Florida Insurance
11:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Why Florida Session Will Be Dominated By The Affordable Care Act And Other Insurance Issues

It's raining insurance policy in Tallahassee this spring.
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Affordable Care Act issues are expected to dominate discussions of insurance in the Legislature in the weeks ahead but lawmakers will also take swipes at workers compensation, hurricane preparations and Citizens Property Insurance Corp when they return.

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Literature
10:08 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Is The Biography A Work Of Fact Or Fiction? Musings From The Key West Literary Seminar

Author Jay Parini says “All biography is a work of fiction. It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”
Nick Doll

The work of a biographer might seem straightforward enough.  Although the general public might consider the genre a sub-category of nonfiction writing, the best works transcend that title, and stand apart as a class of their own.  Biographies contain facts and historical documentation about the life of particular subject, and in this way meet the criteria for nonfiction.  In a talk at the Key West Literary Seminar on Saturday, however, acclaimed biographer Jay Parini declared, “All biography is a work of fiction.  It's an illusion of a life that may relate to reality.”

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Education Policy
9:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

What Research Says About ‘The Florida Model’ Of Education Policy

Researcher Matthew Di Carlo has gathered the studies and put Florida's education policies under the microscope
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At the Shanker Blog researcher Matthew Di Carlo reviews the effectiveness of the suite of education policies often called the “Florida model.”

These ideas include assigning A through F grades to schools and school districts based in part on standardized test results, retaining low-performing third graders, expanding school choice, teacher evaluations and others.

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Literature
3:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: We Become What We Read

Former poet laureate Billy Collins
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
2:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: Translating A Life With Judith Thurman

New Yorker contributor, non-fiction writer, and bigrapher Judith Thurman on Translating a Life
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Those of us who speak more than one language are aware of the power and issues related to translation.  For many of us it is a constant internal dialog, full of traps and the dangers of double entendres.  The anxiety that the process brings about is the very reason why skillful translators are so valued.
In it's essence, the act of translating is a multi thronged process.  There is the literal, and then there is the intangible, the true root that translation attempts to illuminate.  In the end the translation inevitably fails to some degree to reach this ultimate goal.

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Literature
12:29 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene

Pico Iyer at “Writers on Writers.”
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Key West Literary Seminar
11:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Tweet Us A Story: Key West Literary Seminar Edition Today At 5:00pm

Tweet us a story!

The enthusiasm of WLRN's Twitter followers combined with the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar has inspired the second round of Tweet Us A Story.

Last time, author Junot Diaz kicked off the Twitter event. We'll be grabbing a first line this weekend from one of the KWLS authors.

Here's How It Works:

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Source For Standards
9:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Teachers Get Help With Common Core Lessons Through CPALMS

Florida teachers are benefiting from resources about Common Core through CPALMS.
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As states start phasing in Common Core standards in public school classrooms, no Common Core textbooks have been written yet, and new assessments are still being developed.

So, teachers are creating their own lesson plans as they begin to implement the standards.

They’re not doing it alone.

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Education Evaluations
4:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Researcher Tears Apart Gates Foundation Teacher Evaluation Study

Jay P. Greene says the Gates Foundation is ignoring its own data in concluding classroom observations should be part of teacher evaluations.
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University of Arkansas education professor Jay P. Greene has weighed in on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s conclusions about its teacher evaluation study.

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