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Middle School Humanities Teacher at The Berkeley School (Full-Time) | The Berkeley School

Latest Job Postings - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:38pm
US - CA - Berkeley, Core Qualifications A deep, developmental understanding of teaching reading, writing, speaking, and thinking at the middle school level The ability to scale content appropriately for middle school l
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Swastikas and other vandalism at a GW dorm worry students

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:17pm
Three swastikas were drawn inside a George Washington University dorm housing a number of sororities and fraternities.“The walls have been repainted and GWPD is actively investigating the matter,” Darrell Darnell, senior associate vice president of safety and security, said in a statement. “On Wednesday, the university held a community meeting with International House residents to discuss this disturbing incident. Staff members have communicated with students and concerned parents to reassure them of the university’s comprehensive response to this incident.Read full article >>

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Social-Emotional Learning Pays Off

Education Week - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:17pm
Schools can no longer overlook the benefits associated with social and emotional learning, write Timothy Shriver and John Bridgeland.
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Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives | University of Nebraska

Latest Job Postings - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10pm
US - NE - Lincoln, Requirements and Qualification Preferences:  An earned doctorate or professional degree in an appropriate field is required; Extensive experience with international study or work experience o
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This robot at U-Md taught itself to cook by watching YouTube

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:52pm
Finally. A robot that can not only do something completely great — like make you a salad — but doesn’t need to be taught how to do it.It can just figure it out by watching YouTube.At the University of Maryland, researchers are designing robots that can learn how to do things by watching people. Instead of being intricately programmed step by step to make a series of movements to accomplish a goal, these robots can figure out how to do it themselves.Read full article >>

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Documentary on campus sex assault opens in New York and California

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:47pm
“The Hunting Ground,” a documentary that provides first-hand accounts from numerous women and men about sexual violence on college campuses, opens Friday in selected theaters in New York and California and was previewed this week at the White House.Read full article >>

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The Learning Network: Ideas for E.L.L.s | Teaching and Learning About Animals

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:32pm
Animals are ubiquitous, easily described, interesting to students, and curiosity-provoking, qualities that can create an engaging thematic unit for English language development. Here are some ideas for teaching with Times photos, videos and articles about critters of all kinds.

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Regulators OK 'Net Neutrality' Rules for Internet Providers

Education Week - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:32pm
Internet service providers now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
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Strauss: Judge rules Missouri’s membership in Common Core testing group is illegal

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:07pm
The fighting over the Common Core initiative continues: A Missouri judge said the state’s membership in a federally funded testing consortium charged with creating an assessment aligned with the Common Core standards is illegal. And what’s more, he ruled that the state should stop paying fees to the group, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.Read full article >>

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Strauss: Why names matter: The fight at Clemson over iconic university building named after racist governor

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:52pm
There has been a heated debate at Clemson University playing out over whether the name of an iconic building, Tillman Hall, should be  changed because its namesake, Benjamin Tillman, was a former South Carolina governor (1890-94) who was a vicious racist. Students and teachers are pushing for a change, while the head of the school’s Board of Trustees, David Wilkins, said the name would not be changed, according to the Greenville News.Read full article >>

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Motherlode Blog: Motherlode’s ‘Celebrity Class of Commenters’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:39pm
It’s been said many times that “the best thing about Motherlode is the comments.”

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Barnes & Noble to Spin Off College Bookstores Unit

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:58pm
The retailer will spin out its education business, its best-performing division, instead of its struggling Nook unit.
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Strauss: Teachers at popular school ask parents for help: This may sound ‘absurd’ but it’s true.

