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Common Core and Bradbury’s Fiction

Friday, June 27, 2014

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By Dr. William Overton
Director of Faculty, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University

There are a wide variety of blogs ripping on Common Core (CC), the effort to standardize across states what students learn throughout the mathematics and English (Language Arts) curricula. The question I pose is “Where do university faculty fit into this picture, especially those of us who are involved with inspiring our students with a love of literature and the humanities?

Teacher-Parent Communiation in the Age of Social Media

Friday, December 20, 2013

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Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody
Director of Continuous Program Improvement, School of Education, American Public University

Today’s students have parents who are comfortable speaking in 140 characters or less. They are from a generation that while not born with Twitter and Facebook, they are increasingly comfortable tweeting and communicating in “non-traditional” ways. Dr. Tammy Lynn Woods shares information about teacher-parent communications in the digital social media age.

Sequester Impacts Early Childhood Education

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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

The U.S. federal budget sequestration began on March 1 as part of the austerity fiscal policy enacted by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The sequester has drastically limited across-the-board government programs throughout the country, including early childhood education.

Particularly hard hit is Head Start, the federal program that aids low-income preschool children.

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).

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