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KIS becomes a member of UNESCO, a United Nations Agency

November 19, 2018
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Key of Education International School is now a member of the prestige United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, based in Paris. UNESCO’s declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by …

KIS is Launching a New Campus in 2019/2020 Academic Year

November 8, 2018
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In its goal of accommodating more students in its school and provide them with state-of-the-art educational facilities, key of education international school is launching an entirely new campus on 22,000 acres in 2019/2020 academic year. The new campus is reaching …

Local Partnerships May Ease Teacher Shortages, CAP Says

November 7, 2018
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A new report from the Center of American Progress takes a closer look at the teacher shortage issue occurring across the United States and offers a series of recommendations for how to better handle the situation.
The report, “Educator Pipeline at Risk: Teacher Labor Markets After the Great Recession,” suggests that, as was seen in the fall of 2015, the United States is dealing with a shortage of teachers in classrooms across the country. While some say the shortage is a result of poor planning, the recovering economy, or high teacher attrition rates as a result of low teacher morale from new education reforms, the authors state that little empirical evidence is available to pinpoint a cause.
However, the US Department of Education reports that teacher preparation programs, both traditional and those that offer alternative certificate pathways, are producing enough teachers to meet the demand across the nation. It is estimated that this will contin..

Holcomb Proposes to Build on Pence’s Ed Reforms in Indiana

November 7, 2018
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Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, now also the Republican candidate for governor of the state, explained his education plan that continues many of the initiatives of Gov. Mike Pence and will broaden others, writes Tony Cook for USA Today.
When Pence left to become Donald Trump’s running mate, Holcomb announced his plan for expanded state-funded pre-K education for children from low-income families, providing incentives to quality educators, and guarding Republican plans to expand Indiana’s private school voucher program and increase charter schools.
In a speech before the Indiana School Board Association conference at the Indiana Convention Center, Holcomb said he wants to shorten the state’s K-12 standardized testing system, align schools’ curricula with the needs of the state’s employers, and continue the A-F school assessment ratings while making them more transparent.
“This plan is meant to be much more than words on paper,” he said. “This plan is my to-do list. It’s a..

Rapper Common Performs at New York Charter School Rally

November 7, 2018
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Thousands of parents, students, and educators were in attendance at a pro-charter school rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park earlier in the week, where they were treated to a performance by rapper Common.
The rally, organized by the Families for Excellent Schools, was put together in an effort to push New York City to increase its public charter school sector. The group is asking that it double in size to reach 200,000 students by 2020. Organizer Yvonne Guillen said that around 60,000 students were enrolled in charter schools around four years ago, and has since grown to 100,000.
It is estimated that 25,000 school teachers, parents, and students from all five boroughs came together for the two hour #PathtoPossible rally and march.
“It’s just to incredible that we got so many of our families and, we don’t really communicate so much with all of the schools,” teacher Jackie Lenoff said. “But that all of us were able to gather, so many people, it’s re..

Question Re-Use Plagues New SAT Exam as Coleman Responds

November 7, 2018
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The maker of the SAT has recently announced plans to streamline the math questions used on the exams, in addition to reducing the reuse of the exams in an effort to decrease instances of cheating.
David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, said that the company plans to simplify the word problems included in the new SAT’s math section. This was decided directly after a Reuters report was released stating that the math problems included in the new test are wordier than necessary.
“We are going to do everything we can to further simplify the mathematics section. Using superfluous words is superfluous,” he said, later adding, “Every extra word should go. Complex, distracting situations should go.”
Coleman went on to say that the College Board is considering reducing the number of times that SAT questions are used in multiple exams. According to articles written previously in the year by Reuters, test preparation companies in Asia have been f..

LinkedIn Learning Debuts Over 9,000 Online Courses

November 7, 2018
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Popular career-focused social media site LinkedIn has released LinkedIn Learning, an online learning website devoted to teaching people new career skills and helping businesses train their employees.
LinkedIn Learning, which launched on September 23, has more than 9,000 courses in subjects like programming skills, writing, and accounting. An average of 25 courses are expected to be released each week.
In April of 2015, LinkedIn bought popular video-based education company Lynda.com for $1.5 billion. According to the company’s CEO Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s goal for the acquisition was to bring job seekers closer to their career goals, reports Anthony Spadafora of IT Pro Portal.
LinkedIn Learning is built on three core pillars: world-class content, data-driven personalization, and anytime anywhere convenience. Topics are divided into the categories of Business, Creative, and Technology.
Users can select courses themselves based on LinkedIn’s recommen..

Judge Orders Restroom Access for Ohio Transgender Student

November 7, 2018
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The Highland Local Schools in Morrow County, Ohio challenged President Obama’s transgender bathroom rule this week as a federal judge rejected the move and ordered that the male student who identifies as female be treated “like the girl she is.”
According to Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press, Judge Algernon Marbley said the district did not offer a persuasive argument that the student’s access to the girls’ restroom would imperil fellow students’ safety or privacy. Judge Marbley added that Highland was to use the appropriate female name and gender pronouns when referring to the 11-year-old student.
“(S)chool districts that have encountered these very issues have been able to integrate transgender students fully into the academic and social community without disruption, and certainly without the doomsday scenarios Highland predicts, such as sexual predators entering an elementary-school restroom,” he wrote.
He pointed out that there was no ev..

Remedial Education Too Common and Costly, Report Says

November 7, 2018
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A recently released report from the Center for American Progress has examined the remedial education system currently in place in the United States, calling it a “black hole” from which students are unlikely to pull themselves out of.
The report, “Remedial Education: The Cost of Catching Up,” states that millions of students enroll in college each year across the country and discover that they need to take remedial education courses. Teaching students what they should have learned in high school, these courses do not count toward a degree program, but still come with a financial price tag. Estimates suggest the courses are costing students and their families in all 50 states close to $1.3 billion each year.
The authors say that students who enroll in these courses are less likely to graduate.
“I felt the remedial courses were a waste of time. … If I was taught and learned how to think more critically and pushed to achieve more or reach higher stand..

California’s Brown Signs Bill to Increase Computer Science Education

November 7, 2018
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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will implement a three-year planning process to increase computer science education across all grade levels in public schools throughout the state.
Assembly Bill 2329 will require State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to put together a 23-person advisory panel by September 2017, which will be put in charge of the creation of a long-term plan that will make computer science education a top priority within California.
Depending on what the panel finds, the Instructional Quality Commission in the state will have until July 2019 to develop computer science content standards for kindergarten through 12th grade which will then be recommended to the State Board of Education. It is up to the Instructional Quality Commission to offer advice to the State Board on curriculum and instruction, writes Mike Burkholder for East County Today.
With information technology becoming one..