1. As part of our ongoing, seemingly never ending conversations on education and pop culture, we sat down with Deborah Green, an educator/doctoral student to get her thoughts on current life in the K-12 environment.

    How do teachers bring current events into the classroom? How does the educational system restore trust with local communities? What does the future of the classroom look like? How do students react to different policy changes like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top? We cover these questions, plus a few more, in a far-ranging conversation. Let us know what you think! (Facebook.com/TheGCafe)

    This is Part 1 of our interview. Part 2 will be on the way soon!

  2. W-I-N-N-E-R
guardian:

Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Snigdha Nandipati wins US National Spelling Bee
The San Diego teenager beat eight finalists to triumph in the National Spelling Bee after studying up to six hours a day - but what was her winning word?

    W-I-N-N-E-R

    guardian:

    Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    Snigdha Nandipati wins US National Spelling Bee

    The San Diego teenager beat eight finalists to triumph in the National Spelling Bee after studying up to six hours a day - but what was her winning word?

  3. Floyd recently sat down with Dr. Lisa Niles, professor of British Literature at Spelman College, for a wide ranging chat about her specialty and popular culture; how her students relate to Nicki Minaj, Oprah, and Michelle Obama; and the future of digital education. Awesome stuff!

    In this segment: transparency in news sources, bringing the outside world into the classroom, and how our society is making it harder to read lengthy content.

    Hang out with us here: Facebook.com/TheGCafe

  4. Floyd recently sat down with Dr. Lisa Niles, professor of British Literature at Spelman College, for a wide ranging chat about her specialty and popular culture; how her students relate to Nicki Minaj, Oprah, and Michelle Obama; and the future of digital education. Awesome stuff!

    Hang out with us here: Facebook.com/TheGCafe

  5. President Obama explains that states will have greater flexibility to find innovative ways of improving the education system, so that we can raise standards in our classrooms and prepare the next generation to succeed in the global economy.

    Do you agree or disagree? Let us know…  More here.

  6. We’re happy to be collaborating with Spelman College again this fall semester.  These super-smart students will be using our content—the same wonderful content we give you daily—as the basis for weekly assignments related to their literary studies curriculum. 

    Once again, we’re proud to be associated with academia in such an innovative way, and we look forward to learning from them as they show us how social media and global popular culture influence each other in ways we never imagined.

    This is awesome stuff, right? Riiiiight…

    (Click here for more)

  7. latimes:

Dream Act students won’t be deportation targets, officials say.
Photo: Ruben Bernal, who recently graduated from San Jose State University, rallies for the Dream Act in downtown San Jose on June 29. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

    latimes:

    Dream Act students won’t be deportation targets, officials say.

    Photo: Ruben Bernal, who recently graduated from San Jose State University, rallies for the Dream Act in downtown San Jose on June 29. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

  8. America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta →

    csmonitor:

    At least 178 teachers and principals in Atlanta Public Schools cheated to raise student scores on high-stakes standardized tests, according to a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

    This appears to be the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country. The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.

  9. latimes:

The University of California is recruiting out-of-state students for the higher tuition they pay. The biggest increases in the freshman class will be at Berkeley, UCLA and San Diego.
Photo: UCLA is one of the campuses with a larger percentage of out-of-state students. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

    latimes:

    The University of California is recruiting out-of-state students for the higher tuition they pay. The biggest increases in the freshman class will be at Berkeley, UCLA and San Diego.

    Photo: UCLA is one of the campuses with a larger percentage of out-of-state students. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

  10. Wall Street Journal: "California Prison Academy: Better Than a Harvard Degree" →

    latimes:

    Prison guards can retire at the age of 55 and earn 85% of their final year’s salary for the rest of their lives. They also continue to receive medical benefits.

    reblogged via markcoatney (with longer discussion on his blog)