6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Grant Will Allow Purdue To Study, Improve Active Learning Techniques

Purdue Chemistry professor Marcy Towns helps a student work on problems during class.
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Purdue has spent the last few years transforming more than 100 classes from the traditional lecture/note taking format to one that is more collaborative.

University officials say they already know the Active Learning model improves student retention, success and completion rates.

But a $2.3-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund a scientific study to show why the strategy is successful.

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4:35 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State Board Of Ed. Delays Release Of Schools' A-F Grades

Schools will have to wait another three weeks to find out their grades.
Credit West Lafayette Community School Corporation

The state‘s A-to-F grades for schools will not be made public this month after all.

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay the release of the grades for the 2013-14 school year after a heated discussion involving appeals of grades filed by a handful of schools. The grades are now scheduled to be released at the next state board meeting on Nov. 5.

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12:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Study: SAT Scores Correspond To Family Income

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Numbers from the College Board show that SAT scores correspond to family income, and one analyst says that isn't likely to change despite changes being made to the exam.

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5:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Business, Nonprofit Leaders Want More Aggressiveness In Pre-K Piloting

Some lawmakers point to the federal Head Start program, call it a waste of money, and worry Indiana will follow suit.
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Some Indiana corporate leaders are urging legislators to double down next year on a preschool pilot program. In January, the state will begin financial aid for low-income pupils to attend preschool in five counties.

PNC Bank regional vice president Connie Bond Stuart urged legislators not to sit still while they‘re awaiting the results of the pilot program. She says there‘s work to be done to expand Indiana‘s preschool capacity, through program expansions, teacher training, and parental outreach.

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5:41 am
Mon October 6, 2014

How The Role Of A School Librarian Is Changing

Batchelor Middle School Media Specialist Jaime Burkhart helps social studies teacher Becky Boyle plan a lesson for her students on the American Revolution.
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Once upon a time, Jaime Burkhart would have been considered a “librarian.”

“My job description title in Monroe County is ‘media specialist’,” Burkhart explains.

As technology finds its way into classrooms, librarians are seeing their roles in schools change.

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