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Education students investigate the practice of learning through making

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As a culture of innovation and DIY (do-it-yourself) continues to grow in our country and the Maker Movement gains momentum, we examine how educators can take this new learning model and integrate it into their classrooms. “The Maker Movement is rediscovering learning by doing,” says Dale Dougherty, one of the founding fathers of the Maker […]

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June 16th, 2017

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New crisis prevention training increases marketability of William Woods education graduates

William Woods EDU

In a previous Look Into Education blog, we spotlighted education professor, Joe Davis and all the work he’s been doing to help bachelor’s in education students gain experience and prepare for success in their future teaching career. One way he’s doing this is through bringing a unique certification training called the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) […]

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June 7th, 2017

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The importance of teaching global competence: Part 2

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“Our students have the opportunity and challenge of living and working in a diverse and rapidly changing world. Public schools must prepare our young people to understand and address global issues, and educators must re-examine their teaching strategies and curriculum so that all students can thrive in this global and interdependent society.” – Former National […]

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February 8th, 2017

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The importance of teaching global competence: Part 1

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Global competence is defined by the Global Competence Task Force — a group of state education agency leaders, education scholars and practitioners — as “the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.” Education leaders throughout the world recognize global competence as an important element of the education we provide our […]

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February 7th, 2017

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The importance of bachelors in education students challenging gifted learners

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“Keeping a child who can do sixth-grade work in a second-grade classroom is not saving that student’s childhood but is instead robbing that child of the desire to learn,” writes Ellen Winner, Professor and Chair of psychology at Boston College in her book, Gifted Children: Myths and Realities. According to a National Teacher Survey on […]

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June 28th, 2016

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The importance of education students teaching children computer skills

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In a previous Look Into Education blog, we discussed the demand in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs and the increase in educational programs to prepare students to fill these positions. That is, with the exception of computer sciences. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science is the only STEM field […]

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March 1st, 2016

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Bachelor of education students prepare to close the student proficiency gap

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How do you as an educator, determine if your student is “future ready”? In May, Achieve, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education reform organization, released the first “Proficient vs. Prepared” report. The analysis identified discrepancies between student proficiency rates reported by state tests and those reported by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – otherwise known […]

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February 29th, 2016

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Bachelor and Masters students working at the forefront of teaching and technology

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According to a 2014 survey done by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization, one third of students in grades 3-5 and nearly one third of students in grades 6-12 say that they use a mobile device provided by their school to support schoolwork. Additionally, over a period of four years the percent of middle […]

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January 12th, 2016

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Summer slide or summer sanctuary — the school calendar debate.

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When it comes to something as fundamental as whether schools in Missouri and across America should change length of the school day and/or year, opinions tend to be strong and vary widely. Some have been making a case for extending school days and year-round-education for a decade or more, claiming that the current system is […]

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June 16th, 2015

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Blended Learning: An Introduction

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No subject in education captures as much attention or triggers as much interest — across students, families, teachers and principals — as the promise of blended learning. Researchers Heather Staker and Michael B. Horn define blended learning as “a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of […]

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April 9th, 2015

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