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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

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Students can now meet with private tutors, who are maybe from another country, through Skype, Google Hangouts, and other mobile communication applications. Online tutor or homework help companies even have their own website and own application for communication. Ask about the quality of the service of the company or the tutor they worked with. Next is to look at their company profile, and try to evaluate their teacher based on their information provided in their website.

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The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them.

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Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. A nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials.

Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

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Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 The company offered a competitive price comparable to what Measurement, Inc. Then, the company was unable to produce enough paper copies quickly enough to meet the state’s demands. In late 2014, Pearson was replaced as the state’s test provider for the Tennessee standardized tests.

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

Edsurge

Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. Although advisory was required for my students to accumulate elective credits and meet graduation requirements, I wasn’t provided thoughtful or engaging curriculum. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.), Thoughtfully mixing SEL with academics ensures SEL isn’t being taught in isolation.

Detroit Charter Schools Face Uneven Progress, Some Closures

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Over the past months, the school has suffered financial problems and community concerns about academic performance. Ann Zaniewski of the Detroit Free Press writes that a charter advocacy group, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, held an enrollment event on Wednesday to help families find new schools for the next academic year. The move was made to improve academic achievement, but instead it led to higher costs. (Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons).

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

Fifth graders Davonayshia Hollis, left, and Denaya Rippey, review a group entrepreneurial project for a parent-approved music device, developed in a mentorship program, Thursday May 19, 2016, at Brooklyn’s P.S. 307 in New York. Startups and established tech companies are providing a crash course in entrepreneurship, sending engineers and designers into public schools to mentor students. Schools and businesses can meet halfway to close the mentorship gap.

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

The Hechinger Report

For-profit schools, such as Salter and others owned by its parent company, Premier Education Group, have zeroed in on this market. The company posted more than $175 million in profits between 2004 and 2014, according to a 2016 lawsuit filed by a former company CEO who alleged that he was owed bonus pay. The company agreed to a total settlement of $3.74 The company agreed to a $3.4 But the company is also expanding.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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A robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin (left), then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior. And career preparation here isn’t just a buzzword but more like a guiding principle: When the end-of-day bell sounds, some children transition from students to employees of the district, and earn $10 an hour for working on a variety of projects for local technology companies.

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In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

The Hechinger Report

Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m Students at Harwood have earned academic credit — or are working toward credit — for teaching ski lessons at a nearby ski resort, working for a financial investment firm, and writing music reviews for a blog. However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said. K-12 News Solutions standards