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College Graduation Celebration Goes Bad!

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Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Three women go down to Mexico one night to celebrate college graduations, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though none of them can rem…
 

The changing face of higher education

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The WSJ reports this morning that the University of North Carolina is now offering its MBA in an online format (UNC Makes Risky Online Bet, WSJ, 7/7/11, p. B6), becoming one of the first mainstream non-profit learning institutions to embrace online learning.  This …
 

How To Grow Your Bonsai

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Unlike office buildings or universities, an online collaboration can not be seen.  The word “collaboration” may even put some people off as sounding too “brainy”.  But, as any soccer mom knows, collaboration is a tangible part of everyday life.  It is a system…
 

Comics? Big Deal!

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I came across Byron Preiss in an old newspaper article.   He wanted to use comic books to teach kids how to read.  I wanted to learn more about him. so I started an Internet search for a man who built a publishing empire from a comic book and a dream  …
 

Money Talk At The Kitchen Table


I learned about money at the kitchen table. When I had a question about money – especially after I had started working part time in high school – I would sit down with my mom and dad and we would talk about what I needed to know. There was no set curriculum or lesson plan – …
 

Bullying is the problem: One solution is 'Operation Respect'

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Bullying is a common experience for many of our children. The effects of bullying can be profound and in certain instances even fatal. According to Mona O'Moore of the anti-Bullying Centre, Trinity College Dublin, "There is a growing body of research which indicates that ind…
 

Recession and the preschool child: Needs and wants

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It is never too early to get a firm handle on what is a need and what is a want. Thinking back in my life, and the lives of friends, I see that many moments of perceived distress were pegged to, or exacerbated by, the perception that something I “needed” was out of reach whe…
 

Technology in early childhood education

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What is the relationship between Technology and the preschool child? To click or not to click, that is the question. The utilization of computers and software for early childhood education is quite controversial. There are strong proponents and even more adamant opponents. I…
 

Lions and Tigers and Robots...Oh My!

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OK. So robots are now in the classroom.  They’re everywhere else so why not in school.  True, they are not very sophisticated but it will only be a matter of time before you won’t be able to walk through the cafeteria without stepping on one of these buggers.It…
 

Listening is Respect

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Listening is respect. I have often wondered why we have classes and awards for speaking skills but none for listening skills. Speaking and listening are two sides of the same coin. Listening, in general, and particularly when communicating with children is neglected as spea…
 

What's in a language!


Of the many languages that children are born with, the verbal is the most prized by society. As parents, we are in a hurry to teach our children to talk. We want them to have a rich repertoire of words and for them to use their vocabulary appropriately. Since most of us are …
 

Autism: Music, movement and the Mozart effect

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As a 'piano person', and former piano teacher, I have a deep respect and admiration for the impact that music can make in a person's life. As a former teacher of young children, I stand amazed at how the pull of music and musical activities can take a faltering classroom env…
 

Mr. Rogers and his impact to PBS funding

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There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young childre…
 

Early childhood literature based curriculum

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One of the greatest pleasures in life is a great read. Books are a window to places we can often only dream of. A well-written book can open perspective about nearly everything, which in turn can dramatically change not only a viewpoint, but also a person's "way of being". …
 

Infant stimulation in early childhood education

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Long before Kindergarten, before preschool and even before the first pair of pull-ups goes on, there is a barrage of events taking place in the area of cognitive development. One doesn’t simply go into a classroom and immediately assimilate all the pieces of knowledge requir…
 
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    It’s just a two-word phrase, but it goes to the heart of what’s both controversial and promising about an Education Department proposal for rating of US colleges.

  • White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges 18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm

    A woman lies in the grass at Columbia University in New YorkBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks. The U.S. Education Department will rate institutions on their performance, intake of low-income students, completion rates, affordability, employment prospects and student loan repayment rates. ...


  • Ed Dept. releases 'framework' to rate colleges 18 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

  • Analyzing Colleges' Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students 18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am

    U.S. News has used exclusive data to analyze how successful colleges and universities have been at graduating their low-income students compared with their overall student bodies.

  • Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators 17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

    As protests and anger continue to percolate around the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other unarmed black men, one group is calling attention to the fact that many of the racial stereotypes that may have contributed to these events begin at much younger ages.

  • Electronic cigarettes gain foothold in American middle and high schools 16 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm

    First, the good news: Far fewer teens are taking up cigarette smoking than ever before. However, many are instead turning to electronic cigarettes, according to a national survey of middle and high school students.

  • 10 Colleges With the Highest Acceptance Rates 16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am

    The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.

  • Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015 15 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm

    Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015From flipped classrooms to online learning, what ed tech trends should we watch out for in the next year?


  • Riverbed to be bought by Thoma Bravo, Ontario Teachers 15 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am

    By Soham Chatterjee and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Thoma Bravo LLC and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan said they would buy network equipment maker Riverbed Technology Inc for $3.6 billion, just over a year after the company's biggest shareholder started agitating for a sale. Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp had been pressing Riverbed to sell itself due to a slowdown in its main wide-area network (WAN) optimization business and its struggle to integrate Opnet, a maker of software to manage traffic on networks that it bought in 2012 for about $1 billion. ...

  • Tax extenders expected to win U.S. Senate approval within days 15 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am

    Reid holds a news conference after party caucus luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate was expected this week to renew dozens of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits. Ordinary Americans are also affected by extender provisions for state and local sales tax, canceled mortgage debt, college tuition, schoolteacher supplies and health insurance. Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. ...