Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Manatee Conversion Charter School

Source: Herald Tribune, Aug 2013 MANATEE COUNTY – Rowlett Elementary received a call early Thursday afternoon. School Superintendent Rick Mills plans to recommend to the School Board an approval of the magnet school’s application to become a charter operation. The district borrowed internal funds from all county schools last spring, including $45,000 from Rowlett’s savings accounts. …

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Ten Tips for a More Creative School Year

Source: CreativeTeach.me, Aug 2013 Consider the physical atmosphere in your classroom. Model questioning and curiosity. Be cautious about the reward systems in your classroom. Leave room for choices, big and small. Have fun Do not be cowed by the Common Core. (US specific) When talking to colleagues about curriculum planning, bring creativity strategies into the …

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Chinese Students in the US

Source: NYTimes, Aug 2013 By some estimates, more than 100,000 Chinese students, some as young as 10, flocked to the United States this summer to delve into American life and culture. Some studied diligently in programs designed to improve their SAT scores. Others kicked back and enjoyed more leisurely pursuits, on group tours that visited …

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OCPS Considers Blended Learning

Source: OCPS website, Aug 2013

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Using Data for Educational Policy Decisions

Source: Businessweek, Aug 2013 the U.S. Department of Education … runs a “What Works Clearinghouse,” which provides examples of “proven” techniques to improve learning outcomes in America’s schools. To be included in the clearinghouse, evidence of success must come from a randomized trial a school setting. Want to improve third graders’ reading? The site has 20 different …

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College Admissions

Source: NY Post, Aug 2013 Though I worked for 15 years as an independent college-applications counselor all over the United States and Europe — with students whose parents thought nothing of flying me in every weekend to try to make Harvard say yes — nowhere was the college-admissions race more competitive than in New York …

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More to Life than AP Exams

Source: Inside Higher Ed, Feb 2012 What we ask about on our application also sends a message as to what we care about. In the very first essay question on our application we ask students what they do for fun. And we remind students that this is not a trick question. … while it is …

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College Application Essays

Source: WSJ, Aug 2013 The grim statistics of the college admissions race (last year Harvard reported a 5.79% acceptance rate), fueled by an obsession with trophy schools, have warped what might be a powerful threshold for adolescents. At the very moment when teenagers are invited to offer what they’ve learned and who they’ve become, their …

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US Secretary of Education Arne on Common Core

Source: Mashable, Aug 2013 Duncan stressed the need to prepare students to compete in an increasingly demanding global job market. In terms of content and standards, Duncan suggested adding subjects such ascomputer science, foreign language and financial literacy to the core curriculum. He adamantly defended the Common Core standards as a way for the U.S. …

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Community School of Naples Accepts Chinese Students

Source: The News Press, Aug 2013 Twenty-one Chinese students will attend the Community School of Naples for the 2013-2014 school year. They hail from 10 cities, among them Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and they range in age from 8-19, with most of them attending the Upper School. The school’s international program has grown quite …

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