For the love of God, let the students sleep…start school later! – Education Article

Furthermore, the RAND Corporation predicts that later school start times would benefit the economy in just two short years! Yes, they do take into consideration the costs of more buses, bus drivers, and increased lighting of athletic fields. However, they cite the cost-benefit analysis in the positive direction. Many teachers have been investigating the issue of sleep recently. Teachers in the Liverpool Central School District, north of Syracuse, NY, took on sleep for a leadership project. In the following video, they make…

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Are PhDs just cheap labour for universities? | Education

When Karin Bodewits started her PhD in molecular biology at the University of Edinburgh, she felt “excited and privileged, brimming with hope”. Over the following four years, her enthusiasm waned. “That seems like another person in another life,” she recalls. “I saw a world where unreachable glory was the goal and desperation the order of the day.” Bodewits wrote a book about her disillusionment, shedding light on a university system failing to have open conversations about the power plays between…

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The Future of Ofsted Inspections – Education Article

Reading Time: 5 minutes Does vague terminology from Ofsted cause considerable frustration for [parents,] teachers and school leaders? EDSK (Education and Skills), a new think tank has published a new report on the validity of Ofsted grading schools reliably: Since it was created over 25 years ago, Ofsted has not published any research to support the notion that their judgements on schools accurately reflect the quality of education that a school provides. This is my quick-read summary of the report…

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‘It’s about how people can better their lives’: students on why PhDs matter | Education

Social science research is about improving people’s lives. But this objective isn’t always understood. A writing competition launched by the Economic and Social Science Research Council is aiming to highlight the impact that PhD-level social science research has on society in the UK and around the world. Here are excerpts from three shortlisted projects. ‘Rape complainants’ underwear shouldn’t be used as evidence against them’ Rosie Cowan, Queen’s University Belfast An item of underwear recently made headline news in Ireland. The…

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I Assign my Students Homework Despite Scant Research It Does Any Good – Education Article

In academic circles the debate over homework rages on. Does it actually help students learn or does it just cause undue stress and frustration for children and parents? As a teacher and a parent, I see both sides of the issue. In class, I assign my students homework every week – Monday through Thursday. Never on the weekends. My daughter’s teacher does the same. So at home, I’m on the receiving end, spending hours with my little munchkin helping her…

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Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool What makes something innovative? There is no shortage of debate on this topic in the least bit. From articles to blog posts to books, that subject has been covered in great detail. One can look at numerous companies and develop his or her conclusions.  Take Uber and Airbnb for example. Each in their own right came up with a new and…

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University of Essex plans largest ever expansion of staff and students | Education

The University of Essex will recruit 150 new members of staff, amid a spate of planned redundancies and cutbacks at other universities as a result of a shrinking pool of students and political uncertainty. Essex is to create 100 new academic and 50 new professional posts as part of the largest expansion of staff in its 55-year history. The university aims to grow student numbers by 5,000 to reach 20,000 by 2025. Essex was ranked 31st in the Guardian university…

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The Early Career Framework: A Thumbs-Up – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why should we welcome the Early Career Framework (ECF)? I write this blog from the viewpoint of an experienced professional mentor working across all iterations of Initial Teacher Training through to Newly Qualified Teachers and beyond. The ECF is the single most important document to be produced in this area over the duration of my career. The advances in evidence-based education and the use of research by teachers (pioneered through Research Schools) with high-quality CPD has further…

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Research Isn’t Sexy…But You Need It Anyway – Education Article

For some time now Shaelynn Farnsworth and I have been reflecting on our own learning and professional development practices, looking for gaps in instruction and aiming to improve our craft. One of our longest conversations has been around research. In the work we do, we are constantly reading and attempting to understand the research behind the popular instructional movements of today. What we find is that much of the educational research available today isn’t used, isn’t cited, and really isn’t…

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Four quick thoughts for higher education faculty | @mcleod – Education Article

I had the privilege of participating in a conversation today at my university about how (and whether) the digital work done by faculty should count for promotion and tenure. (I also had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes; here are my slides). Here are four thoughts that are spinning around in my brain after a couple of hours of discussion… First, if we publish an article in a traditional journal which happens to post that article online and…

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Visits to English Schools by Amanda Spielman – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Which schools has Amanda Spielman visited since her appointment as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector? On 11th December 2018, I made a Freedom of Information request to Ofsted. I wanted to know which schools Amanda Spielman had visited since her appointment, including what conferences and teacher-training events she has attended on a Saturday. Image credit: The Guardian. Freedom of Information “Dear Ofsted, Please could you advise of the number of visits to early years, primary, secondary state…

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Google Cloud Platform announces new credits program for researchers – Education Article

From Big Data projects like Strayer University’s student support system to AI projects like Carnegie Mellon’s socially aware robot, researchers are discovering that cloud technology can help make academic research cheaper, faster, easier, and more secure. Whether you’re just starting out with a new idea, or validating your work before sharing it with the public, we want to help you advance your new discoveries. That’s why we’re deepening our support for your biggest questions and best guesses through a new…

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Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

My first experience of Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) was spontaneous. It was the beginning of November and so I was wearing a poppy. In Hong Kong, this is not really a tradition. Attaching a paper flower to my shirt was a huge, unintentional provocation! Children of all ages asked me about it as I walked around school. At first, I answered them. I gave them a quick, shallow answer about Remembrance Day that, to be honest, they have probably already…

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Making is in Our DNA – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Making is in Our DNA Making is in Our DNA I have such fond memories of the time I had with both my grandfathers, albeit much too short as one of them was taken from us too soon.  Each of them had such a great fondness for the outdoors, which influenced my decision to pursue degrees in marine environmental science and biology.  William Sheninger, or “Pappy” as we called him, was always outside fixing things and my…

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