Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

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Now Williams and school staff are heading back out into the field, trying to relocate the siblings and other children who’ve gone missing and reengage them in learning this fall. Related: Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school.

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. While teachers still provide some instruction, students also get to take classes online, and they have the option of moving through the coursework at a faster pace than traditional school schedules allow. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson.

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OPINION: The pandemic exposes just how much support college students need

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Last spring, tens of millions of students were forced online as their institutions made the emergency transition to remote instruction. Many remain at least partially online this fall and possibly into 2021.

In dark days of coronavirus, acts of generosity can restore students’ faith in higher education and each other

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These institutions are helping students find cost-free ways to leave campus, keeping dorms open for those who don’t have other options or identifying ways to enable less-wired students who can’t access online learning to still finish out the semester. Meanwhile, cultural institutions are relaxing rules and paywalls to offer much-needed diversion, like free streaming of Broadway musicals and plays, operas, online art programs and free downloads of books from public libraries.

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.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

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My biggest worry is the kids I’ve gotten no response from,” said Rose, who is retiring in June and never expected to end her career struggling with online teaching. “I’m Of course, teachers want their students to master content, develop a love of learning and move on to the next grade. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning. On Monday, Rose learned the student’s father had died.

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

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With this in mind, more school districts and local governments are trying to identify lower-cost learning opportunities that can still vault students into well-paying careers. Higher Ed K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning STEM teachers

Programmatic Best Practices for Healthy Academic Programs

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Learning House’s most recent survey of online students (2017) notes that 52% of respondents reviewed programs at three or more institutions before making their decision. Competition is, therefore, becoming a much more relevant concern for institutions offering online degrees. Ensuring the program is well aligned with other on-ground and online programs and fits well within the institutional model. Learning. How current are our program learning outcomes?

Subscribing to college and other visions of higher education’s future

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Rensselaer Polytech language students learn Mandarin Chinese by conversing with AI avatars. It’s a brighter world in which students subscribe to rather than enroll in college, learn languages in virtual reality foreign streetscapes with avatars for conversation partners, have their questions answered day or night by AI teaching assistants and control their own digital transcripts that record every life achievement. A proposed solution: the “interoperable learning record,” or I.L.R.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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In one class, Danusis introduces me to a lanky child in rain boots, who clicks through an online math program while chatting about a baby goat that’s being weaned in her backyard. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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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. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers.

Students have their own demands for school reopening

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In the absence of clear federal and state guidance for reopening, school districts have debated everything from whether to mandate masks for in-person classes to how to make online-only learning more effective. “We’re going to be online for the whole fall semester.

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STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. They don’t just want to learn physics, AP Vocabulary, and whatever else you’re teaching them. I feel like school should be a place where I can learn about their culture and where they came from and for them learn about mine. And, of course, you know, have your science and math, and learn how to write. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachers

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund Partners with Discovery Education

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DUBAI, UAE–29 September, 2020 : The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund (REF) has announced a new first of its kind partnership with Discovery Education to deliver award winning online learning, increasing access to education for thousands of refugees and vulnerable youth in Lebanon.

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

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it? 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. school system is a “mess.”

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

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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. Parents talking and reading to hearing children helps to develop the language- processing parts of their brains that will later help them to communicate and to learn. Read more about Blended Learning.

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

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Follow The Hechinger Report on Instagram for more great images of teaching and learning. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. IEP is for kids that have a learning disability that don’t get things right away. My learning disability is I don’t process stuff as fast as regular kids do. They will put you in situations that will make you stronger, that will make you learn better. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

STUDENT VOICES: Pay teachers more

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. I think if I had gone to any other school, I would not be this passionate about learning and I would not have felt like I could reach my goals as much as I do here, because I have so much support in whatever I want to do from my friends, teachers and administration. You’re just learning to take a test. You’re not learning to actually be happy. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

STUDENT VOICES: “Challenging” views are considered insubordination

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it? 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. school system is a “mess.”

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

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Then, my counselor talked to me a little bit, and she transferred me out to engineering since I told her that I liked learning how things work and designing things. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

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

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. I feel like I’m learning better, the environment’s nicer and I just feel more welcomed in the morning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent 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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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it? 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. school system is a “mess.”

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

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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.

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

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. It tailors to every style of learning. Whatever you feel like doing, and however you learn best, they give you those outlets. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

Why Students Drop Out and What Schools Can Do to Prevent It

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Even though high school completion rates have been on the rise, dropout rates are still alarmingly high. The post Why Students Drop Out and What Schools Can Do to Prevent It appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Outside the Classroom EdTech high school k-12 online learning Virtual learning virtual schoolsEach year over one million students drop out of high school in the United States and around 2,000 high schools graduate less than 60% of their students.

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

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Penn Foster is a private company that operates a private online high school, career academy, and institution of higher education. Its high school enrollments saw only modest growth until the company put the product entirely online in 2006. Since then, like many online-learning companies, Penn Foster’s high school has seen significant growth. But its new ventures in the online high school space for adults mark an important new market that make it a company to watch.

This innovative district lets students choose how to learn

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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.”.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

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What you learn in a regular high school in a year, you could learn here in six months.”. Like many alternative schools, The Charter School of San Diego allows students behind on credits to complete courses online at an accelerated pace. While credit recovery is one of the fastest-growing fields in online education, many programs are little more than diploma mills hastening students through the curriculum with insufficient support.

Why Obama’s higher ed ratings are struggling

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Applying the QV Index just to a subset of new institutions would allow us to learn about the feasibility and unintended consequences of such a ratings system. Those students would be better off but might be counted as dropouts nonetheless under the ratings system.”. A Wall Street Journal article last week reported that the Obama administration is running into major political and technical obstacles in completing and rolling out its college ratings system.

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To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

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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.

Will the coronavirus transform or destroy higher education as we know it?

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But last week I had the opportunity to ask him about his latest recommendations and how and if he sees any chance of improving this landscape as the coronavirus shutters campuses and forces students online. Sophie Fogel, a high school senior in Buffalo, New York, was looking forward to campus life at the University of Pittsburgh this fall, but will try to defer if instruction is online.

The big jobs of small-town principals

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Today, research suggests that school leadership can have a profound impact on student learning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Parents Personalized Learning poverty Principals Rural schools teachersMatthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado. The school board liked him (and the idea of saving money) so much that it asked if he’d serve as principal too. Photo: Caroline Preston/The Hechinger Report. CHERAW, Colo.

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. The Greenfield model uses some rather commonplace strategies, such as integrating online learning, small-group instruction and greater parental and community involvement. Where the model pushes boundaries is in the addition of learning experiences called “expeditions.” Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

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. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

Arne Duncan Joins Board of Ed-Tech Company Pluralsight

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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. Marketplace K-12 Ed-tech Leadership Online LearningBy Guest Blogger Andrew Ujifusa. Cross-posted from the Politics K-12. Former U.S.