Online classes + coaching help first-gen students | Joanne

Combining online courses with intensive coaching is helping low-income Boston students complete college degrees, writes Jon Marcus on Education Next.

Boston’s high-performing Match Charter High School started Match Beyond in 2013 to boost its students’ college graduation rate. Though all go to college, nearly half don’t complete a degree. Now it’s opened the program to others who’ve tried college but fallen short.

Match Beyond partners with Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America, which was designed to provide online, competency-based education to working adults. Usually,…

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Cold Call is not Popsicle Sticks or ’Hands Down’: Key Differences & Why They Matter | Doug Lemov

Lovely. But just not the same.



Cold Call, as you probably know if you read this blog regularly, is one of my favorite techniques- meaning that it’s one of the techniques that has the greatest potential to increase the rigor and engagement in a classroom. I also love that it can be used by almost any teacher and in concert with almost any other approach. You don’t have to change everything about your class to get the benefits. You can do what you do and add Cold Call to it tomorrow.

That said, the details matter or Cold Call has can go wrong. Keeping it positive is one of the…

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Navigating school is job benefit in New Orleans | Joanne

How do you find the right school for your son? Help your daughter raise her grades? Understand jargon-heavy mailings? Advocate for a child with special needs? In New Orleans, a nonprofit called EdNavigator is helping parents — many of them poorly educated single mothers — be engaged, effective parents.

EdNavigator persuaded hotels that funding education counseling as a job benefit would cut turnover, raise productivity and save money, writes Mareesa Nicosia in The 74. “The hotels pay EdNavigator a $250 sign-up fee for each employee, then $37.50 monthly per employee.”
Three former leaders…

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The Future Of Worker Voice And Power | bbond

Our guest author today is David Madland, Senior Fellow and the Senior Adviser to the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress.

My goal is to provide a long-term vision of how we can address the fundamental economic and democratic challenges faced by our country, as well as to discuss some realistic steps for state and local governments to take to move us toward this vision.

Today’s economy does not work very well for most people. Wages have been stagnant for decades and inequality is near record highs. Many voters blame politicians for these problems – for doing the…

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Questioning the Authority of Whole Language | phdilettante

I remember this mantra from my Doctoral program: Goodman and Smith Top-Down, Perfetti and Stanovich Bottom-Up.

The Top-Down theorists believed that readers are the source of meaning. A skilled reader samples the text, but the print itself takes a lesser role in comparison to how the reader interacts with it. Bottom-Up theorists, on the other hand, believed that skilled readers look at the writing itself, and pretty thoroughly at that. While I was working on my doctorate, I remember wondering, like it was yesterday, which theory our professors believed had merit. I asked a classmate; she…

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Research Reviews of the Spacing Effect. | Will Thalheimer

I’ve been following the spacing effect for over a decade, writing a research-to-practice report in 2006, and recommending the spacing effects to my clients and in the guise of subscription learning (threaded microlearning).

One of the fascinating things is that researchers continue to be fascinated with the spacing effect producing about 10 new studies every year and many research reviews.

Here are a list of the research reviews from most recent to earliest.
Maddox, G. B. (2016). Understanding the underlying mechanism of the spacing effect in verbal learning: A case for encoding…

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The story of an ugly duckling. Aka Phonics Furphies. | Pamela Snow | The Snow Report

I have never met a teacher who is not sincere abut trying to do the best they can for the students in their classrooms. Insincere teachers may exist, but I don’t see them. Fortunately, in the context of the ongoing community, academic, and political debate about phonics instruction, teachers’ sincerity is not at issue. However it is also not enough, regardless of its abundance.
A dip into the recent (last 3-4 decades) history of reading instruction reveals the strange and sad tale of phonics being turned into the unwelcome ugly duckling of early year’s classrooms. I have written about the…

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