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October 18, 2014

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The State of QM
A Fantastic Voyage: The 6th Annual QM Conference
iNACOL Online and Blended Learning Symposium
Celebrate National Distance Learning Week
Blended Learning Success Survey
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K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online Workshop

If your district is moving toward online or blended learning, we can help! The K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop, facilitated by online teaching experts, is a two-week window into the the basics of teaching online. The workshop emphasizes teacher and learner roles in the online classroom and why it’s important to properly orient learners in an online course. You’ll also learn to identify best practices in online teaching and important differences between face-to-face and online learning.

 

You can register for the next K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop, which begins November 11. It is $175 for subscribers and $225 for non-subscribers.

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Ron Legon Delivers “State of QM” Address at 6th Annual Conference

6th Annual Conference button “Our reputation in and engagement with the K-12 community is gaining momentum with subscriptions and QM activities in 21 states,” said QM Executive Director Ron Legon, Ph.D., during his State of QM address at the 6th Annual QM Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. QM’s growing community of 850 subscribing institutions – 50 of which have committed to multi-year QM implementation plans – and the 35,000 faculty and other professionals who have taken advantage of QM’s ever-expanding professional development offerings speak to its tremendous growth.

 

Growing public acceptance of online and blended education is evidenced in the increased use of online tools in technology-assisted, blended and fully-online courses.

 

Read more on the State of QM.

A Fantastic Voyage: The 6th Annual QM Conference

cruise-ship2.jpgWe’re pleased you joined us aboard ship at the 6th Annual QM Conference in Baltimore. Thanks to you, the Conference was a success! There was a great sense of camaraderie overall, but most notably amongst our K-12 QM community. We shared best practices in K-12 online learning, touching on both design and delivery. We heard amazing stories from our QM subscribers in the field, and shared conversations which will help us further online learning initiatives as we bring what we learned back to our local school systems. As our K-12 QM contingency grows, we hope to have even more opportunities for sharing, learning and networking with one another next year in San Antonio!

Making a Difference for Students Awards 

Congratulations to the 2014 QM Making a Difference for Students Award winners. The awards recognize the efforts of individuals and institutions exemplifying QM’s focus on student learning.

Outstanding Impact by an Individual: Reba-Anna Lee, Marist College

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(l to r) Christine Voelker, Reba-Anna Lee, Melissa Poole

Outstanding Impact by an Organization: New Mexico State University – Alamogordo

NMSUA QM Award winners

(l to r) Christine Voelker, Melissa Poole, Dr. Ryan Carstens, Sherrell Wheeler, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Dr. Christine Trapp, Gary Bond

Patti Huber, Madison Area Technical College, saw clearly why her time at sea with QM was so valuable.

Jeff Kaplan, Director, Partner Relations, ProctorFree writes that community was an important element of the Conference.

Keith O’Neal, who tweets at @iTeachLipscomb, wrote about all the Twitter activity that occurred at the #qmconf hashtag during the Conference.

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s conference, be sure to check out the keynote address, Conference selfies, and presentations!

We’ll See You at iNACOL’s Online and Blended Learning Symposium

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iNACOL’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium is just three weeks away!

Christine Voelker, QM’s K-12 Program Director, will present two sessions at the Blended and Online Learning Symposium, “Powering Personalized Learning” November 4-7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. The first, “Preparing Teachers for Success in K-12 Online and Blended Contexts: Research from the Field“, is a panel discussion being held 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 5. Panelists will examine the needs of K-12 online/blended teachers as well as strategies for preparation and professional development. The second, “Climbing the Vendor Vine: Finding the Right Online Course Content“, is Thursday, November 6 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m. ET. Chris will discuss third-party online and blended course content and how to ensure it aligns with your course content standards.

The Evergreen Education Group’s 2014 Keeping Pace report, which tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states, will be released at the iNACOL Symposium. The session will feature report highlights, including the latest numbers, graphics, state policy and program trends. QM is honored to be one of the 2014 report’s sponsors.

Visit QM at booth 413 during the Blended Learning Symposium and learn how we can help with online and blended course design and professional development in your district!

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with QM

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We’re excited to celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) beginning Monday, November 10! This year we’re “Helping Learners Be Successful“.

We’ll start the celebration Monday, November 10 with the launch of QM’s eLearning Marketplace. The free, 1/2 hour eLearning Marketplace webinar is at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

The eLearning Marketplace is a free, searchable database for the QM community. You’ll learn to search for and add tools and products you use and might recommend to others.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. eLearning Marketplace webinar being held Monday, November 10.

