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Pay Our Teachers or Lose Your Job

My son Ben’s language arts teacher emailed one morning this winter to tell me she is leaving Ben’s school. I feel sick, but I don’t blame her. Three of Ben’s middle school teachers have left in the past year. North Carolina???s intentional assault on public education is working. Show More Summary

Rethinking Math Instruction with Blended Rotation Models

Event status: Not started ( Register ) Date and time: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) Change time zone Duration: 1 hour Description: If your mental image o..

How to Extract More Value from Your PC Investments

Brought to you by: Educators need state-of-the-art PC technology to keep up with demanding computer-based assessments and advanced educational programs, but if you simply discard those older machines..

How Wayne Township Future-Proofed PC Investment

Brought to you by: Investing in PC infrastructure without a long-term technology plan is the kind of costly gamble that can come back to haunt IT decision makers for years to come. MSD of Wayne Towns..

Common Application releases new essay prompts for 2015-16

The Common Application — widely used by high school seniors for admissions to  nearly 500 colleges and universities, – has just released its essay prompts for 2015-16, and some things have changed from last year. The Common Application, a not-for-profit organization, was developed in 1975 to help reduce the number of separate applications and essays […]

New present tenses activities

My last three articles have been on this topic, including a brand new one on combining and contrasting the two present tenses, and there are also new worksheets on the relevant index pages: Articles with present tense activities 36 fun … Continue reading ?

Alas, Poor Shakespeare

Literature students have a brand new “classic” to study: the Political Correctness Killed Shakespeare article. The most recent inductee to this august canon, currently riling up the academic Internet, is by Heather Mac Donald in the Wall Street Journal. Show More Summary

True confessions

When my brain was completely full on Thursday at the ACRL Conference, Jad Abumrad’s keynote felt like a spa for my brain. For those who don’t know, he is the co-host of Radiolab, a very cool and innovative show on NPR, and the recipient of one of those fancy schmancy MacArthur genius grants. Good call...

Recording Available of US Webinar on Law Library Services to Self-Represented Litigants

A recording of the March 24, 2015 webinar A2J: Best Practices for Court, County, and Government Law Libraries is now available on the website of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN):"As we claim our role in alleviating theShow More Summary

Changes to FCE exam from January 2015

Been updating my extensive but now slightly out of date FCE materials pages. Changes to the exam from this month that I’ve least started to update my stuff to match: – Use of English and Reading papers combined and so … Continue reading ?

Improbable Libraries

Topic: Libraries Via the LA Times a review of a book on the current state of affairs in libraries and a few observations from the British son of two librarians, author Alex Johnson. In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books. Show More Summary

State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding

Topic: Public Libraries The Department of Libraries is part of the Agency of Administration and is poised to receive a $2,275,682 appropriation from the state’s general fund for fiscal year 2016. In fiscal year 2015, the libraries were...Show More Summary

Down With the Internet Review Board!

Patricia Adler had been using student volunteers dressed as prostitutes as a teaching tool for 20 years—but suddenly, it was a problem. Late last semester, the tenured full professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder was subject to an unusual institutional audit of a lesson plan. Show More Summary

New Cambridge First Certificate Writing Part One essays page

I’ve only managed to write one worksheet on this new part of the exam so far, but have tried to make up for it by linking to all of the few other updated resources online and my other relevant functional … Continue reading ?...

Can Bill de Blasio Really Deliver on His Promise of Universal Pre-K?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to make universal prekindergarten the centerpiece of his first term, and he’s not alone. A year ago, President Obama made pre-K expansion a major component of his State of the Union address,...Show More Summary

I Support the Opt-Out Movement

New York State United Teachers is formally encouraging parents to “opt out” their children from the state’s standardized tests, and AFT president Randi Weingarten is applauding those efforts. I agree with them. Why should students have to endure something so pointless and ineffective? But why stop there? Here are 10 more activities that should be […]

Journalism: Hard To Pick A Fight With "Bright" (But Someone Will Anyway)

There's a pretty new education site launched today, called Bright, the creation of the folks at Medium (a newish platform created by some Twitter alumni) plus the Gates Foundation and the New Venture Fund. It's being edited by Sarika Bansal, who has also worked on the Gates-funded Solutions Journalism network. Show More Summary

Charts: Education Is A Dominant Job Category Especially In The Northeast

"As the data and chart show, the Northeast is most-dominated by the education and health services industry, which accounts for more than 20 percent of all non-farm jobs in Rhode Island (the leader, at 22 percent), Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont." (Washington Post: The distribution of jobs in every state, in 2 charts)

Uncanny sleeping epidemic in Kazakhstan

10 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Dozens of people are sleeping, according to the Siberian Times. More than 100 people in the remote village of Kalachi – which has been given the nickname Sleepy Hollow – have been afflicted by the unexplained disorder, which has lef...

From The Hobbit to Game of Thrones: does conlang have a place in modern language?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PTInvented languages have been used for hundreds of years, perhaps most famously in books and TV shows such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Conlang (a shortened form of constructed language) entered both Oxford Dictionaries and the OED last year. Show More Summary

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