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Linda Darling-Hammond: Interview by The Global Search for Education

Linda Darling-Hammond: Interview by The Global Search for Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by C.M. Rubin, Huff Post

 

In 2006, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation's 10 most influential people affecting educational policy over the last decade. In 2008-09, she headed President Barack Obama's education policy transition team.

 

Topics: Federal Role in Education, Teacher Training, Charters and Vouchers, Testing, Blended learning, College Affordability.

 

[Darling-Hammond is a PCM Top 10 Influencer]

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Why Learning Should Be Messy

Why Learning Should Be Messy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Nikhil Goyal, Mind/Shift

 

Have you heard of 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School in Woodbury, NY?  This is an excerpt from his book "One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student Assessment of School. He has a unique and worthwhile voice.

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Education Heroes Changing the World

Education Heroes Changing the World | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lena Tabori, Huff Post

 

We all know Geoffrey Canada. Oprah loves him. Stephen Colbert loves him. We all love him. As the founder of the now-famous Harlem Children's Zone, he provides support services to the children living in New York City's poorest neighborhood. The organization has witnessed incredible growth since it's inception in the 1990s, and Canada continues to help change the odds for the city's less fortunate young people.

 

[Geoffrey Canada is one of PCM's Top 10 Influencers]

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If Intelligence Is the Norm, Stupidity Gets More Interesting

If Intelligence Is the Norm, Stupidity Gets More Interesting | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Dobbs, New York Times

 

One researcher wonders if scientists, instead of seeking genes that can account for intelligence, should be trying to find mutations that can erode it.

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Why US Schools are Simply the Best

Why US Schools are Simply the Best | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Justin Baeder  Education Week

 

Pat Quinn, the "RTI Guy," (not the Pat Quinn who is the Governor of Illinois) recently sent this article to his mailing list, and graciously agreed to allow me to re-post it here. I wanted to share it for further discussion since it speaks very directly to issues of educational performance.

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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Moheb Costandi, Wired Science

 

Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.


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Deborah McNelis's comment, October 20, 2012 11:50 AM
A valuable article on important research. Continuing to share evidence of what is best for developing brains is essential to making a positive impact.
Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:37 AM
I would agree. Do have a look at all the educational toys to be found on http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
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Best Articles for Parents Getting Smarter about Learning and Education, by Parent Cortical Mass

Best Articles for Parents Getting Smarter about Learning and Education, by Parent Cortical Mass | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Gain cortical mass today:

 

-On Learning

-On Ed Policy

-On Education Thinkers

 

There are two poles in education reform. This publication assembles articles from both poles, so you can get informed and determine where you stand.

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School Shutdowns Trigger Growing Backlash

School Shutdowns Trigger Growing Backlash | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jaclyn Zubrzycki, Education Week

 

Student and parent groups in five cities are calling for a moratorium on school closings, as debates over their effects intensify.

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How to Re-Wire your Burned-Out Brain

How to Re-Wire your Burned-Out Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Martha Burns, Science of Learning Blog

 

Feeling burned out?  Check out these tips from Dr. Martha S. Burns on how to motivate you and your brain again.

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Teaching a ‘growth mindset’

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by Joanne Jacobs, Linking and Thinking

 

Students who believe they can develop their intelligence over time — what Stanford Professor Carol Dweck calls a “growth mindset” — work harder and learn more than classmates who think intelligence is inborn and fixed.

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3 Takeaways from the TIME Summit on Higher Education

3 Takeaways from the TIME Summit on Higher Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Kayla Webley, Time

 

Arne Duncan: “It’s time to end the blame game, where college leaders blame high schools for sending ill-prepared students, where high school principals blame the elementary schools, where elementary school principals blame the preschool programs, and preschool teachers blame the parents.”

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Romney, Obama Education Advisors Debate Role of Federal Government

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by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

NEW YORK -- ...at a Monday night debate at Columbia University's Teachers College, the education advisers of both presidential candidates tried to spotlight differences. What it boils down to, both said, is the federal government's role in education.

