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Monday, September 1, 2014

4 ways to increase your salary potential

USA Today – Erika Rawes

“How much money do you earn each year? As of 2013, Labor Statistics report the median annual earnings for someone with less than a high school diploma at $24,544, while someone with a professional degree earned $89,128. Everyone else fell somewhere in between.” (more)

Massachusetts has better schools than us? Maybe not.

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“But in one important respect, the Bay State lags behind, particularly when compared with Washington-area schools. Its most affluent public high schools do a poor job giving average students a chance to prepare for college, a fact school evaluators usually ignore. Few people in Massachusetts know how little their schools challenge average kids, just as few people in the Washington area know how well their schools do on that front.” (more)

How to be good at going to school: Mallick

The Star – Heather Mallick

“Read everything you’re given, and more. Reading makes your brain expand, it gives you a storehouse that you will draw on for the rest of your life. Think of your brain as a cow. Feed it grass and grain. Milk that thing.” (more)

Back to School: Looking beyond the 3 R’s

The Star – Louise Brown

“In a startling move, educators across Canada are about to tackle this – develop objective ways to actually measure how well a school promotes creativity, social skills, citizenship, a positive school climate and students’ physical and mental health.” (more)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

High schools need to weld academics with practical skills

E-School News – Heidi Stevens

“When students leave high school, do they have skills that will help them in real-life situations?.” (more)

Using flipped learning to boost engagement

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Supporters of flipped learning have proven that the instructional model is more than just a fad. As it spreads to classrooms across the nation, educators are leveraging the flipped model to create a more personalized and engaging learning environment for their students.” (more)

Why Investing In Girls Is The Smartest Move We Can Make

The Huffington Post – Staff Writer

“Lack of access to education and health care for girls around the world doesn’t just hurt girls — it hurts their families, communities and economies. Last month, UN Women released an infographic illustrating in numbers just how beneficial supporting young girls can be for a country’s economy.” (more)

Third-graders must know how to type, drop-n-drag to succeed on Smarter Balanced test

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“It turns out that to succeed on that challenging new test that Oregon students as young as third grade will take beginning this spring, students need to know how to type on a keyboard and drag and drop using a computer mouse.” (more)

Common Core test, Smarter Balanced, looms large over Oregon schools

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“As nearly 600,000 Oregon teachers and students prepare for a fresh school year to dawn this week, a challenge looms large.” (more)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here Are the Crucial Job Skills Employers Are Really Looking For

Time – Rachel Burstein

“‘Soft skills’ like professionalism and oral communication rank among the most valued, regardless of education level.” (more)