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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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Ed-Tech Vendors See Hurdles in the K-12 Marketplace

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
Companies trying to sell ed-tech products to school districts often face significant barriers, including arcane purchasing systems and difficulty reaching decision makers
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Digital Content Providers Ride Wave of Rising Revenues

Education Week - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
Online instructional content remains the largest slice of the growing educational technology market, even in a challenging economic climate for K-12 school districts.
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Womens and Gender Studies/ Sociology - LEO Lecturer III | University of Michigan - Flint

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:49am
US - MI - Flint, The Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminal Justice and the Women's & Gender Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a Lecturer 3 position (75% time) during
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The Learning Network: What Are Your Experiences With Internet-Based Urban Legends?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:41am
How do scary stories and urban legends find audiences online?






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Outreach Librarian and Curator | University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:02am
US - MI - Ann Arbor, A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include
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Urban Design and Planning - Assistant Professor (AA3703) | University of Washington

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 6:18am
US - WA - Seattle, The Department of Urban Design and Planning invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Environmental Planning to start September 15, 2014. We seek candidates
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, June 9, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:42am
Can animals can have a tangible effect on children’s health and well-being?






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