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April 16, 2014

Global Education and Corporate Leaders Gather to Prepare for College 2025

Education, corporate and philanthropic leaders from around the world who met in Essex, NY at a two-day Summit believe that many colleges will be unrecognizable in another decade and that unless millions more low-income students attain college degrees we face a global economic crisis.

April 15, 2014

Rural Education Advocate to Serve as Top Democrat on House K-12 Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, an Iowan who is a major champion of rural schools, has been tapped to serve as the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that deals with K-12 policy.

April 07, 2014

How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs

The local NPR station ran a great story by America Abroad Media (@America_Abroad) about how government helps and harms entrepreneurs (available on iTunes). Interest in job creation and the growth in the number of incubators makes this a timely topic.

March 28, 2014

Three Technologies Bolstering STEM Learning

Math, science, and engineering are all intrinsically linked with technology. This gives educators an advantage with the current generation of K-12 students who arrive in kindergarten classrooms with a technological edge. As learning technology improves, STEM education will continue to be the beneficiary if educators use it resourcefully.

March 26, 2014

Single-Sex Classrooms Making a Comeback for All the Wrong Reasons

There is a debate about equity in education that extends beyond zip codes, race and socioeconomic status and cuts right to the heart of something predetermined: sex. The controversy over whether or not single-sex schooling models actually make an academic difference is one that has raged for the better half of a century. Early reasons for separating young men and young women in their studies were simple enough - there was a cultural belief that removing the distraction of the opposite sex would lead to greater focus and higher academic gains.

March 21, 2014

What K-12 Systems Can Learn from Best Education College Rankings

Student success stems from teacher capability. The educators who oversee today's classrooms directly determine how much their students learn. U.S. News & World Report recently released its top education graduate programs in the country. Of 356 schools surveyed with doctoral programs, 245 provided the right data to be calculated in the rankings. The list was determined based on 10 criteria, including GRE scores, acceptance rates, student-to-faculty ratios, research expenditures and other factors.

March 21, 2014

Managed Instruction or Digital Learning?

A former governor and an ed school dean met in a bar...they discussed the seeming incompatibility of digital learning with differentiated instruction and the scripted curricula mandated by many school districts.

March 07, 2014

What Is So Special About #Educon?

In his second webisode for, Sam Chaltain traveled to Philly for the 7th annual Educon, in search of answers to the conference's central question: What is the future of education? See for yourself what he discovered.

February 28, 2014

Prizes and Pull Mechanisms Can Boost Global Learning

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently requested information about "public and private actions that have the potential to accelerate the development, rigorous evaluation, and widespread adoption of high-impact learning technologies." Comments are due March 7.

February 19, 2014

Poll: Building Character More Important Goal of K-12 Ed. Than Building Economy

When asked about the most important long-term goals of education, voters place the highest value on building character rather than building the economy. And most don't know what the common core is.

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