Michelle Rhee gives Olin Lecture on public education reform

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    Michelle Rhee: Lead from the Front


    Education activist Michelle Rhee offered three pieces of advice to students and stressed the importance of public education, great teachers, and advocating for kids. Rhee is the former chancellor of Washington, DC public schools and founder and CEO of StudentsFirst.

    Rhee spoke at Stanford Graduate School of Business as part of the View From The Top speaker series.

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    Public education -- are we under, over or just misspending? Michelle Rhee at TEDxWallStreet


    Michelle began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore. In 1997, Michelle founded and led The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, Michelle served as chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing — for the first time in decades — in enrollment. Working in education over the past twenty years, time after time I saw obstacles keeping kids from getting what they needed from their schools. Yes, there were challenges that were going to be difficult to overcome no matter what, but so many practices just didn't make sense and were completely within our power to change. When I tried to change them, I found out why the status quo had persisted for so long. Groups that put the interests of adults in the system first were driving the conversation, and they were backed by big dollars and political power. What we needed was a collective voice solely representing kids' best interests, because the sense of balance was completely gone. I started StudentsFirst to change that. Schools exist to give kids the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed, and EVERY decision has to revolve around that.

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    The real experts of education reform | Oliver Sicat | TEDxOrangeCoast


    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Empower our students and teachers, who are closest to the problems of learning, to make decisions, says Oliver Sicat. In his talk, Oliver explains how students, teachers and parents are the key to really impacting the education reform, and the education of tomorrow.

    Oliver Sicat is the CEO of Ednovate, a personalized learning charter management organization founded in partnership with USC that is redesigning the American High School experience.

    Before that Oliver served as Chief Portfolio Officer within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As an executive cabinet member, he improved student achievement results for 403,000 students attending 675 schools.

    Oliver has also been a successful teacher, non-profit founder and charter school principal. In 2006, Oliver was named Teacher of the Year in the Boston Public Schools, and his non-profit, Emagine, was nationally recognized for its work preparing first-generation college students for college. He moved to Chicago to build a school for the Noble Network of Charter Schools, and under his leadership, it became the #1 non-selective school in Chicago in 2011 and remains #1 today.

    Oliver graduated from the University of Southern California and received his Masters degree from Harvard University

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    WASHINGTON WATCH: Michelle Rhee On Education Reform, Accountability In Schools, New Book Radical


    A report recently published by Harvard University found that students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate. Unfortunately, African-American and poor students bear the brunt of the problems with America's educational system.

    Michelle Rhee is the founder of Students First, a political advocacy organization for education reform, and she believes part of the solution to the problem might be found in who's teaching our children.

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    An Education Agenda for the Next President


    Founder of StudentsFirst and former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools, Michelle Rhee joined Paul Reville, a professor of Practice of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, for a conversation about the future of education policy. She spoke regarding the prevalence of standardized testing, emphasizing that no education reformer considers standardized tests to be an exhaustive measure of a student’s ability. She continued that the teacher would always look beyond mere test scores to gauge a student’s ability, yet standardized tests do provide the initial value of comparing where students stand. Maggie Williams, Director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, introduced the program.

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    Michelle Rhee Flunks Bill Mahers Test


    Once again, comedians like Maher, Stewart and Colbert seemed to be able to peel away the veneer of the rightwing's propaganda apparatus. Watch as Bill Maher dissects education agitator Michelle Rhee, March 15, 2013.

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    Improving Public Schools Hearing: Michelle Rhee Part 1


    Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, testifies at an Education and Labor Committee hearing concerning mayor and superintendent partnerships in education on July 17, 2008.

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    Ravitch vs. Kopp I


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    Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother


    Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother

    Author, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School

    Anna W.M. Mok, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Vice Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

    Parenting in public is a gutsy move, and no one knows that better than Chua. The Yale Law School professor's 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, took an honest and often provocative look at the rewards -- and the costs -- of raising her children the strict Chinese way. Join us as best-selling author Chua talks about the parenting cultural divide, her struggles and aspirations as a parent, and what it really means to be a tiger mother.

