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Online Learning Changing the Game for Teachers and Students
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 26, 2010, 12:31 pm   
The AAE blog Online Learning Changing the Game for Teachers and Students notes that "The internet has revolutionized everything in our lives, from paying bills to shopping. Education is now well on its way to being revolutionized by the internet with online learning programs being adopted in school systems across the country. This technology is enabling teachers and students alike to tailor their day based on these new and innovative tools.

"In one Connecticut middle school, students are learning Mandarin Chinese live from an instructor based in Beijing. Using software called myChinese 360, students log in to an internet site that live-streams their instructor. Once logged on, students can participate, ask questions and follow along with the lesson as if they were in the room with their teacher. They even press a button to "virtually" raise their hands.
Is Multiculturalism Working?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 21, 2010, 11:08 am   

German chancellor Angela Merkel recently caused an international stir when she claimed the country's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed".  A Guardian article notes that Merkel said “too little had been required of immigrants in the past and repeated her argument that they should learn German in order to cope in school and take advantage of opportunities in the labour market.”

Idaho Superintendent Candidates Asked Views on Teacher Choice and Professional Associations
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 20, 2010, 01:35 pm   

Candidates for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and challenger Dr. Stan Olson, former superintendent of Boise Schools, were asked the following questions regarding teacher choice and professional associations:

Gates Foundation Funds Value-Added Model Research
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 14, 2010, 12:19 pm   
As student test scores are becoming a greater part of teachers' evaluations, the idea of having an accurate value-added model is essential for educators. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a generous supporter of education in America, is investing $45 million in research to determine best practices in developing a value-added model.
NWPE Member Jeffery Wehr Honored
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 13, 2010, 02:58 pm   

Congratulations to NWPE member Jeffery Wehr, of Odessa, WA, who was featured in a 2008 Spokesman-Review story about the challenges of teaching math and science.  Wehr has been named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Eastern Washington!

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