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Common Core and Bradbury’s Fiction

Friday, June 27, 2014


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


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


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


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


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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