A way to aggregate support for a project, using the web. I couldn’t find our category of online education, per se, as one of their sections. But perhaps still something to keep in mind, that non profit fundraising is different today, and involves using something like Kickstarter to be done right. Probably other tools to become aware besides this.
“””A new wave of school reform is about to break. Will it change classrooms for the better?”””
This is the link to a overall special report, and includes the link to the intro, and the 3 stories, one for each phase/ stage of the New Wave of School Reform. It’s just one magazine’s take, and Washington Monthly’s politics are described as left of center…probably the Clinton sort of middle of the road democrat viewpoint. So one would need to read other sources to get a well rounded view of these enormous actions/ changes underway.
Since a lot of this is pretty much new to me, and may be new to others here as well, I’m posting it as a start to the needed work we will have to do to be informed on all this.
“Grand Test Auto” is the story on the third stage, which is being developed now at OLI, Kahn Academy, Knewton etc. All 3 stories taken together form quite a map to the future changes in education. As proposed anyway. No, I haven’t read it all yet.
As with all proposed actions, one never really knows how things will end up being done, until it’s tried. Anything this “Big” will certainly have unintended consequences, and create unforeseen problems, and push back from various quarters as interests get stepped on, or fears are generated of change being the wrong change.
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Note Melissa M Jozwiak bio includes this on ed tech:
Her research interests focus on building equitable Professional Development School partnerships with the early childhood community and the use of technology to improve educational outcomes for pre-service and in-service teacher learning within those partnerships
Rounds said the district’s proposed budget is currently about $360 million, which would include all costs to operate and manage all of its public schools. Of that, about $174 million is earmarked for operating expenses. The estimated revenues for LCPS’ upcoming fiscal year – which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2013 – are currently projected at $315 million, which includes state and federal funding sources.
New Las Cruces charter school to focus on immigrant students By Diana Alba Soularfirstname.lastname@example.org Posted: 04/06/2012 02:52:59 PM MDT LAS CRUCES –
LAS CRUCES – Construction of Doña Ana County’s sixth charter school is in full-swing in downtown Las Cruces, and school officials are recruiting their first-ever students and teachers.
The New America School, a publicly funded school, will focus on teaching English to immigrant high schoolers and anyone – regardless of their age – who never earned a high school diploma, school officials said.
The nonprofit that pitched the idea to the state of New Mexico already has similar schools in Denver, Albuquerque and Las Vegas, Nev.
The board of the future Las Cruces school hired a principal, Las Cruces native Margarita Leza Porter, 39, in mid-March. She works at The New America School in Albuquerque and has accrued 17 years in that city as a teacher and school administrator.
“The premise of the school is to empower immigrants and students who struggled with English and any students, from 14 and up, who didn’t get their high school diploma,” Leza Porter said during a visit to Las Cruces in recent days.
The school’s curriculum and teaching approach are tailored to help students overcome their barriers, Leza Porter said. Plus, the school will offer classes at night and will only operate Monday through Thursday, which helps parents with children who rely on child-care services.
“Our teachers are trained in strategies that help second-language learners,” she said.
Classes are expected to begin in August, and the school is on the lookout for prospective students, Leza Porter said. About 150 are expected to attend the first year, though eventually, the school will accommodate 450.
The seven-member, local board overseeing the new Las Cruces school selected its location: the former Las Cruces Furniture store off Church Street in the southeast corner of the downtown mall. The building also will have a presence along a stretch of Main Street that’s currently being built by the city.
“We went all over town looking for different buildings,” said Ben Dominguez, 62, president of the local New America School board of directors.
One feature about the furniture store site was especially attractive: the city’s bus hub is just across the street, which will help students without cars get to class, Dominguez said. And the school can offer bus passes to students, said Leza Porter.
During a recent visit to the site, a flurry of construction activity could be seen. The furniture building has been gutted, and steel framework for the future walls now occupies the two-story space. It will eventually hold a multi-purpose room/cafeteria, a computer lab, learning resource center and a number of classrooms. Dominguez said the work should be done in mid-July, though students won’t start until the following month
The population will be many of the 30 to 35 percent of students who drop out of larger Las Cruces high schools. Leza Porter said part of the advantage of The New America School will be its small size, which keeps students feeling connected.
Other area charter schools are: Alma d’Arte Charter High School, J. Paul Taylor Academy, La Academia Dolores Huerta, Las Montañas Charter High School and Anthony Charter School.
Students interested in applying to The New America School should contact Leza Porter at (505) 944-5448 or stop by a portable building the school plans to soon park at its site, 207 S. Main St. Also, teachers interested in applying for seven openings at the school should call the same phone number. It’s also likely to hire a counselor, security guards, a receptionist and a business manager.
The New America School was founded by “philanthropist and educational activist” Jared Polis in 2004, according to the school’s website.
Diana Alba Soular can be reached at (575) 541-5443; follow her on Twitter @AlbaSoular
To apply as a student or teacher at The New America School, call Principal Margarita Leza Porter: (505) 944-5448