We’re also offering three low-cost one-hour web conferencing workshops during NDLW. These highly interactive sessions offer opportunities to create takeaways you’ll use right away. Each workshop is $25 for subscribers and $40 for non-subscribers. All times Eastern.

Tuesday, November 11 will feature “Communicating New Policies for Online Learners“, where you’ll create a netiquette policy and an attendance policy, and locate the privacy policy for a tool you’re currently using in your online or blended course.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. session.

Wednesday, November 12 will feature “Helping Learners Track Their Progress“, where you will explore how to add activities to your courses, enabling learners to take ownership of their learning. You’ll create a “practice” activity you can use immediately in your online or blended course.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. session.

On Thursday, November 13, we’ll present “Creating Captioned Videos“, where you’ll explore how to use YouTube and Amara to quickly and easily add closed captioning to videos and animations.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. session.

Join QM as we celebrate the growth and accomplishments in distance education during National Distance Learning Week.

Evergreen Education, Christensen Institute Launch Blended Learning Success Survey
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The Evergreen Education Group and Christensen Institute are launching a project to find and publicize examples of success in blended learning. The short 10- to 15-minute survey, which will remain open until Sunday, October 19, seeks:

  • Examples from regular traditional public schools and districts, not including specialized schools or charter schools.
  • Blended learning implementations that can demonstrate improvements in outcomes based on student achievement as determined by assessments, course grades, or other measures.
  • A range of implementation types, geographic areas, student populations, grade levels, and subject areas.
Read more and join other educators in publicizing examples of student success in blended learning.
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Ron Legon Delivers State of QM Address During 6th Annual Conference

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“Quality Matters is continuing to grow and strengthen its stature as the leading quality assurance resource for online course design,” said Ron Legon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Quality Matters, during the State of QM address delivered during the 6th Annual QM Conference. “Our professional development offerings continue to expand, and have reached
more than 35,000 faculty and academic professionals.”

 

Dr. Legon also pointed to “a steadily increasing number and variety of third-party providers in higher education turning to QM to improve and validate their products” as cause for celebration, considering that “public acceptance of online learning is greater than ever.”
The introduction of a flexible tool, My Custom Reviews

(MyCR) allows schools to combine QM standards with other institutional standards to build unique new rubrics.

 

Read more about the state of QM.

Welcome Back from Your 6th Annual Conference Voyage

Thanks for joining us on the Good Ship QM during the 6th Annual Conference! Thanks to you, the Conference was a success! The camaraderie among the QM community and willingness to share best practices touching on both design and delivery were some of the Conference highlights. We heard amazing stories from QM subscribers and shared conversations that will help us further online learning initiatives as we return to our institutions and organizations. We hope to have more exciting opportunities for sharing, learning and networking next year in San Antonio!

 

Making a Difference for Students Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 Making a Difference for Students Award winners. The awards recognize the efforts of individuals and institutions that exemplify QM’s focus on student learning.

 

Outstanding Impact by an Individual: Reba-Anna Lee, Marist College

QM Award RebaAnnaLee 2014
(l to r) Christine Voelker, Reba-Anna Lee, Melissa Poole

Outstanding Impact by an Organization: New Mexico State University – Alamogordo
NMSUA QM Award winners

(l to r) Christine Voelker, Melissa Poole, Dr. Ryan Carstens, Sherrell Wheeler, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Dr. Christine Trapp, Gary Bond


Patti Huber, Madison Area Technical College, saw clearly why her time at sea with QM was so valuable.
Jeff Kaplan, Director, Partner Relations, ProctorFree writes that community was an important element of the Conference.
Keith O’Neal, who tweets at @iTeachLipscomb, wrote about all the Twitter activity that occurred at the #qmconf hashtag during the Conference.
Don’t forget to take a look at the Conference keynote, presentations and selfie contest entries!

Professional Development Can Improve Your Courses
If you are an educator interested in learning more about online teaching and improving course accessibility, QM’s professional development workshops offer a number of opportunities to do just that. Two-week, online, facilitated workshops are available at convenient times for you. Register now for the following workshops:
Addressing Accessibility workshop icon Addressing Accessibility and Usability (Standard 8) (start date 10/23) provides detailed information about accessibility, usability, readability and how to design courses with all these topics in mind. Information is provided on Universal Design for Learning, challenges learners may encounter, creating accessible content and designing courses that can be easily navigated.

