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InformED Report - January 20, 2017

Drawing of balance scales representing inequities in education01/16/2017 | Seattle, WA | The Seattle Times

‘Stealth inequities’: How Washington’s Education system hurts poor schools

Claudia Rowe | Seattle Times | Twitter

On a Sunday evening in mid-November, 15 people from Washington boarded a plane bound for Sacramento. They were an unusual group — a mix of activists, legislators, philanthropists, school officials and policy wonks — all assembled by Sharonne Navas, an equity warrior with little patience for ceremony when the topic is education.

For the next 48 hours, the group would receive a crash course on California’s recent efforts to overhaul school funding by channeling more money toward poorer students, and some hard lessons en route to that goal.

To read more visit Seattle Times

01/16/2017 | U.S. News

5 Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017

Jordan Friedman | U.S. News | Twitter

Online students. There’s a lot in store for you in 2017.

In the past few years, more students enrolled in online courses; more organizations offered alternative credentials such as digital badges and nanodegrees and more employers accepted online degrees from job candidates.

Here are five trends experts say students might see in online education in 2017.

To read more visit U.S. News

Is Your University’s Online Course Up to Code?

Meghan Bogardus Cortez | EdTech | Twitter

Thanks in part to the rise of massive open online courses, online higher ed programs are growing significantly. An estimated 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) reports.

As online teaching increases in popularity, so does the need for online faculty evaluation, reports the Conferences at New Prairie Press in a report titled “Effectively Evaluating Online Faculty”:

To read more visit EdTech

01/16/2017 | Tulsa, OK | Tulsa World

OU-Tulsa grad student receives prestigious early education grant

Ginnie Graham | Tulsa World | Twitter

The power of a quality early education stuck with Emisha Pickens-Young, who has risen from being a child in a Head Start program to landing a highly competitive research grant in early education as a graduate student.

Pickens-Young, 36, a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, has been selected as one of six graduate students in the country — and first ever in Oklahoma — to receive the prestigious federal Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant, which is an award of about $25,000.

To read more visit Tulsa World

Further Reading
  1. WPRI – Raimondo’s $9.3B budget targets online sales to spend on schools
  2. Chalkbeat – Why online learning works for these Indiana kids
  3. Stanford University News – Brief interventions help online learners persist with coursework, Stanford research finds
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