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New skills for changing times | chat2lrn

The environment in which Learning Professionals work has changed considerably in recent years. During a tough economic climate, there is continued pressure on budgets. Business agility and improved performance have become increasingly important. There is also recognition that an organisation’s learning strategy should to be aligned to business objectives with the focus moving from the L&D process to business outcomes.

 

Clive Shepherd, a leading learning consultant, believes that corporate learning and development is at a crossroads and whilst there are many challenges there are also lots of opportunities. Shepherd has identified that six areas of change for L&D are around whether or not learning is:

 

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Open Letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña | Arthur Goldstein Blog | HuffPost.com

Open Letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña | Arthur Goldstein Blog | HuffPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Dear Chancellor Fariña:

First of all, I applaud you for acknowledging that a highly-effective rated teacher entering a troubled school may suffer a reduced rating as a result of changing schools. I very much appreciate that you've taken a personal interest in this teacher and plan to attach an asterisk and follow her ratings. It's inspirational not only to me, but also to teachers nationwide, that the leader of the largest school district in the country would acknowledge that a school's population is a major factor in teacher ratings.

This, in fact, has been a major objection many of us, including experts like Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris, have had toward value-added evaluation programs. In fact, the American Statistical Association has determined that teachers impact test scores by a factor of 1-14%. They have also determined that rating teachers by such scores may have detrimental effects on education.

I am struck by the implications of your statement. If it's possible that a highly-rated teacher may suffer from moving to a school with low test scores, isn't it just as likely that a poorly-rated teacher would benefit from being moved from a low-rated school to a more highly-rated one? And if, as you say, the teachers are using the same assessments in either locale, doesn't that indicate that the test scores are determined more by students themselves as opposed to teachers?


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Why slow thinking wins | Tara Kadioglu | The Boston Globe

Why slow thinking wins | Tara Kadioglu | The Boston Globe | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Being fast means working hard and being smart — from answering calls around the clock to having the quickest wit at meetings. Slowness is for the lazy, the aloof, or even the dumb. When we talk about slowing down, we usually mean taking it easy, certainly not being more productive.

Everyone remembers the story of the tortoise and the hare, but no one seems to have learned the lesson it teaches: Slowness wins.

Turns out that the fable got it right. Research regularly suggests that so-called slow thinking requires more disciplined thought and yields more productive decision-making than quick reactions, which are less accurate or helpful. And slow thinking is — like the tortoise, slowly but surely — inching its way into new interventions in fields as disparate as criminal justice, sports, education, investing, and military studies.


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#NigeriansAtHogwarts Hashtag Is Brilliance and Hilarity You Need | Awesomely Luvvie

#NigeriansAtHogwarts Hashtag Is Brilliance and Hilarity You Need | Awesomely Luvvie | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I don die. Seriously. I logged on to Twitter and was told to check out the #NigeriansAtHogwarts hashtag. I have spent the last hour in TEARS laughing at the shenanigans.

I am a PROUD Potterhead and super fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and I am unashamed of my dorkiness in making references to the books. Add that to the fact that us Nigerians are a special breed of awesome. The #NigeriansAtHogwarts hashtag is EVERYTHING, throwing inside jokes, cultural stereotypes and our unfuggwitable humor into a giant bowl. Add to the fact that Naijas are generally superstitious and these jokes are priceless and the brilliance is clear. The hashtag was started by @WalleLawal so shoutout for kicking off the best hashtag in a while.


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New color map highlights diverse geological features on Ceres | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

New color map highlights diverse geological features on Ceres | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

NASA has released a global color map of the dwarf planet Ceres showing the highs and lows of topography on the rocky body's surface. The new map comes with new official names for many of the craters and other geological features dotting the surface of the planet, named for religious figures from a variety of cultures approved by the International Astronomical Union.

"The craters we find on Ceres, in terms of their depth and diameter, are very similar to what we see on Dione and Tethys, two icy satellites of Saturn that are about the same size and density as Ceres," states Dawn science team member and geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston Paul Schenk. "The features are pretty consistent with an ice-rich crust."

The map was created from images collected by Dawn's framing camera since its arrival in early March this year. An animated 3D model of the map was also created by combining the data from the framing camera with an image mosaic of Ceres, which was then projected onto a 3D model of the dwarf planet.


