Category Archives: Career

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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Research Driven Education Trends

Source: KQED Mindshift, Oct 2013 BRAIN-BASED TEACHING Many educators are using researchers’ insights into how children best learn to inform their teaching practices. Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s research on encouraging children to develop a growth-mindset continues to grow in popularity, as educators try to praise effort, not outcomes. Dweck writes that if children believe their abilities are …

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Job Market Embraces MOOCs

Source: WSJ, Sep 2013 Big employers such as AT&T Inc. T +0.53% and Google Inc. GOOG +0.11% are helping to design and fund the latest round of low-cost online courses, a development that providers say will open the door for students to earn inexpensive credentials with real value in the job market. New niche certifications being offered …

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Uncollege: The Gap Year Program

Source:  EdSurge, Sep 2013 Stephens is coalescing this goal into an official fellowship program, the Gap Year Program, to help other motivated dropouts to embark on their own self-learning journey. A big part of the program is to instill confidence and street smarts in students who may be daunted by the task of taking complete ownership …

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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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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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What have You Made?

Source: MIT News Office, May 2013 When considering new hires for his rapidly growing company, he (Sal Khan) says, what matters most is, “What have you made? Can you show us something? … It doesn’t even have to be software. Do you have a painting? Even that speaks volumes to us.”

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Reid Hoffman’s Career Advice

Source: Business Insider, May 2013                

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Entrepreneurship Apprentices

Source: VentureBeat, May 2013 … New York-based Enstitute, a college alternative for dropouts and a few recent grads. …  demonstrating critical thinking, drive, and an aptitude for entrepreneurship. The fellows are placed in a two-year apprenticeship –most end up at tech startups. They report to a chief executive, rotate around different departments, and learn deep technical and managerial skills …

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Digital Apprenticeships

Source: NYTimes, May 2013 Enstitute seeks to challenge the conventional wisdom that top professional jobs always require a bachelor’s degree — at least for a small group of the young, digital elite. “Our long-term vision is that this becomes an acceptable alternative to college,” says Kane Sarhan, one of Enstitute’s founders. “Our big recruitment effort …

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