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Education secretary: Not "rocket science" to stop "dumb" sequester cuts - CBS News

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Education secretary: Not "rocket science" to stop "dumb" sequester cuts CBS News (CBS News) It's not "rocket science" for Republican and Democratic lawmakers to find their way to the negotiating table with a plan to replace the "dumb,"...

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Snyder administration holding secret meetings to develop school voucher plan | Michigan Education Association

Snyder administration holding secret meetings to develop school voucher plan | Michigan Education Association | Education | Scoop.it

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One man destroying careers, the notion of a quality free education and increasing achievement gaps is at it again!
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Bills would turn Michigan into ‘super choice’ state

Bills would turn Michigan into ‘super choice’ state | Education | Scoop.it

Proposed legislation in Michigan could mean profound changes in the state's education system, and, opponents argue, could serve as a blueprint for other states hoping to make similar changes.


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U. of Michigan's Social-Media Director Quits Over Résumé Controversy - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

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ABC7Chicago.comU. of Michigan's Social-Media Director Quits Over Résumé ControversyChronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's first social-media director quit her post on Monday after it was alleged...

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Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project

Oakland Schools Consultant Guides Ultimate Resource Project | Education | Scoop.it

Four years ago, Amy Bloom, a History/Social Studies Consultant for Oakland Schools, realized there was a massive gap in Michigan’s move to tie Social Studies coursework to the new State Standards. The essential, missing link? Classroom Curriculum!

 

The Michigan Department of Education provided clear Content Expectations for Social Studies and History, so Amy simply stepped up to the enormous job of leading the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum (MC3) project to find, create and align the content that Kindergarten-to-Grade 11 teachers would find appropriate and useful.

 

“We encourage Social Studies and History teachers to personalize our material – to take it and make it their own. The entire curriculum is online on the Oakland Schools website, and it’s FREE to download and use!”


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CCSS Implementation in Ann Arbor (MI) Schools via Ann Arbor Journal

CCSS Implementation in Ann Arbor (MI) Schools via Ann Arbor Journal | Education | Scoop.it

1. Alignment to Common Core standards. In June 2010, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to make Michigan one of 35 states to adopt Common Core State Standards. Today only 5 states, including Texas and Virginia, have failed to sign on to Common Core.

 

A release accompanying that announcement explained the timing of the Common Core phase-in in Michigan: “Teachers will begin to provide instruction related to the standards by the fall of 2012. It is anticipated that students will be assessed on the Common Core Standards beginning in 2014.”

 

“Instruction is working...with building leaders through elementary advisory and secondary department chairs to increase rigor and focus,” the district’s presentation stated.


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KaylaHeinlein's curator insight, October 25, 2015 10:36 AM

Interesting article on schools in Michigan implementing CCSS.  

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Schools try out online standardized testing

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"Athens Area Schools and Pennfield Schools were among some 100 school districts statewide to pilot the online version of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) social studies test, a crucial project that will give state officials a glimpse into the future of online testing in Michigan. Some 35,000 students took their social studies tests online this year."


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The Atlanta scandal: standardized testing and the corruption of US education | space for transparency

The Atlanta scandal: standardized testing and the corruption of US education | space for transparency | Education | Scoop.it

In this case, one point remains clear: cheating is cheating. Test answers were changed.  The truth was repeatedly obstructed. The public was misled. And Superintendent Beverly Hall was credited with improving test scores to such a degree that she earned a $78,000 bonus in 2009. In the end, however, the lens must be widened to consider the flawed association of American public school funding and standardised test score benchmarks. As Robert Wilson noted, “due to NCLB, there is cheating in school districts across the country. Atlanta is trying to open up the issue and address it.  We all need to wake up and shift the balance in favor of good schools and good teachers and against tests.”


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Starving Michigan schools: Capital City Lansing schools eliminate ALL art, music and phys. ed. teachers | EclectaBlog.com

Starving Michigan schools: Capital City Lansing schools eliminate ALL art, music and phys. ed. teachers | EclectaBlog.com | Education | Scoop.it

To hear Governor Snyder tell it, Republicans haven’t reduced school funding. Everything is great for Michigan schools, he will tell you. If you want the real story, however, start attending your local school board meetings and listen to the decision-makers grappling with ever-shrinking budgets that have them choosing between offering our educators the wages and benefits they deserve and shutting down schools and eliminating programs. The reality is that our state government is starving our K-12 public schools and those chickens are beginning to come home to roost.

