Education: Morning Roundup, Students as Avatars

Morning Roundup:

From USA Today: Student avatars could help improve teacher training

A virtual classroom so real-seeming believes that it could drastically improve how prepared novice teachers are by the time they venture into the blackboard jungle as student teachers — and in so doing, reduce teacher turnover by weeding out likely candidates for burnout.


From the Associated Press: Poll: Fewer opportunities seen for minority kids

Minority children have fewer opportunities than their white peers to gain access to high-quality health care, education, safe neighborhoods and adequate support from the communities where they live, according to a nationwide survey of professionals who work with young people.


From The Washington Post: D.C. schools chancellor plans to expand use of standardized tests

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee plans to significantly expand the use of standardized tests so that, eventually, every D.C. student from kindergarten through high school is regularly assessed to measure academic progress and the effectiveness of teachers.


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