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Connecting Learner Objectives and Assessments (Standards 2 & 3) (start date 10/30) helps participants draw connections between learning objectives and the assessments that measure those learning objectives. You’ll also receive tools that will help you make those connections more apparent to students.

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with QM 
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We’re excited to celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) beginning Monday, November 10! This year we’re Helping Learners Be Successful.
We’re kicking off the week by introducing the all-new eLearning Marketplace with a free webinar on Monday, November 10. The 1/2 hour webinar is at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.
The eLearning Marketplace is a free, searchable database for the QM community. You’ll learn how to search for and add tools and products you use and might recommend to others.
Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET eLearning Marketplace webinar.
We’re also offering three low-cost one-hour web conferencing workshops during NDLW. These highly interactive sessions offer opportunities to create takeaways you’ll use right away. Each of the three workshops is $25 for subscribers and $40 for non-subscribers.

 

Tuesday, November 11 will feature “Communicating New Policies for Online Learners“, where you will create a netiquette policy and an attendance policy, and locate the privacy policy for a tool you’re currently using in your online or blended course.

Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET session.

Wednesday, November 12 will feature “Helping Learners Track Their Progress“, where you will explore how to add activities to your courses, enabling learners to take ownership of their learning. You’ll create a “practice” activity you can use immediately in your online or blended course.

Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET session.
On Thursday, November 13, we’ll present “Creating Captioned Videos“, where you’ll explore how to use YouTube and Amara to quickly and easily add closed captioning to videos and animations.
Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET session.
Join us as we celebrate the growth and accomplishments in distance education during NDLW November 10-14!

Southeast Missouri State University to Require QM Certification for Online Courses

Southeast Missouri State University logoSoutheast Missouri State University will now require its online courses to be QM-Certified, according to a statement released by the university.

 

Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Regents affirmed a schedule that calls for its Wintersession 2016 (December 2015) and online Summer 2016 courses to be QM-Certified. All online courses from Wintersession 2017 (December 2016) forward must be QM-Certified.

 

“Our goal is to only have internally Quality Matters-reviewed courses offered during Wintersession 2016, and that all online courses from December 2016 forward will be Quality Matters reviewed,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, President, Southeast Missouri State University. “We are confident we can achieve this academic program quality goal.”

 

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In This Issue
Ron Legon Reports on the State of QM
Southeast Missouri State to Require QM Certification
Improve Course Quality with Professional Development
Celebrate National Distance Learning Week
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Making Quality Happen Through a QM Internal Review Process
QM Success Stories webinars are designed exclusively for subscribers and presented by your colleagues. These free webinars offer participants unique opportunities to hear subscribers discuss QM implementation and course design that meets QM Standards.
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(clockwise below beginning top left) Sherrell Wheeler, Rob Klinger, Kathy Roark-Diehl and Gary Bond, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo will present “Making Quality Happen Through A QM Internal Review ProcessThursday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Register for the “Making Quality Happen” webinar.
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The next webinar in the QM Success Stories series is Tuesday, November 18 and will be facilitated by Diana Schwerha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Russ College of Engineering, Ohio University.
Join your colleagues at the next QM Success Stories webinar and learn how QM helped their institutions.
Deb Adair to Present “Virtually the Same, but Worlds Apart” at Wright State University
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Deb Adair, Ph.D., Quality Matters’ Managing Director and Chief Planning Officer, will present “Virtually the Same, but Worlds Apart” beginning at 9 a.m. at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Wednesday, November 5. Part of the Women in Business Networking’s (WiBN) Winstitute Leadership Series, Dr. Adair will share her secrets of leading a global workforce in a hyper-connected world. The event is $35 for Better Business Bureau-Accredited Businesses and Charities and WiBN members and $45 for non-members.
Don’t Forget to Complete the Rubric Update

The online Rubric Update is available for free to the QM community. It explains the differences between the 2011-13 Rubric and the Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014. Registration is required. You can register for the Rubric Update using your MyQM login.

  1. Log in to MyQM
  2. Select the Higher Education tab
  3. Select the “Workshop – Register” menu
  4. Select “Register for Rubric Update

If you hold a role with Quality Matters, including Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, or Certified Facilitator, you will have to complete the Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 to maintain your role.

