Education Rising in New Mexico

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera spends a lot of time traveling the state, meeting educators and families, listening to their stories. On one occasion, she heard from a mother pleading not let her other children have the same experience as her eldest son. That son needed costly remedial tutoring throughout his first year of college because he was not academically prepared for the advanced coursework. And get this: He was his high school’s valedictorian. “It should not matter what zip code you live in for how prepared you are…

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Microsoft launches Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition

At its education event earlier in May, Microsoft unveiled its latest effort to help kids learn how to code: Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition. Initially available in Beta, Microsoft is now launching Code Builder for everyone with the latest update to Minecraft Education Edition. Code Builder essentially makes it easy for teachers and students to dive into coding within the world of Minecraft with visual code blocks that can be dragged and dropped in place with immediate results. From Microsoft: Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition is a brand-new…

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Virginia’s Secretary of Education visits Hugh Mercer Elementary

Hadley Christie was in the middle of teaching a math lesson when Virginia’s secretary of education walked into her classroom at Hugh Mercer Elementary School on Thursday morning. Without skipping a beat, Christie asked her students to tell Dietra Trent what they were learning about. “Probabilities!” the second-graders chorused. As Trent watched, Christie showed the image of a bowl of mostly yellow M&Ms and a few green ones on a smart board, and asked what the chances were of pulling out a green M&M. Then she asked the girls to…

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Schools funding: Malcolm Turnbull dubs new $19b education policy Gonski 2.0

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared he will “bring the school funding wars to an end” in a stunning policy turnaround that will see the federal government pump an extra $19 billion into schools over the next decade. At a surprise press conference flanked by businessman David Gonski, who conducted a landmark review of school funding for the Gillard government, Mr Turnbull said he would succeed where Labor failed by delivering a genuine needs-based funding model. Mr Gonski will conduct a new review for the government – dubbed “Gonski 2.0” by…

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Education is national agenda for Modi govt Javadekar

Education is the national agenda of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government and it would leave no stone unturned to ensure its delivery to every child irrespective of caste, creed and religion, said Union Minister of the Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar here on Sunday. Mr. Javadekar was in the city to inaugurate the Taleem o Tarbiyat (education through training) conference organized by the Anjuman–I–Islam, the premier Muslim educational conglomerate and educational trust which strives for the educational uplift of the minority community. The theme of the meet was how holistic…

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What education policies should the parties put in their election manifestos

Ross Sargent, parent and governor, early years centre, Cambridgeshire All the evidence suggests the more funding the better at the early years stages, and that represents the greatest return on investment. So the first thing has to be a promise not to cut in early years. I would love to see the people who are genuinely experts in education in charge of what goes into our kids’ education – it doesn’t feel that way now – and the focus placed on the importance of teachers so they have the time…

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Whats in Palestines first ever education law

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ratified the first Palestinian Law for Education and Higher Education on April 6, after the Cabinet submitted it on March 7 to replace the applicable Arab laws in the Palestinian territories (the Jordanian law in the West Bank and the Egyptian law in the Gaza Strip). The Ministry of Education and Higher Education hopes the new law will bring about “a significant shift in the education system, promote educational development and boost the role of the local community and its institutions in this…

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Education Secretary fails to name any respected educational expert who wants more grammar schools

Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, has failed to name any respected educational expert or institution that supports extending grammar schools as she prepares to launch a consultation into the policy. Ms Greening also refused to rule out introducing quotas for the most disadvantaged children in England to attend to grammar schools, saying the Government would not elaborate on details before publication of a White Paper on the controversial policy. The Education Secretary’s comments come as she outlined at a speech on Thursday how the Government will introduce a new model for grammar…

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Open University Education In India – An Analysis

India has come a long way in the field of education from Gurukul teaching to the use of high technology visual aids in the classroom. Being a country with a diverse population, the challenge of ensuring 100% literacy ishuge. The answer to the problem of inadequacy in higher education came in the form of Open University education. Unlike the regular courses, the courses conducted through distance education opened up a horizon of opportunities to a much wider population across the country. This article analyses the advent and growth of Open…

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Africa buoys French international education as security concerns remain

  The latest figures from Campus France show that student mobility from Africa has increased 6.7% in the last five years, driven largely by students from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. “The perception of security after the attacks impacted students still at home more than the students in France” In total, French higher education institutions hosted 133,893 African students in 2015/16 – 43.2% of all international students in the country – up from 126,986 last year. According to Campus France stakeholders, international student visa applications to France took a hit after…

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