Monthly Archives: December, 2013

OCPS needs a School for the Gifted

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Dec 2013 Central Florida school districts have few options to challenge young, highly gifted children such as Spencer.Many Orange elementary schools, including the one Spencer attended, pull gifted students out for special attention for only one day a week. The Orange School Board recently discussed the possibility of creating a districtwide gifted school, but …

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Cambridge Exams in Central Florida

Source: Cambridge website, Dec 2013

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OCPS Gifted Services Initiative

Source: OCPS, Dec 2013 (see the Dec 19th 2013 work session)

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IBM Prediction: The Classroom will Learn You

Source: VentureBeat, Dec 2013  The classroom will learn you. Globally, two out of three adults haven’t gotten the equivalent of a high school education. But IBM believes the classrooms of the future will give educators the tools to learn about every student, providing them with a tailored curriculum from kindergarten to high school. “Your teacher …

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Helping Gifted and Talent Students

Source: NYTimes, Dec 2013 Analysts and scholars have studied international trends and identified the familiar ingredients of a high-performing educational system: high standards and expectations; creative and well-designed coursework; enhanced status, development and pay of teachers; and a culture where academic achievement is valued, parents are deeply involved and school leaders insist on excellence. But …

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2012 PISA Results

Source: OECD website, Dec 2013

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High School with No Walls: iZone Academy

Source: WSJ, Dec 2013 New York City is planning to open a new high school next year—but it won’t have a gym, library, science lab or even a math classroom. The city wants to open a so-called school without walls, one where students would take courses that combine online and classroom learning, while giving them …

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STEM Teachers

Source: NYTimes, Dec 2013 The most effective teachers have broad knowledge of their subjects. Too many lack that preparation. More than half of the 6.7 million students studying physical sciences — chemistry, physics and earth science — are learning from teachers who did not major in those subjects. Only 64 percent of those teachers are certified. The …

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Algebra Learning

Source: Mindshift KQED, Dec 2013 … connecting learning to student interests helps the information stick.  Walkington found that students who had received interest-based personalization mastered concepts faster. What’s more, in order to ensure that learning was robust, retained over time, and would accelerate future learning, she also looked at student performance in a later unit that …

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MIT Splash Stats

Source: MIT Admissions blog, Nov 2013 Splash stats: 2670 High School students 517 teachers* 701 classes, 956 sessions** 1330 hours of classes

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