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If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:04pm
Anatole France, French poet -More
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Strauss: How much Bill Gates’s disappointing small-schools effort really cost

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:03pm

For five years  it has been said that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $2 billion to fund an initiative to create small high schools in an effort to increase student achievement and graduation rates, all based on the premise that smaller schools were more conducive to learning and retention than larger ones. The reason the $2 billion has been cited is that it was mentioned in the January 2009 annual letter (see below) issued by the foundation and signed by Bill Gates as the co-chair of his foundation. It said in part:

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Maya Angelou inspired students at D.C. schools that bear her name

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 1:46pm

Poet and memoirist Maya Angelou’s death late last month triggered a torrent of appreciations for her life from public figures, including President Obama, Oprah Winfrey and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

But Angelou touched plenty of people whose names are not widely known, including hundreds of students at a D.C. charter school that bears her name.

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Assistant Professor or Contract Faculty -Social Studies Education | Plymouth State University

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 1:26pm
US - NH - Plymouth, Minimum Qualifications - Doctorate required in Social Studies Education or related field for tenure track consideration. ABD candidates will be considered. Masters degree acceptable for one year co
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U-Penn. president Gutmann remains bullish on free online courses

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:55am

Two years ago prestigious universities banded together to launch a wave of free online courses that seemed a harbinger of a new era in higher education.

The hype about massive open online courses, or MOOCs, has faded somewhat. The revolution, in some ways, is becoming more of an evolution. The notion sometimes bandied about that the emergence of these free online courses will break the business model of higher ed remains wholly unproven.

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Common standards for nation’s schools a longtime goal

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:36am

The notion that U.S. students should share core knowledge is not new.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower suggested national academic standards were needed as early as 1959. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton both proposed that states voluntarily adopt national standards, efforts that crumbled under charges of federal overreach.

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The Learning Network: Found Poem Favorite | ‘metallicity’

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:36am
This poem, by Hannah Llorin, is one of the 11 winners of our fifth annual Found Poem Student Contest. It comes from a Science article, “The Archaeology of the Stars.”






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Strauss: Ravitch: Time for Congress to investigate Bill Gates’ role in Common Core

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:01am

The critical role that Bill Gates played in the creation and implementation of the Common Core State Standards initiative is the subject of this story by my Post colleague Lyndsey Layton. She explains how Gates was persuaded  in 2008 by  Gene Wilhoit, then-director of the Council for Chief State School Officers, and David Coleman, at the time an educational consultant  and now president of the College Board,  to use his foundation’s vast fortune to  fund the creation and marketing of what became the Common Core. The story also shows how Gates money was spread around to help the marketing of the initiative to states and other education constituencies. As a result of the article, Diane Ravitch, an education historian who has become the unofficial leader of the movement fighting corporate school reform, called Gates’ involvement in the Core as something of an education “coup” by a private philanthropist. In this post, she urges Congress to hold hearings about the Gates role and the connection between his foundation and the Education Department.

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Tech. Tools for Managing Schools Face Stagnant Market

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
Purchases of technologies that help power districts' administrative and operational functions have lagged, although some observers predict a rebound in the near future.
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Ed-Tech Market Dealmaking Fueled by Data Use

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
The "return on education" investment concept moves toward center stage as measuring the impact of ed-tech products and services becomes more sophisticated.
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Jane Swift: Understanding Educators' 'Pain Points'

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
The CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages says business leaders should develop a deep appreciation for the challenges teachers face
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Virtual Education Seeing Rising Enrollments, Revenues

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
Schools are turning to online courses to protect district revenues, build blended learning curricula, and prepare students to succeed in a digital world.
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Major Policy Shifts, Economic Forces Shape the Ed-Tech Market

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
Common-core standards and assessments and healthier local and state budgets are fueling spending by K-12 schools in the multibillion-dollar market for educational technology.
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K-12 District Leaders Evolving Into Smarter Ed-Tech Consumers

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
A series of nascent efforts in schools and districts is underway to help administrators take a more discerning approach when purchasing products and services
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