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Randolph Hollingsworth

Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards - 16 views

    by Erica Frankenberg, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley and Jia Wang January 2010 The Civil Rights Project, UCLA The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies 8370 Math Sciences, Box 951521 Los Angeles, California 90095-1521 (ph) 310-267-5562 (fax) 310-206-6293 This report should be cited as: Frankenberg, E., Siegel-Hawley, G., Wang, J. (2010). Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards. Los Angeles, CA: The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA;
Roland Gesthuizen

AASA :: Feature: Quality and Equity in Finnish Schools (Sahlberg) - 1 views

  • teachers and administrators had designed a curriculum that suggests this school invests heavily in ensuring all students have access to effective instruction and individualized help
  • Finland invests 30 times more funds in the professional development of teachers and administrators than in evaluating the performance of students and schools, including testing. In testing-intensive education systems, this ratio is the opposite, with the majority of funding going to evaluation and standardized testing
  • Finnish schools use two strategies to enhance equity in schooling: (1) school-based curricula that give teachers and administrators the power to define values, purpose and overall educational goals for their school; and (2) emphasis on and access to professional development to help schools reach these goals.
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  • all children, regardless of family background or personal conditions, have a good school in their community. Because Finnish educators and policymakers believe schools can change the course of children’s lives, these schools must address the health, nutrition, well-being and happiness of all children in a systematic and equitable manner
  • research demonstrates that investing as early as possible in high-quality education for all students and directing additional resources toward the most disadvantaged students as early as possible produces the greatest positive effect on overall academic performance
  • Standardized testing that compares individuals to statistical averages, competition that leaves weaker students behind and merit-based pay for teachers jeopardize schools’ efforts to enhance equity. None of these factors exists in Finland
    "A Finnish education ambassador shares how his country's school system ensures all students have access to quality instruction, sans constant testing"
Jac Londe

Analyzing General Electric's Debt And Risk - Seeking Alpha - 17 views

  • Analyzing General Electric's Debt And Risk
  • 1. Total Debt = Long-Term Debt + Short-Term Debt
  • 2. Total Liabilities
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  • 4. Debt ratio = Total Liabilities / Total Assets
  • 3. Total Debt to Total Assets Ratio = Total Debt / Total Assets
  • 6. Capitalization Ratio = LT Debt / LT Debt + Shareholders' Equity(LT Debt = Long-Term Debt)
  • 5. Debt to Equity Ratio = Total Liabilities / Shareholders' Equity
  • 7. Cash Flow to Total Debt Ratio = Operating Cash Flow / Total Debt
  • 8. Cost of debt (before tax) = Corporate Bond rate of company's bond rating.
  • 9. Current tax rate ( Income Tax total / Income before Tax)
Susie Simmons

Structure Matters: Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cul... - 125 views

  • Below are 21 simple teaching strategies that biology instructors can use to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. To provide a framework for how these teaching strategies might be most useful to instructors, I have organized them into five sections, representing overarching goals instructors may have for their classrooms, including:
    "Below are 21 simple teaching strategies that biology instructors can use to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. To provide a framework for how these teaching strategies might be most useful to instructors, I have organized them into five sections, representing overarching goals instructors may have for their classrooms, including:"
    Length article specifically dealing with biology classrooms and student engagement.
Nigel Coutts

Educational Disadvantage - Socio-economic Status & Education Pt 1 - The Learner's Way - 3 views

    The role that education plays in issues of social equity and justice cannot be undervalued. It is acknowledged by the United Nations as a human right, 'Everyone has the right to education' (United Nations, 1948) and as outlined in the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians 'As a nation Australia values the central role of education in building a democratic, equitable and just society- a society that is prosperous, cohesive and culturally diverse, and that values Australia's Indigenous cultures as a key part of the nation's history, present and future.' (Barr et al, 2008). Such lofty assertions of the importance of education as a right and national value should be sufficient to ensure that all Australians have access to an education of the highest standard with equitable outcomes for all, the reality is that this is not the case.
Steve Ransom

Why School Choice Fails - - 113 views

    This makes me so, so sad. Public school for the rich v. public school for the poor. No equity.
Nancy Schmidt

Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: Connected Learning: Reimagining the Experience of ... - 1 views

    • Nancy Schmidt
      The Common Core Learning Standards focus is to provide these type of texts in ELA, Social Studies and Science.
  • new approach to learning -- connected learning -- that is anchored in research, robust theories of learning, and the best of traditional standards, but also designed to mine the learning potential of the new social- and digital media domain
    • Nancy Schmidt
      Question: Can this be accomplished with the ever decreasing school budget? Will all these agencies work together to better educate our youths without asking for payment? Budgets could potentially be the ultimate hurdle in achieving connected learning.
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  • Equity -- when educational opportunity is available and accessible to all young people, it elevates the world we all live in.
    • Nancy Schmidt
      Can equity actually be achieved when we have privatization of education? I don't believe so as those who can afford private education will also contribute more toward their child's experience which continues to increase the divide.
  • Research shows that learners who are interested in what they are learning, achieve higher order learning outcomes.
  • Research shows that among friends and peers, young people fluidly contribute, share, and give feedback to one another, producing powerful learning.
  • Peer culture and interest-driven activity needs to be connected to academic subjects, institutions, and credentials for diverse young people to realize these opportunities.
Tracy Tuten

Can New Online Rankings Really Measure Colleges' Brand Strength? Unlikely, Experts Say ... - 7 views

