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Say Goodbye to Mystery Meat: NYC Elementary School Goes All Vegetarian

Students at P.S. 244 in Flushing now chow down on spinach wraps and tofu.
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Where Are the Greenest Schools in the Country?

Where Are the Greenest Schools in the Country? | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
The definition of being eco-conscious is so much more than having solar panels on a roof
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After the School Closings, the Real Estate Mess

After the School Closings, the Real Estate Mess | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
As school districts downsize, they leave behind shuttered buildings. Finding new uses for them can be difficult, to say the least.
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See also a favorite of mine: the McMenamins Kennedy School, a former elementary school building in NE Portland, Oregon that has been transformed into a restaurant, hotel, bar and movie theater, adding mixed use amenities to a predominantly residential neighborhood. http://www.mcmenamins.com/KennedySchool

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Update from Brooklyn’s Urban Planning High School

Update from Brooklyn’s Urban Planning High School | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

"The Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn opened as part of the New Century High School Initiatives, a program that aimed to reform large traditional high schools and transform them into smaller, theme-based learning communities. Many large schools were closed and replaced by smaller schools emphasizing a hands-on approach to learning, in the hopes of increasing student engagement and graduation rates.

 

In fall 2003, the Academy of Urban Planning (AUP) opened its doors with 125 students. By June 2012, the AUP community celebrated its sixth graduating class and had grown to around 450 students. Over its first nine years much has changed; however, much has also stayed the same."

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Education and Economic Growth: From the 19th to the 21st Century | CISCO SYSTEMS

"The research summarized in this article shows that schooling is necessary for industrial development. The form of schooling that emerged in the 19th century generates specific cognitive, behavioral and social knowledge that are critical ingredients for the way industrial societies organize:


• production and consumption
• daily life in cities and nations
• the size and fitness of the population for work
• the creation and use of knowledge.


Therefore, it is documented that:


• Schooling is a necessary but not sufficient condition for the spectacular feats of industrial development in the 20th century.
• The intricacy of the relationship between schooling and the industrial form of economic growth is confirmed by the technical economics literature.
• Economists have demonstrated that both individuals and societies gain from the investments made in schooling."

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Purpose: What's Missing in Education

Purpose: What's Missing in Education | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
It's imperative that every inch of a person's education is connected back to them as an individual. That we see ourselves in the information we are learning.
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Citiwire.net » Communities Setting Audacious ‘Cradle to Career’ Education Goals

Citiwire.net » Communities Setting Audacious ‘Cradle to Career’ Education Goals | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

What can American communities really do to increase school achievement scores, to improve college graduation rates, and increase their prospects for a competitive niche in the 21st century global economy?

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Citiwire.net » Oregon Learns — Can Other States Be Students?

Citiwire.net » Oregon Learns — Can Other States Be Students? | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

"Kitzhaber’s bold maneuver: a proposal to overhaul the entire system of education — from toddlers to twenty-somethings, now called Oregon Learns...Sounds tame enough. But the governor’s agenda is actually aimed at radical change in the system. For the first time (anywhere, not just in Oregon), the system of education would find its financial pivot point on results. The entire budgeting process would be re-engineered around outcomes rather than inputs."

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The Global Search for Education: More on Arts | Education News

The Global Search for Education: More on Arts | Education News | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
C. M.Rubin interviews the Director of the Oklahoma A+ Schools Program, a model school network for the integration of the arts into the entire school curriculum...
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Mexico's Largest University to Post Online Nearly All Publications and Course Materials

Mexico's Largest University to Post Online Nearly All Publications and Course Materials | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Mexico's Largest University to Post Nearly All Publications and Course Materials Online http://t.co/ze1frauz - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Turning The Yellow School Bus Green | Sustainable Cities Collective

Turning The Yellow School Bus Green | Sustainable Cities Collective | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Smith Electric Vehicles and school bus manufacturer Trans Tech recently unveiled their all-electric, zero-emission school bus, the Newton eTrans.

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Littleton school district beating the odds - Denver Post

Littleton school district beating the odds - Denver Post | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

Littleton school district beating the odds - Denver Post. How the Littleton Public Schools system is integrating community into their strategy for greater student succes.

