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March 30, 2011

Common Core Snake Oil?

Patrick Riccards at Eduflack warns educators not to be fooled by vendors' cart-before-the-horse claims that their products are "Common Core certified" or "approved." It's true that most states have signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative and that it will likely play a role in ESEA re...

March 24, 2011

Lessons for Sale

Here's your business news of the day: TeachersPayTeachers, the website that lets teachers sell their lesson plans and materials, reportedly paid out $1 million dollars to teachers last year. To cite another measure, the company is

March 24, 2011

Is There a 'Recipe for Good Teaching'?

In a post on the Harvard Business Review's Innovations in Education blog, a Harvard-trained social entrepeneur discusses an initiative his company created to improve teacher quality in India by developing a "recipe for good teaching." Part of this involved creating a 'micro-process' for teaching tha...

March 04, 2011

California Proposes Requiring Gay-Friendly Textbooks

In California, State Senator Mark Leno—who is one of the first openly gay men elected to the legislature—introduced the country's first bill to integrate gay people and events into school curriculums, reports the New York Times. The bill would require all history textbooks to include figu...

February 07, 2011

Report: Classroom Video Use on the Rise

Teachers' use of video content for instruction has increased dramatically over the past three years, according to a survey.

January 28, 2011

Is Social Studies Dead?

In a somewhat satirical post, ASCD blogger Steven Weber proposes the idea that school reforms have killed social studies. "At some point between the standards movement and high stakes testing, some school districts decided that social studies was an add-on, rather than essential to developing a wel...

January 24, 2011

Creating an LGBT-Friendly Curriculum

Students in England will begin to see gay issues popping up in their classes, as the government pushes to raise awareness about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community, according to the Daily Mail. Beginning in February, which is LGBT History Month in the U.K., the organization Schoo...

January 14, 2011

Va. Schools Get Free (and Error-Free) Textbooks

Five Ponds Press, which published two error-ridden Virginia history textbooks— leading to a media feeding frenzy—said it will distribute the corrected Second Edition books at no cost to the school districts.

January 10, 2011

Can Textbook Errors Enhance Learning?

After the Washington Post exposed dozens of errors in Virginia history textbooks, several districts removed them from schools to prevent the impairment of learning. But Post ed columnist Jay Mathews thinks the mistakes would actually enhance learning. "We might even encourage publishers to salt the...

January 10, 2011

New Ed. Book: 'Teach a Man to Fish' Is So Yesterday

Will Richardson highlights a new book co-authored by innovationist John Seely Brown, "A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change."

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