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5 Things You Need to Know

May 2008

 

Cash for thinkin'?<br />
Cash for thinkin'?

five education trends
 to keep your eye on

CASH FOR GRADES

A small but growing number of districts (Denver, New York City) are experimenting with giving students cash rewards or cell phone time for academic acheivement. A new variation on the idea that schools need to make learning cool, its  intended to give short-term rewards to kids who might otherwise not see the long-term benefits of education. The trick is figuring out just what the kids want, how long to make the reward periods, and which kids really need the extra incentive.

THE NEW BREED?

“Rock star” Superintendents 300K Salaries, million-dollar consulting budgets, and a revolving office door. This is the new breed of superintendent, says a recent article in The Christian Science Monitor. “For the right price, says writer Patrik Jonsson, they’re willing to do an unpopular job that can take a heavy personal and political toll”—overhauling a troubled district. 

GIRL FREE ZONE?

Don’t be surprised if one of your board members comes to you soon as a new convert for single-sex education in the next few months. Thanks to concerns about the traditional co-ed format and an increased willingness to experiment, there are already almost 50 single-sex public schools up and running, with a slew more planned for next year, according to Dr. Leonard Sax, the movement’s best-known advocate. Whether the approach improves student achievement or not is another question. 

 TURNAROUNDS ARE THE NEW BLACK

Don’t be surprised if one of your board members comes to you soon as a new convert for single-sex education in the next few months. Thanks to concerns about the traditional co-ed format and an increased willingness to experiment, there are already almost 50 single-sex public schools up and running, with a slew more planned for next year, according to Dr. Leonard Sax, the movement’s best-known advocate. Whether the approach improves student achievement or not is another question.

TINY TECH YOUR TEACHERS LOVE

You may be focused on big hardware purchases and system upgrades, but your tech-happy teachers are working on small, inexpensive learning tools that you may never have even heard of. To these folks, wikis and blogs and podcasts are old hat. A ning is essentially a private wiki page—a place where students and teachers can add materials and communicate together fluidly in between classes or on big projects. Twitter is a cell-phone based blogging program that allows on person to send out brief updates to hundreds of others about the conference they’re at or the project they’re working on.

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