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October 17, 2014

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The Hechinger Report
Teacher Valyncia O. Hawkins knew she needed extra time with students who arrived in her classroom behind grade level, but slowing down the whole class risked boring the more advanced students. But even after 20 years as a teacher, Hawkins still didn’t…
Christensen Institute
Today, a growing number of schools across the United States and around the world are starting to experiment with blended learning. Leaders at these schools recognize how blended learning can help them personalize instruction in order to meet their…
Campus Technology
In the past two years, Southern New Hampshire University has increased its online course offerings by 67 percent and more than tripled its enrollment, making it the fastest growing not-for-profit online educator in the country. Just how has SNHU…
CompetencyWorks
To ensure equity in new learning models that are competency-based, holding all students to the same high academic standards is critical. Giving students choices and agency on how, when, where they learn is key – so that students have access to…
Blend My Learning
School administrators are not expected to predict the future, but they are expected to be prepared for it. Without discernment and a game plan ready to go at all times, a principal leaves herself vulnerable to making hasty, and therefore uninformed…
Next Generation Learning Challenges
A couple of years ago, I realized that Utah (yes, Utah) had the potential to become a significant education innovation hub. The state had two highly regarded instructional design/learning sciences graduate programs, a forward-leaning state superintendent…
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Unified school board on Thursday officially accepted the resignation of Supt. John Deasy and voted to appoint his predecessor, Ramon Cortines, to fill the post on an interim basis. The board voted 6 to 1 to ratify Deasy’s separation…
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The current system of preparing U.S. schools and system leaders is broken. Candidates self-identify, pay for required degrees often made up of random coursework, and don’t benefit from jobs that develop relevant leadership skills…
The Hechinger Report
With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District’s school superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is…
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I recently had the opportunity to visit Van Meter School in Van Meter, Iowa with Sandra Dop, Consultant for 21st Century Skills at the Iowa Department of Education and facilitator of the Iowa Competency-based Education (CBE) Collaborative. Two faculty…
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Massachusetts’ innovation economy is a well-recognized engine for economic growth in the Commonwealth. Its higher ed sector is world renowned, and its K-12 school system leads the United States in student outcomes. Education curriculum and program…
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If you texted me last Thursday, you probably didn’t hear back for a while. That goes for emails as well; they piled up in my inbox like Tetris blocks, both constantly and faster all the time. Please accept my apologies for the neglect. I was busy collaborating. As I…
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Designing the classroom of the future is no easy task, mostly because it’s difficult to know what the future will look like. As little as five years ago, few could have predicted the ubiquity of tablets and their accompanying need for more and more WiFi…
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I wasn’t allowed to watch The Simpsons when I was growing-up because my mom used to tell me that Bart was a bad boy, so the few episodes I managed to sneak in have stayed with me for a long time. There is one memorable episode, in particular…
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It was no surprise to recently read Ed Week’s look-back post about the absence of smart education technology planning in 1989. According to an article from Ed Week’s archives, a survey that year of 773 districts with 10,000 students or more showed…
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In recent years, a succession of new educational models have been held up as the future of higher education. The next-generation university, we are told, will be built around flipped classrooms. Or competency-based education. Or, perhaps, clicks will…
Iowa State Daily
As enrollment numbers continue to climb, Iowa State has seen a rapid increase in the demand for online instruction both on and off campus, according to Ralph Napolitano, associate director for online learning for the Center for Excellence in Learning and…
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News from AFT Higher Education, October 2014

This isn’t specifically related to K-12 online learning, but the item discussing and linking in The Nation series on “defending public education against neo-liberal reform” is quite interesting and applicable…

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A sign of hope for adjunct faculty at Temple

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The United Academics of Philadelphia, AFT Local 9608, has announced the ‎launch of a card campaign among the more than 1,000 faculty who teach on ‎a contingent basis at Temple University. UAP is a union dedicated to making ‎higher education careers sustainable for the 15,000 adjunct professors ‎teaching in Philadelphia-area colleges. For faculty like Linda Lee, progress at ‎Temple would make a big difference. She is teaching this semester at ‎Temple and three other area colleges, Cabrini College, Philadelphia ‎University and Rowan University (in New Jersey). For adjuncts, “Temple is ‎one our favorite places,” she says. Still, the university just raised its credit-‎hour rate to $1,300 this year for the first time since 2010, the last time ‎adjuncts had an organizing campaign. “If we can improve teaching and ‎learning conditions for adjuncts at Temple, that will have an effect at the ‎other colleges where we teach.”‎Read more about the campaign on the AFT Higher Ed blog