 

This past week, the Lansing Public School District announced that it is firing all 87 physical education, music and art teachers:

 

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Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:44 PM

I chose this resource to use for motivation or general ideas to become a better principal and educational leader.

 

This article breaks my heart. I hate to see specials taken from kids due to money shortages. Children need to have exposure to all types of academia. They are missing out on too many experiences that are necessary for their growth.

 

As a principal one day I want to make sure I do everything in my power to keep these important classes in my building.

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Does Trusting Teachers Make Any Difference for Student Achievement?

Does Trusting Teachers Make Any Difference for Student Achievement? | Education | Scoop.it

"High-performing organizations assess performance and act upon results to improve performance. The teachers who have collective autonomy to make decisions influencing school success do too. Autonomous groups of teachers want to score well enough on state standardized tests to maintain their autonomy (and consequently their approach to schooling), but otherwise they don’t worry much about a measurement of quality that, in their view, cannot withstand serious scientific scrutiny. Moreover, many teachers reported their resentment that so much school funding and time is spent on state- and district-required tests that are not useful for making decisions about how and what to teach individual students. So, does collective teacher autonomy make any difference for student achievement? The answer is yes. Autonomous teachers value a broader range of achievement than is currently valued in K-12—so much so that they are seeking, designing and financing new ways to assess this achievement. They use all the information they deem valuable to improve teaching and learning in their schools. A number of teacher groups have opted to use The Hope Survey, for example, to determine students’ psychological adjustment in a school environment over time. Teachers can learn how well they are doing in addressing students’ sense of autonomy, belongingness, and goal orientation." | by Kim Farris-Berg


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Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:03 PM

I chose this resource to provide a better understanding on teacher issues.

 

I chose this resource to use for motivation or general ideas to become a better principal and educational leader.

 

School culture is an important part of the success for teachers and leaders. Clearly, this shows relationships matter in schools. Leadership reflects how the staff and students interact. My job as a principal is to ensure teachers, staff, and students feel welcomed and feel like it is a place where they belong.

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I scooped this article because I was interested in seeing the author's justification for endorsing autonomy. The main reason being that autonomous teachers achieve greater results in student achievement. 

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"Savvy schools will know that Common Core standards are guidelines" not "straight jackets"

"Savvy schools will know that Common Core standards are guidelines" not "straight jackets" | Education | Scoop.it
If Common Core Standards become our straight jacket, we'll hate what education becomes #ccchat http://t.co/owEekkipyz via @coolcatteacher

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The Worst Victims of the Education Sequester: Special-Needs Students and Poor Kids

The Worst Victims of the Education Sequester: Special-Needs Students and Poor Kids | Education | Scoop.it
Thanks to Washington's budget showdown, our neediest kids will see the deepest cuts.

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Rich Internet Applications from the Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University

Rich Internet Applications from the Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University | Education | Scoop.it

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Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice | Education | Scoop.it

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In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. The good news was that the vast majority of teachers have read the Standards and nearly all like them. The bad news was that about 80 percent of mathematics teachers said the Standards were “pretty much the same” as their current state standards.

 

Those teachers might want to take a closer look. While the Common Core State Standards share many features and concepts with existing standards, the new standards also represent a substantial departure from current practice in a number of respects. Here are nine important differences:


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Google In the Classroom - Download Free Content from Michigan's MI Learning on iTunes

Google In the Classroom - Download Free Content from Michigan's MI Learning on iTunes | Education | Scoop.it
Download or subscribe to free content from Google In the Classroom by Michigan's MI Learning on iTunes.

 

The use of technology in education provides powerful opportunities to engage students in authentic learning. Google has developed a suite of tools that can easily be integrated into K-12 classrooms to encourage collaboration and creativity. This course will provide educators with a basic understanding of various Google products and suggest ways to integrate those products into the classroom.


