This Week @DonnellKay - Slow & Steady into July

June came to a close quietly, and July promises to be just as slow here at Donnell-Kay. It seems a lot of ed reformers are on vacation, along with much of the school world. But slow still means steady here in the office, where we’re taking the opportunity to get plenty of work done!

What we’re working on…


MindShift KQED: Teachers and parents now have a huge multimedia resource to help educate kids about a wide range of subjects. It’s called PBS LearningMedia, and it’s a treasure trove of high-quality content from public broadcasting stations from around the country.

EdWeek’s Digital Education blog: Among its findings, the “Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update” reports that two in five students believe online classes are an essential component to education, and that administrators’ concerns about funding online courses are (slowly) fading, while concerns about evaluating quality of online courses is rising.


MTV’s starting a new series about high school dropouts, a la “16 and Pregnant.”

Center for American Progress: Tapping Charter Schools to Turn Around the Nation’s Dropout Factories


NPR’s Fresh Air discusses charter school fraud in Philadelphia.

Education News Colorado: DPS approves 9 new schools

National Journal’s expert bloggers consider: To what extent can charters change the education landscape?

What we’re reading…

Makers on the PBS NewsHour: Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in US Science Education?

David Brooks: Smells Like School Spirit

Happy 4th of July!

Kristina Tabor, Donnell-Kay

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Friday, July 1, 2011