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February 13, 2013
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  • Ariz. students shoot for stars in rocketry challenge
    Students at a middle school in San Luis, Ariz., are aiming to compete in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. "The kids are putting to the test their knowledge, but above all they are using something basic in science and technology -- that is, persistence and teamwork," said Francisco Vasquez, team adviser and science teacher. The Yuma Daily Sun (Ariz.) (2/12)
  • Why arts teachers may be experts in project-based learning
    Core-subject teachers should consider looking to arts teachers for ideas on how to do project-based learning, Canadian educator Brenda Sherry writes in this blog post. Arts teachers, who spend most of their class time guiding students in the creation of solo or group projects, have expertise in setting up a classroom environment where students feel safe to collaborate. "Routines are established that teach students how to cooperate; how to lead sometimes, and how to be led by peers other times," Sherry writes. Powerful Learning Practice/Voices from the Learning Revolution blog (2/8)
Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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  • Chicago schools use career training to help fill skills gap
    High-school students in five Chicago public schools now have more options when it comes to preparing for life after high school. The schools are offering an alternative curriculum designed in partnership with local businesses. Students who complete the program leave with technical certifications and credit toward an associate degree. U.S. News & World Report (2/11) Email this Story
  • Md. school maps out project-based learning with the common core
    A public middle and high school in Baltimore this year adopted a schoolwide project-based learning approach aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The school's adoption of PBL included the creation of a map that offers a diagram of standards under the common core, writes Eric Isselhardt, chief academic officer at the Green Street Academy. A project route then was created, which aligns with the standards map, and educators then focused on what was needed for students to be successful and whether the project met the standards, Isselhardt writes in this blog post. Edutopia.org/Eric Isselhardt's blog (2/11)
 
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

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Several excuses are always less convincing than one."
--Aldous Huxley,
British author



 
 
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