What Is a MOOC?

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, take education out of the classroom and make classes from top-rated universities available for free to anyone who can connect to the Internet. MOOCs are in their infancy, but their potential is huge.
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PA: Students Have Been Stabbed at High School, 20 Injured

On Wednesday morning a teenage boy armed with two kitchen knives went on a rampage at his high school (Franklin Regional High School) in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, injuring 19 students and a security guard, according to the media. The suspected attacker, a 16 years old student, was taken into custody. Emergency (more...)

The importance of the college admission essay

By Donna Kirschner, PhD. Is your child or grandchild applying to college? Did you know that a good essay can make a difference between the "reject" and "accept" pile on the admission officer's desk? American colleges are very competitive. Many families (more...)

Spring Break…Tips for Parent Survival!

By Terri Fedonczak Life Coach, Parent Counselor and Author of Field Guide to Plugged-In Parenting, Even if You Were Raised by Wolves Field Guide To Plugged-in Parenting Website www.girlpowerforgood.com It’s March, and we are prepping for warmer weather, green beer, and the portent of parental doom (cue scary music)—Spring Break. (more...)

Online Course Helps English Learners Improve Skills

This blog post by Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, was published on the State Department website on January 6. Massive Open Online Course Helps English Language Learners Improve Writing Skills By Evan M. Ryan International students connect the United States with the world. We (more...)

Special Education Report

By Reps. Mike Sturla, Jim Roebuck, Mark Longietti Nearly 270,000 Pennsylvania children -- one out of every 6.5 students – receive special education services in our public schools. While the number has steadily grown over the years, funding for special education has been stagnant since 2009. Many (more...)

Sen. Stack Joins Call for Corbett to Restore University Funding

Sen. Mike Stack joined the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties today to demand that Gov. Tom Corbett fully restore the funding slashed from the 14 state-owned universities. Stack (D-Philadelphia) said Pennsylvania’s budgets should no longer be balanced on the backs of students and their families. “Ever since this governor (more...)

Female Suicide Bomber Has Blown Herself Up On a Bus

According to the media, female suicide bomber has blown herself up on a city bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing six people and injuring about 30, some of them seriously. It is believed there were about 40 people on board the bus. One man whose (more...)

Solobay: Report Shows Need for Action on E-Cigarette Bill

State Sen. Tim Solobay said  cited a report from the Centers for Disease Control as a call for quick legislative action on his bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. "There is still a lot we don’t know about the long-term use of electronic cigarettes,” Solobay said. “Growing (more...)

Public Schools Remain Popular Choice

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor football players take the field as students, families and local fans cheer them on. While the University of Michigan maintains a slew of successful athletic programs, the public school's academic reputation is on par with private schools in the Ivy (more...)

Education Key to Prosperous Lives

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer Data on student learning gathered by aid workers in partner countries is helping the United States develop effective local strategies to teach reading to 100 million children by 2015, says the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development. “Instead of measuring our success by (more...)

Rise of the Public School

(The following text is excerpted from the U.S. Department of State publication USA Education in Brief.) Public schools were unknown in the colonial era, although several New England colonies established “subscription schools” for those who could afford to pay the fees. Harvard, the first institution of higher learning (more...)

Mayor Nutter Issues Statement On Philadelphia School District Layoffs

Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Philadelphia School District to lay off 3,783 teachers and support staff: For months, the School District has been open and honest about the impact that its $304 million budget shortfall would have on District (more...)

White House Honors 11 Immigrant Innovators

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The White House has named 11 American inventors and entrepreneurs as Immigrant Innovator Champions of Change. “Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said in announcing the honors May 29. “We are proud to recognize these leaders who (more...)

Annual Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Event

The City of Philadelphia hosted dozens of college and career-bound youths at a kick-off event in City Hall today as part of the 11th annual Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day, a nationally observed day of mentoring, is coordinated locally by (more...)

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