DEN Trend Report: 10/8/14

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Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news.
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 Recruiting Tech Talent in High School (Wall Street Journal) 

“Technology firm Dyn has struggled to lure top engineers to its Manchester, N.H., office. So the company, which helps clients like Twitter Inc. and Netflix Inc. manage their Internet traffic , is helping to create a high-school program that it hopes will prepare students for careers in science and technology—ideally at Dyn.”

Why We Should Treat Teachers like Software Engineers (Tech Crunch)

“America is widely considered a global leader in economics, business, and culture. But when it comes to education, the U.S. seems to be falling behind. In the 2012 PISA results, we ranked 27th in math, 17th in reading, and 20th in science. Our high school graduation rates are ranked 18th internationally.”

Feds: Inequalities in Ed Tech Resources ‘Potentially Unlawful Discrimination’ (T.H.E. Journal)

“The United States Department of Education has issued guidance to education leaders calling attention to disparities in educational resources along ethnic and economic lines and characterizing such disparities as “potentially … unlawful discrimination.” The list of those disparities explicitly included quantity and quality of technology-based resources available to students.”

 

When Teachers Need Help in Math (The Atlantic)

“But many elementary and middle school teachers “don’t view themselves as experts,” said William Haver, a professor of mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University who helped design his state’s math specialist program. Most undergraduate programs for teachers tend to emphasize language arts and give short shrift to mathematics, which means that teachers “often feel inadequate” even after years of teaching the subject, he said. Although most schools have offered their teachers some kind of professional development since the Common Core math goals were released in 2010, many teachers say they still feel unprepared.”

U.S. High School Dropout Rate Reaches Record Low, Driven By Improvements among Hispanics, Blacks (eSchool News)

“More U.S. high school students are staying in school, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau, as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year. Just 7% of the nation’s 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school, continuing a steady decline in the nation’s dropout rate since 2000, when 12% of youth were dropouts.”

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