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STEM: Demand for STEM Weathers the Storm | Change the Equation @changeequation

STEM:  Demand for STEM Weathers the Storm | Change the Equation  @changeequation | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Change the Equation aligns corporate efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure that they add up to real, measurable growth in the achievement and STEM fluency of U.S.

Demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Weathers the Storm

 

 

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Education Rethink: 14 Reasons Multiple Choice Tests Suck #edreform

Education Rethink: 14 Reasons Multiple Choice Tests Suck #edreform | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

A look at multiple choice testing........

 

and the delightful conclusion after many thoughtful reasons to dislike multiple choice testing: 

 

"Trying to push critical thinking and creativity into multiple choice is like trying to put Jesus onto a shallow device like a television. People do it, but they probably shouldn't."

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Essay argues that real teacher education reform is going on, led by the profession | Inside Higher Ed

Essay argues that real teacher education reform is going on, led by the profession | Inside Higher Ed | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Essay argues that real #teacher education reform is going on, led by the profession | Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/hPEiCYOO #edreform...
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The Finnish model: A beacon for education reform? Teachers are running the show.....

The Finnish model: A beacon for education reform? Teachers are running the show..... | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

In Finland, the emphasis is on teacher-based assessment; teachers have the authority to design their own assessments and use them when they deem appropriate. External testing is limited. About 10 per cent of students participate in random-sample tests to assess aspects of the education program. The only universal test is the matriculation exams that high school students must pass to be eligible for post-secondary education.

The centrepiece of Finnish education is the nation’s teaching force.

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Why Our Definition of “Failure” Gets an F

American schools have spent close to $4.4 billion on testing in the past decade thanks to No Child Left Behind.All of this doesn’t mean that the quest for accountability should be abandoned, but our nation’s love affair with the multiple-choice bubble test clearly needs to come to a close after 70 years. New tools like Kickboard Wireless Generation, and ClassDojo have the potential to help teachers capture far more fine-grained data about students’ day-to-day performance and interactions, which besides being good for teaching, could eventually be made the basis of a more nuanced picture of what happens in schools. But this data needs to be paired with nuanced judgments by politicians and the public

 

 

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Rethinking Elementary School

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Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
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High Tech High: Teaching Worth Watching

High Tech High:  Teaching Worth Watching | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

An integrated network of schools spanning grades K-12, housing a comprehensive teacher certification program and innovative Graduate School of Education.

 

Their K-12 Schools:  High Tech High now operates eleven schools in San Diego County: two elementary schools, four middle schools, and five high schools. All of these schools serve a diverse, lottery-selected student population; all embody the High Tech High design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Katie's Ramblings: Reformers Just Don't Know....

Ms. Katie's Ramblings: Reformers Just Don't Know.... | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

"People like me, on the other hand, say that schools absolutely should be improved, but that that improvement rests largely on providing more resources and opportunity, not on firing the "bad" teachers and hiring only the "effective" teachers.  But, even if we decided tomorrow to flip the funding formulas between affluent and low-income schools, or if state legislators suddenly got serious about "failing schools" and decided to double, triple, even quadruple the funding, just improving what happens inside schools will never be enough.
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Can Scientists Reform Science Education? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Can Scientists Reform Science Education? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Why should scientists care?  First, because science and education share an aspiration, which is enlightenment. Second, because scientists ARE interested in more people becoming intrigued by all those science-y things, and education is a way to do that.Third, because of democracy. Education is an essential tool for civics, for having a strong democracy.

 

Read on as scientists from around the globe weigh in on the topic. 

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In Montgomery County, Maryland, Economic Housing Integration Promotes Academic Achievement —

In Montgomery County, Maryland, Economic Housing Integration Promotes Academic Achievement — | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The education reform debate is dominated by efforts to make high-poverty schools work better, but a new report released by The Century Foundation suggests that a more promising strategy involves providing low-income families a chance to live in...
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The Innovative Educator: Transform education by measuring what matters. Hint: It's not test scores.

