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The DOE’s Guide to Allowing Online Access in Schools

Last month, the Department of Education released its 124-page, information-packed National Education Technology Plan. I spoke with Karen Cator, the Director of the Office of Educational Technology, about the reality of implementing some of these guidlines into the existing public education system. Her answers were direct, forthright, and sensible. It’s apparent that the authors spent … Continue reading The DOE’s Guide to Allowing Online Access in Schools →

How to Save America’s Education System, the DOE’s Step-by-Step Plan

“To achieve our goal of transforming American education, we must rethink basic assumptions and redesign our education system.” It’s a bold and broad statement, but it’s backed up with specifics in the Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan. With the goal of raising the proportion of college graduates from 41 to 60 percent in … Continue reading How to Save America’s Education System, the DOE’s Step-by-Step Plan →

How Educators Can Help Stop Bullying

Amidst heightened media coverage of cyberbullying, and a quickly spreading YouTube series of videos called It Gets Better, which depicts personal accounts of harassment and support for gays and lesbians (including a message from President Barack Obama himself), the Department of Education sent a 10-page letter to schools reminding them of their responsibilities to protect … Continue reading How Educators Can Help Stop Bullying →

A Little Zing Goes a Long Way

Ifanyi Bell has been a classroom teacher, a filmmaker, and currently develops and produces educational media for web-based, digital asset repositories at KQED. By Ifanyi Bell The U.S. Department of Education just launched an interesting, eye-catching new website, Teach.gov, intended to spearhead the department’s push to support the teaching profession. All it took was a … Continue reading A Little Zing Goes a Long Way →

State School Chief Laments Loss of Federal Funds

In response the announcement that California did not receive any federal funds from the Race to the Top Program, a statement from State Schools’ Chief Jack O’Connell: “I am deeply disappointed that our application was not chosen as a winner in the Race to the Top competition. However, the loss of the funding may slow, … Continue reading State School Chief Laments Loss of Federal Funds →

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