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:30pm
PS 321 in Brooklyn’s Park Slope area is a popular school. Parents and kids like going there because of the dedication of its principal, Elizabeth Phillips, and its approximately 100 teachers. Now, in an unusual move, those teachers are publicly turning to parents for help against school reform proposals by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that they say will harm the school. The letter clearly explains why some of the proposals that Cuomo has advanced to change teacher evaluation  will negatively impact schools around the state. These reforms are not unique to New York, so the letter speaks to what is happening in schools around the country.The reference to Liz in the letter is to the principal, Elizabeth Phillips. In 2012, I published a letter from Phillips to then New York State Education Commissioner John King (who is now a senior advisor to Education Secretary Arne Duncan) saying that there were many “flawed questions” on the state’s mandatory English Language Arts standardized test given to students for “accountability” purposes.  The letter was sent after King had invalidated one set of now infamous questions on a the eighth-grade test about a talking pineapple.Here is the new letter from PS 321 teachers to parents, on the school’s website, which I am republishing with permission.February 23, 201550% of a teacher’s rating would be based on state test scores. (Currently it is 20%).35% of a teacher’s rating would be based on the findings of an outside “independent observer” who will conduct a one time visit to the classroom. (This has never been done before. Currently our principal and assistant principals’ observations count for 60%).15% of a teacher’s rating would be based on observations by the principal or assistant principals. The very people who know our work best would have the least input into our evaluation.50% + 35% = 85% of our evaluations would be removed from the hands of our community and placed in the hands of the state. And then, using these numbers, any teacher who is rated ineffective two years in a row can be fired. Liz might have no say in this. So what might that do to PS 321? Realistically, many of us could be fired. Every year. And many more of us would be pushed away from the profession we love. Here’s something parents need to understand. Even though, when our students take the standardized tests, most of them do just fine … many PS 321 teachers do not . Teachers’ ratings are not based on their students’ raw scores for the year, but whether their students improved from one year to the next. If a student with a ‘3’ gets one fewer question correct in 4 th grade than she did in 3 rd , that student might not have demonstrated the “added value” their teacher is expected to have instilled. Even though the student has mastered that grade’s content. Even though it’s just one question. And that teacher might, therefore, be rated in the bottom percentile of teachers. That may sound patently absurd. However, that has already happened here. If Governor Cuomo’s evaluation proposals come to pass, it might start to happen more and more. And if we are rated ineffective as a result two years in a row, we might be fired. That is why so many schools in NYC spend so much time prepping for the tests. One or two wrong answers can make or break a teacher’s rating. Faced with these changes, we’ve already been hearing from so many of our colleagues from across the city and state who will be forced to do more test prep. Even when they know that the tests do not give an accurate picture of student learning, or of the effectiveness of teachers. Even though they know teaching to the test is bad teaching. Faced with the reality of the loss of a paycheck — the loss of the career they are building, have built, or want to build — these proposals will push them to teach in ways they know to be counterproductive. That breaks our hearts. But the truth is, faced with the same reality, there are those of us here who would be feeling the very same pressure. Not because we’d want to. We would try to resist. But it is inevitable that if the governor’s proposals go through, all schools will narrow their curriculum to some extent. And that’s scary. And it breaks our hearts even more. Because we know what we have here. We love what we have— in you, in our students, in all that the PS 321 community represents. The joy that is present— every day, in our school. The value that is placed on intellectual curiosity, on creativity, on the arts. The love of learning that is visible when you enter our building, when you go into classrooms, and when you talk to students and teachers. The values present in Governor Cuomo’s proposals are antithetical to our own. And they place them at risk. The numbers are clear: 50% of our value will be six days of tests. 35% of our value will be one day with an independent observer. And 15% of our value will be in evaluation by Liz and the assistant principals, those who know us best as educators. Those are their values. Our joy, our love of learning, our desire to help students become deep thinkers and problem solvers, our community, our commitment to constantly improving our practice … those are ours. PS 321 Families: don’t let them take our values away. We need your help. And we need it now. The education law is folded into the state budget. It goes up for a vote before April 1 st . We need you to let your legislators know that you disagree with this plan : Post this issue on Facebook and tell your friends. Use social media to spread the word. Go to Albany. Make whatever noise you can.Read full article >>

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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Beatles Invade America

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:09am
Has a band ever caused you, or anyone you know, to “flip”? Why is there such an enduring allure to boy bands, whether the Beatles, New Kids on the Block or One Direction?

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