Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Ted-ED talk

Source: Mindshift, Jan 2014 TED’s educational arm is launching TED-Ed Clubs, an effort to support students who research, write and present and record their own ideas in a TED talk format. “The goal is to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world,” said TED-Ed Director Logan Smalley. TED-Ed piloted the project with …

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CA Charter Caters to Home-Schooled Students

Source: Education Week, Dec 2013 The partnership between Wiseburn and Da Vinci offers one model for keeping home-schooling families connected to the larger district community and highlights a more holistic approach to getting parents involved in their children’s schooling. While parent cooperatives are becoming more commonplace, the Innovation Academy is unique as a full public school …

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Big Picture's Competency-Based Education

Source: The Innovative Educator, Dec 2012 Connect school life to real life by doing things differently. Here’s how Instead of teachers… There are advisers who work with students making a multi-year commitment to serve as their coach, mentor, teacher, and friend who guide and supports them in managing their personalized learning plan and Learning Through …

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Hybrid Home-Schooling

Source: Education Week, Jan 2014 Baywood Learning Center in Oakland, Calif., a private school for gifted students, has offered hybrid home-schooling programs for the past three years. The school has a la carte classes on individual subjects once a week, as well as a multiage class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to cover core …

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Refundable tax credit for private school tuition created

Source: EdChoice blog, Jan 2014 When Alabama joined the school choice “family” in 2013, it did so in dramatic fashion, passing two tax-credit programs, one of which is the country’s first refundable tax credit for private school tuition. Under the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, parents can receive a tax credit worth the lesser of (1) …

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Scouring the World for Math Teachers

Source: Bridge to Tomorrow, Dec 2013 The state’s middle school students are struggling in math. And in a 21st century economy that relies heavily on innovation in science and technology and in which our kids will be in a desperate competition with students from leading states like Massachusetts and high-flying nations like China and Korea …

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High-quality online instruction with F2F TAs

Source: The American Interest, Jan 2014  the real case for MOOCs, and the reason the professoriat (except for stars like Dan Drezner) needs to stay braced for big change has to do with empowering TAs and cutting the cost of highly paid, tenured and mediocre senior faculty. It is a lot cheaper to train people to be …

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