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    The Importance of Education Reform


    President Obama speaks about the critical need for education reform and discusses what his Administration has done to raise standards and encourage excellence during a speech to the Urban League. July 29, 2010.

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    The Education of Michelle Rhee Cheating Scandal


    FRONTLINE examines the legacy of Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools.

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    How to Change Education - Ken Robinson


    Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

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    Michelle Rhee in DC: Episode 1 - Pt 1


    Washington D.C.'s new superintendent Michelle Rhee promises to turn D.C.'s failing school system around. But she's facing some pretty big challenges and skepticism from a city that has heard promises from 6 superintendents in the last 10 years.

    Part 1 in our year-long series on leadership and school reform efforts. Be sure to watch the companion segment in New Orleans.

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    Wendy Kopp: Answering Teach For Americas Critics


    Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach For America, believes that many critics of her organization are misinformed about the thoroughness of the program. Kopp is willing to put Teach For America's pre-service teacher training up against that of any other organization, and she believes their recruitment process constantly improves. Rather than being a band-aid to the education crisis, Kopp sees Teach For America as answering an urgent need that the nation can no longer wait to address.

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    Thomas Friedman lecture on education in America


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    Has education reform gone wrong? | VISION TALKS


    Has education reform gone wrong? What problems are American educators actually trying to solve? Should our focus be on securing our economic future, or on securing the future of our nation's children? In this Vision Talk, Chancellor of DC Public Schools Kaya Henderson spells out her vision for education and our young people.

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    Partial transcript:

    My name is Kaya Henderson and I am chancellor of DC Public Schools. But before I was chancellor of DC Public Schools, I am mom to Marcus, who is 9, and Robert Jr., who is 18. But before I was mom to them, I was Kaya Henderson, a little girl who got a great public education and is living the American dream.

    Yeah, I got a great house, drive my own car. I have a good job. I don’t borrow money from my parents every month to pay my bills. (Inaudible) – exactly what a good public education is supposed to do for you. In fact, my family started out in the projects of Mount Vernon, New York. My family lived in the projects for 47 years. And we moved solidly out of the lower income rung into the middle class. My mother was the first person in our family to go to a college, the first person in our family to buy a home, and the first person in our family to propel the second generation, me, to the kind of middle class existence that I think every parent hopes for their kid in America. I am living the American dream.

    And so my vision for education is totally fueled by my individual experience, by my experience as Kaya the mom and then as my experience as Kaya Henderson, chancellor of DC Public Schools. What’s my vision? My vision is that the same public educational system that was able to do it for my mother, that was able to do it for me and to propel me to one of the best universities in this country, Georgetown University – (inaudible) – and that I have that count on that education system to do it for Marcus and to do it for Robert. And if it can do it for my mom and for me and for Marcus and for Robert, then it can do it for every kid in Washington, DC, public schools. That’s my vision.

    My vision is not one where my children only know how to read and do math. My vision is one where my children and every child in the city of Washington actually know how to read and do math. They can master science and social studies. They have technological facility. They can speak a foreign language, at least one, right? They can master an instrument. They play a sport. And they might do a few other things that I haven’t thought about because that’s what a great public education provides.

    My vision for education is that we can do that for every single one of our young people, whether they come from a middle class background or whether they come from an impoverished background. My vision for education is we can do whether they are general education students or whether they come to us with special needs. My vision for education is that we can accomplish that, whether they speak English as their first language or English as their second or third language.

    Somehow or another, I think we’ve gotten away from the belief that we can do that for every student in Washington, DC, and in America. In fact, I think education reform, whatever that means, has gone wrong. We don’t know what problem we’re actually trying to solve. We’re trying to increase test scores or we’re trying to outcompete the Finns or we’re trying to make sure – to secure our economic future. But Kaya the mom doesn’t really care about our economic future. Kaya the mom cares about whether or not Robert and Marcus are going to come home after college and live with me. (Laughter.) Kaya the mom wants to know that when they leave DCPS, they are leaving 41-1013 place, too, permanently. (Laughter.) Kaya the mom wants to know that when my children leave, they can be and do anything that they want to do.

