when Colorado State University Global Campus gave students the chance to substitute passing a Udacity programming course and paying an $85 processing fee for the $1000 associated with taking (and passing) an equivalent residential class, zero students took them up on the offer. Similarly, by the end of 2013 not one student signed up to receive a transcript from the American Council on Education (ACE) that would allow them to use accredited MOOCs from Udacity and Coursera as potential substitutes for residential classes.
March is for the womens…and so is this mix I did in collaboration with Zora Online Magazine. Had a great time putting this together.
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1. Citizen Weekend Intro - Lupita Nyong’o
2. Samaritan - Nonamegypsy
3. How to Satisfy your Lover (Prod. J57) - Denitia & Sene
4. Cell - Falcons
5. Real Love (SHASH’U Remix) - Mary J. Blige
6. Shadow of The Beast - Perseus
7. Creep Astronomar Moombahton Remix - TLC
8. Trip.Fall - Denitia & Sene
9. Alicia - Darius & Crayon
10. Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edition) - Teedra Moses
11. L.M.O. (Giant Step Mix) - Muhsinah
12. Locked in Closets - Solange Knowles
13. White Noise (Feat. Aluna George) - Disclosure
14. Don’t Wait (Kingdom Remix) - Mapei
15. That Thing (Gold Boy Bootleg) - Lauryn Hill
16. You Ain’t Got It (Funk That) - Nina Sky
17. Sunshine (Cristian Dinamarca Remix) - Rye Rye & M.I.A.
18. You Know You Like It (Wilfred Giroux Remix) - Aluna George
19. Jerk Ribs (Will Saul & Komon Remix) - Kelis
20. Homee (Old Money Remix) - Blind Benny
21. Tell Me (George FitzGerald Remix) - Groove Theory
22. Dignidad - Celia Cruz
23. Enemy (Prod. Nguzunguzu) - Kelela
24. Updowndownup (Prod. Machinedrum) - Janet Jackson
25. Break You Down (Feat. Sanna) - Loz Contreras
26. Sourire - Les Nubians
27. 5 (Feat. Jaden Smith) - Willow Smith
28. At Night - Ele
29. Actually No - Angela Davis
30. Boom Skit - M.I.A.
Amazing!! So grateful to @Run_P for my soundtrack today and all week!
Many look at Rocketship’s new approach, which represents a significant departure from the blended learning model that helped launch the Bay Area nonprofit to national prominence, and see the future.
But the story behind the organization’s flexible classrooms is also a cautionary tale about the belief that technological innovation can fuel rapid school expansion without compromising quality. Although test scores have steadily declined as the network has added schools and students, Rocketship has maintained its voracious appetite for growth. Rather than resolve that tension, the new flexible classrooms have, by Rocketship’s own admission, further strained the organization and exposed underlying problems glossed over during the group’s ascent.
Some Rocketship leaders, for example, now acknowledge that their original blended learning model—which powered the organization’s initial growth, to nine schools and 5,200 students, before its impact could be rigorously studied—may be more effective at teaching students to follow directions than to think for themselves.
I admired Rocketship when they first started, but have been suspicious of their voracious growth. It seemed as if they had an idea that could work, but didn’t give nearly enough time to validate before expanding. Startups are, of course, in the business of growth. But kids can’t get those years of school back, so startup schools should have a higher bar to find a good model before pursing rapid growth.
Read full article from EdWeek: Growing Pains for Rocketship’s Blended-Learning Juggernaut
Thanks to Goodreads for helping me track my 2013 reading. Some observations:
- Lots and lots of memoirs! Jess and I started a Memoir Book Club which we’ve put on hiatus. While it lasted though, it encouraged me to dig into memoirs and autobiographies, two genres I had previously read little
- I finally read Love In a Time of Cholera, which for me is one of those books I’ve been ashamed of not having read
- Career self-help is just “so so” - both Lean In and The Startup of You felt incredibly light-weight. I’m sure I highlighted some nice passages, but neither really felt like books that changed my behavior or thinking
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!! - this woman can write! Americanah was by far the best work of fiction I read this year.
I’m targeting at least 35 books in 2014! I’m also considering starting or joining some thematic book clubs - education? spirituality? brooklyn?
Public school children have become lab rats of policymakers who are eager to see change faster than we can study what works. Experimental reforms are often..
According to Baker, the cost of living varies by state, so we can’t use national averages of income to compare districts. When states are re-weighted by regional poverty, it’s clear that New Jersey is likely doing pretty well, considering the number of poor students they’re dealing with. The problem is, education is tricky. Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman once quipped that they’d love to evaluate students by yearly improvement, but “children do not develop in nine-month chunks except during gestation.” Unless a study is randomized, rigorously controlled and published in a peer-reviewed journal, arm your bullshit meter if anyone is claiming they’ve found a scalable solution. Until then, follow Baker for his response on hyped-up reform stories. I do.Click on title to go to article. Here is the blog:
Essays by Zadie Smith
One of my favorite things about the holidays is that I tend to spend more time reading. The long plane trips, days relaxing in my parent’s house, general desire to relax means I turn to books. Excited to dig into this list of Zadie Smith’s essays, some new and old.