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4 Strategies to Build Strong Teacher Leadership (eSchool News)
School leaders take on many forms, including students, support staff, and teachers. Building strong teacher leaders helps support a positive and high-achieving school culture, and one of the first stops on the path to teacher leadership involves defining the purpose of teacher leadership.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has entered the loud fray over teacher evaluation, giving preliminary approval to a statement that says test-score-based algorithms for measuring teacher quality aren’t appropriate. In addition to criticizing the research on such “value added” systems, the statement says that the timing for using them comes at a a terrible time, just as schools adjust to demands from the Common Core State Standards and other difficult new expectations for K-12 students.
Obama Wants Kids to Learn About Global Warming (US News & World Report)
Perhaps unable to convince older Americans of the severity of global warming, President Barack Obama is hoping to have better luck with the next generation by turning to the classroom. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Wednesday announced it will launch a new initiative aimed at climate education and literacy that will distribute science-based information – in line with the administration’s position on the issue – to students, teachers and the broader public.
Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM? (The Atlantic)
There’s been so much hype around STEM education that sometimes people forget what the acronym even stands for. It’s easy to lose sight of what STEM means in practice when school boards and politicians and CEOs describe its economic impact and tout its importance, oftentimes because it’s simply what they think people want to hear. Some economists have even questioned the statistics these STEM advocates cite to validate their programs and actions.
Engage Girls With Tech Education, Leadership Early, Women CIOs Say (Wall Street Journal)
Women CIOs speaking at a panel on education and leadership credited their skills at identifying and collaborating with their peers in the business with contributing to their professional advancement. But to grow the next generation of IT leaders, technology education must start as early as middle school, they said, adding that girls, especially, need to be kept engaged to help address today’s tech gender gap.
Still Wondering if Technology Will Change Education Proves We’re Already Too Far Behind (The Huffington Post)
There is a great deal of debate about whether or not technology will revolutionize education. To me the debate itself points out a problem. With the number of free and low-cost educational resources that technology has made available it should have, at least to an extent. The fact that it hasn’t points to a problem with the system overall.
At the same time, it has been reported that more than three quarters of American children have a video game console at home and 40% play video games every day. Many of these games are mind numbingly complex, requiring players to absorb and internalize extensive knowledge and consult outside resources, yet kids attack those tasks with gusto.