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BRILLIANT Way to Push Back the Senile Old TEABAGGERS: Try Something Like This | Ring of Fire

BRILLIANT Way to Push Back the Senile Old TEABAGGERS: Try Something Like This | Ring of Fire | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The fine folks of Troy, Michigan were in a bit of a financial bind. They wanted to pass a small tax to help pay to keep the library open. This, being a tax increase, brought Tea Party activists out in droves.

Those Tea Party activists cried and rallied against any increase in taxes, as in their standard operating procedure. They were successful in changing the conversation away from protecting the library. Instead, they had everyone just talking about taxes.

The library looks as though it was certain to go under.

That’s when the people who supported to library and wanted to see it stay open did something very interesting.

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School food service professionals urge expansion of summer meals programs | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org

School food service professionals urge expansion of summer meals programs | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Nearly 22 million children received free or reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program last year. Remarkably, only 16% of those students participated in a summer meals program.

Allison Haswell has worked in the Scottsboro City School District in northeastern Alabama for 10 years, most recently as a food service professional at Brownwood Elementary, where 62 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

Haswell sees the need for summer meals, not just in the data but during her interaction with students.

“When the students come back from summer vacation, they’re so excited to go through the line and put everything on their plates. Some of those little ones are so hungry they can’t wait to get at the food,” Haswell told EducationVotes. “If we could get to more of those kids all summer, it would be so beneficial for them to know they will get a hot meal every day.”

That’s why she applied for a part-time position with the district’s brand new summer meal program.


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CA activists stand up for students, middle-class at ALEC annual meeting | Brian Washington | NEA.org

CA activists stand up for students, middle-class at ALEC annual meeting | Brian Washington | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A California educator is sharing what it was like to join hundreds in San Diego to protest the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. ALEC is funded by the infamous billionaire duo Charles and David Koch, also known as the Koch brothers, and has a track record of exploiting the rights of working Americans to make the rich even richer.

Barbara Dawson, a middle-school history and English teacher, said taking part in last Wednesday’s demonstration, outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, gave her new hope about California’s future.


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SAME KOCH BROTHERS FUNDING THE NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS "WAKE COUNTY" AND SOME , SO ARTICLES SAY.

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New rules for CT charters seek to better educational experiences for students | Brian Washington | NEA.org

New rules for CT charters seek to better educational experiences for students | Brian Washington | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has signed into law new standards for charter schools designed to promote more transparency and accountability.

As a result, all records related to the administration and operation of charter schools within the state will now be accessible to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. This includes all information about how the private companies running charters schools, otherwise known as charter management organizations (CMO), are actually spending taxpayer dollars collected from charters.

As one state representative put it, just before the bill passed the State House, these new standards will help make sure the public’s investment in charter schools is used to better students’ educational experiences.


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More children live in poverty, even as economic recovery strengthens | Felix Perez | NEA.org

More children live in poverty, even as economic recovery strengthens | Felix Perez | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

More than 16 million children in the United States, or 22 percent, live in poverty, a number greater than at the start of the Great Recession in 2008, although there has been improvement in the number of high school students who graduate on time (81 percent), and the number of children who attend preschool (46 percent) has held steady.
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According to the “2015 Kids Count Data Book” released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy organization, the uneven economic recovery has left “stagnant pockets of low-income, struggling communities and families, where a child’s future is anchored in scarcity and hardship.”


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CMC to offer downtown Rifle, CO classes | Ryan Hoffman | PostIndependent.com

CMC to offer downtown Rifle, CO classes | Ryan Hoffman | PostIndependent.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Colorado Mountain College will open a new downtown Rifle, CO location in August, marking what could be a benefit to the city’s central business district, as well as potential students.

Renovations at the new CMC Downtown Rifle Academic Center, located at 229 West Ave., are in progress, and CMC plans on offering a limited number of classes in the fall semester. Once complete, the building will feature five state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as a day-care center.

The decision to open a new center in downtown Rifle a little more than three miles from CMC’s Western Garfield County Campus on Airport Road was twofold, explained Rachel Pokrandt, CMC Rifle campus dean.

Enrollment at the Rifle campus has steadily grown to the point where no additional classrooms are available in the fall and spring semesters.

“We’re one of the faster-growing locations in the district, and we’re running out of space,” Pokrandt said.


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MoMA Releases Data On 125,000 Art Works To The Public | Mike Masnick | Techdirt

MoMA Releases Data On 125,000 Art Works To The Public | Mike Masnick | Techdirt | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is not just one of the most famous museums in the world, is also trying to give back to the public somewhat as well. Not only has it proudly embraced Creative Commons by displaying CC's own logo as a part of its collection, it has decided to release data on over 125,000 works into the public domain by posting them to Github using a cc0 public domain dedication.

