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December 6, 2017
New York’s free-college program comes with a big catch: Students who fall off track risk losing their scholarships
One early sign of the program’s effectiveness will be whether students can keep up with their classwork.
July 18, 2017
My high school told me to apply to 100 colleges — and I almost lost myself in the process
"High schools have become obsessed with million-dollar scholars, and it’s hurting students," says Anisah Karim of Memphis.
November 2, 2016
Which Indiana colleges have well-paid grads? A new tool for applicants has answers
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently rolled out a new college information system called the Indiana College Value Index.
July 6, 2016
Without ‘grit’ or ‘no excuses,’ how one charter high school is preparing to send high-needs students to college
With their vision newly approved, the founders of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School join a growing number of charter school leaders branching out into high school.
Show me the money
June 13, 2016
Was that college degree worth it? New online tool helps Colorado students find out
A new online tool allows Colorado students to find out how much their future career pays (or doesn't.)
April 11, 2016
How one program is using frank conversations to help students choose the best college
OneGoal, which is now in eight New York City schools, recruits educators to teach a course on how to apply to college and make the transition to a new environment.
January 17, 2014
Obama spotlights Manhattan student in college speech
President Obama was nearing the end of a speech about college opportunity Thursday when he called attention to a student in the audience,…
February 2, 2012
College Goal Sunday aims for academic touchdown
Gov. Hickenlooper proclaimed Feb. 12 the sixth annual College Goal Sunday, a day when Colorado residents can receive free help filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. Find out about all the free events across Colorado here.
May 24, 2011
Against the grain, a DOE employee advises on leaving school
Lisa Nielsen: Students should be free to opt out of school. The city Department of Education has adopted a laser-like focus on sending its graduates to college. But that doesn't mean all of its employees are on board. Lisa Nielsen, who works in the DOE's office of educational technology, is advancing the idea that not only is college not for everyone, neither is high school. In the Community section today, Nielsen explains why she put together a guide to help teenagers figure out how to "opt out" of high school and continue learning and developing on their own. She writes: Despite outdated constraints involving issues like seat time, student funding, and resource allocation, we are making progress toward bringing more personalized and engaging learning opportunities to students through a handful of efforts, such as the iSchool and the Innovation Zone. But while students are doing better in a more innovative climate, ultimately we are just using updated tools to meet narrow and outdated measures on which our students, teachers, and school leaders are judged. It is not enough to personalize learning for everyone to go down the same path — to college, without consideration of what comes next. Instead, schools need to embrace the many alternatives to the traditional college route that would better meet the needs of many learners today. What is missing at the DOE is the important work of letting students discover, define, and develop their own passions, talents, and interests and determine personalized, meaningful, and authentic measures of success. Nielsen, who writes the blog The Innovative Educator, told me she hears frequently from teachers who say they fear they are boring students by teaching a test-driven curriculum. But when she tries to talk about the issue with other administrators at the DOE, she told me, it's usually dismissed.
May 24, 2011
Find out where your school's grads go to college
Where do Colorado's public high school graduates go after they cross the commencement stage? Find out in this easy-to-search database.
February 11, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
School bus advertising; LA Times teacher rankings questioned; More male elementary teachers in Colo.; no further cuts to K-12 funding in Colo.; Teacher tenure bill fails in Wyo.; Boulder Valley makes small gains in minority teachers; Rhee scrutinized.
January 21, 2011
Week of 1/17/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
New and improved School Finder in Denver, teacher training - by students, new program for struggling readers, Aurora delays shift in grad requirements, teachers learn online techniques, Colo. gets mixed reviews in Quality Counts, DPS budget boost, and more!
January 5, 2011
Find your district's education level
Check out this nifty searchable database on our sister site, Education News Colorado. All you have to do is click in the box to pull up the education levels of adults aged 25 and older residing in your school district.
February 9, 2009
"Focus on real tests," and other advice to President Obama
John Merrow has been collecting advice for President Obama on education. The latest additions are real audio from students, including this Texas high school…
November 25, 2008
The college tour, elementary edition
I’ve been on a few college tours with middle schools kids over the years, and what sixth graders notice isn’t that different from what one…
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