At a time when we are asking school districts to do more and more with less and less, how do we maximize the resources and opportunities we currently have? While many folks may see online learning in K-12 as a great idea, but one they aren’t willing to fully embrace in practice, Chicago Public Schools is showing us how online learning can be effectively used.
Last week, Eduflack opined on Businessweek’s efforts to put some meaning around the topic of college degrees and return on investment. The discussion led me to wonder if we are looking at the right roadmarkers in determining ROI (and whether we are even looking at the right institutions when we do it).
So over at edReformer, I have a new post on the need to broaden our view on higher ed ROI. You can read the full post here. And while you are at it, check out some of the other posts over at edReformer. There are some interesting discussions happening over there.
Last week, Eduflack wrote about recent efforts by Congress to provide some needed funding for teachers’ jobs by cutting funding for many of the education reforms, like Race to the Top, just enacted or increased last year. Today, I’ve got some additional thoughts on the matter over at edReformer. In this post, I ask whether we really should be sacrificing school improvement for a year of teachers’ salaries, and if we do, who ultimately pays the price?
Your favorite Eduflack has another guestblog over at edReformer. The topic: disintermediation. At last week’s Education Writers Association conference, there was a great deal of talk of disintermediation, which carries the applicable definition of cutting the educaiton media out of the ed policy debate by focusing on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other direct and unfiltered ways to deliver information to key stakeholder audiences.
If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a new education social networking site on the block — edReformer. Brought to us by Vander Ark/Ratcliff and originally incubated by New Schools Venture Fund, edReformer describes itself as “a community of advocates, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors seeking to improve student learning worldwide” and “as a catalyst for innovation in the education sector by encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting public and private investment in new learning tools, schools, and platforms.”