Thursday, April 29, 2010
"Most colleges are organizaed to give an average education to average students"
"College has gotten expensive far faster than wages of gone up"
True that. How long can students pile on a ton of debt if they are not going to make the wages to pay that debt off? It has always stunned me when parents send their loved one off to a private college at $45,000 per year when a state school runs $16,000 a year knowing that both will pretty much make the same salary on graduation.
Online education and increased access to resources is making most college courses a commodity. With that in mind, are you going to pay a premium for commodity classes?
When marketing gurus take notice of the ridiculousness of Higher ED, it says something about how obvious this has become. The model will change and his thoughts are definitely worth a quick read.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I can see the benefit of this rule as students are building up a mountain of debt while going through a program that doesn't create a steady income in the end.
But shouldn't the state university system be held to the same level of accountability? If it was, would it mean an end to useless majors that create a mountain of debt with no way to pay it off? Are their recognized occupations for gainful employment for the women's studies majors with well over $40,000 in student debt? I hired one to be my administrative assistant which I think fully negated the purpose of her major.
Somehow the academic world lost sight of the fact that they are supposed to prepare students to survive in the real world. If only they were held to the same high level of accountability that for-profits must achieve.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is a pretty stunning development with the Board of Regents has deciding it will now issue master's degrees to program completers in TFA and TNTP. Wow - talk about stepping OUT! Can't wait for the ed comparisons to law, med and nursing - would the bar issue a law degree to someone from an alternative program......actually that is not a bad idea! Let's do it!
I digress - AAE is a great professional teacher organization with a solid start to their blog and a phenomenal new website so check it out. And if you are a member of AAE make sure you check out our new relationship for master's in teaching.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The reason the ed reform world is so happy is that for years we have heard about what is 'known' in education and that if we don't comply with what they "believe in", we are not doing things the right way. There was never any real hard data, it was just a given that they had to be doing the right things. In my own fights, I kept thinking that this isn't religion - we can't be having a debate about what you believe is right for kids.
And then their school which employed these beliefs got shut down for having miserably dismal performance. They are failing students in a huge way. Everyone felt good about the school using these beliefs but the kids can't read.
It is sad for the students but hopefully a wake up call for policymakers that education is not a belief system - decisions must be based on the reality of data.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Do the math:
- The total cost of a master's degree from American College of Education is < $7,000
- The average salary bump in Florida for a master's is $3,500
- Therefore, your payback is two years
- And, because the focus on of the programs is on raising student achievement you have the tools to maximize your performance based pay
So even if Senate Bill 6 had passed, the salary bump didn't go away until the 2014-15 school year making American College of Education a very sound investment for Florida Teachers.
- 80-100% of middle school teachers in high achieving countries took advanced math courses like algebra and calculus while only 50-60% of US middle school teachers did
American elementary teachers did about the same as most countries which is a nice move forward and actually a positive surprise for a change!
Of course the press has to found someone to question the study. In this case the person is a Dr. Kingsbury from NWEA who says "And to suggest that you can't be a good middle school math teacher unless you've taken calculus is a leap, because calculus isn't taught in middle school".
The math experts who developed the challenging ABCTE math exams felt very strongly that unless you really know the end point, you can't teach algebra. They refused to split 6-12 math into a middle and high school math certification for teachers. I have talked to many state certification leaders and get total agreement: knowing just algebra to teach algebra will not help students succeed in more advanced math.
It is time to demand more of our math teachers if we are ever going to take the lead in STEM.
Monday, April 12, 2010
- amazing op-ed in the Washington Post by Joel I. Klein, chancellor of New York City schools, Michael L. Loma, president and chief executive of the United Negro College Fund and Janet Murguía, president and chief executive of the National Council of La Raza. They are co-chairs of the Board of the Education Equality Project.
So American College of Education is positioned correctly to continue to help Florida Teachers help students and maximize their earnings.
- The salary bump still pays for the master's degree in less than two years making it a great investment for Florida Teachers
- A master's will help in their annual evaluation - and help improve their teaching practice furthering their chances for solid raises
- Teachers have plenty of time to earn their master's and still earn the salary bump
- American College of Education master's are focused on providing the tools to improve student achievement
So the rumors of the demise of the master's degree are greatly exaggerated. Teachers can still realize solid benefits for earning their master's in education and ultimately, the students will see the win.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The New Teachers Lounge newest post on What is important to teachers.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Two Navy slogans come to mind that apply to implementing technology in schools:
- You can't push a rope
- The chain is only as strong as the weakest link
We will have to lead teachers into education technology with outstanding training and we will never get there until the worst technophobes are converted.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
The interesting thing is how moving online is becoming more maintstream like all education reforms. People no longer raise concerns of quality - yet. But we have 3.5 million teachers who don't know how to teach online and aren't all that great at technology. One of my friends here told me her teacher doesn't know how to use email - when she emails the teacher, she gets a note back from her son. As online learning moves to scale, we are going to run out of the teachers who are great with technology.
Technology training for teachers is critical if we are to finally move portions of learning online to increase student achievement and finally speak to digital natives in their tongue.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
If you are not an ABCTE alum but still a teacher from alternative certification? You can still get the same program for a $500 tuition reduction if you have come through any alt cert route into teaching.
ABCTE teachers and teachers from alternative certification programs deserve a master’s program created by educators for educators that cuts the costs for advanced degrees focused on student achievement. The program must:
· Be relevant, engaging, with real world content delivered online on your time
· Be focused on improving student achievement
· Be efficient without overwhelming: one class every six weeks to complete in 15 months
· Be affordable and not require 10 more years of student loans
· Have received highest level of program accreditation
So head on over and enroll - this program ends June 1, 2010 - so please don't delay.