    I don’t know what my children’s test scores are. I don’t care. What do people say when their children don’t score well on tests? Oh, my kids just don’t test well. Do we think they’re not smart? No. So why are we putting all of our emphasis around tests? In fact, we care about way more than tests. We care about whether they can do a number of things. And in fact, we are getting this all wrong because we’re concentrating on the wrong things.

    Has education reform gone wrong?

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    Michelle Rhee in DC: Episode 8


    In our latest episode we met up with Darrin Slade, principal of Ron Brown Middle School, to see how he was coping with the influx of students that doubled the number of students he's responsible for.

    Principal Slade may be the right person for the job now, but if test scores dont increase by the end of the year, he might lose his job.Tune into The NewsHour tonight to find out if Principal Slade's efforts will be enough.

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    Dont Just Follow Your Passion: A Talk for Generation Y: Eunice Hii at TEDxTerryTalks 2012


    Eunice Hii, a recent graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business, talks about the challenges of following your passion, especially as an individual who is, herself, part of the Generation Y, and viscerally aware of the many opinions that inform that term. Here, she suggests that one can still follow their passions, but with a number of important parameters in mind.

    November 3rd, 2012. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Filmed by Craig Ross: Video edited by David Ng

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    What Did We Learn from Michelle Rhee? 2/25/2011


    Richard Whitmire, Author of The Bee Eater, discusses education reform.

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    Michelle Rhee in DC: Episode 7


    In her first year as DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee was not one for timid steps. And she's continuing with her sweeping changes.

    She's proposing a new contract to the teachers union: one that could double salaries in some cases and get rid of teachers in other cases. To make it happen, she needs a new union contract thatties teacher pay to student performance and gives her the flexibility to remove ineffective teachers. The whole plan, however, is ultimately up to the 4,000 members of Washington's teachers union.

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    DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee

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    Education for opportunity: 3 ideas for American education reform


    Education reform has the potential to open incredible doors to opportunity. Yet despite unprecedented levels of public school funding, far too many students in America never enjoy the benefits that can result from a high-quality education.

    In his new book, “Education and Opportunity,” Michael Q. McShane proposes a market-based approach to revitalizing failing American schools — one that fosters innovation and encourages competition via school choice, education savings accounts, and charter schools. But as with any sector of the economy that moves from a public monopoly to market-led solutions, smart stabilization and support from other institutions are essential for making a decentralized school system effective.

    McShane lays out a compelling case for education reform that encourages wiser use of technology and a “marketplace of education options” that can help today’s students succeed in tomorrow’s economy

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    Did you know that Americans without a high school diploma, compared to college graduates, are three times more likely to be unemployed, and even those with high school diplomas average fifty percent less in annual income than those with college degrees? But the gap between the educational “haves” and “have-nots” is vast and only growing wider.
    Take Jennifer, a fourth grader born into the poorest 20 percent. Without a college degree, she only has a 5 percent chance of reaching the top, compared to a 45 percent chance of staying in poverty. With a college degree, she’s more likely to make it to the top quintile than she is to remain in the bottom. A quality education makes an enormous difference.
    But it will be an uphill climb because Jennifer’s family will have fewer options for where she can attend school. Wealthier families can afford to live in better school districts or to pay for private schools. Jennifer can only hope the local public school is decent, or take her chances and try to get into a magnet school or a charter school.
    The truth is, our education system stacks the odds against the poorest children, like Jennifer. But here’s the thing: it’s not a spending problem. In inflation-adjusted terms, the average yearly spending per student from 1970 to today has more than doubled. Some of the cities in the United States with the most grinding poverty actually spend among the most per student. Since 1950, while the overall number of students has grown 96 percent, the total number of teachers and staff has grown 252 percent and a whopping 702 percent, respectively. Jobs are opening for Miss Penny and Principal Jones, but it’s not working for Jennifer.
    The problem with the American educational system remains just that—the system. The way we pay for, organize and regulate schools does not foster innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. School districts have become bloated bureaucracies that stifle creativity. It’s demoralizing, it’s dehumanizing, and it hurts kids like Jennifer. The good news? We can change it. There are three big steps we can take right now.

