Archive of 2011 August

The Myth of Meritocracy

on August 19th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

People who know me know that I have a healthy National Public Radio (NPR) addiction.  As of late, it has become a habit to tune in at work.  On Tuesday as I sat at my desk, On Point, a daily opinion call-in show, aired a segment, “Jobless in America” (http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/08/16/jobless-today-in-america).  …

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Back to School

on August 19th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Teachers everywhere are preparing lessons to teach our children. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are investing their time and often investing their own money for your child’s literacy, prosperity and future. Thanks to teachers everywhere for all you do. We appreciate…

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West Wind’s 10th Anniversary: A Time to Give Back

on August 15th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

This year West Wind Education Policy, Inc. is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  To honor the goals and purposes of West Wind,  staff chose to celebrate by completing service projects in our community to support local K-12 education.  In June, the West Wind team assisted the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment (MYEP)  and…

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Best Practices for Organizing Online Communities of Practice

on August 5th, 2011 in Online Collaboration by | No Comments

This document discusses the “Best Practices” for managing an online collaboration site in support of professional communities of practice. Collaboration sites can provide professionals the space to work together across great distances in real time, allowing for work to be shared with immediacy, critiques to be offered in a timely…

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How Adults Learn: What Do Reformers Need to Know?

on August 4th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

The West Wind Education Policy web site describes our work in the area of knowledge building and professional development as being based on theories of andragogy–or adult learning. The study of adult learning theory and experience in designing and supporting professional development for educators has taught us a lot about…

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