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by Stephen Downes
Jun 09, 2016

Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America's public school agenda
Editorial, L.A. Times, 2016/06/09


So this is interesting. Contained in a recent report we read "This has been a challenging lesson for us to absorb, but we take it to heart. The mission of improving education in America is both vast and complicated, and the Gates Foundation doesn’t have all the answers." The L.A. Times draws the appropriate conclusion: "Philanthropists are not generally education experts, and even if they hire scholars and experts, public officials shouldn’t be allowing them to set the policy agenda for the nation’s public schools." This is all the more true because philanthropists typically reward the best fundraisers, and not the best projects.

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Before We Were Connected: How To Achieve a Statewide Professional Learning Network
Katrina Keene, EdSurge, 2016/06/09

Interesting accounbt of how Katrina Keene created an ed tech professional learning network (PLN) in Tennessee. "This evolution of #TnTechChat revealed something to me that I never knew in years past—that I had given up on my home state. If I had put something in action when I first began on Twitter, perhaps our state of Tennessee could have been connected sooner. But regardless, we were and are now connected."

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Competencies and Learning Objectives
School of Public Health, 2016/06/09

Short 4 page PDF that defines competencies, distinguishes them from learning objectoives, and provides guidance on how to write them.

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