About Dr. Ellie

Hi, and welcome! I'm Dr. Ellie. I have a doctorate in educational psychology. For over 13 years, I taught middle school level special education, reading, and social studies. My special education specialties include learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. For 12 years, I taught at the post-secondary level, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My main area of university teaching is research and educational psychology, and I consult on dissertation methods and analysis. Most recently, I was a mentor of doctoral learners at the University of Phoenix. Currently, I am residing in the country of St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, where I have become involved in special education consulting. Hobbies include reading (especially reading and critiquing young adult fiction), quilting, and crochet. I also enjoy walking, art museums, great music (from classical to contemporary), and exploring new local places. I love photography, and am trying my hardest to become a passable picture snapper.

“Common Core Makes Waves” in Education

The Common Core State Standards have been designed to standardize educational content across the nation. So far, these standards have been accepted by 46 states, and are apparently close in the rest. Yet, the standards are suddenly under attack by ALEC, a conservative political group that believes so strongly in limiting government that it is willing to attack the one sure way to ensure equal educational quality across all US schools. The blog author ends this post with the following questions:

What do the standards symbolize that is so important? What should the public know about Common Core if they are to make an informed judgment about them?

I’d like answers, too.

via Common Core Makes Waves – Education Experts – Education Experts.

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http://education.nationaljournal.com/2012/05/common-core-makes-waves.php

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Education Department Announces $254 Million for Upward Bound Projects to Help About 60,000 Students Access and Succeed in Higher Education | U.S. Department of Education

Read what the government is doing about skills-challenged students.

Education Department Announces $254 Million for Upward Bound Projects to Help About 60,000 Students Access and Succeed in Higher Education | U.S. Department of Education.

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http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-announces-254-million-upward-bound-projects-help-about-6000

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Launching Project RESPECT

Educators, especially teachers of students in Pre-K through high school, have not received a lot of general respect in decades. Yet, it is these individuals who are expected to instill knowledge, model and reinforce positive social skills, soothe feelings and egos, answer to the principal, the school district, the state, the parents, and–most importantly–the student.

The US Department of Education is trying to change all this through Project RESPECT. They have released a booklet and are requesting feedback. Read this article, read the downloadable booklet, and help educators everywhere by sharing your thoughts on this project.

RESPECT Event

Click on the link below to access the booklet and, from there, the opinion area.

Launching Project RESPECT.

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http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/02/launching-project-respect/

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