 STEM High School) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
One-on-one time with teachers (left) along with project-based learning (right) help students at MC2 STEM High School meet the school's rigorous requirements for reaching mastery in order to receive...
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What Should Children Read?

What Should Children Read? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Shakespeare vs. menus: The battle over public school reading lists.
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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : NPR

For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.

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Unigo: Tour College Campuses Virtually With This Site (Not Free, but cheaper than road trip)

Unigo: Tour College Campuses Virtually With This Site (Not Free, but cheaper than road trip) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

With 5,000 students at his high school, Jordan Goldman said he didn't get much face-to-face time with one of the few college counselors on his campus."  This article provides an overview Unigo.  For more information, go directly to the site: http://www.unigo.com/

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Behind The SAT Numbers (The Charts & No Real Surprise)

Behind The SAT Numbers (The Charts & No Real Surprise) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

On average, high school seniors’ SAT scores increase as students’ household income increases, according to 2012 data released by the College Board." There is almost a perfect correlation between parental income and test scores. So, think about what this tells us about the nature of this intelligence test and what it is actually measuring. And how do we account for creativity, oral communications gifts and other 21st Century skills and abilities that can't be measured on paper? It is high time we begin to rethink the way we narrowly test and measure folks, although higher education needs to reflect in their classrooms 21st Century teaching and learning as well. 

 

Aside from the charts, there is a link to an article regarding the four-year decline in SAT reading scores. 

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Rethinking Dyslexia; Rethinking Priorities: Let’s teach our children to read!

Rethinking Dyslexia; Rethinking Priorities: Let’s teach our children to read! | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"...While it is true that dyslexics possess and can develop a skill set that is prized in the marketplace, it is a skill set that is overwhelmingly devalued, ignored, and sometimes even punished in school. No school-age child has ever heard the words, “You have dyslexia,” and felt lucky.

Rather, students with dyslexia are called “disabled” by parents and teachers, and much worse names by other kids. They get low grades. They get teased by peers. Because dyslexics struggle to memorize and repeat rote information, misguided teachers, counselors, and even parents draw negative conclusions about their ability to think through and solve problems. Teachers may encourage dyslexics to apply more effort, or may even suggest that a child doesn’t care enough about school work.

The truth is that students with dyslexia often work harder, and care as much as any of their peers—but the results of their efforts are exhausting, disappointing at every turn, discouraging over time and, eventually, totally defeating....."

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