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PCM's Top Articles of the Week

PCM's Top Articles of the Week | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Get familiar with the important research on IQ and “Stereotype Threat.”

 

If you want to better understand “value-added” assessment of teachers, Daniel Willingham’s 3 minute video is a perfect resource....

 

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Randi Weingarten: Parent Trigger Laws a False Choiceby

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by Randi Weingarten, Debate Club, US News

 

Real parent engagement means establishing meaningful ways for parents to be partners in their children's public education from the beginning—not just when a school is failing. The goal should be to never let a school get to that point.

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Michelle Rhee: Communities Need Parent Trigger Laws

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by Michelle Rhee, Debate Club, US News

 

Parent-trigger isn't a first course of action, and it's not used to solve small problems. It's a law families can rely on to bring about change when their children are trapped in a school that isn't meeting their kids' needs. We can't expect parents and kids to be patient while slow-moving reforms take root.

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Parents Can Influence Their Child's School Performance Simply By Talking

Parents Can Influence Their Child's School Performance Simply By Talking | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Time

 

A new study shows that parental involvement matters more for performance than schools, but that doesn't mean going to PTA meetings...

 

[This is an important article for parents]

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Parents, Try These Sample Common Core Test Questions

Parents, Try These Sample Common Core Test Questions | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Fensterwald, EdSource

 

Smarter Balanced, the organization that is designing the Common Core assessments for California and two dozen other member states, released sample test items for parents and teachers last week. As expected, they’re anything but your father’s multiple choice.

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Top 25 Education Blogs for Proactive Parents

Top 25 Education Blogs for Proactive Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by OnlineCollege.org

 

We've discovered 25 of the best education blogs for proactive parents, and we encourage you to check them out.

 

[Parent Cortical Mass is #11!]

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Are you Smart Enough for Gifted Kindergarten?

Are you Smart Enough for Gifted Kindergarten? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Carrie Melago, Wall Street Journal

 

So how challenging are the exams? Two test preparation businesses shared with the Journal questions from their guides. See if you have what it takes to pass the test. (You’ll find the answers below.)

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A Little Science Goes a Long Way: Engaging Kids Improves Math, Language Scores

A Little Science Goes a Long Way: Engaging Kids Improves Math, Language Scores | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Science Daily

 

A researcher has found that engaging elementary school students in science for as little as 10 hours a year can lead to improved test scores in math and language arts.

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Parent Cortical Mass' Top Articles of the Week

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week find out how small changes in the amount of kids’ sleep impacts school behavior. Discover how the mental stimulation a child receives at age 4, a “sensitive period”, predicts the development of the cortex at age 18. For Nate Silver fans, don’t miss Alison..

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Grades Out, Badges In

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by Jeffery R. Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

College grades are inflated to the point of meaninglessness, especially to employers. 

 

"One key benefit of education badges could simply be communicating what happens in the classroom in a more employer-friendly form."

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The Vanishing American Professor

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by Jay Halfond, Huff Post

 

"The only question a parent of a prospective undergraduate should ask on the college tour of rock climbing walls and residence hall dining facilities is: Who will be teaching my child?"

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Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain development, Study Finds

Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain development, Study Finds | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Alok Jha, The Guardian

 

Latest reserach presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, in New Orleans....

 

Scientists found that the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.

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Excellent clip of students responding to Carol Dweck’s “Mindsets”

Excellent clip of students responding to Carol Dweck’s “Mindsets” | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by California Acceleration Project

 

"Across the state, faculty participating in CAP’s Community of Practice are sharing a simple but powerful classroom activity: they ask students to read a short article by researcher Carol Dweck (NAIS – Brainology) and to connect the article to their own experience. In this short video, students from four California community colleges discuss the insights this caused them to have about their own learning."

 


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