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Afternoon Announcements: May 31, 2012

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May 31, 2012 06:26 pm

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The big news at the Alliance today is the release of our latest report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning. The report details what educators and schools will require to implement genuine teaching practices that are personalized for each student. Digital learning, the report argues, can be a major strategy for enabling teachers to meet varied students’ needs while also supporting necessary cultural shifts in teaching. Alliance President Bob Wise will have some thoughts about the release this afternoon, so watch this space!

Beyond Culture Shift, there are some other interesting bits of news to relay.

First, the New York Times discusses how an inconsistent distribution of college graduates has delayed the revitalization of some American cities. An interesting read that serves as a reminder that if we had more college graduates overall, there would be a larger pool to transform cities like Dayton, Ohio that are mentioned in the article.

The Birmingham News discusses a report from anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids that says that Alabama could save millions of dollars in prison and crime costs by investing more in pre-K education. The argument that education yields social savings is discussed in the Alliance report The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools.

Well, that’s one way to deal with disappointing achievement. The Sun Sentinel reports on the Broward County (Florida) School Board’s vote to oppose standardized testing. “This is destroying public education, destroying the teaching profession and destroying children. The classroom should be fun. Kids should be excited about learning and not be afraid they’re going to be punished for one test,” School Board member Robin Bartleman said.

In Washington Monthly, Alliance senior fellow Robert Rothman pens this piece called “Transcontinental Education,” which focuses on the history of standards and the innovations that they have spurred.

Finally, in Baltimore, city principals this year will be required to affirm that they “personally know their seniors are eligible for graduation.” The Baltimore Sun reports that this comes  as part of “an effort to quell doubts about the city school system’s graduation rate.

That’s it for the announcements today, stay tuned for some thoughts from President Bob Wise on the Culture Shift paper!

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