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May 25, 2018

LearnTechLib Table of Contents Alert: CITE Journal 18:1

No specific articles related to K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning in this issue – but the open access nature of it might provide some useful tidbits for readers of this space.

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LearnTechLib Table of Contents Alert: CITE Journal 18:1

Dear Michael Barbour,

The latest issue of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education is now available on LearnTechLib, the Learning & Technology Library.

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Vol. 18 , No. 1 (March 2018)

Table of Contents

  1. Video in the Middle: Purposeful Design of Video-Based Mathematics Professional Development

    Nanette Seago , WestEd, ; Karen Koellner , Hunter College, City University of New York, ; Jennifer Jacobs , University of Colorado, Boulder,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174330/

  2. Analysis of Video-Based Training Approaches and Professional Development

    Serge Leblanc , Faculté d’éducation université Montpellier,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174355/

  3. Referentiality in Secondary Teachers’ Video Observation of Others’ Teaching

    Valérie Lussi Borer , University of Geneva, ; Alain Muller , University of Geneva, ; Simon Flandin , University of Geneva,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174363/

  4. Video-Enhanced Training to Support Professional Development in Elementary Science Teaching: A Beginning Teacher’s Experience

    Christine Hamel , Université Laval, ; Anabelle Viau-Guay , Université Laval, ; Luc Ria , ENS-Lyon, ; Justine Dion-Routhier , Université Laval,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174364/

  5. Examining the Quality of Preservice Science Teachers’ Written Reflections When Using Video Recordings, Audio Recordings, and Memories of a Teaching Event

    Brendan Calandra , Georgia State University, ; Laurie Brantley-Dias , Kennesaw State University, ; Johnathan Yerby , Georgia State University, ; Kadir Demir , Georgia State University,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174365/

  6. Leveraging Analysis of Students’ Disciplinary Thinking in a Video Club to Promote Student-Centered Science Instruction

    Tara Barnhart , California State University, Fullerton, ; Elizabeth van Es , University of California, Irvine,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174366/

  7. Novice Teachers’ Use of Student Thinking and Learning as Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness: A Longitudinal Study of Video-Enhanced Teacher Preparation

    Rossella Santagata , University of California Irvine, ; Karen Taylor , University of California Irvine,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174368/

  8. The Impact of Preservice Teachers’ Experiences in a Video-Enhanced Training Program on Their Teaching: A Case Study in Physical Education

    Cyrille Gaudin , University of Limoges, ; Sébastien Chaliès , University of Toulouse, ; Jérôme Amathieu , University of Toulouse,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/174853/

  9. Editorial: Considering Experience to Advance Research in Video-Enhanced Teacher Learning

    Simon Flandin , University of Geneva, ; Valérie Lussi Borer , University of Geneva, ; Cyrille Gaudin , University of Limoges,

    Abstract: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/183897/

  10. Table of contents for this issue: https://www.learntechlib.org/j/CITE/v/18/n/1/

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NCTQ Recommendations For Improving Teacher Quality Have Little Basis In Research

An NEPC review of a “research” report that contains very little in the way of research.

Report fails to specify the criteria and methods used to determine what makes teacher policy practices “the best” and ignores the variations and complexities of individual state contexts.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Publication Announcement

KEY TAKEAWAY:

Report fails to specify the criteria and methods used to determine what makes teacher policy practices “the best” and ignores the variations and complexities of individual state contexts.

CONTACT:

William J. Mathis:

(802) 383-0058

wmathis@sover.net

Marilyn Cochran-Smith:

(617) 552-4591

cochrans@bc.edu

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BOULDER, CO (May 24, 2018) – 2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide, published by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), purports to offer examples of “leading state work” in 37 policy areas related to teacher quality. Its intent is to hold up these state policies as exemplars for other state policymakers to replicate.

The report was reviewed for NEPC by a team led by Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith of Boston College, along with three other members of Project TEER (Teacher Education and Education Reform), a group of teacher education scholars and practitioners who have been studying U.S. teacher education in the context of larger reform movements since 2014. The review found multiple flaws that undermine its validity, and it found little research evidence to back up the report’s claims.