Turning up the heat to reverse climate change

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Hundreds of AFT members were among the 310,000 trade unionists ‎and faith, labor, social justice, youth and environmental groups to ‎converge on New York City Sept. 21 for the People’s Climate March. ‎Held just before the United Nations Climate Summit and the biggest of ‎‎160 rallies held around the world, the march attracted three times ‎the number of participants predicted. AFT members from ‎Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and elsewhere wore ‎blue shirts emblazoned with “Climate Justice” and held signs reading ‎‎“Climate change is real. Teach Science.” At a pre-march labor rally, ‎many speakers invoked Superstorm Sandy, describing the shock, loss ‎and heartbreak of a natural disaster that was a climate change ‎wakeup call.‎
Read more about the march on AFT.org

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Defending education against neoliberal reform

Progressive educators and parents have been highly critical of the school reform ‎agenda that prescribes standardized testing and charter schools as a response to ‎the crisis of inequality in America. The Nation’s Oct. 13 issue is devoted to “Saving ‎Public Schools,” and features articles by AFTers Michael Fabricant (“What It Takes ‎to Unite Teachers Unions and Communities of Color”) and Gordon Lafer (“What ‎Happens When Your Teacher Is a Video Game”). The Nation also sponsored a ‎panel presentation, “What’s Next for Public Schools?”, moderated by MSNBC’s ‎Chris Hayes, with AFT President Randi Weingarten, best-selling author Dana ‎Goldstein and New York University professor Pedro Noguera.‎

Watch the panel presentation

City College takes heart from ruling

In just a few weeks, the case San Francisco Attorney General Dennis ‎Herrera has brought against the Accrediting Commission for ‎Community and Junior Colleges goes to trial, despite ACCJC efforts to ‎thwart the process. Herrera is suing the commission for withdrawing ‎accreditation from the City College of San Francisco, charging that the ‎accreditors’ work was corrupted by conflicts of interest and failure to ‎follow its own and federal rules. AFT Local 2121, representing staff ‎and faculty at City College, had raised the same charges in an earlier ‎suit. In a summary judgment hearing on Sept. 10, the ACCJC argued it ‎could not be tried under California law because it was not a business. ‎The judge was having none of it. Stay tuned for the case to come to ‎trial on Oct. 27.‎

Read the California Federation of Teachers statement

Alaska unions shame board over CEO bonus

Teach ScienceAfter the University of Alaska Board of Regents awarded an ‎underperforming university president a $320,000 retention bonus in ‎his new contract, faculty, staff and students at the university rose up ‎in outrage. In his four years, the president has overseen annual ‎budget cuts, layoffs and hiring freezes that impaired everyday ‎operations, cuts in services to students, increased student fees and a ‎current deficit of $26 million. Members of the United Academics ‎AAUP-AFT, the UA Federation of Teachers, the Alaska Public ‎Employees Association/AFT and the Alaska AFL-CIO were ‎instrumental in raising community awareness, mounting a petition, ‎writing letters to the editor and demonstrating outside the campus. In ‎a special meeting, the board rescinded the bonus three months after ‎offering it.‎

Get the inspiring details here

Read the UA president’s op-ed in the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer

 

An elegant student loan repayment tool

The U.S. Department of Education has a bare-bones, online tool called the “repayment estimator” to ‎help holders of federal student loans estimate their loan payments under each repayment plan. ‎But if you want to explore more options—such as the long-term effect different career ‎choices will have on your payments—check out the elegant tool education reporter ‎Libby Nelson created for the digital news service Vox. ‎

The truth about Teach for America

USAS TFA tourCollege students at some of Teach for America’s primary recruiting grounds are escalating a ‎campaign to force TFA to be truthful about its work or get off their campus. Working with United ‎Students Against Sweatshops and nearby AFT locals, students at Harvard, Eastern Michigan, ‎Vanderbilt and Macalester are hosting TFA alumni who are part of a “truth tour” exposing how TFA is ‎undermining the teaching profession and public education. The students are demanding that their ‎administrations stop collaborating with the program unless TFA makes three changes immediately: ‎only send teachers to areas in which there is a teaching shortage, provide corps members more ‎education and training, and cut ties with corporations the students deem socially unjust, like Exxon ‎Mobil and JP Morgan Chase.‎

Learn what’s behind the TFA Truth Tour

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Hope for Temple adjuncts

Turning up the heat on climate change

City College wins one in court

Alaska unions shame CEO

The truth about Teach for America

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