How PISA Can Keep Students from Being Duped by Fake News

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January 08, 2018 12:46 pm

In the past, when students gathered information for a report or term paper they usually read an entry in an encyclopedia or visited a few well-regarded webpages to get what they needed. But that no longer is sufficient. Students now must be acute critical thinkers, able to judge the quality of websites they visit and the information they collect.

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Documentary Film For Ahkeem Highlights the Challenges African American Youth Face in School and the Community

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September 28, 2017 10:36 am

The film For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a seventeen-year-old African American girl from north St. Louis, Missouri. Expelled from her public high school, Shelton is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy (ICA), which offers her a last chance to earn a high school diploma. The film follows Shelton for two years, as she struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother, and falls in love with a classmate named Antonio. As her boyfriend is drawn into the criminal justice system and events in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, shine a national spotlight on racial bias and poor community-police relationships, Shelton learns that she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young African American boy.

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How Estonia Became a World Leader in Science

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July 27, 2017 10:49 am

Estonia, the northernmost of the Baltic countries, has a population of 1.3 million people, roughly the size of the population of Maine or New Hampshire. Although it is one of the poorest countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with a 2014 per capita gross domestic product of $28,140 compared to the OECD average of $39,333, Estonia has one of the strongest education systems among OECD countries. The nation boasts above-average results on PISA, almost universal access to pre-primary education, and a rate of educational attainment at the secondary level that is among the highest in the European Union and among OECD member nations. So how does Estonia do it?

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Happy Schools, Happy Students: Supporting Student Well-Being

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May 23, 2017 11:10 am

Last month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its latest report based on data from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a triennial international survey that evaluates education systems worldwide. It tests the skills and knowledge of fifteen-year-olds, and more than half a million students from seventy-two countries and economies took the most recent iteration of the two-hour test.

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Science of Adolescent Learning: Where Student Health and Learning Intersect

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October 31, 2016 10:05 am

As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (Alliance’s) blog series on the science of adolescent learning, the Alliance recently spoke with Olga Acosta Price, an associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at The George Washington University, about the impacts of adolescent health on students’ learning and development. Price also is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, a national resource and technical assistance center committed to building effective school health programs.

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Deeper Learning and Mathematics Instruction

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October 19, 2016 03:01 pm

A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Ten Questions for Mathematics Teachers… and How PISA Can Help Answer Them, organizes key findings from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 and the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013 into a set of questions teachers can use to guide their instruction and move students to deeper learning.

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Can the Science of Adolescent Learning Close the Achievement Gap for Students from Low-Income Families?

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October 12, 2016 03:43 pm

Michele Tine, an associate professor of education at Dartmouth College, feels that education can be “the great equalizer, providing children from impoverished areas the opportunity to succeed.” However, Dr. Tine notes that the gap in academic achievement between poor and affluent students “is the widest it’s been in fifty years, and it persists across grade levels.” Dr. Tine and her team at Dartmouth’s Poverty and Learning Lab (PLL) are working to close that achievement gap by (1) identifying cognitive processes that underlie the academic achievement gap between poor and affluent students and (2) creating efficacious research-based academic interventions for students from low-income families. The Alliance caught up with Dr. Tine to ask her about her lab, her work, and her efforts to make teaching more effective for historically underserved young people.

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Playing Around: How Games Can Support Deeper Learning

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August 03, 2016 11:11 am

As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (Alliance’s) ongoing series about how districts and schools foster deeper learning outcomes for students, the Alliance contacted Greg Toppo, the national K–12 education reporter for USA Today and author of the book The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, to discuss the impacts of game-based learning on teachers and students. Below is an excerpt from the discussion with Toppo.

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Deeper Learning and Teacher Professional Development

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April 29, 2016 10:43 am

“Traditional teacher prep does not teach you how to do” deeper learning, says Carrie Bakken, a teacher and codirector at the Avalon School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Bakken and her colleagues know that if their classrooms and their students are going to meet the deeper learning competencies, then their own professional learning needs to hew closely to those competencies as well. The teachers’ learning, just like that of their students, “needs to be more inquiry-based.”

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Understanding the Science of Adolescent Learning

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March 31, 2016 02:40 pm

Science of Learning

Knowledge about how students learn, particularly during the adolescent years, has grown dramatically recently, providing the opportunity to reorient the traditional, commonsense, but often incorrect approach to instruction to one based on a scientific understanding of what actually happens in and with the brain during learning.

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