One key problem is simply that the report offers no explanation about how the 37 best practices were selected in the first place and no justification for its selection of “leading” policy work. It fails to describe the original development of its nine fundamental goals, nor does it cite any supportive research evidence. It makes no use of (or even reference to) the nuanced and complex research literature in this area. The report assumes reader buy-in to its goals, to its focus on test scores, and to its assumption that “great teachers” have an “outsize impact” on students’ learning and lives.

The report focuses primarily on policies targeting the qualifications and evaluation of the teacher workforce. This ignores the growing consensus that many other factors matter in creating high-quality teaching that enhances students’ learning, including supports that help teachers succeed, school contexts and cultures, state and regional labor markets, teachers’ relationship-building capacities, and the social organization of teachers’ work.

In the end, the reviewers conclude, the report “lacks both the nuance and the detail required to be useful.”

Find the review, by Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Wen-Chia Chang, and Molly Cummings Carney, at: http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-teacher-quality

Find 2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide, written by Elizabeth Ross and Catherine Worth and published by the National Council on Teacher Quality, at:

https://www.nctq.org/dmsView/NCTQ_BestPractices_FINAL_(2)

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24 May 2018: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.

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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
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Loopring [NEO] Price Down 30.2% Over Last Week (LRN)

Loopring [NEO] (CURRENCY:LRN) traded 18.1% lower against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 22:00 PM E.T. on May 23rd. Loopring …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
NEWS

Insider Selling: K12 (LRN) Insider Sells 3491 Shares of Stock

K12 logo K12 (NYSE:LRN) insider Kevin Chavous sold 3,491 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
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26300 Shares in K12 Inc. (LRN) Obtained by Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research …

Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. purchased a new position in shares of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) during the third quarter, …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
NEWS

Analyst Opinion Summary: K12 Inc. (LRN), tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) tinted gains of +0.06% (+0.01 points) to US$15.81. The volume of 0.07 Million shares climbed down over an trading activity of …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
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K12 Inc (LRN): What Are the Signals Showing?

Tracking the longer-term indicators on shares of K12 Inc (LRN), we have noted that the 100-day moving average verse price signal is currently Buy.
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
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A Look at What The Technicals Are Saying About K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN), Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX …

The ROIC Quality of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) is 7.212483. This is calculated by dividing the five year average ROIC by the Standard Deviation of the 5 …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ May 24, 2018
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Cryptocurrency in Review: LRN Loopring [NEO] (LRN) Recently Touches $1.22

Scanning the dials, we see that LRN Loopring [NEO] (LRN) has recently touched the $1.22 level. Following some historical information, we see that …
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May 24, 2018

Innovative Learning: Term 3 Online Programmes

An item that may be of interest to my Kiwi readers.

Registrations open now for Term 3 online programmes.
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Innovative Learning
Kia ora Michael

Rethink teaching and learning in innovative, transformative ways, to ensure tamariki are engaged with learning and the world around them.

Whether your focus is on curriculum, practice, assessment or environments, CORE has an innovative learning online programme to suit your needs.

All programmes are facilitated online, allowing you to work professional development into your own busy schedule, and apply what you learn to your practice as you go.

Introduction to Innovative Learning

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Learn about the basics of innovative learning, including the drivers for change and frameworks that support implementing change in your context.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 5 weeks
Cost: $250 +GST

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Innovative Learning Environments

Innovative Learning Environment at Stonefields School
Delve into innovative learning environments and design what your space could look like to support the type of teaching and learning you want to promote.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Innovative Learning Practice

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Unpack how learning can be organised in an innovative learning environment to best suit the needs of modern learners, and how this relates to your teaching practices.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Innovative Learning Curriculum

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Explore ideas about future-focused curriculum and how they translate into classroom practice, including implications for designing learning experiences.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Innovative Learning Assessment

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Develop an in-depth understanding of the pedagogy of innovative learning and the implications of this on assessment.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Looking for something more customised?

uChoose is a personalised professional learning programme with experienced mentors who will empower you to meet your specific goals. To find out more contactuchoose@core-ed.ac.nz.

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We have a wealth of other professional learning solutions available on a range of topics, including inclusive education, culture and language, digital technologies, leadership, and collaboration.

Discover the full range of face-to-face and online workshops or online programmes and find the one (or two!) that’s right for you.

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Create High Quality Online Lessons That Are Interactive And Will Engage Students

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