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San Jose State suspends collaboration with online provider

San Jose State suspends collaboration with online provider | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
San Jose State University is suspending a highly touted collaboration with online provider Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after finding that more than half of the students failed to pass the classes, officials said Thursday.
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Interestsing to see the reaction of San Jose State after an online course intitiative produces poor results and what they are doing in response.

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Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

http://www.ted.com Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transforma...
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Video discussing her work to reorganize school curricula around design processes aimed specifically at allowing students to research and solve problems specific to their own communities. Her experience is in impoverish rural America.   

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Distance Learning Courses - High School - Blueprint Education

Distance Learning Courses - High School - Blueprint Education | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Homepage for "Blueprint Education" which is a nonprofit learning organization the gives educational tools to succeed. Seems to be an organization that "does it all" in terms of educational models - 

alternative education, charter schools, curriculum design, distance learning, homeschooling, and theratpeutic programs.

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Questioning the Quality of Virtual Schools : Education Next

Questioning the Quality of Virtual Schools : Education Next | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Article discussing the possible inaccuracy of a NEPC study that investigated and questioned the effectiveness of K12 Inc. schools. 

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The rise of homeschooling - Queen Anne & Magnolia News - Seattle, WA

The rise of homeschooling - Queen Anne & Magnolia News - Seattle, WA | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Seattle's Queen Anne and Magnolia
neighborhood news brought to you by Pacific Publishing Company.
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Article discussing the rise in parents choosing to homeschool their children.

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Magnet Schools : Education Next

Magnet Schools : Education Next | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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A description of the history of magnet schools, their changes through the years, and the challenges that lay before them. 

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The Open Classroom : Education Next

The Open Classroom : Education Next | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Article giving a brief history of open schools, their coming to the U.S., and a general description of what they are about.

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Shen honors Alternative Education seniors at banquet - News - Community News (cnweekly.com)

Shen honors Alternative Education seniors at banquet - News - Community News (cnweekly.com) | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Community News is your source for all southern Saratoga County 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, opinion and more. View weather updates, watch videos and photos.
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Article discussing the attributes of an alternative school and the graduation of its seniors.

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Athens superintendent Trey Holladay seeks to expand alternative school for kids 'with bad circumstance'

Athens superintendent Trey Holladay seeks to expand alternative school for kids 'with bad circumstance' | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Holladay told school board members that alternative school should help students of different ages and not just be limited to students with discipline problems.
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Article discussing a superintendent's idea to realign and expand an existing alternative school to be available to students who want to drop out of traditional school for non-discipline reasons.  

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Nashville schools twist music education

Nashville schools twist music education | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Luncheon celebates Music Makes Us, a program to boost traditional and non-traditional music training in Metro public schools.
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Article and video discussing a new music curriculum at Metro Nashville Public Schools that allows greater variety to the types of music students can study.

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Full-Day Kindergarten, Kindergarten Wrap-Around & Before- and After-School Programs at F.M. Kirby Children's Center Enrolling Now

Full-Day Kindergarten, Kindergarten Wrap-Around & Before- and After-School Programs at F.M. Kirby Children's Center Enrolling Now | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
The Madison Area YMCA’s F.M. Kirby Children’s Center is enrolling students now for its progressive, academically-focused, full-day Kindergarten, Kindergarten Wrap-Around and Before- ...
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Supplementary Kindergarten program is explained that provided innovative and extension activities for children in before- and after-school environments. Including classes offered in foreign language, music, gym, and traditional core subjects.

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Camp inventors crash land into the modern age | The Argus Leader

Camp inventors crash land into the modern age | The Argus Leader | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Over 100 area students filed through Sioux Falls Christian Elementary School for Camp Invention Monday, a week-long program to encourage interest in math and science.
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Video describing an "Invention day Camp" where elementary students create inventions through hands-on activities and increase their understanding of STEM knowledge and skills.

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The Hopewell News - Articles

Hopewell News, Hopewell,VA , VA, Colonial Heights,
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This article discusses an alternative autism program, with a very specialized curriculum, designed to specifically speak to the needs to autistic children.

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School Choices for Parents

This page provides parents with definitions for school choice options.
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U. S. Department of Education site specific for school choice.  Includes a brief description of the school choice options parents have with links for further investigation.

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Caine's Arcade

The story of 9 year old Caine, who spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto part store, and a community that came together…
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what a great story about the imagination and creativity of one young boy.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring t...
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I really like this video of Ken Robinson discussing ways to organize our educational mind-set to help the human brain "flourish." 

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Creating an Effective Virtual School Program | District Administration Magazine

Creating an Effective Virtual School Program | District Administration Magazine | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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Article discussing "Best Practices" for school administrators who want to create an online school environment.

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Questions about virtual schools’ effectiveness

Questions about virtual schools’ effectiveness | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Article discussing and showing data on the effectiveness of a few virtual schools in the K12 Inc. network of schools. 

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Home Schooling Goes Mainstream : Education Next

Home Schooling Goes Mainstream : Education Next | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Article that gives an in-depth look at homeschooling - the multiple reasons and philosophical views parents choose it, trending and demographic data about student enrollment and families. 

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Free schools | Education | The Guardian

Free schools | Education | The Guardian | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Latest news and comment on Free schools from guardian.co.uk
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This could be considered "The Guardian" version of Scoopit as it includes links to recent articles concerning free schools - naturally with particular emphasis on the UK.

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Pence looks to close state's skills gap

Pence looks to close state's skills gap | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s effort to close the “skills gap” between what employers need and what job applicants offer may be inspired by a German educat
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Article discussing Gov. Pence (IN) looking to Germany and their vocational-like education to help provide job skills for students.

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TEDxPSU - Ali Carr-Chellman - Bring Back the Boys: Using Video Games to Re-engage Boys in Learning

Ali Carr-Chellman is an instructional designer and award-winning author who has focused on change, innovations, diffusion, user-design and school change in h...
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Video making the case for focusing more attention to the learning gap between boys and girls and the challenges that boys face in school.

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Samborski new principal of RUSD continuation school

Samborski new principal of RUSD continuation school | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Sergie Samborski has a fascinating background.
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Brief article discussing the principal of a "continuation" school that seeks to help students who are required to continue their classes when struggling and trying to meet graduation requirements. 

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Across The Digital Distance: The Virtual School | DoDLive

Across The Digital Distance: The Virtual School | DoDLive | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Description of a virtual school program that the Department of Defense has begun to help "military-dependent students" who must deal with issues of transition to complete their education and meet graduation requirements.

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Truant classroom policy works in Sioux Falls

Truant classroom policy works in Sioux Falls | Alternative Curriculum | Scoop.it
Chronic truants in the Sioux Falls School District got a lot more school work done last year after officials began assigning them to the same classroom all day long.
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Innovative program to deal with truant students.  Centered on idea of relationship, attendance and achievement have increased.

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