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New Look at Past Test Results Shows Students Performed Poorly

New Look at Past Test Results Shows Students Performed Poorly | Education | Scoop.it

Is this a harbinger of things to come? Will the implementation of the Common Core State Standards result in even lower pass rates?

 

"A look at old test results is providing a troubling glimpse into just how poorly Michigan students have done on state exams."

 

"Just about a quarter of students in grades 8 and 11 would have passed."

 

"The Michigan Department of Education released the last four year's worth of results from the high school Michigan Merit Exam and the elementary and middle school Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam, but with a twist.


They applied tough new standards for passing the exams—standards that were adopted by the State Board of Education in September—to the old results. Under the new system, students must answer substantially more questions correct in order to pass."


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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 20, 2015 7:14 PM

Knowing what we are dealing with when it pertains to student academic levels is key in understanding how to build the core.  The reality is that students performed poorly on test.  Something has to be done to change this ineffective culture of low achievement, and maybe common core is the answer.  Maybe common core is not the answer.

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Should online classes be a requirement for graduation?

Should online classes be a requirement for graduation? | Education | Scoop.it

"As voluntary online class enrollment grows among students in grades K-12, more states are considering online classes as a requirement to achieve a high school diploma. A report from Evergreen Education Group indicates more than 600,000 students took at least one online class during the last school year. Over that same time frame, several states added online learning requirement laws, some specific to graduation criteria. Among the states with new online education requirements are Virginia, Idaho, Minnesota, Alabama, Florida and Michigan."


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Best Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Best Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education | Education | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week California Governor Jerry Brown showed political grit. He announced plans to tackle the intractable problem of unequal public school funding caused by local property tax traditions. Will citizens in affluent neighborhoods allow funds from their schools to be redirected to improve school quality for other people’s children? The Governor promised opponents “the battle of their lives.” ● For parents with kids graduating from high school, read the eloquent article on parents’ love, by Adam Gopnik, writer at The New Yorker and brother of Alison Gopnik, renowned expert on babies’ cognitive development. 


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President Obama Proposes Tying Pre-Kindergarten Education to Continued High Sales of Tobacco Products

President Obama Proposes Tying Pre-Kindergarten Education to Continued High Sales of Tobacco Products | Education | Scoop.it

Faced with a budget crisis and difficulty finding a way to fund pre-kindergarten education, President Obama has proposed to put the burden of funding pre-school education on the nation's smokers. His proposal would fund education programs for four year-olds from revenues derived from an increased tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.


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GolfKahn's curator insight, April 8, 2013 5:37 PM

Well, we have a President who has played over 120 rounds of golf in just over 4 years. I'm sure he has to have his priorities, right?  I mean, c'mon, right?

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Education reform group forges voucher-like plan for Michigan

Education reform group forges voucher-like plan for Michigan | Education | Scoop.it

by Chad Livengood

 

"A secret work group that includes top aides to Gov. Rick Snyder has been meeting since December to develop a lower-cost model for K-12 public education with a funding mechanism that resembles school vouchers.

The education reform advisory team has dubbed itself a "skunk works" project working outside of the government bureaucracy and education establishment with a goal of creating a "value school" that costs $5,000 per child annually to operate, according to meeting minutes and reports obtained by The Detroit News.

 

"The records show designers of the "value school" are in talks with Bay Mills Community College about opening a technology-centric charter school by August 2014. The school would seek to maximize the roughly $7,000 annual per-pupil funding regular schools get from taxpayers by applying "concepts familiar in the private sector — getting higher value for less money."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130419/SCHOOLS/304190361#ixzz2RQSJzIp7


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Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards

Less than one-third of teachers say they have been given the training to teach to the new standards. (Educators feel unprepared for common core-why? Poor test design? Lack understanding? Trying to teach to test?

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trying to teach to test is nothing new, it's just all there is anymore!

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Re-thinking learning and re-learning thinking - Video - Learning when there are no schools

Re-thinking learning and re-learning thinking - Video - Learning when there are no schools | Education | Scoop.it
Annotag enables you to capture, tag, search and share within video, live or ondemand

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