    American schools are failing: 3 ideas for education reform

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    Emily Luk: A Tiger Daughter Weighs In


    The Amy Chua Effect: What is it like being the child of Chinese immigrant parents in the Western world? A young Chinese-Canadian woman gives us her perspective.

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    Cornell Seismologist Helps Solve Oklahomas Earthquake Mystery


    Cornell Engineering seismologist Katie Keranen helped solve Oklahoma's earthquake mystery.

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    Trump meets with Michelle Rhee as shes being eyed for Secretary of Education


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    Trump meets with Michelle Rhee as she's being eyed for Secretary of Education

    President-elect Donald Trump met with controversial former Washington, D.C. public school chancellor Michelle Rhee, who is considered to be in the running for Secretary of Education as part of his administration.
    Her husband, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, joined her for the meeting on Saturday at the billionaire businessman's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
    The couple, who are both Democrats, were photographed departing the clubhouse in the afternoon after their meeting and shaking hands with Trump outside.
    Like Trump, Rhee has been a supporter of school choice, which calls for public money to be used for charter schools.

    In September, Trump released his School Choice Policy that calls for the incoming administration to redirect $20billion in federal funds immediately to school choice - which will be in the form of block grants for roughly 11 million children living in poverty, Fox News reported.
    'We want every disadvantaged child to be able to choose the local public, private, charter or magnet school that is best for them and their family,' the Trump campaign said in announcing the plan.
    'Each state will develop its own formula, but the dollars should follow the student.'
    While Rhee, the daughter of Korean immigrants, worked in DC as the chancellor, she was given the power to change the under-performing city's school system under Mayor Adrian Fenty.
    In 2008, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine with the headline, 'How to Fix America's Schools'.
    However, the picture of her holding a broom offended and enraged teachers who felt as though the image showed her intentions of how she wanted to fix the school system by sweeping out the most experienced teachers, as she called for educators to be paid based on their performance and not by their tenure.
    The Republican president also supports teachers being paid based off of merit, which he claims rewards 'great teachers ...instead of the failed tenure system that currently exists, which rewards bad teachers and punishes good ones.'

    Rhee has also been the supporter of the Common Core educational standards in the past, which the president-elect has often called a 'total disaster.'
    Trump has vowed to abolish Common Core in his first 100 days as president and replace it with the School Choice and Education Opportunity Act.
    While Rhee worked in D.C., the high school graduation rates improved as well as the scores in standardized testing for math and reading.
    Despite the improvements, parents and others stopped supporting her as they complained Rhee made decision with little public input about firing principals and teachers. In 2010 alone, she fired 241 teachers in the city, Fox News reported.
    The appointment of Rhee – who has been dubbed 'Public Enemy No. 1' of the teachers' unions -- would be a bold move by the Trump team, and a signal that his administration is gearing up to take an aggressive stance on education reform.
    Her history of backing school choice and battling the teachers' unions has also earned her support from many conservatives.
    Rhee began her career as a teacher with Teach for America, before founding a non-profit group to train educators in 1997.
    Rhee has served as CEO of StudentsFirst, a non-profit group she founded in 2010 to lobby for education reform initiatives.
    Trump has spent the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey meeting with high-profile figures in the political and business world to finalize members of his Cabinet.

