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If parents in the Springfield, Mass., school system want to help their children with the college-application process, figure out how to balance the family budget, learn to knit, or even become a certified lifeguard, there’s a class for that, thanks to the district’s Parent Academy.

about 16 hours ago

Want to see how well your Mass. town operates compared to neighboring communities? Check out: #mapoli #localgov

Mar 28, 15

Part I of the 2015 Brown Center Report on American Education. 

Mar 28, 15

today, UNC's athletics are also known for something else entirely: a massive academic fraud scheme. In Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports, UNC history professor Jay Smith and Mary Willingham, who worked with UNC athletes as a learning specialist, detail the scheme and the attempts to cover it up

Mar 28, 15

From TED Blog - "“Tonight, I’m going to make the case that inviting a loved one, a friend or a stranger to record a meaningful interview might just turn out to be one of the most important moments in that person’s life — and in yours,” says Dave Isay of StoryCorps, stepping to the TED stage to accept the 2015 TED Prize in Session 5 of TED2015."

Mar 28, 15

More food for thought on marketing schools from Brendan Schneider

Mar 28, 15

From Getting Smart - "At last year’s Learning Forward Conference in Texas, Linda Hammond Darling (the respected Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future) was asked about the effectiveness of teacher professional development. She said that while she believes some districts are doing a great job and could just tweak it around the edges, about 90% of school districts need to think about starting over and redesigning their PD."

Mar 27, 15

Another example of social media used to promote a positive message - What's your stereotype of the Somali capital Mogadishu?
Whatever it is, chances are it's different from the view you get if you follow Ugaaso Abukar Boocow on Instagram.

  • Adult learning inmultiple forms abounds in school districts. However, articulation of focused, coherent professional development is a rarity. A specified path for professional development and training for all employeesserves toclarifyexpectations, evaluations,and the allocation of resources. This requires a school district to clarify its aim as a system and align professional development so that it can have its greatest impact on improving student learning. A school district should organize itself sothat each employee has access to adult learning that affects his or her ability to perform so that every student learns and is able to graduate.
  • Continuous improvement is a familiar model, used in much school improvement planning. Killion and Roy‘s Backmapping Model for Planning Results-Based Professional Learning, shown below, complements school improvement planning. Killion and Royobserve that―School improvement plans identify student learning goals, while professional learning helps educators acquirethe knowledge and skills to help students meet those goals‖
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