Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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We are both pursuing the same goal,” says Sphero CEO Paul Berberian, which he describes as providing students with playful tools that nurture creativity as they learn to use and build with technology. Bringing the two together “allows us to provide a more complete solution for schools to serve children who may have different ways they like to learn,” he adds. When Sphero laid off 45 employees in early 2018, the Boulder, Co.-based

Play Is Disappearing From Kindergarten. It’s Hurting Kids.

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In an increasing number of schools, teachers of very young students are pressured to pack every moment of the day with structured, academically rigorous tasks Truman’s mom shared how anxious he was even at home, having nightmares each night before school; in class he had become quiet and reserved, distancing himself from his peers. Across the country, kindergarteners are pressured to meet academic standards that both teachers and experts say many kids are developmentally not ready for.

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New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

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The internal report, first obtained by The Hechinger Report/HuffPost, cites “lack of academic rigor and linkage to academic standards” and says that education in these institutions is a “missed opportunity” for students. Children in institutions in Pennsylvania were physically maltreated at least 156 times over an eight-year period beginning in May 2010, including 114 times by staff, according to a review of publicly available data.

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

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The decline has accelerated, and results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have pushed the state into the “learn-from-our-mistakes” category. In 1993, Massachusetts enacted a bipartisan education reform law that gave schools a massive infusion of state money in return for high academic standards and accountability. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

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Next school year, however, schools will be on their own because the state’s Distance Learning Clearinghouse is going away. That has been the value of the clearinghouse, he said; not only pointing teachers and others toward online lessons to fit state academic standards, but providing an Ohio-specific seal of approval. “We ” Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy News Top News

OPINION: Race to the Top laws are still on the books, but state commitments remain uneven

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In exchange for a significant investment of federal funding, states like Tennessee would volunteer to enact new policies to raise standards, increase accountability, build new data systems and lift caps on the number of public charter schools. Tennessee hit every single one of those policy goals and, as a result, won the first round of the Race to the Top competition, along with Delaware, in the spring of 2010. It was 2009, and Tennessee Gov.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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In one back room at Skyline High School, you can learn all you need to know about St. For that biomedical project, students had to create a probe and learn to maneuver it sight unseen from behind a curtain on the box’s opening to procure a sample from the intestine/bike tire. “We We want students to use their brains and learn what careers could look like,” said Axel Reitzig, a program director at the district’s Innovation Center.

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How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system. Then in 2010, after two years of research, Sanborn implemented a district-wide shift.

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

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Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development. Too often, schools seem to rely on extra-curricular activities and afterschool programs to meet students’ needs for physical health, extra academic challenge and engagement, and more meaningful connections with adults.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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Students have at least 40 minutes a day to play during what’s called “Play to Learn” time. On a sunny winter morning in Sara Stevens’ kindergarten classroom at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, 5- and 6-year olds spread out across the classroom learning about colors, shapes, engineering and design. Heated floors invite the children to play and rest on the ground and multiple play areas both inside and outside the school offer kids opportunities to learn and burn off energy.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

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MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. The company has raised nearly $30 million from investors that include NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, GSV Acceleration, Catamount Ventures, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and, most recently, Zuckerberg Education Ventures. Between 2010 to 2015, venture capitalists poured $2.3 Big capital helps startups grow quickly.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. Reasoning Mind , a Houston-based nonprofit, was acquired by Imagine Learning. curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

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Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. They want to take ownership in their learning,” he said.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. 10 Percent — Yearly increase in the percent of students achieving basic scores on state tests required by No Child Left Behind Act in 2010. Shahan said that it became even harder for charters to reach their projected scores when the state stiffened its academic standards, creating more difficult versions of the state test starting in 2013.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. In a district where almost 30 percent of the students are learning English, these goals have meant a radical change in how math is taught in the early grades. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

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Back then, in 2010, she was 22 and her plan was to find a good job and move out of that small three-bedroom house in Hudson, Massachusetts. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. The suit also alleged that Premier had misled potential students about job placement rates and pressured staff to “renounce all academic standards.”. But some accrediting agencies are less stringent than others about enforcing standards. .

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards. Digital learning content. Learning materials and resources that can be displayed on a digital device and shared electronically with other users.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. In a district where almost 30 percent of the students are learning English, these goals have meant a radical change in how math is taught in the early grades.

How would Betsy DeVos impact education in Mississippi?

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Here’s a look at how a few of her key ideas correspond with Mississippi’s current education landscape: Sign up for our Mississippi Learning newsletter. On her website, DeVos states that she is “not a supporter—period” of the nationwide math and English language arts standards, which Mississippi adopted in 2010. That means any push to change the standards would most likely come from state legislators. K-12 News Politics standards