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Jason Finley

The Legal Implications of Gender Bias in Standardized Testing - 1 views

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    About standardized Aptitude Tests and Interest Inventories.

    "A child who holds a preconceived idea they were born 'less-able' will never pursue mastery and may even avoid the perception of interest in a subject area or career field."

    "...interest inventories perpetuate stereotyped socialization patterns and a segregated workforce because they typically compare an individual's likes and dislikes to those of persons already in the workforce. Given the extreme sex and race segregation common in the workplace, this concern is significant."

    "...rather than expand vocational options, aptitude tests and inventories heighten the other systemic pressures that make a young woman's pursuit of nontraditional vocational training extremely unlikely."


    These three articles highlight the need for educators to be cognizant of bias in guiding students in the exploring classes, college majors, and career interests. Society informs and pressures young men and women to think of these things in terms of either being male or female-centric.

    These articles also show through studies that young women's performance on aptitude test is linked directly to societal perceptions of gender competence. With that it has implications on their interests or perceived non-interests.
Jason Finley

Gender and the Career Choice Process: The Role of Biased Self-Assessments - 1 views

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    Implications for PLPs around bias engrained in unconscious mental models and in commonly accepted practices for guiding students in their interests/choices around coursework in high school, college majors, and career interests.

    "Cultural beliefs about gender are argued to bias individuals' perceptions of their competence at various career-relevant tasks, controlling for actual ability. To the extent that individuals then act on gender-differentiated perceptions when making career decisions, cultural beliefs about gender channel men and women in substantially different career directions."
Jason Finley

Nurse or Mechanic? The Role of Parental Socialization and Children's Personality in the... - 0 views

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    Implications for PLPs. Messages about "gender appropriate" career interests start long before students actually start to think about steps towards college and career.

    "One interesting implication of this study is that any action directed to increasing children's motivation and self-esteem, if successful, is likely to reduce occupational sex segregation in the future."
Jason Finley

High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big : All Tech Considered : NPR - 1 views

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    Laura Mina mentioned Maker-Spaces at the last planning meeting. It seemed that there were a few Fellows who had were interested and might have had a few questions. This short NPR piece is timely and includes some time around a BTV Maker Space.
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    "Maker spaces have become hotbeds of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Now, governments, universities and big corporations are taking notice - and beginning to invest in them."

    I personally believe for a number of reasons that every Vermont HS should have a Maker Space. First it is a place to encourage interdisciplinary work centered around elements of PBL. Second, it would allow students to connect with their communities to solve real problems with real solutions.

    And finally and perhaps most importantly, because it would help move the idea of "Libraries" being places where students go to find Information...to being places to the idea that they are places where students go to Interact & Collaborate around Ideas.
Jason Finley

CTE Research Fact Sheets - 1 views

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    "The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is your resource for quick, to-the-point fact sheets that will help you make the case for CTE with policymakers, businesses and the public. Check out our general, sector-specific and issue-specific fact sheets..."
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    Resource for Work-based Learning...relevant to those thinking about VTed Act 77.
Ellen Berrings

Learning From Teaching Blog - 2 views

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    Sponsored by the Great Schools Partnership
    This blog has posting valuable to all educators in considering their practice. Samples of posts include: Brain Research, Differentiation, Collaborative Group Work and Student Feedback
Jason Finley

Grit in Vermont - 4 views

It would be interesting if every Vermont High School took a Grit and Self-Control survey. Imagine then what we might glean from comparing those results with those from readily/easily ava...

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Rowland Foundation

TED Talk: The key to success? Grit - 0 views

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    Angela Lee Duckworth's now famous TED talk explaining her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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Facebook or homework? How to resist distractions - 0 views

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    Video: Psychologist Angela Duckworth and high school seniors Anita Rao and Damani Eubanks speak about the importance of changing your surroundings to help prioritize schoolwork - even your bed can be a comfy distraction!
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MacArthur Foundation: 2013 MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth - 0 views

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    Interview about winning a MacArthur Genius Award in 2013 and Other Articles
Rowland Foundation

Is Having Grit The Key To Success? - 0 views

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    NPR story: Angela Duckworth explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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Duckworth Lab Website at UPENN - 0 views

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    "The Duckworth Lab focuses on two traits that predict success in life: grit and self-control. Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals. Self-control is the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses in the presence of momentarily gratifying temptations or diversions."
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Can Perseverance Be Taught? - 0 views

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    "This question is motivated by two everyday intuitions, both of which have been confirmed in empirical research: First, some people are, in general, more persistent and passionate about long-term goals. Compared to their less gritty peers, these individuals are more resilient in the face of adversity, bouncing back after failure and disappointment and otherwise staying the course even when progress is not obvious. Second, grit predicts success. Grit is not the only determinant of success - opportunity and talent matter, too. But on average, grittier individuals are more successful than others, particularly in very challenging situations."
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The nitty-gritty of success - 0 views

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    Facebook, Angry Birds, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and other pursuits which bring pleasure in the moment but are immediately regretted.
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What sets high achievers apart? - 0 views

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    MacArthur Fellowship grantee Angela Lee Duckworth talks about why success takes "grit," and whether it's possible to teach people to be "grittier."
Rowland Foundation

Blog: Building Perseverance into School Culture - 1 views

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    Mike McRaith's blog summary of Angela's Psychology of Achievement Presentation
Shaun Noonan

Making Mastery Work - 3 views

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    Nellie Mae has put together a nice piece of work.
Jason Finley

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers? | MindShift - 3 views

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    "'The tests we rely on so heavily really don't measure creative thinking and they don't measure common sense thinking, wisdom, ethics, work ethic - they don't measure your character,' Sternberg said. In his view, students go to college to develop into active and engaged citizens. If colleges kept that ultimate goal in mind in their admissions process, it would send a message to high schools about the skills that universities value and want to see in prospective students."
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    "Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet high school in Philadelphia is a fairly young school, just eight years old. But in that short time, it's developed a reputation around the country as a shining example of the merits of inquiry-based learning approach. Colleges sometimes have a difficult time understanding the school's approach to developing autonomous, critical thinkers. For example, SLA doesn't offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, because making students take a summative test at the end of the year is antithetical to the concept of allowing students to guide their own learning based on interest and collaborative work - and just as importantly, the value of the incremental learning process."
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    On the Minerva Project...

    "In fact, in the first year the students will take four courses: Multi-modal Communication, Complex Systems, Empirical Systems, and Computational Sciences. The intention is for traditionally separate subjects to be integrated if they involve complimentary skills.

    COMPETENCY-BASED UNIVERSITIES

    As the Minerva experiment develops, some existing universities are taking steps to award college credit based on skills learned, not the amount of time they've been enrolled."
Jason Finley

My Education Report : Pearson UK - 2 views

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    Students taking part in the My Education debate groups often said it was difficult for them to connect the relevance of school and learning to their future work aims.

    There appear to be three causes of the disconnection:

    1) Little association between lesson content and career preferences;
    2) Teachers not knowing their pupils' hopes and dreams;
    3) Inadequate opportunities to gain foundation 'life' skills.

    Students expressed the need for learning that relates to their goals. They are hungry for that connection, and speak easily and specifically about what they want to do with their lives. Many aspire to go to university, and understand that means doing well in core subjects. But they also enjoy lessons that link clearly to their career ambitions.
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