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Blended learning was the topic of a lively Education Sector panel discussion on March 22, and, along with the video, we wanted to share some highlights. The inspiration for the talk was a recent Education Sector article on the Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School, a two-year-old Los Angeles charter school that mixes traditional teacher-led lessons, collaborative learning, and indepContinue Reading »
Well it was a long and troubled birth, and a snowstorm confined the keynote speaker to an electronic feed, but officials in Providence, R.I. on Monday finally launched the groundbreaking non-profit education management organization that will work to turn around the city’s lowest-performing public schools.
United Providence — or UP! — is a novel collaboration between the Providence TeacheContinue Reading »
When you think of innovative ways to improve student achievement, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a classroom with one teacher and 48 students. But that’s precisely the set-up at Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School, a new Los Angeles charter that’s using blended learning to improve outcomes for at-risk kids.
Tennenbaum, a member of Alliance College-Ready Continue Reading »
What should be on the new administration’s “to-do list” under the heading of education? That was the question posed to a panel of education experts Education Sector brought together this week at the event “Should There Be an Undersecretary of MOOCs? A Waiver Watchdog? And Other Questions for the Next Four Years.” The experts, all members of Education Sector’s K20 Task Force, took onContinue Reading »
What does it take to get teachers so angry that they are willing to let more than 350,000 public school students go uneducated for days? In Chicago, where striking public school teachers have done just that, it took more than money, although the teachers want more of that, too. What Chicago’s 25,000 teachers are really up in arms about, along with demands to work a longer school day, is a new sContinue Reading »
The GE Foundation’s recent Developing Futures in Education conference had no shortage of smart overviews and revealing PowerPoints to inspire and inform the business leaders and educators in attendance. But for this layperson, it was a hands-on workshop on ELA standards that provided the true “Aha!” moments about the Common Core State Standards—vivid illustrations of how radically reading andContinue Reading »
Among the more impressive speakers at the GE Foundation’s recent Developing Futures in Education conference was a man so gifted at the lectern that he made some of us wonder why we bother to talk at all, let alone in front of big audiences. He was Wes Moore, the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Other Wes Moore,” and the message he delivered so eloquently was one that characterized tContinue Reading »
First for the good news: Teachers are embracing the Common Core State Standards. According to a recent survey by Michigan State University, 90 percent of teachers had heard of the new standards, 70 percent had read them, and, best of all, 90 percent liked them. “Those are results we wouldn’t have predicted,” the university’s William H. Schmidt told attendees at the GE Foundation’s Developing FuContinue Reading »
Florida residents have been fuming over the latest fiasco in standardized testing— the plummeting scores on the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test, which had been changed to reflect higher standards. Only 27 percent of the state’s fourth-graders passed the test this year, compared to 81 percent who were deemed proficient last year. The state’s response? It lowered thContinue Reading »
More time on task — growing evidence, along with simple common sense, shows that the more hours students engage in learning, the more they can boost their academic achievement. That, along with increasing concerns about the learning reversals students suffer over the summer, is why more and more school districts are starting to think beyond the confines of the six-hour-a-day, 180-day-a-yeContinue Reading »