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Lisa Petrides

Entries by Lisa Petrides

The Power of Encouragement As a Force for Learning

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

As an educator and founder of a nonprofit education institute, I believe, as does recent TED Prize winner, educator Sugata Mitra, that we are...

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Education Diplomacy: Hillary Clinton's Global Learning Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Last Monday, during her final week as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton commanded the attention of a global education force field from the State Department, the Arab League, the Department of Education, and a group of representatives from other national and international education organizations and institutions with a simple, but...

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Beyond the Textbook

(6) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Probably none of us have gone through high school or college without some relationship to that 20th century artifact of learning called the textbook. While I remember in high school not being allowed to write in my textbook, I also remember being delighted in college when I realized that because...

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Measuring the Value of a College Degree

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Not long ago, a degree was all it took to open doors. While a diploma from an Ivy League school still gets attention, the reality is that the value of a college diploma is being questioned from all sides. Parents and students want to be reassured that they are not...

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Welcome to the Education Renaissance

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Today's disruptive changes in education -- from the proliferation of digital devices to the availability of open educational resources, online universities, and badge-based certification -- have the field abuzz like never before. Recently I had the opportunity to give a talk at WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning...

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'Superman' Puts Spotlight on Education

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 1:29 PM

On opening night I got to see the new documentary by Davis Guggenheim, "Waiting for 'Superman'," a film that is bringing cognitive dissonance to educators across the country. Before that, I had read a dozen or so well-written blogs that had described in detail the movie's...

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You Say You Want a Virtual Revolution?

(5) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 2:41 PM

In a provocative commentary published in Sunday’s Washington Post, frequent Huffington Post blogger Zephyr Teachout predicts that “a virtual revolution is brewing for colleges.” What digital technology has done to the newspaper business, it will soon do to higher education, she argues.

Increasingly, notes Teachout, college students are...

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Digital Textbooks, Real Gains for Education

(8) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 10:36 AM

Governor Schwarzenegger has a plan to make California the first state in the nation to provide its schools with free digital textbooks. The initiative would start this fall with online materials for high school math and science classes. The Governor explained his thinking in an op-ed in the San...

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