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2012 National Seminar Content on One Easy-to-Navigate Website

Good news for those who missed all or parts of our 2012 National Seminar at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia–we’ve got the goods in an easy-to-navigate webpage. The videos, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts and articles that were written as a result of the sessions are all on display. Too busy to sort through the content? Many of the sessions were summarized in Ed Beat blogs some of your colleagues wrote. Give the wrap-up a gander.

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Is America’s Status in the World a Concern?

Politicians and pundits love to bemoan the quality of U.S. education compared to other countries, such as Japan (1990s), Singapore (2000s), China and Finland (now).

Just this past week, yet another new report was released by prominent researchers Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson, looking at the growth rate in U.S. student achievement over at least a decade compared to other countries. The conclusion: We’re in the middle of the pack.

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Do Teacher Development Dollars Deliver Results?

The Obama administration is pledging a billion dollars  to bolster the STEM teaching profession by creating an elite corps of educators across all 50 states, but have similar efforts in the past  shown any positive results?

The White House’s proposal centers on enlisting the help of 2,500—and eventually 10,000—expert science and math teachers to serve as lead instructors in their districts. Through professional development and other avenues, this cadre of educators will work to retain other STEM teachers and help them improve in the classroom.

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New Report Critical of K12 Inc.’s Virtual Schools, Finds Students Falling Behind in Reading, Math

The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado found students of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math than their peers in traditional bricks-and-mortar classrooms.

“Our in-depth look in K12 Inc. raises enormous red flags,” said Kevin Welner, NEPC’s director, in a written statement.

The report, Understanding and Improving Full-Time Virtual Schools, is being presented today at the American Association of School Administrators’ annual meeting.

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Five Questions For … Education Sector’s Sarah Rosenberg, On Teachers, Unions, and Fast-Moving Reforms

Education Sector policy analyst Sarah Rosenberg spoke with EWA about Trending Toward Reform, a national survey that asked more than 1,100 public schoolteachers their thoughts on a variety of areas related to evaluations, compensation and the role of unions. (Rosenberg co-authored the report with Elena Silva, former senior policy analyst at Education Sector who recently joined the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.)

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Knowing Your Sources: Is Disclosure Ever Overkill?

Deadline writing is a tough draw, especially if your copy desk or dugout of intern fact-checkers is over-extended. But what happens when the available sources you rely on to give balance or texture to your article end up having an outsized role in the policy debate on which they’re commenting?

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Does Kindergarten Lead to Higher Crime Rates?

Great explainer from TIME Magazine health writer about how correlation does not equal causation. Her column was inspired by a claim by a New Hampshire state legislator that the state’s mandatory kindergarten led to greater crime rates.

The state legislator’s simplistic use of statistics was pretty easy to refute. But I wonder if journalists should do more of this kind of examination of research claims.

What do you think?

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College for All: Is the White House Moving Too Fast?

Among the many insights in today’s The New York Times article “‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House” was this from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

“Mr. Duncan, in a telephone interview on Thursday, said states that had received waivers, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, would also use a mix of other indicators to evaluate teachers and schools, like how many students actually enrolled in college or took Advanced Placement exams, as well as reviews of teachers by their peers, their students and their principals.”

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Online Tools to Make Your Job Easier as a Reporter

NEC Multispeed EL by Leslie Wong

Whether you’re out to secure your content or bone up on web tools that can improve your journalism, this list of sources and the accompanying brief descriptions should get you started on connecting loose ends and protecting sensitive material from prying digital eyes.

Encryption is your friend: Four easy ways to protect yourself and your sources

As a policy organization or enterprising reporter, you’re likely to store sensitive information on your hard drive. Here are four hints on protecting your output and your sources:

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Five Questions For News Journal Reporter Nichole Dobo, On Digging Online, Tough Interviews, And Being Prepared

Nichole Dobo, education reporter for the (Del.) News Journal, broke big news this week when she determined a charter school principal was claiming academic credentials that hadn’t been earned from an accredited institution. Dobo spoke with EWA about computer-assisted reporting, preparing for tough interviews, and how reaching out to colleagues can help.