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Timothy Bartik: The economic case for preschool | Video on TED.com

In this well-argued talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don't have kids that age (or kids at all).
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Where increasing economic productivity often translates into tax breaks and business relocation incentives, Bartik makes the case that investment in pre-school education is more effective.

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Minerva Project Announces Annual $500,000 Prize for Professors

Minerva Project Announces Annual $500,000 Prize for Professors | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
A faculty member at any institution in the world will be eligible for the award, which is being established to honor those who demonstrate extraordinary, innovative teaching.
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Best of 2012: Visionaries, Organizations, and Innovations Changing the Way We Learn

Best of 2012: Visionaries, Organizations, and Innovations Changing the Way We Learn | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
Showing how far we've come since Sir Ken Robinson gave his inspiring 2006 TED talk (one of the original six) on creativity, human intelligence and the state of education, writer Viktor Venson highlights the innovative efforts of TED-Ed, Breaker, Stanford d.school, Design for America, Code Academy, Imagine K-12 and others in his GOOD Best of 2012 round-up of the visionaries and organizations whose "ideas and efforts are changing the educational landscape."
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Education First - An Initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Education First - An Initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

"Education First is a Global Initiative led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, BAN Ki-moon. It gathers a broad spectrum of world leaders and advocates who all aspire to use the transformative power of education to build a better future for all.

 

The Initiative aims to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education and generate additional and sufficient funding through sustained advocacy efforts.  Achieving gains in education will have an impact on all the Millennium Development Goals, from lower child and maternal mortality, to better health, higher income and more environmentally-friendly societies."

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Investing in Education Is Key to America's Future Success - US News and World Report

Investing in Education Is Key to America's Future Success - US News and World Report | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

"The prescription is simple: We need to expand college opportunity, redouble support for research, modernize and broaden access to knowledge assets, and seek maximum value from the university and research systems born from the stroke of Lincoln's pen."

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edX - new MIT and Harvard venture offers free online courses to anyone in the world

EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone.

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New Construction vs. Renovation for Older School Facilities - Facilities Management Educational Facilities Feature

"Before a school district embarks on a major renovation project, it must determine whether it is better to replace the existing facility with a new school. Maine mandates such a study before it allocates monies. Some states also are beginning to offer financial incentives for reusing older buildings that are salvageable. While sometimes the cost of replacing outdated systems, upgrading life and safety deficiencies, and accommodating program expansions within existing K-12 schools far exceeds the cost of building a new facility, there may be good reasons for to renovate an older building rather than build a new one."

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School Offers BMW for Perfect Attendance

School Offers BMW for Perfect Attendance | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

"It’s shiny, red and brand new. But can a $30,000 BMW really motivate students to attend class every day on time? The latest Arlington High School attendance figures suggest yes. For perspective, the state pays the district a certain amount of money for every student who comes to school each day. So far this year Arlington has received $500,000 more from the state than it did the previous year." The question is, are incentives such as these helpful? And can we find better incentives than cars?

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Shakira: Improving Latino Education Crucial to Community and to America's Economic Competitiveness

Shakira: Improving Latino Education Crucial to Community and to America's Economic Competitiveness | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
According to numerous recent studies, the largest predictor of high school educational achievement is academic skill level upon entry into kindergarten. Even by middle school, these academic patterns have become entrenched, forming a blueprint that shapes a student's entire academic experience and life. Upon entering kindergarten 42% of Latino children are found in the lowest quartile of performance in reading skills compared to just 18% of white children.
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Will EPA's guidelines help communities build walkable schools?

Will EPA's guidelines help communities build walkable schools? | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
EPA has fully recognized the direct and indirect environmental consequences of poor school siting decisions, and has recommended that school systems recognize such issues as well. Where the next shiny new high school goes in your town or county will affect sustainability, environment, and public health in the community for decades to come.

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How to apply for a Pell Grant - by Eileen Eva - Helium

How to apply for a Pell Grant - by Eileen Eva - Helium | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it

If you are an American who is forced to balance between multiple jobs and school, one that keeps missing school because of financial constraints applying for a Pell Grant could be for you.

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Before the First School Bell, Teachers in Bronx Make House Calls

Before the First School Bell, Teachers in Bronx Make House Calls | Renew Cities: Education Innovation | Scoop.it
A month before school started, a group of teachers from a South Bronx school canvassed poor immigrant neighborhoods to meet students and their families on their own turf.
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