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Going back to college, student data, public university research, basing program development on the job market, and more: Required Readings, 06.20.16

I have been extremely overdue in getting out a new Required Readings. When it rains, it pours, and over the past 3 weeks, that pouring has included one vacation that’s not really a vacation (i.e., a visit to the family of origin), one summer cold acquired either from young nieces or …

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Data mining on campus, dual-language schools, poor students post-graduation, teacher recruitment abroad, and more: Required Readings, 10.18.15

Higher education institutions are attempting to provide their instructors with real-time data they can use to support their students and improve student performance. Dual-language immersion programs are on the rise in the U.S. What opportunities await low-income students who overcome obstacles to graduate from high school? Not many, it seems. Also, a …

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Education and unions, post-Katrina education, learning theories mapped, preschool privilege, new UIowa prez rankles, and more: Required Readings, 09.06.15

In honor of Labor Day in the U.S., let’s start today’s Required Readings with some news about unions: Is there a Blue State frontier for teachers unions? Pennsylvania’s state university system has approved contracts with four labor unions, while the state’s faculty union is opposing a proposed background check policy. …

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Religion and schools, abortion training, out-of-state tuition, defending music ed, NOLA charters, and eradicating graphic novels in college: Required Readings, 06.14.15

Dogma-based practices insert themselves into the education system in a variety of ways. Sometimes, they present via proselytization, pregame prayers, or religious education. Within medical education, there is “The Scarcity of Abortion Training in America’s Medical Schools.” As states cut back on funding higher education, public universities are increasingly “Raising out-of-state tuition …

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Formulating questions, 1st grade math instruction, LSEA remains, bankrupt colleges, and more: Required Readings, 04.26.15

The Question Formulation Technique helps teachers guide students in developing and asking “the right questions” to nurture students’ curiosity and ability to think in questions. New research analysis suggests that “teacher-directed mathematics instruction in first grade is superior to other methods for students with ‘math difficulties.’” To follow up on an …

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Harassment by FOIA, data mines on the auction block, keeping up with tech-savvy pre-kinders: Welcome to Required Reading 5/30/2014

Who needs the NSA when you’ve got UVA students up in arms about a letter of clarification? How are we going to get anything changed in the law  if you can’t have an argument in writing without being harassed via FOIA requests?  Lawyers are the voice of the people in the …

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In-Bloom wilts, debit cards for student loans, college enrollment declines, special ed brings people out : Required Reading 4/24/2014

Let’s get to it: The In-Bloom data mine is going under. I wonder what their going out of business sale will be like. Has this really been going on?  Schools delivering financial aid through debit cards with high access fees? College enrollment has been in decline since 2009. Is everybody …

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Preschool sweathogs, girls’ schools, lady Bible teachers, “grit” , student data mining via Common Core- Required Readings 3/23/2014

Well, here’s some new links: Suspended from Preschool? What is the impact of same-sex educational settings?  The data is not clear.  Of course, if you’re a fundamentalist Christian woman who would like to lead  youth or adults in Bible study , you may not have a choice. Ah, “Grit”: the …

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Educational dystopia, school reform, student data protections, USDA response, what can we do about the schools in NOLA, academia as a lifestyle choice- Required Reading 2/27/2014

Well, what has Speecharella been reading this week?  Lots- Thanks to Alexander Russo for pointing us to this dystopian educational thriller- The Newman Resident. Though the task is somewhat akin to finding the corners in a circle, this is a pretty good take on making sense of the school reform …

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