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A New Kind of Test Prep

Susan Brenna
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The New York Times reports today on graduates of New York’s specialized high schools who have taken it upon themselves to tutor disadvantaged kids for the elite schools’ admissions test. Yesterday I met two 8th grade boys, best friends Ricardo and Hector, who attend IS 89, a TASC ExpandED School in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Ricardo wants to be an astrophysicist, Hector an engineer in digital electronics. Both are set on attending Brooklyn Tech, where the percentage of admitted black and Hispanic students is dropping. Hector’s and Ricardo’s counter-offensive is to learn as much science as possible. Read full post

21st Century Report Cards

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A new design contest by GOOD got me thinking about how little information report cards actually report to kids and their families. Honestly, I get more data about my performance when I finish a Scrabble game on my iPad. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for October 7, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, October 7, 2011
Richard Kessler reports that federal K-12 arts ed funding is on the chopping block again. But here’s one of the many reasons why we should preserve it: A Canadian study finds that music training enhances children’s verbal intelligence. Read full post

Syracuse is a STEM City

Saskia Traill
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I spent the day with leaders in Syracuse discussing how to get more science, technology, engineering and math—STEM—into all kinds of expanded learning opportunities. Read full post

Heads Above the Rest

Charissa Fernandez
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
People continue to be skeptical about the capacity of community-based organizations—lead partners in our ExpandED Schools—to contribute to academic gains in struggling schools. But after visiting a school like PS 186, it's hard for me to imagine they're not making a difference. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for September 30, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, September 30, 2011
Geoff Canada makes the case for a longer school day/year in The New York Times, but the responses by his fellow writers prove that there’s still Room for Debate. Read full post

Live From New York, It's Education Nation

Charissa Fernandez
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Shout out to NBC News for Education Nation. They're a news org and they definitely brought the newsmakers: three Bushes, Geoff Canada and Diane Ravitch, Randi Weingarten, Bill Clinton, Pedro Noguera, Cory Booker, the gov who wants to bring down the unions, the mayor who fired all the teachers, the list goes on. Read full post

Top 20 Tweets From #EducationNation

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Like many of you, I spent a good part of Monday and Tuesday following Education Nation from the comfort of my desk chair. Kudos to NBC for bringing us all into the conversation via individual session hashtags and ongoing webcasts. Read full post

How to Participate in Education Nation Without Leaving Your Desk

Jess Tonn
Monday, September 26, 2011
Education Nation is NBC News' initiative to engage the country in a conversation about the state of education in America. The second annual Education Nation Summit is taking place in New York City this week, with a list of speakers that includes Arne Duncan, Melinda Gates, Bill Clinton, LeBron James and TASC Director Geoffrey Canada. Read full post

Put a Badge on It

Susan Brenna
Friday, September 23, 2011
Some of our most useful learning–like how to persist despite obstacles–happens outside any classroom. We learned that the first time we fell off our bikes and got back on our again, right? Documenting the learning is another matter. Read full post

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