War on the Common Core Continues

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. If a group of Michigan legislators have their way, Michigan’s adoption of common standards will end. Senate Bill 826, which was referred to the Michigan Senate by the Senate Education Committee on April 26, and House Bill 5444 would both repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as …

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Technology to Improve Social and Emotional Learning

Education reformers have long seen the potential of technology to transform education by making teachers’ work more efficient, giving students access to more information faster, and by creating opportunities for new instructional techniques. Recently, the World Economic Forum-a group of political, business, and media elites who gather annually in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the global …

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Do Learning Styles Exist?

  Over the last 50 years, the concept of learning styles, the theory that different people learn best when information is presented to them in a particular manner, has become widely popular in the field of education. Many resources can be found extolling the importance of considering learning styles in instruction, offering learning style assessments, …

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Michigan Adopts New Science Standards

On November 10, Michigan’s State Board of Education voted to adopt a new set of science curricular standards. By and large, these new standards are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a set of curriculum standards designed to promote a conceptual understanding of science knowledge and the skills that scientists use. This follows a trend …

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Michigan Program Shows Hope For Struggling Schools

A recently released report by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has promising findings for improving the climate and student outcomes in struggling high schools. Schools that participated in Michigan’s think.respect. program saw higher graduation rates, measurable increases in school safety and decreases in bullying, and higher levels of student achievement. The program was funded …

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Is Michigan Turning Away Good Teachers?

In late 2013, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced changes to the examination prospective teachers are required to pass in order to obtain a Michigan teaching certificate. Specifically, the difficulty of the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE), which is considered a test of the basic skills a teacher needs to be effective, was set at …

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