In an article from Usable Knowledgeable News at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “Getting to Excellence With Equity,” an interview with Professor Ronald Ferguson, who has long led the call for closing achievement gaps, emphasizes the need to raise the bar for all students. In addition to Professor Ferguson’s insights on a subject that encompasses opportunity and achievement, you can also learn about (more…)
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Posted in Education Policy on February 12, 2015 |
As teachers work daily to prepare and work with students, curriculum development — however important — can seem overwhelming. Giving background information on the Model Curriculum Unit Project and showing how they’re created, this video highlights the backward design process used to create MCUs and discusses how teachers use first-hand knowledge of student needs in the process.
WGBH, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, wants you to know that whether you’re adapting or implementing the MCU Model or creating your own curriculum materials locally, the DESE has tools (more…)
Watch this endearing and thought-provoking trailer of a documentary by Julie Akeret presented by WGBY and coming later in 2014, pending funding. The film documents classes conducted at Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield MA. by Mount Holyoke College with a diverse group of second graders who learn to love books and reading as they argue about some of life’s headiest issues using picture books as a starting point for their discussions.
News for more integrated computer science education have increased in recent years as studies show that computer science degrees lead to high-paying jobs that help boost the economy. In fact, many school districts now give math credits to students for successful completion of computer science courses, so reports Laura Devaney, managing editor of eSchool News, in their October 30 edition.
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This report by Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchool News, August 15, 2013, may confirm observations you’ve already made about the achievement of students who participate in school music programs — The new study reveals that music education can offset widespread student achievement gaps, enhance student learning skills, and promote better brain function later in life. The good news for schools is that whether or not music funding is available, new music technology can provide students with music education at little to no cost.
“We are what we do,” said Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles professor and principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University. “And the brain helps prove that.”
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