• Ed1-1
  • Ed1-2
  • Ed1-3
  • Ed2-1-NEW
  • Ed2-1
  • Ed2-2
  • Ed2-3
  • Ed2-4
  • Ed3-1-NEW
  • Ed3-1
  • Ed3-2
  • Ed3-3
  • Ed3-4
  • Ed4-1-NEW
  • Ed4-1
  • Ed4-2
  • Ed4-3
  • Ed5-1-NEW
  • Ed5-1
  • Ed5-2
  • Ed5-3
  • Ed5-4
  • Ed6-1

Education

Wednesday 23rd of April 2014

Top Story
  • Snow Days Need Not Get in the Way of Learning
  • Pennsylvania kids wishing for snow days might soon come into a shock while parents breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives passed the Online Education Initiative, a proposal that could replace the Xbox with online classes on snow days.

Features
Education Articles

  • Snow Days Need Not Get in the Way of Learning
  •  
  • Pennsylvania kids wishing for snow days might soon come into a shock while parents breathe a sigh of relief. That’s because the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives passed the Online Education Initiative, a proposal that could replace the Xbox with online classes on snow days.

  • Updating Career and Technical Education For The 21st Century
  • Kristen Nye Larson 
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) is undergoing rapid change in many schools across the United States, as educators strive to connect school programs with actual workplace needs. But while a small number of exemplary models are demonstrating powerful progress, as measured by postgraduation outcomes, many of the 17,000 high schools that offer CTE remain mired in outdated instructional models.

  • Consider Performance-Based Funding for Education
  • Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer 
  • Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch The newly minted governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has a short window in which to impact the Old Dominion’s education landscape. As his team moves to advance his schools agenda, including boosting funding for the Stand …

  • Illinois Schools Need Stronger Emphasis on U.S. History
  • Dave Inman 
  • Springfield, IL State Journal-Register This year, Illinois joins 44 states and the District of Columbia in the beginning stages of implementing the Common Core State Standards. Because the new standards focus exclusively on English and math, Illinois e …

  • Building Success for New York’s English Learners
  • Don Soifer 
  • (Versión española langauge abajo / See below for Spanish language version) Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina face an important opportunity to improve educational options for English Language Learners by developing high-quality offerings that …

  • Challenges Facing Illinois’ Bilingual Preschool Mandate
  • Don Soifer 
  • Starting in July 2014, Illinois will require bilingual preschool education in all public schools where preschool is offered. This new mandate, through regulations adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2009 following approval by lawmakers, will make Illinois the first state offering statewide bilingual preschool, and has been widely touted by advocates as a model worthy of replicating in other states.

  • Teaching American History with the Common Core State Standards
  • Dave Inman, Adjunct Fellow 
  • Students across the United States demonstrate an alarmingly poor grasp of the fundamentals of our nation’s history. Now as 45 states are preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards, a major shift which has dominated most serious discussions …

  • “Lento Pero Seguro,” English Learners Maintain Consistent Gains
  • Don Soifer 
  • English learners scored at 7 percent proficiency nationally in fourth-grade reading on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), an outcome that has remained effectively unchanged since 2003. But despite inherent difficulties in comparing outcomes, most notably the different definitions and systems used for identifying English learners in different states, the wide range of disparate outcomes across different states seems worthy of some analysis.

  • Virginia Needs More Charter Schools
  • Constance Baroudos 
  • Last month, the Virginia Board of Education took up consideration of a new proposal for a charter high school for Richmond, a college preparatory academy designed to provide boys from low-income, urban households with an education its leaders say is generally only available to families that can afford to pay for private schooling.

  • Wiring Schools for the 21st Century – What it Will Take
  • Dave Inman and Don Soifer 
  • All children should have access to a high-quality education, but many in the United States are denied this opportunity because of a wide range of contributing factors, some easier to solve than others. As more and better instructional tools and materials are becoming available online, it is more essential that schools be wired with adequate, reliable broadband Internet connections. This allows schools to deliver both the content and the interactive online environment where actionable feedback directly guides students’ progress, supporting teachers and allowing them to produce remarkable efficiencies in learning. The nation’s best blended-learning schools fully integrate technology into their instruction in this way and produce powerful results, especially when it comes to closing achievement …

View Archives: