Thu April 19, 2012

Alabama School Strife Strikes Outside Of Class

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 4:34 pm

Alabama is near the bottom of the country's academic rankings. The state has problems with test scores, school improvement ratings and dropouts. But the district in Birmingham has a different kind of issue. The state recently took over the school board because of infighting on the board. The move has triggered cries of racism.



Thu April 19, 2012

The Buzz on CU’s 4/20 Crackdown [Updated]

The '420' celebration on the CU campus from 2010. Estimates put about 10,000 people on campus for the maligned event that year.
Tyler Howarth Flickr - Creative Commons

For more than 20 years the University of Colorado has the been the focal point for the unofficial pot smoking holiday known as 4/20 – which is this Friday, April 20th at 4:20 pm.

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Wed April 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:30 pm

Four major universities are joining forces with Coursera, a Silicon Valley startup, to offer free online classes in more than three-dozen subjects.

Last year when Andrew Ng, a computer science professor at Stanford University, put his machine-learning class online and opened enrollment to the world, more than 100,000 students signed up.

"I think all of us were surprised," he says.

Ng had posted lectures online before, but this class was different.

"This was actually a class where you can participate as a student and get homework and assessments," he said.

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Sat April 14, 2012

New York Teacher Ratings Renew Evaluation Debate

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 4:49 pm

Katherine Moloney, principal of P.S. 100 in Brooklyn, says that evaluating teachers on test scores alone is not enough.
Beth Fertig

How do you measure who is an effective teacher?

More states are wrestling with that question, now that the Obama administration is encouraging schools to evaluate teachers with a combination of student test scores and classroom observations.

The question of whether teacher evaluations are reliable indicators for teacher effectiveness has long been controversial. But New York City reignited the debate when it rated thousands of teachers with test scores alone — and then released those ratings to the public.

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Fri April 13, 2012

CSU's CM Cares: Making a Difference, One Small Construction Project at a Time

Grace Hood

Colorado State University’s Construction Management Department has launched a new outreach program this year. CM Cares completes small construction projects for families in need, teaching students leadership and other skills along the way.

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