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Monthly Archives: February, 2013

February 26th, 2013

Rudi Lewis, COO, Silverback Learning Solutions  New study gives insights to help foster students’ love of learning Editor’s Note: Here on Silverback Central, we enjoy posting what we feel are compelling issues facing educators today and as they prepare to educate in the future (with our two cents thrown in, of course.)  As always, we appreciate your discussion and comments, so please feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below. Our focus…   Read…

February 22nd, 2013

The Silverback Team The Washington Post reports that “…schools across the country are sending out pink slips as they brace for the possibility of deep federal budget cuts that could take effect next week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday.” Read the whole story here http://wapo.st/Wfmrgr  

February 21st, 2013

Aaron Pallas Is this how we should be evaluating teachers and students? We don’t think so. What do you think? Let us know. This article was originally published by EducationViews.org on May 16, 2012 and was written by Aaron Pallas. For 10 months, Carolyn Abbott waited for the other shoe to drop. In April 2011, Abbott, who teaches mathematics to seventh- and eighth-graders at the Anderson School, a citywide gifted-and-talented school on the Upper West…   Read…

February 20th, 2013

Michele McNeil, EdWeek This was posted on EdWeek’s K12 Blog on February 19, 2013. Our take-home on the findings from the Equity and Excellence Commission’s report is simply that without the support of those who govern at the federal, state and local levels many of the recommendations found within will be difficult or even impossible to enact. Consistent funding, a belief in the long-term designs of the programs enacted, and trusting those who educate our young to…   Read…

February 13th, 2013

David L. Kirp The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools by David L. Kirp, published on February 9, 2013,  in the New York Times, is a breath of fresh air in the ongoing and sometimes mind-numbing debate over K12 education reform.  The solution? Not the next, best shiny app. We found ourselves nodding yes to this opinion piece and agreeing that nothing replaces early childhood education, the skills of good teachers and principals, and the personalization of…   Read…

February 11th, 2013

By: Motoko Rich This article by education reporter Motoko Rich was first published in the online edition of the New York Times on February 9, 2013. As educators we are following this story closely. How should the federal government hold states accountable for students’ academic progress? Should the federal government set education parameters for the states or should states have more flexibility to determine their own standards? As Congress contemplates rewriting No Child Left Behind, President…   Read…

February 8th, 2013

By Cameron Brenchley, U.S. Dept. of Education Arne Duncan testified yesterday in a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on ESEA flexibility. States and their schools are breaking free from the restrictions of No Child Left Behind and pursuing new and better ways to prepare and protect all students, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a Senate committee Thursday. In a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Duncan…   Read…

February 6th, 2013

Rudi Lewis Silverback Learning Solutions COO, Rudi Lewis, was recently included in the GetIdeas.org Thought Leaders Series with this post. Personalized learning is in the spotlight around the globe, as vendors race to be known as THE personalized learning solution.  But teaching to the needs of each student won’t happen through a magic product — it will require a synergy of tools and open resources that fit together for mass personalization, combined with teaching professionals who readily accept these tools because…   Read…

February 5th, 2013

Guest Blogger Mallory Moser Editor’s Note: This is a re-post from Nextgenlearning.org. Gooru (www.goorulearning.org) is a free search engine for learning that allows teachers and students to search for, share, study and organize learning resources. Gooru was among 19 organizations that received grant funding as part of NGLC’s “Building Blocks for College Readiness” funding wave. In this guest post, they share “lessons learned” from their time as an NGLC grantee. 2012 was an exciting second year…   Read…