Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Taking (Too?) Many APs

Source: Education Next, Fall 2012 … today’s scramble for entry into top-tier colleges plus the premium placed (by multiple players) on taking and passing AP exams plus standardized-test-based accountability pressures emanating from government do not add up to an optimal environment for these high schools. Here they don’t raise standards as much as they standardize. …

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Talent in Education and Business

Source: Psychology Today, Oct 2012 An interview with Norm Augustine (former CEO of Lockheed Martin) In our country today there are two principal groups that are largely underserved in our K-12 educational system:   the most brilliant and the most economically disadvantaged.  A great deal of attention is, appropriately, being focused on the latter group.   …

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Blended Learning Requires Teachers to Learn New Skills

Source: MSDF blog, Sep 2012 When each child is able to learn at his or her own pace, teachers have little choice but to let go of the idea that all students must be doing the same thing at the same time. And while that may sound like a less demanding role than that of …

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FL considers allowing school districts to run its own charter schools

Source: Governor of Florida office, Oct 2012 Legislation will be pursue to allow school districts that already have charter schools to be given the ability to open “District Charter Innovation Schools.”  These can be operated by the district with the same funding levels and create more options for parents and students.

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"Exam Schools" from the Inside

Source: Education Next, Fall 2012 In general, the schools structured their schedules in ways that facilitate in-depth learning and prepare students for the typical college schedule: staggered start times, eight-hour days, class periods of varying lengths, fewer class meeting days per week, and dedicated time for collaborative and independent research projects. Most classrooms we observed …

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There are about 1,480 gifted students in OCPS's high schools

There are 49,344 students in OCPS’s high schools (Pocket/Budget Guide 2011-2012).  The Gifted Program Education Handbook specifies a 130+ IQ (97th percentile) threshold for entry into its gifted program.   Thus the approximate number of gifted students in OCPS high schools is 1,480 students (0.03 X 49,344 HS students, and assuming a normal IQ distribution). 

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The Half-Life of Facts Drive the Need for Lifelong Learning

Source: Forbes, Sep 2012 … education is a stance we must take toward the world, along with a recognition that what we know is constantly changing. As the world continues to change rapidly, and generate exponentially growing information, view learning as an integral part of your life … you must constantly be ready to change, …

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At Stanford, scholars debate the promises, pitfalls of online learning

Source: Stanford website, Oct 2012 For the first time in centuries, university administrators and intellectuals are seriously questioning the logic of how we teach and learn, and for the first time, we may actually have the technology to shift the education paradigm. … three barriers to implementation: little hard data, no shared software platforms to …

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Four Blended Learning Models

Source: Classifying K-12 blended learning white paper, May 2012 Our planned SWOTS.School will adopt one (or more) of these blended learning models.  Should we specify a blended learning model for the school, or should we specify the blended learning model at the more granular subject level?  As a charter school, we will have the opportunity …

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Skills that Predict School and Life Success

Source: Huffington Post, Oct 2012 … there are a group of skills that predict school and life success, and many are similar to Tough’s. These include focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and being a self directed learner. This is the list of skills I would argue …

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