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There is no Finish Line in Education

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.29.2017 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Once again, significant federal change is afoot within U.S. education. The recent signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a significant shift away from tight national accountability to greater state-level systems of student outcomes measurement and assessments.

Learning Civic Responsibility

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Giving back helps students expand their awareness of social problems and the role civic action plays in solving issues. We want students to experience taking action as part of their learning so they can begin to decide what roles they will play in their own communities.

"With Liberty and Justice and High Speed Internet Access for All"

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

I have seen schools throughout the country where the excitement of learning is palpable and students utilize technology and internet access as an integral component in their daily learning.

Getting More Girls Into STEM Careers: Lessons From a Principal

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2014 | Technology
Lydia Dobyns

Currently about 25 percent of the workforce in life sciences and 15 percent of the workforce in engineering/computer science is female. "That is better than what it has been, but not where it should and can be," said Mansoureh.

College and Career Readiness -- Part Three

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

One characteristic of teams in learning organizations is that they operate as learning communities in which sensitively expressed dissent, conflict, and debate are encouraged as positive sources of learning. We encourage robust conversations.

Lessons From a Student Pursuing a STEM Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Encouraging young women to join the ever-growing community of women who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) requires positive role models, and an educational system that provides unbiased opportunity for all.

Soft Skills Are 'Hard As a Rock'

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Lydia Dobyns

I must admit I'm perplexed about the controversy over whether so-called "soft skills" such as work ethic, collaboration and critical thinking should be taught in school. This debate should be a non-starter. What's so soft about skills valued by Fortune 500 companies?

Pathways to Employment: Graduating Students Ready for College and Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

It was 10 years in the making, but when the Applied Technology Center opened its doors in 2011 to high school freshmen, it had been entirely funded through a local bond because the community saw the value of the school and supported it.

Students 'Flip' for Digital Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Students today live in a wired world. Educators strive to assure high school and post-secondary success for each student.

Making It Work: Today's Jobs Require Tomorrow's Skills

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

During June, July, and August, I heard the same question asked in many different ways: How do we expect our students to compete in today's global economy when we are teaching them as if they're living in yesterday's business world?

To Think or Not to Think ...That Is the Question!

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Many high school graduates don't acquire the skills necessary for success in the post-secondary world. Quality student work cannot be measured by today's multiple-choice tests.

Graduates Don't Just Take a Path... They Blaze a Trail

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

"Our philosophy is that teacher and student work should be public -- not hidden behind closed doors."

One Size After High School Does Not Fit All

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We do our high school students a great disservice by suggesting they should immediately go to a four-year college upon graduation from high school -- or they'll be sentenced to a life of unskilled labor.

Stop the Education "Blame Game": Let's Get Real About Accountability

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

If we want our teachers to succeed, we need to stop blaming them and offer new habits. Transforming our schools will demand real resources and real reform built on a commitment to change some of our behaviors.

Measuring an Education ROI: No Dollar Left Behind

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.03.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to start measuring educational success by aligning financial resources with performance expectations. "True" educational return on investment (ROI) deserves our undivided attention.

Educational Innovation Rises Down Under

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

The culture of learning we have in the U.S., and have now introduced in Australia, focuses not only on knowledge attainment, but also on the development of work ethic, teamwork, presentation skills and literacy skills.

Hungry to Learn

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

As an example of project based learning at its best, schools in the New Tech Network recently invited teachers to create projects using the hugely popular The Hunger Games trilogy as learning material.

Parents Attend High School, Too

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's said it takes a village to raise a child, and when it comes to education, that village is comprised of caring, concerned, involved parents who serve as positive role models for their children.

Digital Badges: The Great Equalizer?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to "blow-up" our antiquated college admissions process. The archaic ritual of getting into college by SAT/ACT scores and GPAs has outlived its usefulness.