Unfortunately, the data included does not include images of the artwork, which would have been a much more impressive move. Also, on the Github page, there is a list of "usage guidelines" which includes lines such as saying if you modify the dataset "you must make it clear that the resulting dataset has been modified by you." Of course, that's not actually required. Most of the other "guidelines" are more in the form of a request -- which is fine -- rather than a command.


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Georgia Is Moving Children With Disabilities Into Schools Used During Jim Crow | Marian Wang | Truthout.org

Georgia Is Moving Children With Disabilities Into Schools Used During Jim Crow | Marian Wang | Truthout.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the US Department of Justice.

Some of the students in the program were schooled in the same inferior buildings that served black children in the days of Jim Crow. The investigation found that many of the buildings lack gyms, cafeterias, libraries, labs, playgrounds and other amenities.

"It's a warehouse for kids the school system doesn't want or know how to deal with," a parent told the Justice Department of the program. The Justice Department detailed its findings in a letter earlier this month to Georgia's governor and attorney general.


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Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read; Mailman Responds Spectacularly | Ryan Grenoble | HuffPost.com

Boy Who Couldn’t Afford Books Asks Mailman For Junk Mail To Read; Mailman Responds Spectacularly | Ryan Grenoble | HuffPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Twelve-year-old Mathew Flores is a bit different from the rest of us. He loves junk mail.

Until recently, advertisements were the only reading materials available to the boy. Flores loves reading so much that he approached his mailman in a Salt Lake City suburb on Friday to ask if he could have any junk mail.

The strange question prompted the mailman, Ron Lynch, to ask why. Lynch detailed Flores' response in a heartbreaking Facebook post afterward.

"Today while delivering mail to his apartment complex, I saw him reading ads, and then he asked me if I had any extra mail he could read," Lynch wrote. "He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don't have a car, and couldn't afford the bus."

Lynch then asked his Facebook friends if they could spare some books for Flores:

"Most kids his age want electronics! It's great to see his desire, and you should have seen him beam when I said I could help!"

"He's counting on me," he concluded, "so I'm counting on you!"

Lynch thought the Facebook post might bring in 50 to 60 books, he told local news outlet KSL. But his request went viral.


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Libraries need a deeper online presence - The Boston Globe | David Weinberger Op-Ed | The Boston Globe

Libraries need a deeper online presence - The Boston Globe | David Weinberger Op-Ed | The Boston Globe | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

If you want to know anything about movies, the Internet’s got you covered. Likewise for details about the world’s roadways, song lyrics, or Pokemon characters. But if you want to know about books and the other items of culture we’ve entrusted to libraries, it’s much harder to find out. We’re not even sure what to link to when posting about a book.

In short, there’s a library-shaped hole in the Internet.

This is not just an inconvenience. As they say, if it’s not on the Internet, it doesn’t exist. But it would be tragic if library culture were to fade into irrelevancy.

Take the magnificent Boston Public Library. It may have temporarily misplaced some valuable artworks, but it can generally lay its hands on any of its almost seven million physical books and 17 million other items — including 1.7 million rare items, 729 copies of Harry Potter books, and a Jane Fonda workout DVD.

Our archaic copyright laws prevent libraries from making much of that content openly available online, but libraries are much more than traditional content — each one also includes librarians, information systems, and the communities they serve.


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Educating Parents About Education | Tom Whitby Blog | Edutopia.org

Educating Parents About Education | Tom Whitby Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In too many classrooms in America, parents are often viewed as the adversaries of teachers. While this isn't true for every school district, even one is too many. The parent-teacher relationship is just one of the many factors that complicate our educational system, and it's a prime example. Why is this relationship such a variable?


The parent's personal experience with education probably tops the list, but how the culture of the school accepts and relates to parents is a close second. Of course, every parent's number one concern will be: "Is my child getting a proper education to compete and thrive in our world?"


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RED Epic Dragon camera gives viewers the next best thing to being in orbit | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

RED Epic Dragon camera gives viewers the next best thing to being in orbit | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

NASA will soon be uploading 6K video clips of the International Space Station (ISS) thanks to the delivery of a RED Epic Dragon super high resolution camera, the same model that was used to shoot Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. In the coming months, the Epic Dragon will bring viewers closer to the space station than ever before.

