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Department of Education Releases New Technology Plan
posted by: Alix | November 11, 2010, 12:01 pm   

This week, the Department of Education released a new national education technology plan through their Office of Educational Technology entitled, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.  The report comes on the heels of some major breakthroughs relating to technology in education, often highlighted on the AAE blog.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Recording Teachers to Improve Instruction
posted by: Jill | November 10, 2010, 10:51 am   

When my students would ask me why I became I teacher, I responded with the same explanation every time. "Isn't it obvious? I want to be an actress. Here in Los Angeles being a teacher is the best kind of acting because I hold a captive audience for an hour five times a day. I make you laugh in disbelief and cry in agony all by a simple statement like 'Pop quiz.'" (I know, I know I'm hilarious—don't worry folks, I'll be here all week.) Continue Reading...
 
AAE Federal Update November 9, 2010
posted by: Alix | November 09, 2010, 12:00 am   

Federal Education Policy Changes Coming

Last week was a historic moment in U.S. political history as Republicans made monumental gains in the House of Representatives and narrowed Democratic control in the Senate. This power shift will lead to changes in federal education policy, particularly with regard to spending. Republican campaigned on restoring federal spending to 2008 fiscal years and returning more control to the states. Continue Reading...
 
Changes to Teacher Pay Structure
posted by: Alix | November 09, 2010, 12:59 pm   

For years, rigid union contracts have put teachers on very structured pay schedules that are predetermined based on years in service and level of education. On the heels of the recent trends in education reform, several districts around the country are experimenting with different methods of restructuring teacher pay. Continue Reading...
 
Charter Schools Serving as Models for Other Public Schools
posted by: Alix | November 08, 2010, 11:40 am   

Charter schools were designed as a "research and development" outlet for public schools. Operating on state funds, public charter schools have been able to implement new ideas for their students and teachers without having to follow the same rigid structures of some public schools. The U.S. Department of Education is now conducting a feasibility study on ways to support the spread of promising charter school practices across the country. Continue Reading...
 
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