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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?

Why Educators “Teach to the Test”

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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By Dr. Amy Burkman Program Director, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, American Public University When I am in a social setting and people find out what I do for a living, there is always at least one person who feels the need to ask me why teachers always teach to the test. At this point, my husband always takes a step back and begins eyeing the person who asked the question with pity.

A Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century

Friday, March 1, 2013

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By Everett Corum, Ph.D. Director of Humanities, Philosophy, Religion, and World Languages Programs at American Public University “No man ever steps into the same river twice,” is one of the more famous statements of the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Let the idea of a university, John Henry Newman’s “school of universal learning,” be that river and one suddenly becomes aware of the reason for the upheaval and challenges facing the academy in the 21st Century.

Service Members and Teaching: The Characteristics Desired by Principals

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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By Craig Gilman Faculty Member at American Public University Are you are a military service member who has considered becoming a teacher after the military, but uncertain if you have the personal and professional traits for success in the classroom? Chances are you do. “There must be, within our Army, a sense of purpose.  There must be a willingness to march a little farther, to carry a heavier load, to step out into the dark and the unknown for the safety and will-being of others.”

Personalized Learning and Digital Natives

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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By Dr. Amy Burkman Program Director, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, American Public University System Technology plays a vital role in the learning process for today’s K-12 students.  These digital natives have used technology since infancy to play games, watch videos, and interact with family.  There are even apps for infants and toddlers, like Baby’s Musical Hands, Monkey’s Preschool Lunchbox, and Ewe Can Count, for Apple and Android devices, Baby’s Musical Hands and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox!

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