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November 22, 2013

The Teacher-Improvement Craze: Why Hasn't It Hit Higher Ed?

Most of the K-12 education-policy world has spent the last several years obsessing over ways to improve teaching, but as The Chronicle of Higher Education noted recently there has been no parallel movement in higher education.

May 02, 2013

What Your Students Will Need to Get a Job at Amazon

This Wall Street Journal interview with a recruiting director for Amazon.com has some K-12 pertinence (in a trickle-down kind of way).

March 21, 2012

Can You Boost College-Readiness Without Counselors?

Renee Moore points to a potential hitch in all the recent strategizing around college and career readiness: We have "chronic lack of counselors in our nation's high schools." She highlights data from the The American School Counselors Association showing that in California the ratio of students to s...

December 21, 2011

The Brave New World of Data-Based Instruction

Colleges are increasingly exploring the use of student "data"—including everything from grades to instructional-prompt responses to online "click" patterns —to customize instruction and learning opportunities.

September 13, 2011

Test Prep in the Kitchen

Looking for a new way to help students prepare for entrance exams? Have you tried teaching them to cook? Seriously, there's even a book for it. Charis Freiman-Mendal, an enterprising freshman at Choate college prep, has just published Cook Your Way Through the SAT, a cookbook in which the recipes ...

June 08, 2011

Questioning the College Route

Will Richardson resists the socio-academic orthodoxy that his children have to go the traditional college route to be successful. What's more important, he argues, is that they begin to discover what they really want to invest their talents in: What [schools] and me and your mom need to help you ...

May 19, 2011

A New Take on College-Level Reading

They say that authentic literacy assignments can help prepare students for college. But Tobie Lynn Trachina, a 4th grade English-language learners teacher in suburban New Orleans, is taking the concept to a new level by having her students actually read and analyze college and university information...

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