Monday, May 30, 2011

Arlington Graves Of Iraq And Afghanistan Vets Digitized By Teen


http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/27/135764604/arlington-graves-of-iraq-and-afghanistan-vets-digitized-by-teen

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Replacing "No Child Left Behind" This Year



Weekly Address: Replacing "No Child Left Behind" This Year

Having just given the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, which has made inspiring progress in recent years, the President says Congress must replace No Child Left Behind to help all our schools thrive.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Online Degrees Come of Age in Asia

Online Degrees Come of Age in Asia By LIZ GOOCH, NYTimes

New options are proliferating on a continent that is thirsting for knowledge workers and where geographic constraints can often be daunting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

California: Honor for Immigrant Activist

California: Honor for Immigrant Activist By MICHAEL WINERI, NYTimes


The University of San Francisco will award an honorary doctorate to an illegal immigrant, Isabel Castillo, 26, who has been a leading advocate for passage of the Dream Act.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act



SeeProgress: Reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

A video lays out CAP's proposals for strengthening the law for maximum effectiveness.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A New Measure for Classroom Quality

A New Measure for Classroom Quality By R. BARKER BAUSELL, NYTimes OP-ED

Instead of test scores, gauge how much time a teacher teaches.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

International Student Scientists Show Cutting-Edge Inventions



VOAVideo: International Student Scientists Show Cutting-Edge Inventions

More than 1500 budding scientists from around the world gathered in Los Angeles, California, last week (May 8-13) to compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, the high school-age innovators showed off some cutting-edge inventions.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media

Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media By TRIP GABRIEL, NYTimes

A small but growing cadre of educators is trying to exploit Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion.



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 Student Freedom Rider Zilong Wang!



PBS American Experience: 2011 Student Freedom Rider Zilong Wang!

Hampshire College student Zilong Wang is getting on the bus! Read more about Zilong and the other 39 amazing students chosen to retrace the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/2011/meet-the-riders/

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

President Obama Give Commencement Address at Booker T. Washington High School



wh.gov: President Obama Give Commencement Address at Booker T. Washington High School

The President speaks about education, dedication and overcoming adversity in a commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN. The school was the winner of the 2011 Commencement Challenge contest. May 16, 2011.

Monday, May 16, 2011

100,000 Strong Initiative Gets Boost from Chicago Ties to China



VOAVideo: 100,000 Strong Initiative Gets Boost from Chicago Ties to China

The Advisory Committee of President Barack Obama's 100,000 Strong Initiative, which encourages Americans to study in China, is led by former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel and departing Chicago Mayor Richard Daly. Daly, who's been mayor for 22 years, led Chicago in engaging China and promoting cross-cultural programs. His efforts earned the Windy City the distinction of being the "the most China-friendly city" when President Hu Jintao visited in January. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, that distinction is helping Chicago support President Obama's goal.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tutorials and Exercises to Help Students Prepare for the SAT

Tutorials and Exercises to Help Students Prepare for the SAT By BOB TEDESCHI, NYTimes

Traditional test preparation services have refined their mobile software to compete with start-ups, resulting in improved apps for students.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Freedom Riders



"Freedom Riders" Trailer

"Freedom Riders" comes to PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in May of 2011

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students—many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university—decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson's inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds. (Shari Frilot/Sundance Film Festival)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Improving the Science of Teaching Science

Improving the Science of Teaching Science By BENEDICT CAREY, NYTimes

A study explores improving classroom instruction, using research-backed methods for testing students’ understanding as well as how science is taught.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

President Obama & Poets at the White House



VOAVideo: President Obama & Poets at the White House

President Obama speaks and is joined by renowned poets reciting their work for a celebration of poetry at the White House.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Poetry Student Workshop at the White House



wh.gov: Poetry Student Workshop at the White House

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about the importance of poetry and self-expression as she hosts a White House Poetry Student Workshop with students and poets like Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kenny Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, and Aimee Mann. May 11, 2011.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Universities Prepare Students for Socially-Conscious Careers



VOAVideo: Universities Prepare Students for Socially-Conscious Careers

The American economy has traditionally been divided into three sectors: government, for-profit businesses and non-profit charities. In more recent years, students of American business have begun talking about a fourth category, often called the "for-benefit" sector. Fitting in between traditional businesses and charitable groups, for-benefit organizations are moneymaking enterprises with a social agenda. As Mike Osborne reports, American universities are beginning to recognize this fourth sector of the economy, and to prepare students to enter it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

For More Students, Working on Wikis Is Part of Making the Grade

For More Students, Working on Wikis Is Part of Making the Grade By SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP, NYTimes

Students in Singapore are being asked to build their own wiki pages as a way to learn to deal with the public, and other editors, online.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

State cutbacks send many to private colleges

State cutbacks send many to private colleges by Nanette Asimov, SF Chronicle Staff Writer

Shilling, a junior, ran into a registration traffic jam. Seniors who hadn't gotten courses they needed were now crowding out the economics, business and computers classes Shilling wanted. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 National Teacher of the Year Award

Today is National Teachers Day! Who was the teacher that changed your life? #thankateacher



wh.gov 2011 National Teacher of the Year Award

President Obama honors 2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, a AP chemistry teacher at Urbana High School in Maryland along with state teacher of the year winners in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. May 3, 2011.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Afghan teen makes harrowing trek to study in U.S.

"I believe that education is the beauty of the human race.
It is a tool that helps one recognize right from wrong.
Where progress is happening in the world,
education underlies that progress,
allowing people to improve their lives."

Afghan teen makes harrowing trek to study in U.S. by Nanette Asimov, SF Chronicle Staff Writer

Through a State Department program, Anwar had attended a year of high school in Berkeley. Now he was on a journey to try to return. Going to college in the United States was his greatest daydream. His worst was that he would die trying, so he preferred not to dwell on it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cal Day activity can't drown out budget questions

Cal Day activity can't drown out budget questions by Justin Berton, SF Chronicle Staff Writer

Michael Jedlicka, a board member of the Cal Parents committee, answered more financial questions than usual from his booth at Saturday...