Bill Gates zeroes in on teaching, online learning, in his annual letter.


A new study suggests that female teachers' anxiety about math can infect female students with the idea that boys, but not girls, are good in math.


Online lesson plans are available to help teachers make the most of the State of the Union address.


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is in the early stages of developing a new initiative to compare and assess higher education quality across institutions globally. Richard Yelland, who is spearheading the effort for the Paris-based OECD, tomorrow will announce and detail the launch of the first phase of research, including problem-solving and critical-thinking skill measurements, according to an OECD press release. The initiative, the International Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, will involve 31 "developed and advancing" countries, including the United States, the press release says. Yelland will speak at the 2010 annual conference of the Council for ...


The chat is a great way to get up to speed on the initiative.


The mass migration from Chicago to Washington sparked by President Obama continues, it seems. We're a little behind the times on this one, but Michael C. Lach, who previously oversaw high school curriculum and instruction in the Chicago public schools, in November joined the U.S. Department of Education as a special assistant focused on STEM issues. (Among the many other migrants from Chicago, of course, is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the former schools chief in the Windy City.) Lach will be speaking late this afternoon at a Washington conference on math and science learning hosted by the National ...


Funny or scary? You be the judge. The Texas board of education bans the author of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on the mistaken belief that he wrote a book critical of American capitalism. (Hat tip to Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge blog.)...


High school students took to their computers last week, but it wasn't to chat on Facebook. This time, they were applying constitutional principles to the issue of gay marriage. The video conference with students from high schools around the country was part of a program called The Exchange. Based at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, it brings together high school students in moderated debates about important issues of the day. The idea is to help them learn to "do democracy" by engaging in civic deliberation. Previous programs have explored how to balance students' rights with school safety and whether ...


A U.K. study finds that children who text regularly improve their literacy skills.


Indiana's governor is backing legislation to end "social promotion," but it appears likely to face some serious obstacles.


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