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How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?

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Develop an OpenEducation Social Strategy

Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the pace of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership ...more »

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Technology infrastructure to help all schools

There is so much good technology available, but few school districts have the funds or staffing to support it. A large-scale technology infrastructure -- one that all school districts can access -- would benefit all schools, regardless of size and location. A national education technology infrastructure could provide many benefits, such as: * pre-recorded lectures on advanced subjects - currently, many smaller school ...more »

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Education Reform Suggested Name

Two suggestions of a new name for President Obama's proposed education reform:

 

"EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES"

 

"EVERY CHILD AN ACHIEVER"

 

Postively states that every child will receive an education that will produce college readiness or career readiness upon comletion of high school.

 

 

 

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setting in schools

I work in a English comprehensive school, we set out children from year 7 to 11 and this works really well. It allows the teacher to plan lessons according to the ability of the students in the class. we only set for the main classes which are English, Maths and Science, the rest of the lessons are taken as a working group in KS3 and then options in KS4. just wondered what you thought of our way of educating the students. ...more »

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No Child Left Behind

There are not enough characters for me to tell all that is wrong with this, but I will do my best. First of all this so called document needs to be scrapped or several ammendments need to be added. My grandchildren are going through the same school system that my grown children went through. There is no way a teacher can provide a lesson plan that is compatible for the whole class the way it is. There are advanced, ...more »

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Direct users of this site to ED.gov's Open Innovation Portal

https://innovation.ed.gov/ The Portal site has more features, and no plans to curtail or cease operations (this site stops accepting submissions on March 19, 2010)... From the Portal's homepage: "The Department of Education has developed this Portal as an online forum where key stakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate to turn those ideas into a new reality. By connecting an idea from ...more »

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Take the Politics Out of Education/Parent Accountability

1. Get rid of elected school boards. They make decisions based on politics NOT for the students. 2. Revisit welfare reform and include more ties to parent continuing education and student performance. 3. Offer incentives for administrators with core-subject backgrounds. There's something to be said about a leader who can do their teachers jobs in their absence. 4. Follow up on districts that received funds from the ...more »

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How to Improve Our Schools

In order for us to become a more perfect union I think that the following should take place to improve out eduction system: 1. Let the teachers take control in their classrooms and stop overtesting. 2. Understand that not all children have the ability to achieve at the same rate of speed. 3. Special needs students should not always be placed in the regular classroom because it interferes with the education of the students ...more »

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Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more ...more »

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"Five-Fold Increase in money for developing principals"

Instead of spending more money on principal development, spend more money on tuition for those seeking to be teachers, increasing teacher salaries ($50K should BE the starting salary because although teachers don't seek to make a million dollars, some do have families to support and should be able to live well), create a tax incentive for teachers, give teachers monetary incentives for student improvement, and spend money ...more »

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Teach logic and critical thinking.

If the goal of education is producing worthwhile, productive, intelligent citizens, why are we not teaching logic / critical thinking as a core subject along with reading, math, et al?

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Feedback on OpenEducation ideas and comments

Thank you to all who are following and participating in this OpenEducation discussion. The US Department of Education (ED) and other federal agencies are excited to present this forum and see a lively public debate. We are indeed reading ideas and comments (see http://openeducation.ideascale.com/a/dtd/25352-7030). We will be doing so until March 17, the date when this discussion closes. At that time, ideas will be ...more »

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