DEN Trend Report: 9/10/14

den_trend_report270wLooking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news.
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Why Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching? (New York Times)
Learn why teaching, a formerly male dominated film, has become a female dominated profession.  Are the tides turning?

Entrepreneurship is Elementary: How a Project-Based Curriculum Catalyzed a Community (EdSurge):
A fifth grade student is pitching a retractable heel shoe in a “shark-tank” type learning opportunity.  How are you fostering innovation, creativity, and problem solving?

Chicago Isn’t Waiting for Superman (US News and World Report)
After being told their school system would need a “man or woman of steel” to transform the landscape, school leaders did not wait for anyone to fly onto the the scene. They just got busy and the results are coming in. “Chicago recently announced a record-high graduation rate, jumping 4 percentage points for the second year in a row to reach 69.4 percent. It didn’t happen because of a man or woman of steel. Rather, it happened because of a steely focus on what research told school leaders would matter most: keeping freshmen on track to graduate by improving their attendance and preventing course failure in ninth grade.”

‘Mobile’ Schools Use Technology to Break Free of the Classroom (Wall Street Journal)
We’ve all heard of virtual and on-line schools, but are ‘mobile’ schools the way of the future? Houston’s A+ Unlimited Potential school students won’t be sitting in traditional school buildings.  They’ll be sitting next to you at coffee shops and other public places with wifi.

American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom Than World Peers, Says Report (Huffington Post)
<cue music and Dolly Parton> “Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin!” Is apparently  not the song teachers are singing. “As a nation, we need to do far more to attract — and keep — mid- and late-career teachers. In the end, if we truly want to retain top talent in our classrooms, we need to offer top-talent salaries.”  Check out what this latest reports says.

Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name (Washington Post)
“As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different.” Find out what’s next on the horizon.

It Takes a Mentor (New York Times)
“Review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace.” What support systems are you putting in place for your educators?

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class … (New York Times)
When was the last time we’ve seen a fundamental shift in the way we teach high school core concepts? He first learned about it on his treadmill and now he’s flying around the globe promoting it.  Find out how Bill Gates is supporting one educators view of teaching history. “At the end of class, after Henstrand announced the homework assignment, he chatted for a few minutes about the future of the course. He was cautiously optimistic that it would catch on, but he also seemed to recognize how hard it is to innovate in the educational system. “I think many are driven by it, but there are also some that are like: ‘Oh, God, how do we fit this into the requirements of the day? How do we fit this and that?’ ” he said. “This course is a fundamental shift in how you deliver something. But there’s so many factors in American education that work against it.”

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading (Mind/Shift)
Good readers are engaged readers.  How does one engage and take notes when you can’t annotate in the book?  How will companies address this different type of reading style and most importantly how will we support students and teachers in this transition? “Yet those who study reading seem to understand that comprehending in the new medium may require some new training and practice to receive the full benefits. In a recent New Yorker article, Being a Better Online Reader, Maryanne Wolf, author of a history of reading called Proust and the Squid, said she’s developing digital apps to help train students to deep read digitally.”



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