June 2010

Diversity: what’s the point?

I recently participated in a conversation on BAM! Radio entitled “All The Children Are White. So What?” The main guest was Louise Derman-Sparks, a professor emertius at Pacific Oaks College in California who is a nationally recognized expert on multicultural education. Derman-Sparks has authored or co-authored countless books, including Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children, Teaching/Learning […]

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Recess round-up: June 24, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Funding: Half of the $500 million in Race to the Top money awarded to Tennessee will go to local school districts; the other half will be spent at the state level. (The Tennessean) Policy: An emerging risk? Growth […]

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Small schools mean big progress, says MDRC report

In the latest look at New York City’s small school strategy, which some argue is the special ingredient in the city’s efforts to improve its graduation rate over the past eight years, MDRC confirms past findings that kids in small schools do better than their counterparts in the rest of the school system. The small schools had an […]

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Recess round-up: June 23, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Research: Digital literacy “A new white paper addressing recent calls for technology literacy education argues any such education should involve project-based learning, while a separate new report indicates the need for such education may soon increase.” (EdWeek) […]

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Recess round-up: June 22, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Reform: Charter school has “substantial impact,” but the debate goes on. (The Hechinger Report) Research: What do we know about teachers and merit pay? (Education Commission of the States) College: Hedge funder and bestselling author Steve Eisman will testify […]

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Charter school has “substantial impact,” but the debate goes on

A study out today finds that the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), one of the most well-known charter school operators in the country, “substantially” impacts student test scores in reading and math. Half of the KIPP schools in the study are on their way to cutting the black-white achievement gap in half in three years, […]

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Improve your writing “quickly and easily,” Pearson promises

The grammatically challenged of this world have new hope: Pearson Education announced today that it’s releasing a series of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch called “GrammarPrep” that will apparently help “college students, professionals and English learners quickly and easily improve their writing skills.” Really? I didn’t know there was a quick and easy way […]

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Recess round-up: June 21, 2010

A daily dose of education news from around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break! Education reform and financing in Rhode Island: From worst to first in a formula for funding education. (The Valley Breeze and The Providence Journal via Whitney Tilson) Graduation rates: How are high school and college graduation rates […]

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iCollege: There’s an app for that

Among the chatter this week further to Governor Tim Pawlenty’s call for more online classes, we learned that “some of the points he made in the nationally televised interview with Jon Stewart don’t square with statements he and his higher education appointees have made in Minnesota,” according to Sharon Schmickle of The Hechinger Report partner […]

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Recess round-up: June 18th

College tuition: More than 5,000 students at Colorado State University will have their tuition cut for next year. State universities in Idaho are considering charging different fees for different majors. Rights violation: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is charging that students in New Hampshire had their 4th amendment rights violated when they were patted […]

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