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July 26, 2017

Barbour, M. K. (2013). The Landscape Of K-12 Online Learning: Examining What Is… Was Your Top Paper Last Week

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July 25, 2017

Education Week: Teachers’ Union to Take a Critical Look at Online Credit Recovery Programs

This came through my RSS reader a few days ago.  Maybe the NEA will be smart enough not to conduct another media comparison study!

Teachers’ Union to Take a Critical Look at Online Credit Recovery Programs


The nation’s largest teacher’s union is going to take a look at the troubled world of online credit recovery.

The “new business item” was approved at the recent convention of the 3-million member National Education Association. It calls for $31,000 to be spent on a review of “existing research, data, and information about Online Credit Recovery Programs (OCRP) that were recently being used in various school districts across the nation.”

The item was overshadowed by the union’s higher-profile actions and statements (such as the adoption of a new charter-school policy, and the suggestion that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos consider resigning.)

And as my colleague (and longtime union-watcher) Stephen Sawhuck pointed out last year, such new business items often don’t amount to a whole lot.

But the increased scrutiny of online credit recovery is worth watching.

Generally speaking, the term “credit recovery” refers to situations in which students are given a chance to redo coursework or retake a course they previously failed. Sometimes, this happens in a traditional summer-school environment.

Increasingly, though, credit recovery happens online. And that’s where things get pretty murky: As Education Week described in this recent explainer, there’s a real hodgepodge of actual online credit recovery offerings. No one really knows how many students are enrolled in such programs. Research to date has been decidedly mixed. And even proponents of online learning have had some harsh things to say about the practice.

The education media is clearly starting to pay attention, too—in May, Columbia University’s Teacher Project and published a harshly critical 8-part series on the topic.

We’re still waiting on word from the NEA on what they hope might come of the review.

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[CSSE-SCÉÉ] Latest issue of CJE available (40:2 /2017) | Nouveau numéro de la RCÉ disponible (40:2 /2017)

Readers should note the article by Thérèse Laferrière entitled “Les défis de l’innovation selon la théorie de l’activité :  le cas de l’école (éloignée) en réseau.”

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Le plus récent numéro de laRevue canadienne de l’éducation vient d’être publié à l’adresse suivante : Nous vous invitons à consulter la table des matières, puis à visiter notre site Web pour y lire les articles qui vous intéressent.

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Canadian Journal of Education/Revue canadienne de l’éducation Vol 40, No 2 (2017) Table of Contents

Celebrating 40 Years of the CJE | Hommage aux 40 ans de la RCÉ


Introduction (1-5)

Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Developing Teachers’ Professional Learning:  Canadian Evidence and Experiences in a World of Educational Improvement (1-33)

Carol Campbell

Les défis de l’innovation selon la théorie de l’activité :  le cas de l’école (éloignée) en réseau (1-30)

Thérèse Laferrière

Education that Matters (1-15)

Joel Westheimer

Professional Legitimation for Education in Canadian Universities: The Canadian Journal of Education, 1976-1997 (1-23)

Donald Fisher

Vers une jonction de deux pratiques (1-3)

Stéphane Allaire

Evidence-based teaching in the 21st Century: The missing link (1-6)

William J. Hunter

My Acquaintance with the CJE/RCE, 1988-1992 (1-7)

William Bruneau



A Well Place to Be: The Intersection of Canadian School-Based Mental Health Policy with Student and Teacher Resiliency (1-30)

Mary Ott,            Kathy Hibbert,   Susan Rodger,   Alan Leschied

The Ontario Sexual Health Education Update: Perspectives from the Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) Youth (1-24)

June Larkin,        Sarah Flicker,     Susan Flynn,       Crystal Layne,    Adinne

Schwartz,            Robb Travers,    Jason Pole,         Adrian Guta

Cheminement scolaire d’élèves en difficulté adaptation ou d’apprentissage en enseignement secondaire (1-30)

Philippe Tremblay

Influence of Cognitive CoachingSM on the Development of Self-efficacy and Competency of Principals (1-23)

Todd Rogers,     Cal Hauserman,                Jacqueline Skytt

Conditions favorables et défavorables au développement de pratiques inclusives en enseignement secondaire : les conclusions d’une métasynthèse (1-29)

Nadia Rousseau,              Mathieu Point,  Karelle Desmarais,           Raymond Vienneau

Encadrement offert par des superviseurs universitaires en formation à l’enseignement : le point de vue de stagiaires finissants en ÉPS (1-30)

Carlo Spallanzani,             François Vandercleyen, Sylvie Beaudoin,               Jean-François


Problematizing Complexities and Pedagogy in Teacher Education Programs:

Enacting Knowledge in a Narrative Inquiry Teacher Education Discourse Community (1-30)

Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker,            Anne Murray-Orr,           Jennifer

Mitton-Kukner,                Shelley M. Griffin,           Debbie Pushor

Le processus de coévaluation entre superviseurs et étudiants en formation initiale des enseignants du primaire (1-27)

Stéphane Colognesi,      Catherine Van Nieuwenhoven

Brains Unlimited: Giftedness and Gifted Education in Canada before Sputnik

(1957) (1-26)

Jason Ellis

Methodologically Historicizing Social Studies Education: Curricular Filtering and Historical Thinking as Social Studies Thinking (1-26)

Bryan Smith

Historical Hegemony or Warranted Adaptation? A Response to Smith (1-10)

Lindsay Gibson,                Roland Case

Unwieldy Social Studies and Traces of Historical Thinking: A Response to Gibson and Case (1-7)

Bryan Smith

School Principals and Students with Special Education Needs: Leading Inclusive Schools (1-31)

Steve Sider,        Kimberly Maich,               Jhonel Morvan

Programmes d’insertion professionnelle dans les commissions scolaires de Queìbec et perseìveìrance des enseignants du primaire et du secondaire en deìbut de carrieÌre (1-26)

Amelie Desmeules,         Christine Hamel,               Eric Frenette


Book Reviews/Recensions d’ouvrages

The Oxford Handbook of Reading (1-3)

Iman Tohidian

Diversity and Leadership (1-4)

Kaschka Watson

DSM-5 Diagnosis in the Schools (1-3)

Alexandria Stathis

Practical Handbook of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Building Academic and Behavioral Success in Schools (1-3)

Nancy Wilder

How Children Learn to Write Words (1-4)

Christina Belcher

Learning knowing sharing: Celebrating successes in K-12 Aboriginal education in British Columbia (1-4)

Amy Parent


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July 24, 2017

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July 22, 2017

These New Articles For Open Learning: The Journal Of Open, Distance And e-Learning Are Available Online

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