Weekly News Round-Up: 8.15.2014

By Alex Honeysett 08.15.2014 blog

We’re back on air on Monday and can’t wait to see you there! In the meantime, here’s what happening in the education world this week.

OPINION: Ban “Digital” Learning
Earlier this year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Chief Content Officer Mary Cullinane explained why she thought we, as educators, have lost our way. She explained that “[w]e’ve amplified the virtues, necessity, promise, and potential of technology so much that we are perilously close to forgetting what it was all about in the first place: helping teachers to teach and students to learn.”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is our parent company, and we’ve submitted an exciting conversation for next year’s SxSWedu conference. If you’re interested in hearing Mary talk more about this topic, help vote us into the conference here. We appreciate your help!

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core
According to survey results released Thursday by the Education Week Research Center, “teachers are getting steadily more training in the common core, but they’re not feeling much more prepared to teach it.”

Districts’ Budgets Swell to Accommodate Surge in Non-Teaching Staff

“Between 1970 and 2010, the number of employees in the nation’s schools grew by a whopping 84 percent.   At the same time, the number of non-teaching staff members expanded by 130 percent to more than 3 million —or about half of public school districts’ staff.

But who is counted among the “non-teaching” staff?  What do they do? And what has led to the exponential surge in this staffing category at a rate that has outpaced even the growth of teachers and students?” This EdWeek blog explains.

A Periodic Table To Help You Choose The Best Type of Visualization
As this Edudemic article states, “people love visuals.” As you get back into the classroom and begin brainstorming creative ways to help your students digest what you’re teaching them this year, check out this periodic table of some of the best visualizations out there.

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply
In the Edutopia blog, author Homa Tavanfar outlines a “fitness plan for building an empathy muscle.” There’s even a poster!

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