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Morning Announcements: December 6, 2010

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December 06, 2010 04:06 pm

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel focuses on how to best educate future educators and profiles a student at Alverno College, a small women’s college on Milwaukee’s south side that has been widely cited as a national model for training teachers.

The Associated Press writes about the states that lost the Race to the Top competition and how they are left wondering what to do with ambitious reform plans they planned to fund with the money.

Today Michelle Rhee announced she is starting Students First, an advocacy group that will draw on the grassroots power of teachers, parents, and pupils. Rhee also published an op-ed in Newsweek explaining what she learned during her tenure as chancellor of DC public schools. On a related note, the Wall Street Journal published a piece by Joel Klein explaining what he learned as chancellor of New York public schools.

In the New York Times, Editorial Observer section, Brent Staples writes about the 10th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and how the country can learn a lesson from students participating in the conference.

Education Daily and eSchool News write about the 10 elements of high-quality digital learning released by the Digital Learning Council last week.

Tennessee Commissioner of Education, Bruce Opie, writes about the Tennessee’s plan to implement a comprehensive, coherent and statewide education reform to ensure that all students graduate high school with a quality education.

Education Week reports on a new ACT Inc. study that finds most students have far to go before they master the skills and knowledge outlined in the new common standards.

Julia Steiny, education columnist at The Providence Journal, writes about the success of the Providence Afterschool Alliance (PASA), an independent public-private partnership. The Program annually keeps 1,500 middle-school students off Providence’s meaner streets and they’ve recently started to build a system for high-school students.

Bill Gates is investing $335 million through his foundation to overhaul the personnel departments of several big school systems, according to the New York Times. A big chunk of that money is financing research by dozens of social scientists and thousands of teachers to develop a better system for evaluating classroom instruction.

The State reports that South Carolina high school leaders don’t like the way the state calculates graduation rates, but state officials say they are just doing what federal rules require.

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