Common Core: New Jersey test rollout a walk in the PARCC (Foundation for Excellence in Education) the state of my birth gets it done, even with one lane closed (too soon, perhaps).  Related: Common Core stirs controversy in Catholic schools.  (FoxNews)  I have a child in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati school system and I haven’t seen anything controversial yet in his texts, which are the Journeys series by HMH. 

Blended Learning: today’s learners “no longer passive” (Virtual College) too often, however, the leadership is. 

iPads: Community tour shows off Oregon school’s pilot (Oregon Live)

Early College: 17-year-old gets college degree (KOAA) Congratulations to Noah Dome.  In my KW days, articles such as this made me cringe.  While it was great to see student achievement recognized, it sent the message that only the best and the brightest high school students could handle college work.  The Early College High Schools across the country have shown such is not the case.  

Implementation: 10 principles of successful EdTech implementation (Getting Smart) worth another share.

Student Athletes: lots of issues being raised with Northwestern University football players’ decision to unionize. (NPR State Impact) A few thoughts: while the faces of college athletics tend to be the big-time Division I football and men’s basketball programs, the vast majority of student-athletes aren’t in the same boat.  They aren’t making money for their schools, they aren’t thinking about playing sports professionally, and they aren’t making headlines with bad behavior.  They are the students at the end of the hall who put in more hours in the gym/pool/field than most people will ever know.  These are the ones at the study table all hours of the day and evening.  These are the students gaining the teamwork and self-discipline skills in anonymity who go on to be very successful.  I’ve read a lot of bios of very successful professionals lately and I can’t tell you how many times buried in one sentenced is “played____ at ____ college.” That one sentence reflects more hours of hard work than most of us (at least those of us who haven’t been in the military) can imagine. 

BONUS LINK: an NCAA PSA from 2008 (YouTube) and an athlete’s commencement address (ESPN)