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Protecting Your Career: Why Virtual School Teachers Need Liability Insurance

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More than a year ago, Sarah Walters* was a well‐liked virtual school teacher living in a small community in Colorado. Sarah had taught at a suburban school in its close knit community for more than five years before transferring to a new, virtual school for increased career flexibility where she received many awards. It was in this position that the rug was swiftly pulled out from under her after she was fired for contact deemed “inappropriate” by school administrators.

Digital Portfolios for Primary Students

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“Mrs. Cassidy, I showed my blog to my parents last night. I showed them everything on my blog. I showed them all the things on the computer!” That was my morning greeting from one of my six-year-old students not long ago. He had received a surplus computer1 from my school division the day before, and had suddenly been able to show his parents all of the learning artifacts he’d been adding to his digital portfolio through the course of the school year.

An Innovation Ecosystem Meets in Austin for SXSWedu

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Key leaders in Austin will be meeting this week as part of SXSWedu to develop strategies for expanding Austin’s role as a national leader in ed tech innovation.

Your Smartphone Might Be Making You Smarter

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The New York Times just published an interesting debate asking "Are People Getting Dumber?" James Flynn says that we are now "thinking in more sophisticated ways," Steven Pinker claims that "we are living in a period of extraordinary intellectual accomplishment," andLinda Gottfredson argues that "modern innovations make us feel dumber, because they add to the work our minds must do."

Manifesto for Teaching Online Defines a Flexible Learning Future

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Recently, the University of Edinburgh endorsed a collaborative document that defines the future of flexible, online learning spaces. This document strives to challenge the status quo of online education today.

Technically Speaking: How Common are the Common Core?

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How common are the CCSS really, and who is systematically tracking state-specific CCSS modifications and additions? Doug Levin asks important questions about the Common Core. How much variation in state-specific CCSS standards language can be tolerated at a technical level to ensure interoperability across states? What is the process for ongoing governance of CCSS implementation at the technical level?

Alliance President Bob Wise Addresses the Common Core Naysayers

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Following up on Alliance Senior Fellow Robert Rothman's blog post from last week, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, responds to individuals who are skeptical of the impact that the common core state standards will have on student achievement.

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