PDK Poll: 81% of Americans Support Teacher Board Certification

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Reposted from the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes towards the Public Schools:

Highly respected and widely followed by the media, the PDK/Gallup poll is a reliable resource for families, education professionals, researchers, and policy makers. For 46 consecutive years, PDK’s goal in publishing the poll is to support a common desire to improve U.S. schools.

PDK’s partner for all 46 years is Gallup, the foremost name in polling in America and around the world. The poll is a scientifically based survey of more than 1,000 Americans 18 years and older. The report of the poll publishes all questions exactly as they were asked during telephone polling, which occurred in May-June 2014. A method statement is included in the poll report.

The PDK/Gallup poll is financed solely by the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, permitting PDK to offer an independent and unbiased report of American public opinion about its public schools. What did Americans say in 2014 about the most pressing issues in education — and did Democrats and Republicans agree?

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Meet the Man Behind Common Core Math

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Reposted from NPR ED:

When Jason Zimba was first hired to help write a new set of K-12 math standards in 2009, the groups behind the Common Core — including representatives from 48 states — set very ambitious goals. The tough new guidelines would match the expectations set for students in higher-performing rivals like Singapore and South Korea. The standards would not only catapult American students ahead of other developed nations but would also help close the gaps between low-income students in the U.S. and their wealthier counterparts.

The Common Core would drive publishers and test-makers to create better curricula and better tests and push school districts and teachers to aim for excellence, not just basic proficiency, for their students. And the guidelines would arm every principal, teacher and parent with the knowledge of exactly what it takes to get into college and succeed.

The champions of the Common Core — including organizations like the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers — expected the task to be difficult. Overhauling textbooks would take a lot of time, and training teachers would take even more. But the bipartisan groundswell of opposition to the standards took them by surprise.

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eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Online options are growing, and the classroom format is changing to incorporate the technology. There are a few trends on the cusp of explosive growth in the coming year, including flipped learning, mobilization, personalization and gamification. This infographic from TalentLMS projects the top 10 E-Learning Trends to Follow in 2015.

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The Toxic Culture of Education [VIDEO 17:02]

Joshue Katz contends that we have created a “Toxic Culture of Education” in our country that is damaging students, impacting our economy, and threatening our future. Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, we have embraced a culture of high stakes testing and are perpetuating a false sense of failure in our schools by created by private education interests who have identified a supervillain of its own creation. The solution lies in a common sense approach to student development, curriculum choice, career exploration, and relevant data analysis. This talk will present a vision of an education system that allows us to embrace our full potential if we only had the courage to ask “Why Not”?

Deprogramming Kids From “Doing School” Can Improve Learning

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Reposted from MindShift:

One day, Adam Holman decided he was fed up with trying to cram knowledge into the brains of the high school students he taught. They weren’t grasping the physics he was teaching at the level he knew they were capable of, so he decided to change up his teaching style. It wasn’t that his students didn’t care about achieving — he taught at high performing, affluent schools where students knew they needed high grades to get into good colleges. They argued for every point to make sure their grades were as high as possible, but were they learning? “I felt I had to remove all the barriers I could on my end before I could ask my kids to meet me halfway,” Holman said. The first thing he did was move to standards-based grading. He told his students to show him they’d learned the material, it didn’t matter how long it took them.

“The kids realized this made sense,” Holman said. He taught physics and math at Anderson High School in Austin, before moving on to become a vice-principal. His students were mostly well-off, high achievers, and they knew how to play the game to get the grades they needed. But Holman found when he changed the grading policy, students worried about grades less and focused more on working together to understand the material.

“It turned my students into classmates and collaborators because I didn’t have a system in place to deny the collaboration,” Holman said. His students stopped copying homework. There was no curve that guaranteed some kids would be at the bottom. Instead, the class moved at its regular pace, but if a student persisted at a topic until they could show they understood it, Holman would give them credit. “It turned the kids on my side,” Holman said. “I was there to help them learn.”

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Change Leader, Change Thyself

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Reposted from the McKinsey Quarterly:

Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, famously wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Tolstoy’s dictum is a useful starting point for any executive engaged in organizational change. After years of collaborating in efforts to advance the practice of leadership and cultural transformation, we’ve become convinced that organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves.

Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. Building self-understanding and then translating it into an organizational context is easier said than done, and getting started is often the hardest part. We hope this article helps leaders who are ready to try and will intrigue those curious to learn more.

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12 Ed Tech Companies To Watch In 2015

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Reposted from Forbes:

Education technology, known as EdTech, is taking by storm schools, students and the process of learning across the globe. Tech companies from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv have begun providing solutions to problems ranging from cost efficiency of schools to adaptive learning and global access of high quality education.

EdTech companies are among the most innovative players in the world, and here are 12 companies to watch in 2015 in the space…

This list is presented by Shama Hyder, Founder & CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, an author and keynote speaker. Connect with her via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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