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Cultivating and Growing Your Personal Learning Network

Steven Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Literacy Consultant, joined Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of for conversation with Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio on this topic. Listen to the Education Talk Radio interview.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Job Embedded Professional Development. Professional Learning Communities. A safe and cooperative climate for learning. 2008).

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Why Presuming Competence is Essential for True Inclusion

Too often, an “inclusive education” for students with complex support needs means helping them take part in a single class activity before they go off to a different classroom, or focusing on a single learner while other similar students remain on the outside.

8th Annual EdmodoCon Connects Educators with Innovative Resources and Ideas from Around the Globe


(San Mateo, CA) August 1, 2018 —, a global education network connecting educators with resources and leaders to reach their full potential, today announced its taking place on Aug. Professor in the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; ?

What Would Abe Lincoln’s Social Media Campaign Look Like? A New Classroom Use For Twitter and Facebook


During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama and his team pioneered the use of social media as a powerful campaign tool. It’s easy to forget, given how commonplace the use of social media is today, that back in 2008. In the early spring, I had the chance to be part of a conversation that focused on using social media tools and strategies as part of educators’ instructional design. Is it productive to encourage the use of social media and smart devices in the classroom?

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning


There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. URL:

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Reshaping Space, Roles and Routines to Support Children With Trauma


In 2008, the Holly Square Shopping Center in northeast Denver was firebombed with molotov cocktails in gang-related arson. Before that I had worked at the Charter School Growth Fund with several of the early visionaries who supported the movement toward personalized learning. Our goal was to provide every learner with the right content, at the right time, in the right way—regardless of grade level or arbitrary assignment to a classroom.

#ThrowbackThursday - Setting The Stage for a Successful Modern School

The Innovative Educator

What I like about this post is watching where an innovative staff from 2008 is today. The principal became a leader in integrating Google into education practice. W ritten : April 20, 2008 Topic : Setting the foundation for a successful tech-integrated school. The more they are embedded in the day to day of how they do business, the easier it becomes for teachers to make connections as to how they can enhance student learning with technology."

New Orleans’ uphill battle for more black and homegrown teachers

The Hechinger Report

Other stories in the series look at schools that are recruiting from their own alumni to increase diversity and a traditional teacher education program focused on recruiting Hispanic teachers. During the 2003-04 school year, black teachers accounted for 72 percent of New Orleans’ educators.

TEACHER VOICE: How Australia built a better career path for teachers

The Hechinger Report

As a young teacher during the early 1990’s, my first classroom felt somewhat akin to herding cats. I had hoped to guide students seamlessly from one rich learning experience to the next. learn from Australia’s high bar for new teachers? Future of Learning.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children


Our journey began when we conducted an extensive literature review at the outset of the project (Bruce, Flynn, & Moss, 2012) and learned about the crucial importance of spatial reasoning. We also learned—and have experienced in our careers as mathematics educators and researchers—that spatial reasoning is a curiously unacknowledged and neglected area of the curriculum. Education matters!

Announcing Amazing Keynote and Distinguished Speakers for the School Leadership Summit

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.