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February 8, 2016

05 February 2016: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate K12, Inc. alert from Friday…


As-it-happens update ⋅ February 6, 2016
K12 Inc. Expected to Post Q1 2016 Earnings of $0.33 Per Share (LRN)

K12 logo K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) – Investment analysts at First Analysis boosted their Q1 2016 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for K12 in a report …
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February 7, 2016

See How This School Uses Blended Learning

A final item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Find out How This Blended Program Got Its Start

Join our webinar to learn how Classical Academy, a California charter school, has evolved its blended program to provide flexible academic options for students. Students learn through a combination of online courses taken on campus or at home, plus face-to-face instruction, tutoring, and more on site.

As part of Edgenuity’s new blended learning webinar series, school representatives will share how their program has evolved each year, including changes made and lessons learned.

Blended Learning at Classical Academy, California

Presented by Lesley Clifton, Director of Online Learning at Classical Academy

Wednesday, February 10, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

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Scottsdale, Arizona 85250

Free Access To Articles From Digital Experiences In Mathematics Education

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

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[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Budapest 2016 – Submission Still Open

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2016 Annual Conference: #EDEN16
Submission Still Open – Late Contributions Welcome

Budapest, 14-17 June 2016


submission deadlineThere has been an impressive response to the Call, showing high level compliance with the theme and concept. The diversity of submissions thematically, geographically and sector-wise as well, ensures a conference rich in content and in networking opportunities.

Due to numerous extension requests received, the online submission will remain open until further notice.

Submissions are invited in the following formats: paper, poster, workshop and demonstration andsynergy

Contributors, please remember…

recognitionthat your papers, posters and training submissions will not only be subjected to the conference evaluators’ thorough assessment, but could also win one of EDEN’s prestigious awards. We are keen to promote and inspire professionals by recognising excellence and will continue the tradition of distinguishing Best Papers and Best Practice Initiatives. The conference participants can also make their voices heard – they will be able to vote ontheir favourite posters on display in Budapest – the poster earning the highest number of votes will receive the conference’s Poster Prize. Everybody who has an accepted submission for presentation will receive a Speaker badge and all conference participants will be awarded a Participant badge.

Preliminary information on fees and accommodation

fees and accomodationThe final figures on fees will be announced together with the opening of the registration (mid-February).

The Conference venue, Budapest University of Technology and Economics is situated on the west bank of the Danube , you can check its surroundings and find hotels nearby if you wish until the registration opening time. Registration fees will vary between EUR 400 and 580, depending on the status of the delegates. Those being a member of EDEN and an author of an accepted contribution pay the lowest fee (around EUR 400) and those who are not members and not authors either pay the highest conference fee.

Jubilee Year – EDEN 25

We are extremely proud, as a continuously strengthening and developing European association in the field of open, distance and e-learning, learning modernisation and innovation, to have reached our 25th Anniversary in 2016. The coherent efforts of the professional community have created values and collaborative virtual spaces, which establish professional cultures around them. Read more…

Watch the interview related to the EDEN jubilee year with Antonio Teixeira, EDEN President: 25 Years With EDEN: The history of the future

What EDEN, the European Distance and E-Learning Network is? Take a look at this animated prezi.


Schedule and Deadlines

gellertPaper Submission still open

Synergy Submission: 29 February 2016

Registration Open: mid-February 2016

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2016

Conference Dates: 14-17 June 2016

Conference Venue: Budapest

Did you know that the Hungarian capital Budapest has been named the second best city in the world?Read more…

For any conference related questions, including conference services for corporations, please contact the Conference Secretariat at


The EDEN 2016 Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union. The publications reflect the authors’ views, the EACEA and the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information they contain.


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Worth A Read

Another regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

The IMPACT Of Teacher Turnover In DCPS

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 09:00 PM PST

Matthew Di Carlo looks at results from a working paper published by NBER. The report found that teachers who left were replaced by teachers with higher scores (on IMPACT, the district evaluation system) the following year. “It’s a very strong analysis that speaks directly to policy in a manner that does not fit well into the tribal structure of education debates today.”

South Dakota Proposals Would Link Higher Teacher Pay to Staffing Ratios

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 09:00 PM PST

Stephen Sawchuk reports on a proposal in South Dakota to overhaul school funding: “The funds would be sent to districts largely based on formula calculated off of a target average teacher salary, which would be keyed to a teacher-student ratio rather than per-pupil expenditures, as is the case in most states.”

Teacher Turnover in High-Poverty Schools: What We Know and Can Do

Posted: 31 Jan 2016 09:00 PM PST

Nicole Simon and Susan Moore Johnson studied the impact of teacher turnover rates in low-income schools: “Together, these studies suggests that, on average, when teachers leave schools serving low-income minority students, they are not fleeing their students. Rather, teachers often choose such schools because of their commitment to social justice. When these teachers leave, it is frequently because the working conditions in their schools interfere with teaching and learning. Therefore, to retain talented, effective teachers in high-poverty schools, policy makers and practitioners should adopt strategies designed to improve the teaching environment.”

GOP-led states increasingly taking control from local school boards

Posted: 31 Jan 2016 09:00 PM PST

Lyndsey Layton covers the path taken by many GOP governors to disempower locally elected school boards: “Although the particulars vary, an appointed manager wields broad powers to redesign schools or close them entirely. The state manager can hire and fire, set curriculum, reconfigure the school day, sell property and, in some cases, break existing labor contracts. Increasingly, state managers are turning over traditional public schools to charter school operators, which are funded by tax dollars but are privately managed.”

Portfolio Management School Districts and Teacher Quality

Posted: 31 Jan 2016 09:00 PM PST

Dave Reid looks into the portfolio model for school district reform: “Portfolio management is a relatively recent reform in public education where a district’s central office, rather than managing a set of uniform public schools, operates a more diverse set of schools (including traditional public schools, charter schools, and non-profit organizations) as a portfolio. Urban school districts are increasingly considering this model as a way to reform their school systems, believing that it can ensure equity in school choice and better hold schools accountable for performance.”

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