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Vicki Davis

ED in '08 Blogger Summit - 0 views

    Conference for educational bloggers -- too bad it is in the waning weeks of the school year.
    Join thought leaders in education policy and national politics to discuss how the Internet is changing the discourse of education reform, and how those changes are affecting the 2008 presidential election. ED in '08 welcomes ed-bloggers and political bloggers to take part in the discussion. I'm glad the "thought leaders" in American can come, however, the timing of this conference precludes most teachers I know from even considering coming we're all in the "home stretch" and rarely are we able to leave the classroom, especially this time of year. I would hope that one day the edublogosphere would truly level us so that teachers would be included in these discussions. For, until that happens, I doubt we'll find any truly relevant change for the classroom.. just more buzzwords and "programs" that don't suit today's student. Hint: If you want reform, ask some good teachers or at least include them in the discussion. There are some big picture thinkers out there that ARE teachers in the public classroom.
Adrienne Michetti

International Engagement Through Education: Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Council on Foreign Relations Meeting | U.S. Department of Education - 6 views

  • two important trends that inform our drive to transform education in America. The first is increased international competition. The second is increased international collaboration
  • cultural awareness of all our students
  • education reform
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  • We haven't been compelled to meet our global neighbors on their own terms, and learn about their histories, values and viewpoints. I am worried that in this interconnected world, our country risks being disconnected from the contributions of other countries and cultures. Through education and exchange, we can become better collaborators and competitors in the global economy
  • The President said that "education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century."
  • In this way, Secretary Clinton said, "We will exercise American leadership to build partnerships and solve problems that no nation can solve on its own." This view of smart power and U.S. leadership applies to the work of improving educational attainment and partnerships around the globe.
  • International collaboration cuts across nearly every office in our agency
  • Such collaboration can inform and strengthen our reform efforts nationally, even as it helps improve standards of teaching and learning—and fosters understanding—internationally.
  • We must improve language learning and international education at all levels if our nation is to continue to lead in the global economy; to help bring security and stability to the world; and to build stronger and more productive ties with our neighbors.
  • we have never been more aware of the value of a multi-literate, multi-lingual society: a society that can appreciate all that makes other cultures and nations distinctive, even as it embraces all that they have in common.
    Speech given by Arne Duncan, May 17, 2010 regarding international collaboration and engagement in US Education
Kristin Hokanson

Speak out and share your vision for education reform » Moving at the Speed of Creativity - 0 views

  • t’s possible (and often happens) to spend an entire teaching career having no real contact with what’s happening in businesses and organizations outside of academia, making it more difficult for teachers to connect what happens in their classrooms to the real world.
    • Kristin Hokanson
      and higher ed. Those training today's teachers have often been out of the classroom for a very long time. Many colleges resist hiring adjunts that are actually working in the field and putting these best research based practices into use
John Martin

Rethinking Education: A New Michael Wesch Video | Open Culture - 3 views

    Vid from Michael Wesch about changing edu paradigms whether "we" like it or not.
David Yaggi - 6 views

    Haven't read this yet, though high on my list. What other people are saying about this disturbs me a great deal.
Claude Almansi

Boring Yet Important Structural Ed Tech Initiative - 0 views

    by Kevin Carey on September 26, 2011 "Under the category of "policy stuff that doesn't involve grand controversy and/or vast sums of new spending, yet might actually make the world a better place," the other day I attended a White House event announcing the launch of Digital Promise, a "new national center founded to spur breakthrough technologies that can help transform the way teachers teach and students learn." The rationale for the initiative is contained in a Council of Economic Advisers memo ..."
Angela Maiers

Top News - Tech giants invest in global ed reform - 0 views

    Global Education
Angela Maiers

ED in 08 | Strong American Schools: Making Education a Priority -- Issues - 0 views

    Why we are still a Nation At Risk
Angela Maiers

YouTube - Learning to Change-Changing to Learn - 0 views

    Learning to Change Changing to Learn Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership, Consortium for School Networking(COSN) Video
    Say this again today, and forgot how good it really is!
Felix Gryffeth

Op-Ed Contributor - One Classroom, From Sea to Shining Sea - - 3 views

    To solve the education crisis, end local control of schools.
Brendan Murphy

Teacher Magazine: Taking Back School Reform: A Conversation Between Diane Ravitch and Mike Rose - 5 views

  • deep-seated wish to create escape routes from public education.
    • Brendan Murphy
      Does supporting vouchers mean we are giving up on schools?
  • Since there is no way to know who will be an effective teacher
    • Brendan Murphy
      It is possible to determine if someone will be or is a good teachers through oberservation and coaching, which costs money and time and has rarely been used effectively in the past.
  • What if we could channel the financial and human resources spent on the machinery of high-stakes testing into a robust, widely distributed program of professional development?
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  • He told them that the more they know about the particulars of instruction, the less effective they’ll be, for that nitty-gritty knowledge will blur their perception of the problem
    • Brendan Murphy
      I suppose if all you care about is the budget then that is the correct attitude.
  • children from every background will respond to a curriculum that respects their minds and feeds them with rich experiences.
    • Brendan Murphy
      Of course they will. Is your curriculum rich?
  • It is not just policy makers needing to spend time in schools. It is teachers needing to spend time in the policy making environment - yes, Dept of Ed has teacher ambassador program, but I would also suggest state legislators, Congressmen and Senators look more aggressively to having fellows on their staffs who are professional educators - it would save a LOT of problems downstream on both sides
  • Modeling This program shows improvement in both teacher and student understanding of physics.
  • CIMM which is a spin off of Modeling and is attacking the math problems in lower grades
Dave Truss

Will · No Quick Fix - 11 views

    It's always interesting to me how many people in education, once they start waking up to the big shifts that are afoot, immediately jump to the "ok, so how do we change our schools?" question without addressing the "How do we change ourselves?" question first.
Dave Truss

The first question @djakes - 2 views

    This is my first question if I know every kid has a device: "What should the student learning experience be?" That's a question that can be addressed through design. And like any design provocation, you begin by deeply understanding the needs of humans first, in this case, the learner. And then you make sense of that, you find what you want to design around by developing a set of design drivers (such as skills, habits of the mind, the physical and digital learning spaces, etc.) and then you ideate, ideate and ideate. Ask a second, third, fourth question … Yes … and … what if … how might we? Ask those questions. Prototype an experience, put it out there, find out what works, what doesn't, and refine and adjust. Make it better. Place the student and the learning at the center of the first question that you ask. Make it about them and what they should experience in your school as a learner. Don't make it about whether or not the device supports Shockwave.
    Retired math teacher who has a model that tries to answer your question. Suggestions welcome.
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