Education

Teaching
8:08 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: What Silicon Valley Tells Us About Evaluating Performance

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Are search engines really more complicated than children?

That question occurred to me last week when the annual earnings report for Yahoo! came out and it became clear that CEOs are cut a lot more slack than teachers are.

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Standards
1:25 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Common Core Opponents Respond To Former Florida GOP Chairmen

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:12 am

Earlier this week we published an email sent to Florida Republicans urging their support for Common Core State Standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states. The letter was signed by five former Republican Party of Florida chairmen, including American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas.

Common Core opponents have written a rebuttal.

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School Grades
11:20 am
Fri July 26, 2013

2012-2013 Florida Elementary And Middle School Grades

The State Board of Education changed state rules so that no school could lose more than one letter grade in 2012-2013.
Credit MARSMET TALLAHASSEE

The Florida Department of Education released 2013 elementary and middle school grades, part of the state’s school accountability system.

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Technology
11:19 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Florida Matters -- How Schools Are Preparing For New Technology Requirements

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:15 pm

Florida schools are gearing up for new education standards and accompanying online testing. Schools must also prepare to deliver half of all classroom instruction digitally by 2015.

So what will this mean for students, teachers and schools? It’s the subject of this week’s Florida Matters on WUSF radio.

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Teaching
11:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Helping Students Find Their Voice

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:35 am

Henry Rodriguez had a lot of ideas as a young, energetic teacher.  He wanted to make his civics class relevant and to help his students be more aware of what was going on in the world.  One of his ideas involved requiring his kids to watch a brief news program every morning for the whole year.

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Common Core
11:45 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Florida Republican Party Leaders Urge Support For New Education Standards

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 10:58 am

Five former Republican Party of Florida leaders have sent out an email asking state GOP members to support new education standards adopted by Florida and 44 other states.

The letter is signed by state Sen. John Thrasher and four other former state party chairmen. When Florida has raised its standards in the past, Thrasher wrote in the email, it has resulted in better scores on international tests and gains from black and Hispanic students.”

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Community Contributor
7:45 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Jain: Couple Teaches South Florida About One Of The Oldest Religions

Gitika and Sapan Bafna, pictured with their two children, are working to expand religious understanding in South Florida.

South Florida’s small, tight-knit Jain community built a temple in 2009 to practice one of the world's oldest religions. In this holy space where a marble likeness of the Swami Mahavir smiles benevolently, families gather to teach their children about a faith that practices spiritual independence and non-violence towards all beings.

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Community Contributor
7:44 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Is the Millennial Generation Selfish or Selfless?

The Class of 2013 faces an increasingly competitive and insecure job market, but that doesn't dampen their optimism.

Gabriella Nuňez graduated near the top of her high school class. Her resume rivals that of many college graduates.  She juggled rigorous courses with part-time work, a myriad of extracurricular activities and a thousand hours of community service.  She held various leadership positions ranging from class president to design editor of her newspaper and she began her college career this summer with over 24 college credits under her belt.

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Common Core
4:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Teachers Hit The Books To Master New Education Standards

Teacher Karen Pate assists math teachers with Common Core materials in Baltimore. As in other states, Maryland teachers are attending trainings to prepare to implement the new standards this fall.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:16 pm

Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

The Common Core will soon apply to most of America's students from kindergarten through high school. The policymakers behind the Core know that it could fail if they don't help teachers make the change. So this summer, the state of Maryland has been hosting what it calls "academies" to do just that.

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Digital
12:31 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Giving Brightest Kids The 'Cram School' Experience, Online

With Brilliant.org, students around the world can get challenged with high-level concepts and problems.
Eric Cabanis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:54 pm

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Common Core
1:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida Supporters And Opponents Race To Explain Common Core

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:26 am

When Gov. Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Tony Bennett met with school superintendents in April, Florida’s new education standards led the questions.

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Testing
1:08 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

PARCC: Florida's Departure Won't Sink Next Generation Test

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:23 pm

Florida Legislative leaders left no wiggle room in last week’s letter to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett: They want Florida to pull out of a multi-state partnership developing a next generation standardized test to (mostly) replace the FCAT.

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Community Contributor
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says

Carolina Garcia

My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.

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Teaching
8:07 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: A Student, On The Value A Teacher Added

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 2:45 pm

While most of these stories about the values teachers add come from the teacher’s point of view, I thought it would be interesting to hear one from a student.

Benny Rawlings went to a middle school in Miami.

“It was not a great school,” he said. “There were hallways you couldn’t walk down.  You either had to find somewhere to hide or find strength in numbers.”

This environment was part of the reason that Benny joined a gang.

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Digital
7:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hashtag in the Classroom: Can Social Media Improve Education?

Ninety-five percent of teenagers use the Internet and 8 in 10 of them use social media. Can educators find a way to harness that in the classroom?

Thirty years ago parents had to tell their kids to turn off the television and go to sleep.  Today, it’s their mobile phone.  Teenagers are more socially active than ever before, at least virtually.

A Pew Institute Research study on Teens, Social Media and Privacy found that 95 percent of teenagers use the Internet and eight in ten of them use some kind of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter.

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