    Outside of meeting with Rhee, Trump also met with former Republican presidential nominee and governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney.
    The US president-elect was joined by Mike Pence for a meeting with Romney, who has been one of his most outspoken critics.
    Trump clapped his hands several times as Romney walked up the steps to the clubhouse just before 1pm.
    Romney shook hands with the president-elect and said 'good to see you, sir', as they gripped each other's arms.
    He then shook hands with Pence and patted him on the back as the three men walked into the clubhouse together.
    It is believed Romney is a possible contender for secretary of state, despite the fact that he led the Republican opposition against Trump's campaign for the presidency.
    The former Governor of Massachusetts also previously called Trump a 'phony', 'fraud' and 'con man', criticizing both his fitness to be president and his policies.

    In May, Romney wrote a lengthy Facebook post in which he said Trump should be disqualified from receiving the nomination after refusing to release his tax returns.
    'There is only one logical explanation for Mr Trump's refusal to release his returns: there is a bombshell in them,' Romney wrote.
    'Given Mr. Trump's equanimity with other flaws in his history, we can only assume it's a bombshell of unusual size.'

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    Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson


    Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson: How to Transform American Education

    Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, Students First; Former Chancellor, District of Columbia Public School System
    Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento; Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Public Education

    Students First is an organization that Rhee calls a national movement to transform education. In her controversial three years as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., school system, she closed nearly two dozen schools, cut administrative positions and proposed that teacher salaries be based on merit rather than tenure. Today, her goal is to put pressure on elected officials and press for changes in legislation to make things better for kids. Sacramento Mayor Johnson says he's committed to identifying ways to strategically drive education reform. Upon retiring from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Johnson returned to his hometown of Sacramento to serve as the CEO of St. HOPE, a nonprofit community development organization he founded to revitalize inner-city communities. Hear from these two leaders about what can be done to save the American education system.

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    The Education of Michelle Rhee -- Cheating Scandal


    FRONTLINE's The Education of Michelle Rhee examines the legacy of the former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools.

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    Hearing in a jumping spider


    Jumping spiders are highly visual animals. They use vision in courtship and to catch food. Gil Menda in Ron Hoy's lab at Cornell University developed a technique to record from the brain of a jumping spider. This enabled him to study their vision but also revealed the surprising fact that some brain neurons were sensitive to both visual stimuli and to sound. It has been known for a long time that jumping spiders were sensitive to substrate vibrations, but this was distant sound. It turns out that they are very sensitive to sounds from about 80 to 130 Hz a frequency characteristic of their chief predator a wasp. When you play sounds of these frequencies to a walking spider, it freezes. Lacking any obvious ears, it is the trichobothria—long hairs on the spiders legs—which are the receptors.

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    A Manifesto for the Education Reform Movement


    Who ed reformers really are and what they really care about (hint: it's kids. Just...kids).

    To get involved, check out reform.education.

    (NOTE: This video is my work alone, and was not sanctioned nor approved by any actual education reform organization. Yes, I'm attempting to speak for all of them! But I don't.)

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    Mathematician Shares Secret Universe of Patterns, Beauty, Interconnectedness


    Cornell professors are often sought after by the media for their expertise and passion. Steven Strogatz communicates the beauty of math not only to students but also to the public via books, TED Talks and publications like the New York Times. Watch the video...

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    Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson


    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

    TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes -- including speakers such as Jill Bolte Taylor, Sir Ken Robinson, Hans Rosling, Al Gore and Arthur Benjamin. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com, at

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    Diane Ravitch: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to Americas Public Schools


    Diane Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

    In her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools, Ravitch argues that the crisis in American education is not a crisis of academic achievement but a concerted effort to destroy public schools in this country.

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    Netherlands - Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education


    In a drive to raise the quality of classroom teaching and boost student performance, Dutch education authorities are encouraging teachers to learn from each other through a process of peer review..

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    RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms


    This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

    The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to driving social progress and spreading world-changing ideas.

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    This audio has been edited from the original event by Becca Pyne. Series produced by Abi Stephenson, RSA.

