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RSA - Choosing, Consuming & Social Change

RSA - Choosing, Consuming & Social Change | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

In this new RSAnimate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

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A Measured Approach to Improving Teacher Preparation | Education Sector

A Measured Approach to Improving Teacher Preparation | Education Sector | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

The majority of all states (27) have never identified a single teacher preparation program as low-performing, even though the 1998 Higher Education Act requires them to do so.

 

"Simply put, the nation's thousands of teacher preparation programs are good at churning out teachers but far less successful at ensuring that those teachers meet the needs of public schools and students," say the authors of a new Education Sector policy brief.

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The Secrets of a Good Principal

The Secrets of a Good Principal | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

“You’re the principal,” Ms. Getz said, “but you have to know how a teacher feels and how a teacher thinks.”

 

A good principal feels at home in a cafeteria filled with 800 children eating rubbery scrambled eggs for breakfast.

A good principal has her own style.

A good principal protects her teachers from the nonsense.

A good principal sets her own high standards.

A good principal works with union leaders to carry out her educational agenda, and if she can’t, takes them on.

A good principal knows teachers are only part of what make a school run.

A good principal takes money out of her pocket for the school.

A good principal loves and trusts the public schools where she works.

A good principal worries in private, ignores the surreal and finds a way to get things done.

A good principal has a To Do list several feet long.

A good principal leads by example.

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The Innovative Educator: 20 Things Students Want the Nation to Know About Education

The Innovative Educator: 20 Things Students Want the Nation to Know About Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Excerpt from The Innovative Educator

 

It's rare for education reformers, policymakers, and funders to listen to those at the heart of education reform work: The students. In fact Ann Curry who hosted Education Nation's first *student panel admitted folks at NBC were a little nervous about putting kids on stage. In their "Voices of a Nation" discussion, young people provided insight into their own experiences with education and what they think needs to be done to ensure that every student receives a world-class education. After the discussion Curry knew these students didn't disappoint. She told viewers, "Students wanted to say something that made a difference to you (adults) and they did. Now adults need to listen."

 

Below are [five of the twenty] sentiments shared by these current and former students during the segment.

 

1. I have to critically think in college, but your tests don't teach me that.
2. We learn in different ways at different rates.
3. I can't learn from you if you are not willing to connect with me.
4. Teaching by the book is not teaching. It's just talking.
5. Caring about each student is more important than teaching the class.

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Better Ideas Through Failure

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"Failure, and how companies deal with failure, is a very big part of innovation," says Judy Estrin of Menlo Park, Calif., a founder of seven high-tech companies and author of a book on innovation. Failures caused by sloppiness or laziness are bad. But "if employees try something that was worth trying and fail, and if they are open about it, and if they learn from that failure, that is a good thing."

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Race to Top Winners Work to Balance Promises, Capacity

Race to Top Winners Work to Balance Promises, Capacity | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Nearly a year after the first Race to the Top grants were awarded, the dozen winners in the federal competition for school reform aid are slowly starting to spend their money, ramp up the capacity within their own state education departments, and, in some cases, ratchet down expectations from plans that may have promised too much, too fast.

The U.S. Department of Education has approved changes to Race to the Top plans in six states and the District of Columbia, as winners seek to push ambitious project timelines back. The changes range from a delay in implementing Massachusetts’ tiered licensing system for principals to North Carolina’s plan to scale back a new teacher-retention bonus program in its low-performing schools.

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