  • Colleges and marketers are just starting to try to understand how to measure the success of their social-media efforts, says Mr. Stoner. Many are counting "touches"—the number of Twitter followers, the hits on a Web site, the number of friends or comments on a Facebook page. The more difficult question, he says, is, What do these measurements mean? Do tweets, blog posts, and Facebook "likes" translate into someone choosing your college, recommending it to a friend, attending an alumni event, or making a donation?
    In recent months, a handful of companies have introduced rankings that claim to calculate a college's brand value or online influence by looking at the attention an institution receives online. One ranking found that the University of Wisconsin at Madison has the strongest brand equity among universities, based on its number of mentions across the Internet. Another named Stanford University the most influential college on Twitter.
Jude Kesl

Council for Elementary Science International - 38 views

    The mission of CESI is to promote excellence and equity in K-8 science education. 
Deborah Baillesderr

Teaching Tolerance - 7 views

    Here is a website providing some great resources for Character Education and teaching tolerance.
    "Welcome to the Teaching Tolerance blog, a place where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support."
Martin Burrett

Beyond bullying: Study shows damaging affects of multiple forms of victimisation on sch... - 7 views

    "School officials focused exclusively on bullying prevention efforts might want to consider the findings of a new study showing the highly damaging effects of multiple forms of victimisation on school climate. The study, published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, measured the impact of polyvictimisation - exposure to multiple forms of victimisation - on school climate at the middle and high school levels. Results show that bullying, cyberbullying and harassment were significantly associated with decreases in perceptions of school safety, connection, and equity."
Sharin Tebo

Education in the United States and Finland: What is and what can be | CTQ - 36 views

  • The simple answer is this: Finland’s cultural values and priorities are manifested in its system of education: “to guarantee all people…equal opportunities and rights to culture, free quality education, and prerequisites for full citizenship.”
  • Finland aims to uplift everyone in society; in Finland’s case, this vision can be achieved by providing equitable access to education and other social benefits. 
  • Finnish students do not begin their formalized education until the age of 7, standardized testing is unheard of in the formative years, and autonomy and play are encouraged throughout the curriculum.
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  • At the foundation of Finnish educational success are two core values: trust and equity. 
  • Finland’s educational system had become more decentralized and decision-making occurred at the local level.
  • local autonomy
  • Constraints on control and standardization facilitated greater flexibility, freedom, and the teaching profession became more supported, trusted, and respected.
  • Love of Learning
  • growth
  • relationships
  • personalized learning
  • n such a climate, adult stakeholders ostensibly trust one another, causing classroom environments to be less controlling and more collaborative in nature. 
  • With trust and equity as twin pillars of the educational system, it is unsurprising that Finland is able to focus on learning processes for civic engagement and development rather than on expending unnecessary energy for checklists, data, and oversight. 
  • Too many of our communities, schools, and students remain constrained and marginalized by poverty, lack of access, and limited opportunities.  Too many of us are focused on extrinsic motivators that inevitably lead to competition, compliance, expediency, sanctions, disengagement, and a diminished love of learning. 
  • “we’re measuring a lot of things in education today,” and wondered, “how are we measuring care?” 
  • perhaps we should be focusing less on Finnish education and more on the cultural values and conditions that make it possible.
Randolph Hollingsworth

Five Competencies for Culturally Competent Teaching and Learning | Faculty Focus - 0 views

    1. Culturally competent teaching and learning facilitates critical reflection. 2. Culturally competent teaching and learning demands respect for others. 3. Culturally competent teaching and learning involves accommodating individual learners. 4. Culturally competent teaching and learning requires the use of intercultural communication skills. 5. Culturally competent teaching and learning requires focused activities and intentionally structured environments.
David Hochheiser

Let's Go Back to Grouping Students by Ability - Barry Garelick - The Atlantic - 3 views

    • David Hochheiser
      Terribly generalized.  
  • treated accordingly.
    • David Hochheiser
      Mistreated accordingly.
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  • Students were tracked into the various curricula based largely on IQ but sometimes other factors such as race and skin color.
  • public schools have done away with "tracking"
  • deemed low achievers or of low cognitive ability?
  • Jonathan Kozol brought accusations against a system they found racist and sadistic.
    • David Hochheiser
      He condemns a lot more than the eduction system.  His approach to reform is much more like Finland's, holistic.
  • to restore equity to
    • David Hochheiser
      As if it ever existed?!
    • David Hochheiser
      This is an essential issue.  Are we doing it well?
  • Kozol and others did not go away, and the progressive watchword in education has continued to be "equality."
    • David Hochheiser
      I never knew that equality had such a nasty undertone to it.
  • -- a practice viewed by many in the education establishment as synonymous with tracking
    • David Hochheiser
      It is "tracking." I'm not sure what his point is here.
  • Unfortunately, the efforts and philosophies of otherwise well-meaning individuals have attempted to eliminate the achievement gap by eliminating achievement.
    • David Hochheiser
      Again, a nasty generalization.  Not only that, but the following practices he cites aren't products of heterogeneous grouping.  
  • In other words, the elimination of ability grouping has become a tracking system in itself that leaves many students behind.
    • David Hochheiser
      Now he's just not making sense.
  • Dallas Independent School District
    • David Hochheiser
      Ed research from Texas??  They want to teach evolution in science classes.
  • The rise of computer-aided learning might make it easier for them to instruct students who learn at different rates.
    • David Hochheiser
      Is this a for or against grouping statement?
  • this enables students placed in lower-ability classes to advance to higher-ability classes based on their performance and progress.
    • David Hochheiser
      Practices do not support this assertion.  Upward trajectory is very limited.
    "Mark Bowden on Being in the Slow Kids' Class"
Scott Kinkoph

BYOD: Increase Chances for Success! - 44 views


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Teaching Gender Equality to Children - Paige Briggs - 17 views

    A guide for selecting anti-bias children's books recommends checking illustrations, story lines and the relationships between characters as some of the ways to find books without gender bias.
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