    Animation by Cognitive Media. Andrew Park, the mastermind behind the Animate series and everyone's favourite hairy hand, discusses their appeal and success in his blog post, 'Talk to the hand':

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    Cambridge: Undergraduate Sample Lecture: Psychology of Education


    This short lecture explores some of the research findings from cognitive psychology that could have an impact on educational practices. In the first part of the lecture, we complete part of a classic study (Bransford & Johnson, 1972) looking what factors might help us remember. The results of this study indicated that having meaningful personal experiences before learning about something new helps us remember that something new much better than without those experiences. Further, those experiences need to be relevant for the information that we are about to remember. As a result of this work, Schwartz & Bransford (1998) recommended that there is 'a time for telling' meaning that lectures are only useful when they come after meaningful and relevant experiences. In the second part of the lecture we talked about a recent review paper by Dunlosky et al. (2013) that looked at a large number of different types of experiments in different learning contexts to evaluate whether certain types of revision techniques are useful. They report that some very popular techniques do not actually help with learning. We concluded the lecture with a discussion of these techniques.

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    Why Teach For America Works - Michelle Rhee


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    Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, shares some prominent moments in Teach For America and how they have affected her reform ideals. She describes her personal experience discovering and participating in the program.


    Transforming the System: An Interview with Michelle Rhee with Eli Broad. - Aspen Institute

    Michelle Rhee is chancellor of DC Public Schools, a district with 50,000 students and 144 schools. She is also the founder of The New Teacher Project, a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative solutions to the challenges of hiring new teachers.

    As president and CEO of TNTP, Rhee partnered with school districts, state education agencies, nonprofit organizations, and unions to transform the way difficult-to-staff schools recruit, select, and train highly qualified teachers.

    Her work resulted in widespread reform in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland, and Philadelphia. Rhee's commitment to excellence in education began in a Baltimore classroom as a Teach-for-America teacher. Rhee currently serves on the advisory boards for the National Council on Teacher Quality, the National Center for Alternative Certification, and Project REACH of the University of Phoenix's School of Education.

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    Hannah Nguyen Calls Out Michelle Rhee


    The chilling rumor of Michelle Rhee becoming Trump’s Secretary of Education put me in mind of education activist Hannah Nguyen. I met Hannah after fortuitously video taping her throw-down of Michelle Rhee in Los Angeles. The vid went viral with over 20,000 hits. Here is an edited version I used in my documentary “Hop. VP

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    Why we should be worried about current educational reforms


    Dean's Lecture Series 2012
    Presented by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    Speaker: Professor Michael Apple

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    Cornell Professor Targets Disease that Affects Millions


    The excitement for me in being a researcher, a scientist, is the discovery of something new...that nobody else has seen this in the world, says Avery August, professor of microbiology and immunology at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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    Michelle Rhee on Education Reform


    On June 15, 2011, Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO of Students First, spoke at Roosevelt House on education reform and creating schools of excellence.

    Michelle Rhee began her career as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member in a Harlem Park Community School in Baltimore City. Through her own trial and error in the classroom, she gained a tremendous respect for the hard work that teachers do every day. She also learned the lesson that would drive her mission for years to come: teachers are the most powerful driving force behind student achievement in our schools. In 1997 Ms. Rhee founded The New Teacher Project (TNTP) to bring more excellent teachers to classrooms across the country. Under her leadership TNTP became a leading organization in understanding and developing innovative solutions to the challenges of new teacher hiring. As Chief Executive Officer and President, Ms. Rhee partnered with school districts, state education agencies; non-profit organizations and unions to transform the way schools and other organizations recruit, select and train 23,000 highly qualified teachers in difficult-to-staff schools.

    On June 12, 2007, Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed Chancellor Rhee to lead the District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her leadership, the worst performing school district in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and state math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades over three years. In 2010, she left DCPS to found her own organization - Students First - which she describes as a grassroots movement designed to mobilize parents, teachers, students, administrators, and citizens throughout country, and to channel their energy to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level.

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    Michelle Rhee This Week Interview: Author of Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.


    Controversial education reformer, author of the new book Radical: Fighting to Put Students First.

