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W.Va. ed leaders urge citizen involvement

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education leaders are launching a call to action encouraging citizens to support the state’s education reform efforts.

The West Virginia Board of Education and state schools Superintendent Michael Martirano sent out the call to action Wednesday after a board meeting in Charleston.

West Virginians are being asked to get involved, be informed and support the efforts designed to improve student achievement.

How to reframe the education reform debate

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. The author of the following post argues that to move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with language that infuses their own values of shared responsibility and empathy. 

Encore U: It’s Never Too Late To Go To College

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Here is a figure that may stun you: The number of Americans who are 55 and older will grow to 112 million by 2030, according to the United States Census Bureau. That is an increase from 76 million today. Viewed another way, the population of Americans age 55 and older will double in the next 25 years.

Is It Time For Your ‘Careercation’?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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The following post was published on the Knowledge@Wharton website on October 20, 2014.

Burned out from the experience of starting and running two entrepreneurial ventures, David Niu decided he need to recharge. He coined a new word to describe the journey that he, his wife and his 10-month-old would be taking: a ‘careercation.’ During the trip, he interviewed 30 entrepreneurs to gain more insight into his own experience and to try to understand what he wanted to do next.

Strategies for Successfully Implementing No Child Left Behind

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Dr. Joanetta (Jodie) Ellis discusses the challenges she faced as a Texas school principal trying to implement the No Child Left Behind requirements. Listen to this podcast to hear more about the strategies she used as an administrator to improve her school from an “acceptable” rating to an “exemplary” rating in less than two years!

She suggests administrators struggling with this policy:

  • Involve all stakeholders in the decision-making process, including teachers, parents and students
  • Gather as much data as possible about the student population as well as available resources
  • Define expectations.
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