2 days ago
Havard Business Review just published a research article about How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change, following are the 9 building blocks about the methods and processes required to build a great school.(These quotes are pulled directly from the article)"1. Challenge the...
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Lynchburg, Virginia, Sweet Briar College opened its doors in 1906 with the mission of encouraging more women to seek higher education, though at the time few finished high school. In the years to follow, it joined Barnard, Vassar, Smith, and Wellesley as among the distinguished women-only educational institutions in the United States. But in 2015, Sweet Briar almost closed for good, with its administrators citing "insurmountable financial challenges." Students were sent home, their classes cance...
Today’s huge front page NY Times article from the “Education Disrupted” series may be of interest to those eagerly anticipating the Sept 18th EdLab seminar from the team developing a special issue of TCR on teachers' use of social media as professional development. "Teachers Promote Their Brands, Drawing Fans and Controversy" (online title Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues) spotlights Kayla Delzer, a third grade educator in North Dakota. ...
a month ago
This Github repository is an adorable example that a tech nerd can be an artist - not in terms of the product s/he creates through coding, but in terms of the codes per se being arts.So what is it? It is some really difficult code that turns Ruby code into Scala code, then to Scheme code, then to Perl code, then to Lua code, and so on so forth (100 languages ...
The problem of oversized classrooms is not a new issue in education. It has been a contentious issue since the 1980s. In the early 80's, Tennessee’s General Assembly funded a study on class sizes.  The study found that reducing class sizes can lead to gains in reading and math.  However, reducing class sizes has its trade-offs. Class Sizes Matter, an organization that advocates for smaller classes in NYC public schools have recently filed a complaint with the State Education Department affirming the state has failed to meet required classroom sizes.  
3 months ago
To graduate in many states you are required to fulfill several requirements including obtaining a high school diploma. However, in Chicago students will soon have a strange but promising requirement. The requirement is students will have to outline a plan of future in order to graduate despite obtaining their high school diploma. The plan includes: a college acceptance letter, a job, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military. Mayor Rahm mentioned " We are going to help kids have a plan, because they’re going to need it to succeed,” he said. “You cannot have kids thin...
The value of education cannot be overstated. Educated individuals earn more, live healthier lives, and contribute to civic life. In the West, there are plenty of access to K-12 education. Public education is almost entirely free as well. As important as education is, many countries around the globe are still fighting to provide this fundamental right for their citizens...
3 months ago
Paying for graduate or undergraduate school can be demanding.  Some of us are fortunate to qualify for merit-based scholarships which decrease the amount of student loans we take since scholarships rarely ever cover the full tuition.   Federal and private loans usually make up the deficit. Loans can be complicated without guidance. Often, acquiring a loan seems easy, but repaying it comes with various complications. Recent studies have shown that many borrowers, despite being intellectuals, often have no idea what type of loan they have or how to repay it.So when do you ...
The doom of higher education seems aggregated. A recent the survey conducted by New America, a think tank, found that Americans still have favorable views of a college degree, they agree it has value. However, 1,600 American adults participated in the survey. Three-quarters of the participants think it’s easier to succeed with a college degree. Fifty-one percent believe there are many well-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. 
4 months ago
Can creativity be taught? In this ...