RED has a pedigree in making imaging devices of a more Earth-bound nature, and the company's newest contribution to the ISS is sure to contribute to the Earth-imaging revolution that has swept across social media in recent months.

The camera, delivered to the ISS in January by the fifth SpaceX resupply mission, represents a significant leap forward in video recording capabilities for the station. The Epic Dragon camera is capable of shooting up to 300 frames per second in 6K quality, (6144 x 3160 pixels) or if needed can scale the resolution down to that of a standard HDTV (1920 x 1080 pixels)


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Mars orbiter prepares for next year's InSight lander arrival | David Szondy | GizMag.com

Mars orbiter prepares for next year's InSight lander arrival | David Szondy | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Space travel is a constant exercise in forward planning, with mission control thinking years and sometimes decades in advance. A case in point is NASA's InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to touchdown on the Red Planet on September 26, 2016. This may be more than a year away, but the space agency is already moving its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) into a new orbit to provide communications support during the landing.

According to NASA, the MRO will carry out an orbital correction burn today that will use six of the spacecraft's intermediate thrusters, and last 77 seconds. This will place the unmanned orbiter on a new trajectory that will place it in line of sight of the InSight lander as it enters the atmosphere and sets down on the surface. That will allow the MRO to act as a data store and communications relay for InSight during the maneuver, as it did for the Curiosity mission in 2012 and the Phoenix mission in 2008. It will also be the MRO's biggest orbital maneuver since 2006.


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ESA expands virtual tour of the International Space Station | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

ESA expands virtual tour of the International Space Station | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

ESA has created a street view-like virtual tour of the ISS. The update to the previously released panoramic view of the Columbus module provides a virtual look around every non-Russian section of the space station in exquisite detail, with the rest of the station slated to be added to the tour later this year.

The panoramic tour allows viewers to pan around and zoom in on the environment as it was in June 2015. It was created by stitching together images taken by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.


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College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum | Casey Quinlan | Think Progress

College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum | Casey Quinlan | Think Progress | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

After backlash from conservatives that AP guidelines released last year by the College Board were unpatriotic, the new AP standards, which are effective immediately, will use the phrase “American exceptionalism,” and includes the founding fathers, according to Newsweek. The College Board said it “previously assumed it wasn’t something it needed to spell out as part of what would be taught in an American history course.”

Some of the main criticisms of the guidelines, conservatives voiced, were less emphasis on the founding fathers and more emphasis on slavery. The guidelines also included earlier American history that included violence against Native Americans and mentioned the growing influence of social conservatives. There were also complaints that World War II was not emphasized enough, but military victories will be given more attention in the new standards. Mentions of slavery will be “roughly the same” as previous standards, according to Newsweek.

Conservatives also took issue with the framework’s description of the term “manifest destiny.” The definition, according to The Daily Caller:


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Thousands of Exhausted Things, or why we dedicated MoMA’s collection data to the public domain | Fiona Romeo in Digital @ MoMA | Medium

Thousands of Exhausted Things, or why we dedicated MoMA's collection data to the public domain - Digital @ MoMA - Medium

MoMA accessioned the Creative Commons License Symbol into its collection in March 2015 and it’s now on display in our design galleries as part of the exhibition 'This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good'.


According to curator Paola Antonelli (@curiousoctopus), Creative Commons allows those who create content to “think beyond the default position of All Rights Reserved.”


It therefore feels important that we just flipped our own default and shared data for more than 125,000 works from MoMA’s collection on GitHub using Creative Commons Zero (CC0).


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Could small tweaks reap big rewards in math education? | Kevin Hartnett | The Boston Globe

Could small tweaks reap big rewards in math education? | Kevin Hartnett | The Boston Globe | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Math education in the United States is a subject of constant anxiety. Our country’s future feels imperiled when our students land in the middle of the pack on international standardized tests, behind many Asian countries, most of Western Europe, and the likes of Slovenia and Latvia. There’s also personal angst, each time a kid throws down his pencil and concludes he’s just not meant for arithmetic.

A wholesale revision of the way we teach math is a tempting idea, either in the form of a fully rebooted curriculum or in dramatic changes to teacher training. This explains some of the recent popularity in the United States of Singapore math, for instance. But maybe there’s another way.

Over the last decade, researchers in cognitive psychology have found that better math education comes from surprisingly simple changes in the way numerical concepts are presented. These insights have the potential to shake up the way math is taught in the classroom, and even move the country up in those international rankings.

Consider something as elementary as patterns. In a paper published in the most recent issue of Child Development, Nicole McNeil of the University of Notre Dame and Emily Fyfe, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, ran an experiment in which preschool-age children were taught patterns using one of two methods.


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Textiles That Transform: From Sonic Fabric to 3D Printed Fashion | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist

Textiles That Transform: From Sonic Fabric to 3D Printed Fashion | Nettrice Gaskins | Musings of a Renegade Futurist | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I was really happy to join an incredible global community of makers who share their knowledge, designs, and time to help each other realize their dreams. – Danit Peleg

To continue from the previous post (i.e., Sonic Fabric) I wanted to return to where I started last year: 3D printing, which is an additive process that enables just about anyone to print from 3D models they create on computers. The biggest challenge is time, especially in learning environments where classes are shorter than the time it takes to print a palm-sized object.

The 3D printers available to consumers are great for making small prototypes or tchotchkes. But they’re still slow, inaccurate and generally only print one material at a time. And that’s not going to change any time soon. – Quartz

Another issue was the time it took to fix things like extruder heads when printers jammed (often). Fortunately, the engineer who created the 3D printers we use in the BAA STEAM Lab is gracious with his time. I’ve gotten very good at unclogging extruder heads and even learned a thing or three about the inner workings of 3D printers.


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Nevada’s New Voucher Plan Is Designed to Bankrupt Public Schools | Jan Resseger | AlterNet.org

Nevada is one of our nation’s 24 one-party, all Republican states. Writing for the Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton and Emma Brown note that, “In January, Republicans took control of the Nevada legislature and the governor’s mansion for the first time since 1929, generating the political momentum to enact the country’s most expansive voucher plan. ...Starting next school year, any parent in Nevada can pull a child from the state’s public schools and take tax dollars with them, giving families the option to use public money to pay for private or parochial school or even for home schooling… Nevada’s law is singular because all of the state’s 450,000 K-12 public school children—regardless of income—are eligible to take the money to whatever school they choose.” A child must be enrolled in a public school for at least 100 days in order to qualify.

Layton and Brown report that the new Nevada voucher bill was developed with the assistance of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the foundation Jeb Bush launched in 2008, but from which he resigned at the end of 2014 to prepare for his presidential run. The Foundation’s chief executive Patricia Levesque describes Nevada’s new voucher bill: “This is the wave of the future. In all aspects of our life, we look for ways to customize and give individuals more control over their path and destiny…. This is a fundamental shift in how we make decisions about education.”

The Education Law Center recently circulated an analysis of Nevada’s new school vouchers from Educate Nevada Now, a statewide organization that promotes public education:


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Italy: Zaha Hadid's museum in the mountain opens for business | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Italy: Zaha Hadid's museum in the mountain opens for business | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Jutting out of the peak of Kronplatz mountain in Italy's South Tyrol region like a futuristic Bond baddie's lair, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is classic Zaha Hadid with its curved concrete and striking glazing. Three sections exit the mountain at 2,275 m (7,463 ft) above sea level, but the greater part of the building is actually hidden from view. Here, embedded into the rock, an exhibition that promotes the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering can be found.

Messner Mountain Museum Corones opened to the public this week after a three year build. It is the sixth and final of a series of museum buildings based around the mountainous South Tyrol region in an ambitious project by famous mountaineer and local, Reinhold Messner. Messner is rated as the first person to tackle all of the so-called "eight thousanders," or the 14 mountains with peaks over 8,000 m (26,000 ft) above sea level around the globe.


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New Video 'Harvard' Is a Scene From the Miseducation of Gyasi Ross | Indian Country Today Media Network

New Video 'Harvard' Is a Scene From the Miseducation of Gyasi Ross | Indian Country Today Media Network | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Attorney and ICTMN editor-at-large Gyasi Ross continues to make waves in his latest persona -- a rapper and spoken word artist. His newest video, released today, find him much more in the latter category -- "Harvard" is a strongly-worded anecdote about a young person whose dreams are bigger than those of his educational steward.


Manny, the student, wants to apply to Harvard University; the school administrator who's supposed to guide him discourages him from trying. "Are you sure you want to go through with this?" she asks him, one eye on her watch.

What the administrator fails to consider is that a rejection letter from an Ivy League school itself has value -- that even aspiring to go to Harvard is itself "a sign of progress."


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