CAN TEACHING'S REVOLVING DOOR BE STOPPED?
Teaching Ahead, an interactive project jointly developed by Education Week Teacher and the Center for Teaching Quality, is designed to bring greater exposure to the ideas of standout classroom educators on the future of their profession. Each month, selected teacher panelists are asked to respond to and discuss key issues in education policy and instructional practice. The discussions are intended to help inform the national conversation on the direction of public schools. This month the topic is teacher retention.
K-12, HIGHER ED UNITE TO ALIGN LEARNING
The top education leaders in Minnesota are drafting a plan that aims to reinvent high school and align its mission with that of higher education. For nearly a year, they have been working on a major proposal to better connect K-12 and higher education, with the goal of working earlier with students to ensure they are equipped with the skills and career direction needed for a productive life after high school. The initiative, Redesigning the Transition from Secondary to Post-Secondary Education, is expected to be introduced in the legislative session that begins in January. The article is in Education Week.
ABOUT HIGHER ED
COLLEGE ENROLLMENTS FELL THIS FALL
Memo to college presidents: Your admissions directors weren't making excuses when they told you they were struggling to fill their classes this fall. Data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on Tuesday -- in the first of what the center says will be twice-a-year snapshots of up-to-date enrollment statistics -- show that college enrollments declined by 1.8 percent in fall 2012, driven by larger drops for for-profit colleges (-7.2 percent) and community colleges (-3.1 percent). Enrollment fell by 0.6 percent at four-year public colleges and universities, and rose by half a percentage point at four-year private nonprofit colleges. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.
SENATORS DEMAND PROBE OF FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE CIRCUMVENTION OF STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT RULES
David Halperin writes in The Huffington Post: The for-profit college sector is raking in some $32 billion a year in federal student aid money, as lax federal standards have permitted a torrent of waste, fraud, and abuse and a terrible race to the bottom where federal dollars are maximized by short-changing students. Major for-profit colleges have been caught using deceptive and coercive recruiting practices, offering poor quality programs, and lying to government authorities about job placement successes. Students across the country have had their lives ruined, left with worthless credits and degrees and insurmountable debt.
Workshop on Improvement Science and Working in Networked Improvement Communities Set for March 7-8 [What's Happening]
For the past five years, the Carnegie Foundation has been pioneering a fundamentally new vision for the research and development enterprise in education. We seek to join the discipline of improvement science with the capabilities of networks to foster innovation and social learning. This approach is embodied in what Carnegie refers to as Networked Improvement Communities (NIC).
These NICs are scientific learning communities distinguished by four essential characteristics:
- focused on a well specified common aim,
- guided by a deep understanding of the problem and the system that produces it,
- disciplined by the rigor of improvement science, and
- networked together to accelerate the development, testing and refinement of interventions, their more rapid diffusion out into the field, and their effective integration into varied educational contexts.
The Explorer’s Workshop offers a first engagement with the ideas of
improvement science pursued in the context of NICs. Lasting two days, it
provides a “boot camp” introduction to improvement science including
problem definition and specification, systems analysis, measurement and
analytics, and change theory. It also includes an overview of the
principles behind the organization, initiation, and support of NICs and
the core functions served by a network hub.
Who should attend?
The Workshop is intended for those interested in but not yet deeply engaged in this work.