Teacher Evaluation Plan Draws New Support

A coalition of teacher-preparation groups came out at the last minute to support a controversial federal plan to track how well new teachers fare as they start teaching in the classroom.


While the groups represent a small segment of the teaching profession-only about 80,000 teachers out of millions-the move sets up a showdown with traditional players in the field.


Teachers become certified in a variety of ways, often at undergraduate- and graduate-level colleges of education. Educators and administrators at such schools have raised questions about federal overreach, the practicality of trying to keep track of every teacher's pathway after finishing training and the accuracy of relying on metrics to grade the programs.


Urban Teacher Center, Teach For America and seven additional alternative-certification programs planned to say on Monday that proposed rules by the U.S. Education Department, intended to weed out poor teacher-training programs, are essential to improving schools.


"The release of regulations by the [Education] Department signify a turning point in the increasing emphasis the U.S. is placing on the need for high-quality teachers in our nation's schools," read the joint statement, which arrived on the last day for public comment on the rules.    


Urban Education Symposium draws discussion on bolstering black youths, gender-specific schools

"We've got to ask, 'Why are the children thirsty?' What's needed to provide every student a substantive and equal opportunity to learn?" said John Jackson, president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and keynote speaker during the event at the Main Public Library in downtown.


"I know that you've been doing this for five years plus," Jackson said to a crowd of about 400 people. "I know some of you may be tired. ... There are a group of our children that need water. I hope, Jacksonville, that you will be committed to provide every student a fair and substantive opportunity to learn."


Jackson, who runs the foundation designed to foster and enhance educational opportunities for minorities based in Boston, drew applause from the crowd as he said many young black students were being adversely affected by public policies that make it difficult for minorities to advance. He called for an end to suspensions of black students from schools and encouraged more development of gender-specific schools such as those already operational in cities like Chicago and New York.


The Duval County School Board has already given approval to three similar schools set to begin operations in 2014, pending contract negotiations for construction and facilities. The three are so-called Valor Academy of Leadership schools and are intended to be gender specific.  


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Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds

Study after study has shown a yawning educational achievement gap between the poorest and wealthiest children in America. But what does this gap costs in terms of lost economic growth and tax revenue?


That's what researchers at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth set out to discover in a new study that concluded the United States could ultimately enrich everybody by improving educational performance for the typical student.


When it comes to math and science scores, the United States lags most of the other 33 advanced industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, ranking 24th, far behind Korea, Poland and Slovenia.

Moving up just a few notches to 19th - so that the average American score matched the O.E.C.D. average - would add 1.7 percent to the nation's gross domestic product over the next 35 years, according to estimates by the Washington Center, a nonpartisan, liberal-leaning research group focused on narrowing inequality. That could lead to roughly $900 billion in higher government revenue, more than making up for the cost of such an effort.   >> READ MORE 

When the iPad made its debut in April 2010, the first Touchpress app-The Elements: A Visual Exploration-was right there with it. The app was actually an ebook in disguise, with stunningly beautiful and interactive 3D illustrations, and it seemed almost perfectly designed to rebut skeptics (and there were many) who believed tablets could only be niche gadgets. Elements truly showed us the iPad's potential as a vessel for rich, interactive experiences that wouldn't be the same on the iPhone or even on your Mac.


Since then, Touchpress has released more than 20 similarly rich coffee-tablebook-esque apps on science, math, music, literature, geography, and history. The studio's latest release, Molecules, is a worthy successor to The Elements-and, like that pioneering app, it was written and developed by Theodore Gray.


It's easy to see why Apple hailed Molecules as one of the best iPad apps of 2014. On the app's first page, Gray says that Molecules is not in any way intended to be a textbook-he likens it, instead, to a chemistry set, an interactive way to explore how atoms combine to make molecules, and how (and why) even molecules with very similar structures differ. The app's opening image of an old-school chemistry set serves as an immediate invitation to explore-like practically every illustration in the app, you can rotate and view it in 3D.



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Gregory Anderson, dean of the College of Education, is one of six new deans hired by President Neil D. Theobald.

Since becoming dean in 2013, Anderson has worked to create programming that increases the value of an urban teaching degree.


Before coming to Temple, Anderson served as dean of Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, was a tenured faculty member in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Columbia University's Teachers College, and served as a higher education policy officer in the Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs at the Ford Foundation, where he oversaw one of the foundation's largest portfolios.  


Minnesota millennials face a tough challenge: a lot of jobs require degrees, but they don't come cheap.

Minnesota millennials are smarter than ever, nearly 40 percent of young professionals in the state have a bachelor's degree or higher. That number puts Minnesota's youngest generation to join the work force seventh nationally.

According to the National Governors Association, on "June 1, 2012, 48 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and all of the Department of Defense schools that serve the children of U.S. service men and women around the world, had formally adopted the (Common Core State Standards) CCSS." With the United States' academic ranking continuing to fall further behind other nations, and the rise of global economic factors, it has become increasingly important to make sure our youth are prepared to enter a highly competitive workforce. As a nation, we must first address the disparity between states regarding educational achievement.  >> READ MORE


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