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Archive | May, 2013

Are Standardized Tests Challenging Academic Rigor?

Monday, May 20, 2013

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By Dr. Conrad Lotze
VP & Dean, School of Education at American Public University

This year, millions of school-aged children will spend multiple hours at school taking standardized tests. Stop and think about that for a minute. Now ask yourself some questions:

  • What are the tests designed to measure?
  • Who decides what content gets tested?
  • How much time do students and their teachers spend specifically preparing for those tests?

Home-School Relationships: Moving Towards a Collaborative Model

Monday, May 20, 2013

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By Silvia Graham
Faculty Member, Master of Teaching Program at American Public University

“The battleship, the school, cannot do this alone. The rest of the educational flotilla must assist: families, communities, government, higher education, and the business community. Only then will all of our children be able to achieve that which by birthright should be theirs: enthusiasm for an accomplishment in learning” (Graham, 1995, p.22).

Empowering K-12 via County Partnerships

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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By Dr. Conrad Lotze
VP & Dean, School of Education at American Public University

American Public University System (APUS) created the Leadership in Learning Partnership (LLP) in partnership with West Virginia schools. Through this partnership, we offer an opportunity for school districts to work with a nationally recognized online university to provide professional development opportunities to their staff members.

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