Monthly Archives: June, 2013

SLES FY 14 Projected Enrollment: about 380 students

Source: OCPS meeting minutes, Jun 2013 <June 6th 2013 board meeting: Budget Work Session PPTx: slide 10 & Schools Total Appropriations spreadsheet> $2,712,216/$7,121 = 380 students.  Using a similar approach, BMES’s FY 14 projected enrollment is 445 students. Related Readings: Meritage Parkside can add up to 63 students OCPS ES Minimum Core: 500 students

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94% of Teachers Support Conversion Charter School

Source: Bradenton.com, Jun 2013 MANATEE — In a historic vote Monday at Rowlett Magnet Elementary School, 94 percent of Rowlett teachers and 95 percent of Rowlett parents voted to convert to a public charter school for the 2014-2015 school year. The votes positioned Rowlett, known for its arts and communication programs, closer to becoming the …

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DARPA Supports the Maker Movement

Source: Make Magazine, Jan 2012 The new Makerspace program, developed by Dale Dougherty of MAKE and Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab, will integrate online tools for design and collaboration with low-cost options for physical workspaces where students may access educational support to gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. The …

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OCPS Response to Draft Charter School Application

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Adolescents’ declining motivation to learn science: A follow-up study

Source: Wiley.com, 2012 … students in traditional schools are directed more towards goals that are external and related to the outcome of learning in comparison to democratic school students who are motivated more by goals that are internal and related to the process of learning. Structure analysis of these interviews suggests that democratic school students …

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CREDO Study: Charter Schools Are Improving

Source: Edweek, Jun 2013 Charter school students are outpacing their peers in regular public school districts in reading and performing at about the same level as traditional public school students in math, according to a new multistate study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Educational Options. the new study shows that a quarter of charter …

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Size, wiring of brain structures in kids predict benefit from math tutoring

Source: Stanford School of Medicine, Apr 2013 In a study of third-graders’ responses to math tutoring, Stanford scientists found that the size and wiring of specific brain structures predicted how much an individual child would benefit from math tutoring. However, traditional intelligence measures, such as children’s IQs and their scores on tests of mathematical ability, …

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Rapiro – a cute robot with Pi

Source: Kickstarter, Jun 2013 RAPIRO is a cute and affordable robot kit designed to work with a Raspberry Pi. It comes with a Arduino-compatible servo controller.

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21st Century Skills: Creativity and Collaboration

Source: Keith Sawyer blog, Jun 2013 Educational leaders around the world now realize that our schools need to do a better job of fostering creativity and collaboration abilities in students. Creativity and collaboration are two of the so-called “21st century skills,” abilities that are essential to life and work in the future.  Now that everyone …

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Google Hiring Practices

Source: NYTimes, Jun 2013 Q. Other insights from the data you’ve gathered about Google employees? A. One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation. Google famously used …

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