CJ Looking forward to my first Southeastern Okla*homa State University Homecoming, as a new Assistant Professor.
"Could three-day weekends help school districts cut costs without undermining student learning? A new study suggests it’s possible.
Researchers from Georgia State University and Montana State University found that elementary school students who spent an extra day out of the classroom had higher test scores in math than those with standard academic schedules.
Published in the journal Education, Finance, and Policy, the study compared the academic performance of children who attended traditional, five-day schools with kids who had four-day school weeks. Using fourth-grade reading and fifth-grade math test scores from the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), researchers found that the four-day week did not affect reading outcomes—but that it did have a “statistically significant impact” on mathematics."
"A nonprofit that helps teachers come up with funding for technology purchases wants to help schools with their 1-to-1 planning. Digital Wish is taking applications through the summer from elementary and middle schools to provide technical support grants to get their device programs off the ground. The grants are available to public, charter and non-profit independent schools.
Digital Wish said it has worked with 28 schools to help implement their 1-to-1 programs. Recipients of the latest grants will work with the organization's advisors to develop a technology plan, assess equipment needs and map out budgeting and finance options for their schools. The result will be a 1-to-1 implementation plan that includes IT curriculum and training, financing options and guidance for sustaining the program..."
"For an exclusive CNNMoney list, research firm Universum Global surveyed business students at colleges around the world to see where they most want to work..."
"In some cases, email’s instantaneous nature can be more of a curse than a blessing. Sometimes you fire off a missive only to realize you spelled the recipient’s name wrong, or sent it to the wrong John Brown, or maybe shouldn’t have been emailing that ex in the first place. The feeling is one of lightning-fast dread. You can’t catch up to the e-equivalent of a mailman and demand to have your correspondence back—it’s already landed in someone’s inbox.
Which is why Gmail’s “undo” feature can be such a lifesaver. Long relegated to the email service’s beta tested functions, the “I didn’t mean to hit send!” button has finally made it into Gmail’s official canon of correspondence resources. Instead of searching through the annals of Gmail Labs, it’s now available in the General tab of your email settings."
DML Conference - Equity by Design 2015, "Youth Making Change-Putting Equity into Practice" w/Sengeh, Hatley, Debora
"Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, said it will invest $125 million in startups run by women and minorities. The fund will be run by Intel Capital and is additional to the $300 million the company has promised to spend on making its workforce more representative of the U.S. population in terms of gender and ethnicity..."
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed a number of education bills designed to promote early learning and literacy, improve teacher evaluations, and other items.
One closely watched piece of legislation, Senate Bill 630, was signed today. SB 630 extends for three years the use of reading teams meant to evaluate student literacy levels under the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA). It also begins the use of reading sufficiency teams earlier, in the first grade, to identify children who are struggling to read at grade-appropriate level. Previously, the use of reading teams began in the third grade.
The RSA is designed to ensure that children are able to read at grade-appropriate level before they reach the fourth grade. The RSA uses standardized tests to evaluate student reading performance. SB 630 raises the bar for student literacy, now requiring test scores of “proficient,” rather than just “limited knowledge” for student advancement to fourth grade. If a student does not score “proficient,” reading teams continued under SB 630 are able to advance students to the fourth grade under “probationary promotion” if the decision to do so is unanimous. The reading teams, officially designated as Student Reading Proficiency Teams (SRPT), would include a child’s parent or guardian, current teacher, future teacher and reading specialist. Principals and their district superintendent would then review and approve each reading team recommendation.
Fallin said that emphasizing reading skills is one of the best way to improve performance and learning beyond the third grade...