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    Greg McKeown: Essentialism | Talks at Google


    Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized? Does your day sometimes get hijacked by someone else's agenda?Have you ever said yes simply to please and then resented it? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

    The Way of the Essentialist involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution.

    The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's not about getting less done. It's about getting only the right things done. It's about challenging the core assumption of 'we can have it all' and 'I have to do everything' and replacing it with the pursuit of 'the right thing, in the right way, at the right time'. It's about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies instead of giving others implicit permission to choose for us.

    In Essentialism, Greg McKeown draws on experience and insight from working with the leaders of the most innovative companies in the world to show how to achieve the disciplined pursuit of less.

    By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.

    Essentialism isn't one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a discipline you apply constantly, effortlessly. Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Greg previously spoke at Google about Multipliers.

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    Michelle Rhee: Radical: Fighting to Put Students First - May 22, 2013


    Educator Michelle Rhee joined Library Director Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about her new book Radical: Fighting to Put Students First and explained her ideas for improving public education by ensuring that laws, leaders, and politics are making students - not adults - their top priority.

    Rhee is past chancellor of the Washington D.C. Public Schools and the founder, CEO, and president of the New Teacher Project. In 2010, she founded StudentsFirst, a non-profit organization which works on education reform issues such as ending teacher tenure. This event was co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute.

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    Bill Gates on Education Reform


    Bill Gates spoke with Katie Couric on Obama's push for reform in the U.S. education system.

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    Cornell Tree Climbing expedition to the Republic of Georgia


    In the summer of 2016, Dave Katz and Weston Forster of the Cornell Tree Climbing Institute, along with documentary filmmaker Ben Roif, traveled to the Republic of Georgia to explore and document at-risk forests. Over the course of six weeks, the team visited four distinct regions, from the Azerbaijan frontier in the east to the western region near the border of the Russian Federation. The project was a collaboration between Dave Katz and the Cornell Tree Climbing Institute with support from the Petzl Foundation.

    Film by Dave Katz and Ben Roif; Edited by Dave Katz; Music courtesy of SoundStripe; Climbing, rigging and additional photography by Weston Forster.

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    Cornell Professor on Cutting Edge of Architecture


    Jenny Sabin collaborates with scientists, engineers and artists. Her work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st-century architectural practice — one that applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.

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    CornellNYC: The Empire State Building


    Did you know? A Cornell graduate helped define NYC’s iconic skyline! It’s just one of countless ways Cornell University and Cornellians have impacted NYC.

    Cornell University has been a part of the fabric of New York City for more than 100 years. More than 50,000 Cornellians live in the greater New York City area. Cornell alumni in NYC are leaders in the areas of business and finance, art and culture, science, healthcare, law, public service, media, tech, fashion, hospitality, cuisine, and more.

    Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech are located in NYC. The College of Architecture, Art and Planning; School of Industrial and Labor Relations; College of Engineering; and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business have locations in NYC. Cornell Cooperative Extension programs support thousands of NYC residents and families in all five boroughs.

    Across the city, Cornell students live and learn, faculty conduct research to solve urgent needs, and community partners join us to raise the quality of life for millions of New Yorkers.


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    Gates Hall, new home of Computing and Information Science


    Introducing Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, the new home for Computing and Information Science. Designed by architectural firm Morphosis to facilitate collaboration and innovation, Gates Hall opened in January 2014. Here are a few glimpses inside and out.

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    Obama at ASU: Commencement Speech with intro by Michael Crow


    President Obama's commencement speech (with introduction by Dr. Michael Crow) at the Arizona State University Commencement 2009

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    Sell Your Ideas the Steve Jobs Way


    In his talk, Carmine Gallo demonstrates how extraordinary leaders such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and others communicate the vision and the value behind their service, product, or brand.

    Gallo addressed the Stanford GSB as part of the Mastery in Communication Initiative's Expert Speaker Series. Gallo is author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs .

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    Stanford GSB Mastery in Communication Initiative:

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