Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

The Hechinger Report

This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project , where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to economic stability. Higher education has long been viewed as the key to higher earnings and financial security.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

When it comes to their children’s education, parents are like drug-sniffing dogs. Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Future of Learning. Dan D.

The big jobs of small-town principals

The Hechinger Report

Rural school leaders have some of the most complex, multifaceted jobs in education. In Colorado, which has long scrambled to plug teacher shortages , education officials are now increasingly turning their attention to attrition among school leaders in the front office.

Dropout Detective Offers Academic ‘Credit Scores’—But Is That a Good Thing?

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That’s why it might come as surprise to hear AspirEDU , an educational analytics company, pitch their Dropout Detective software as an “academic credit score” for students. But whereas credit scores are designed to prevent risky buyers from getting approved on loans, Dropout Detective is meant to improve student success and lower dropout rates. In an online course you don’t see the blank stares and it’s so easy for students to slip through the cracks,” Jones explains.

STUDENT VOICES: The education system encourages students to be dead inside

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

About three quarters of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in America are mainstreamed, learning alongside hearing students in schools and classes where sign-language interpreters are often in short supply. That reading deficit slows their learning in every other subject.

STUDENT VOICES: Pay teachers more

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. We focus on gifted education. Future of Learning. Higher Education.

STUDENT VOICES: Teachers put you in situations to make you stronger

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

STUDENT VOICES: “Challenging” views are considered insubordination

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t want to die in the same town I grew up in

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

STUDENT VOICES: If I weren’t here I’d probably be dead

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

STUDENT VOICES: I never knew I’d get this far

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

STUDENT VOICES: When you’re a teenager you feel like an outsider already

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

STUDENT VOICES: I don’t think you need an A+ in calculus to work a normal job

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

How rethinking regulation could help innovation thrive in higher education

The Christensen Institute

In an era of escalating costs, low completion rates, and ballooning student debt, it seems fair to assert that American higher education is in crisis. Updating the federal laws that govern higher education. Higher education policy should support innovation. Education Blog

Are you ever too old to disrupt? What Penn Foster has been up to

The Christensen Institute

Penn Foster is a private company that operates a private online high school, career academy, and institution of higher education. Penn Foster has a long history of nontraditional approaches to education. Foster founded Penn Foster, originally called International Correspondence Courses, to provide coal miners with distance education opportunities to advance their careers and increase worker safety.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. Education Blog

Why Obama’s higher ed ratings are struggling

The Christensen Institute

Many observers of higher education might compare the administration’s proposed ratings system to the Quality-Value (QV) Index that I first proposed in 2010 , but there are several important differences. Rather than attempt to develop a ratings system to cover all of higher education, my proposal was for the QV Index to apply only to a small subset of higher education, at least initially.

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To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and results, as well as link to blended schools within their organizations so that users can see all the blended-learning activity across a district.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. (Oh National) Education Politics. Via Politico : “Employee satisfaction in the department [of Education] ’s main K–12 office dropped markedly this year. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

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This innovative district lets students choose how to learn

eSchool News

A district offers students 6 instructional models—an approach that has led to zero dropouts. We have implemented a ‘zero dropout’ policy that does not allow students to drop out of our district,” he said. But rather than imprisoning students in front-facing classrooms, the rural Kentucky district is instead trying to entice at-risk, and even low-risk, students to enjoy their education through a series of innovative and distinct learning pathways–informally called “spokes.”.

Fuel Education Honors Seven Programs for Transforming Education for Students

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Herndon, Virginia, July 2, 2018 —Education is not one size fits all. Students learn in different ways and have varying needs. That’s why innovative educators across the country are implementing creative programs to better meet those needs. Ryan, General Manager of Fuel Education.

Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

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They had practiced the dissecting procedure in an online interactive, and now they were ready to raise real scalpels and get a look at the frogs’ insides. Where the model pushes boundaries is in the addition of learning experiences called “expeditions.” Future of Learning.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

Educational transformation is a civil rights imperative, so every investment we make must be evaluated through a civil rights lens. Unfortunately, too many of our investments in educational technology (edtech) have fallen far short of our civil rights aspirations.

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Does Online Education Help Low-income Students Succeed?

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From the start, access has been the defining achievement of online learning. For a couple of decades, I championed online learning for its ability to uproot entrenched ideas in education, especially by engaging students in active learning, a pedagogical style rarely practiced on campus. But I was even more taken with digital learning’s ability to let underrepresented students leap virtually over high campus gates to earn college degrees as never before.

Education's Online Futures

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This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).

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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. “To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “The Education Department Quietly Invited Anti-LGBT Groups To A Father’s Day Event.” State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education.

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Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Education Department hires include a venture capitalist, members of the Trump campaign, and a KIPP school founder. Following up on ProPublica reporting , “ Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts.”

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(National) Education Politics. ” “Not An Advocate for Students or the Public Interest” – historian Sherman Dorn on “ Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.” ” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. billion from the Department of Education.

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Cut price education?

Learning with 'e's

It's about the front page story covering the announcement that some colleges are planning to offer 'cut price' qualifications that rely on a combination of podcasting, online learning and remote self study. Just how was the decision to offer 'cut price education' arrived at?

Revolution in Higher Education: chapter 2

Bryan Alexander

Continuing with our reading of Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable (2015) ( publisher ; Amazon ): this week we’re discussing chapter 2, “Shifting Landscape.”

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From rhetoric to reality: creating communities to forge a skills-based future

The Christensen Institute

Over 70% of bootcamp graduates have at least a bachelor’s degree, mirroring the technology sector’s existing educational distribution. While we currently focus on coding bootcamps, we are positioning ourselves to guide workers for any skill set in their lifelong educational and career journey.

Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

Marketplace K-12

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the board of directors for Pluralsight , a Utah-based ed-tech company that provides online courses in various subjects, including software development and information technology, the news site Fast Company reported Thursday. Duncan isn’t the first former high-ranking education official from President Barack Obama’s administration to join forces with Silicon Valley in some fashion. By Guest Blogger Andrew Ujifusa.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.