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Many Minnesota schools show progress closing achievement gap

Tim Post, MPR Education, September 1, 2015 The Minnesota Department of Education released annual school performance data on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Here, students moved through a stairwell on the first day of school at John F. Kennedy Senior High School in Bloomington. Caroline Yang for MPR News Nearly two-thirds of Minnesota schools are on track […]

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Tri-City United school district explores flipped classrooms

Grace Webb, Lonsdale Area News-Review, November 16, 2014 Teachers in the Tri-City United school district are exploring a new way of teaching aimed at giving students more one-on-one time with instructors. It’s called flipped classrooms. Students in flipped classrooms spend time outside of class watching lessons online, either during study hall or at home, and […]

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The Best Language for Math Confusing English Number Words Are Linked to Weaker Skills

Sue Shellenbarger, The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 9, 2014   Turkish students at a school in Istanbul. The Turkish language expresses some math concepts more clearly than English does. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images What’s the best language for learning math? Hint: You’re not reading it. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math […]

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Breathing Room for Teacher Evaluation – Will ED Extend Approach to Teacher Prep?

Sharon P. Robinson, CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), September 2, 2014 Recently U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement responding to widespread concerns about standardized testing—saying that “testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools” and offering to delay by a year the […]

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Beyond Tests: The Power of Student-Teacher Relationships

Tarsi Dunlop, Learning First Alliance, August 22, 2014 Our frequently stated goal is for all US students to graduate from high school prepared for college and career. The current emphasis on standards-based education reforms reflects our belief that there are things students should know and be able to do that will help them in that […]

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Why Head Start Matters

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 202, August 12, 2014 As the lifelong impacts of high-quality early childhood education have become better known, the early years of a child’s life have become a matter of education policy. It’s also important to remember the importance of publicly supported child care and early childhood education as a way of supporting […]

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