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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Governors Group Urges Focus on Early Math Learning

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Governors should take steps to improve early-childhood mathematics education, including raising the bar for states’ early-learning guidelines and promoting changes in teacher-preparation programs, according to a recent paper by the National Governors Association. The paper points to 2009 research…showing that early math learning is critical for long-term academic success and yet often neglected.” (more)

Unsatisfied with Student Performance, Utah Business Leaders Release Education Plan

NPR Utah – ANDREA SMARDON

“Utah business leaders unveiled a five-year plan on Tuesday to improve the educational system in the state. The plan comes just one day after test results revealed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in math, language arts, and science.” (more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Want to make your brain work a little faster…? Learn a second language!

The Raw Food World – Heather Suhr

“(TRFW News) Learning a foreign language is not the easiest thing to accomplish, however, there are many benefits to gain when you do. Learning a second language can be rewarding because you learn more about the other culture and opens doors to many valuable experiences.” (more)

Poor careers advice failing to address STEM skills ‘crisis’

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

” While enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths, remains high among school pupils, lack of careers guidance means few young people continue into industry.” (more)

In Praise of Style: What’s Missing From The Common Core Education Standards

Forbes – Steven Kotler

“As the debate over national education standards—aka the Common Core—continues to rage, one topic that seems to be missing from the discussion is style. And by style, I mean writing style, a flair for language, a way with meaning, a panache with punctuation.” (more)

Four criteria for evaluating blended learning tools

E-School News – Eileen Shihadeh

“Blended learning has arrived. While schools and districts across the nation are in various stages of transition, there is little doubt that the appetite for interactive tools that cultivate blended learning environments is on the rise. In fact, recent case studies published by the nonprofit organization FSG indicate that technology is so prevalent that it has some level of influence over nearly every aspect of the U.S. education system.” (more)

5 ways to make progress with student data

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Transparency is one of the first, and most important, steps in ensuring that conversations about student data use–and keeping that data secure and private–remain open and productive..” (more)

New graduation standards are daunting

UT San Diego – Maureen Magee

“SAN DIEGO — More than 40 percent of San Diego Unified’s high school students are at risk of failing courses needed to graduate in 2016 under new standards designed to make sure college-prep classes are offered equitably — at every campus regardless of ZIP code, income and ethnicity.” (more)

Educate Maine Calls for State to Improve All Aspects of Education

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“In a recent report by Educate Maine, the group stated that Maine has done little to improve education in the state in the previous year.” (more)

Big Ten and the Next Big Thing

Inside Higher ED – Paul Fain

“Competency-based education is going upmarket. Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education.” (more)