Thursday, June 30, 2011

Teacher training that actually works!

This is my favorite video now!  These are just two great teachers talking about their LTF Training and what it will mean for their students.  I love this group!!

Frontline Documentary on Military & For-Profits

Not good - when you throw $10 billion out to the business sector it is not surprising that it gets abused.  There are good schools, but too many with questionable student recruiting tactics giving the industry a bad name.

Frontline:  Educating Sergeant Pantzke: For-profit colleges primise veterans a high quality degree - - but do they deliver?

When you pull that crap on the military - it will combe back to bite you in a big way.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hartford - 34th State Capitol

Great state capitol here in Hartford - makes the 34th that I have had the honor to visit.  What a truly great country.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A WOW moment for teachers!

LTF Training is amazing.  I work here and just seeing the passion of this team is incredible!  But if you don't believe, please watch the teachers who just went through the Pre-AP training here in Texas.

Future of Online Learning

Big fan of Michael Horn and received the following email from them - definintely worth a read:

"Over the past two years, we have published a series of case studies about the fast-growing field of online learning in K-12 education. The case studies shed light on some of the challenges states and school districts nationwide are facing in their quest to implement online learning.In a policy brief released today, "Moving from inputs to outputs to outcomes: The future of education policy," we summarize the findings from the case studies to reveal some policy recommendations for states and districts to implement online learning most effectively.

Our major finding is that policymakers have largely failed to create legislation that rewards systems, providers, and operators for successful student performance. Instead, policymakers too often focus on input measures, such as seat-time, student-to-teacher-ratios, and teacher-certification requirements. This inhibits innovation and diminishes the transformative promise of online learning.

The policy brief exposes a few key actions policymakers must take to allow online learning to unlock a path toward the creation of a high-quality student-centric education system. A few examples include: paying online providers for student performance; giving school operators control over budgets and how they allocate dollars; and allowing students to demonstrate competency through assessments, portfolios, or other means anytime they complete a course, not just at limited fixed times throughout the year.

Managing this policy shift will challenge our assumptions about what education looks like and how it happens. But with the emerging world of digital learning, the potential to reinvent and reinvigorate the country’s education system and better serve each and every student has never been brighter."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Easy vs Hard Majors

I got an email from the folks at Schools.com that is pretty cool. They looked at the value of a college major based on earnings compared to difficulty based on GPA.  Kind of a cost vs benefit for college majors which I really like. 

Degree decision : How to choose a college major
Courtesy of: Schools.com

There is some great data to help you choose a major.  A college degree is a huge investment - knowing the cost benefit of the path you take should help.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pre-AP BLOG! Great find

The great team over at Laying the Foundation has a new blog that will help Pre-Ap and AP Teachers ensure they have the training and resources to deliver a challenging curriculum to their students.  They get results so make sure you tune in to the LTF Blog and learn more!