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Studious friends and roommates might lead to higher grades in college

Hechinger Report - November 12, 2018 4933

Choose your friends wisely may not only be good parental advice but also a way to do better in college, a research study finds. A trio of researchers put that advice to the test at Berea College, a small liberal arts school in Kentucky, by looking at how much friends actually influence study habits and […]


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As states push for new ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

Hechinger Report - October 30, 2018 4225

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The already converted policymakers, school leaders and teachers ready to transform traditional schooling came to this annual conference last week from around the world to share a common refrain: Out with the old. New ways of teaching and learning are needed to make sure students prove they’ve mastered topics before earning a diploma, […]


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Announcing the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications

The Scholarly Kitchen - October 12, 2018 3224

Last week saw the official launch of the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) - a collaboration between 10 industry organizations led by SSP. Learn why this group is needed and what its priorities are in this post by Alice Meadows


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Kirabo Jackson: Teachers’ Influence on Student Behavior Matters More Than Test Scores | Diane Ravitch's blog

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - November 10, 2018 2986

A site to discuss better education for all « » // Kirabo Jackson, an economist at Northwestern University, uses data to demonstrate what most of us know. Teachers have a big impact on student behavior. Get this: VAM was rewarding the wrong teachers. Not the ones who changed students’ lives, but the ones that raised scores. Get this: Race to the Top favored the latter (the test score raisers) and fired the ones who made the biggest difference. Get this: Schools were closed based on the wrong criteria. Get this: Federal law prioritizes the wrong things.