The Innovative Educator: Transform education by measuring what matters. Hint: It's not test scores. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Lets move from test scores to passion based learning!
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What We Build Together: Our education system is our collective tomorrow

What We Build Together:  Our education system is our collective tomorrow | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Public Education is for ALL.  And it isn't just about producing workers or stimulating the economy. 

 

 "There is much we cannot accomplish alone, so we work cooperatively to build a common infrastructure within our families, our businesses, our religious and civic organizations, and on local, state, and national levels. This common infrastructure is essential to individual success. Everyone benefits from our system of laws, the roads we drive on, fire and police departments, public utilities, access to clean air and water, libraries and museums, national and state parks, and the peaceful cities, towns, and communities we live in."

 

"the single most important common wealth in the United States: informed, engaged citizens."

 

"Our children need you to be a good example -- to be an engaged citizen who accepts the responsibility of ensuring the future of our republic. Invest in them. They are your private wealth and the common wealth of the republic. It's time that we recognize it. It's time that each of us -- every citizen -- takes responsibility for it"

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Early Childhood Education: Investment, Not Expense

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Stu Silberman is the executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a citizens’ advocacy group. An educator for 37 years, he was most recently the superintendent of Fayette County schools in Kentucky.
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New Breed of Community Partnerships Aiding Schools

New Breed of Community Partnerships Aiding Schools | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

These symbiotic “joint use” partnerships enable districts and entities such as cities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to maximize the use of facilities and money, while meeting the needs of children and others in the community.

 

“In a world where everyone wants results,” Mr. Blank said, “joint use about efficiency is important, but not enough. It has to also be about joint purpose.”

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Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner

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The role of informal learning is often discussed--as it is below--in terms of how it can promote improved formal learning performance.
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Evaluating Student Growth – Anything But Test Scores

Evaluating Student Growth – Anything But Test Scores | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

blog entry from a teacher turned administrator on her 10th day.  She is thinking about What to focus on....and chooses student growth.  But how?  A tweet to Diane Ravitch read:  "Anything but test scores."

 

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5 Myths about Learning: What Neuroscience Tells Us with Sam Wang, Associate Professor at Princeton University, Neuroscientist and Author | Kenya School Report ...

5 Myths about Learning: What Neuroscience Tells Us with Sam Wang, Associate Professor at Princeton University, Neuroscientist and Author | Kenya School Report ... | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Join us for this informative webinar: 5 Myths about Learning: What Neuroscience Tells Us with Sam Wang, Associate Professor at Princeton University, Neuroscientist and Author   (5 Myths about Learning: Join this informative webinar with Sam Wang of...
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Education Rethink: What Does It Mean to be a Great Teacher? (Ten Ideas)

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Poverty & Education

Presentation detailing the connection between poverty and education, done by a graduate student. 

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A Journalist Who Gets It: Maybe Poverty is the Problem to Solve

A Journalist Who Gets It:  Maybe Poverty is the Problem to Solve | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Daniel Akst writes editorials for Newsday, the Long Island, New York daily. He just wrote an excellent editorial. Long island has some great schools that are the heart of their community. It also h...
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Housing Policy IS School Policy

Montgomery County’s reputation as both an affluent area with good schools and a district that serves low-income students relatively well is firmly

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 Much less known is the fact that it operates the nation’s oldest and by far the largest inclusionary zoning program—a policy that requires real estate developers to set aside a portion of the homes they build to be rented or sold at below-market prices.

 

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Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation is a "pull, not push".

“Education needs to work by pull, not push.” — Charles Leadbeater...

Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.

 

 

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Tech Transformation: Knowledge -v- Wisdom ; ReThinking What and How we teach

Tech Transformation: Knowledge -v- Wisdom ; ReThinking What and How we teach | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

 

ignorance is a solvable problem - but more information alone is not the answer.  There are many myths associated with believing that knowledge=wisdom. Students need to practice USING the knowledge in new and different ways.   Read on to learn more. 

 

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Big Education Ape: The Spruce Goose of School Reform? « Diane Ravitch's blog

Big Education Ape: The Spruce Goose of School Reform? « Diane Ravitch's blog | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Diane Ravitch's blog on school reform today. 

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