5 Trends Impacting Middle Grades Leaders


Being a school leader is incredibly demanding, requiring principals to stay current on education trends while managing day to day operations. Williamson and Blackburn share five actionable trends they've observed in their work with middle grades leaders. Articles Leadership advocacy Barbara Blackburn choice community flat organization inclusive leaders outreach principals Ronald Williamson social media trends

10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

Doug Levin

I recently availed myself of the chance to join and learn from many of the leading innovators and thinkers in the emerging blockchain industry at the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s DC Blockchain Summit 2016 , which billed itself (accurately, I think) as “a dialogue at the intersection of industry, regulation, and innovation.”

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The importance of watching and naming

Dangerously Irrelevant

Despite the heroic efforts of bloggers and school advocates, many educators STILL continue to be unaware of how think tanks, private foundations, corporations, astroturf groups, and government actors work together – often behind the scenes – to formulate harmful laws, policies, and advocacy campaigns. Are educators within your schools paying attention to transformational societal trends?

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S. K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting.

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Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

I like these trending topics. Advocacy engagement Leadership Learning Literacy principal as an advocate Reflection Writing ASCD collaborative learning cycle education week Kimberlee Everson Regie RoutmanMy previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning.

What’s Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?


At the same time, one of the hottest trends in public schooling is what’s often called dual-language or two-way immersion programs. The trend flies in the face of some of the culture wars of two decades ago, when advocates insisted on “English first” education. This type of advocacy among scientists is unusual; even more so because the “bilingual advantage hypothesis” is being challenged once again. Copyright 2016 NPR.

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

The Hechinger Report

Texas A&M University at Texarkana has one of the lowest retention rates of public higher-education institutions; 55 percent who started in 2012 were gone by 2016. These trends together mean that there are nearly 2.9

One of the worst states at caring for low-income babies and toddlers

The Hechinger Report

According to a 2015 report by the advocacy non-profit Child Care Aware, the average cost of center-based infant care in Louisiana—one of the four poorest states in the nation—was roughly $110 a week in 2014. Louisiana is on par with national trends in how it spends its federal block-grant money, the Center for Law and Social Policy found. Four year-olds at Beary Cherry Tree use magnetic blocks with instructor Fredericka Bellard, 24, to learn about counting, sorting and patterns.

Bullied by the badge?

The Hechinger Report

Between the fall of 2013 and late March 2016, Terry High School reported 53 arrests by school police officers, most for disorderly conduct. The arrests at Terry High School, in a suburban district on the outskirts of Jackson, Mississippi, are part of a growing trend across the U.S. Erik Fleming, director of advocacy and policy with the ACLU’s Mississippi chapter, says officers in schools need to learn how to de-escalate situations with the goal of avoiding arrests.

The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is up, thanks in part to the opioid epidemic

The Hechinger Report

While the reasons grandparents raise their grandchildren vary from one family to another, it is clear that the opioid epidemic has had a major impact on the broader trends, particularly within the white community. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), a nonprofit child advocacy and research organization, has been fighting for more financial support for relatives caring for children outside of the formal system for years.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. That was certainly the case in our experience.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

Every year since 2010, I’ve undertaken a fairly massive project in which I’ve reviewed the previous twelve months’ education and technology news in order to write ten articles covering “the top ed-tech trends.” To be clear then when when I write my “trends” series, it’s not meant to be predictive. And it’s based on these patterns that I eventually select the ten “Top Ed-Tech Trends” for my year-end review.

Newsletter: Used PCs to Chromebooks (Today), New "Privacy Con" Speakers, More GlobalEd.TV, Quotes + News

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Shahid Buttar , Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( EFF ) on the crucial importance of libraries in the fight to protect privacy rights and intellectual freedom. June 15: Library 2016 - "The Library as Classroom" The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

The Hechinger Report

Only about one in five of 2016 graduates got full-time jobs in legal offices, the advocacy organization Law School Transparency reported. Still, a study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law found, they could do much more than they are now. “We

The Business of Education Technology

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The total dollars invested in 2016 are off by about $2 billion from this time last year; the number of deals are down by a third; and the number of acquisitions are off by about 20%. Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or Or lack thereof – see “ The 2016 Ed-Tech Dead Pool.”).

How Mississippi’s districts are separated into haves and have-nots

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Monday with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi.

One solution for boosting Latino graduation rates

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about higher education. percent in 2016.

What’s the key to ending vaping? Not following smoking’s roadmap

The Christensen Institute

If you’ve read the news recently, you’ve seen a harrowing trend: at least six people in the United States have died from vaping-related lung illness, with hundreds more cases of illness currently reported. Given the severity of the issue, advocacy groups are calling for action to limit e-cigarette use, by raising the age for sale of “tobacco products” or other methods.

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gjuweRd9kd — Charles River VC (@CRV) August 24, 2016. The Verge offers its “ Back to School Guide 2016 ,” which includes a $235 backpack and a $42 mug if you need an example of how woefully out-of-touch tech journalists can be. Via Education Week : “Parent Advocacy Group Warns of Ed-Tech ‘Threats’ ” Via PC World : “Why Google plans to stop supporting your Chromebook after five years.” Education Politics.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.” But when trying to write about ten “trends,” it’s evident: everything overlaps. And now, the final weeks of 2016 revolve around what will happen after January 20, 2017. This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

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Via The Hechinger Report : “ Virtual charter schools need ‘bold action’ for change, says national charter school advocacy group.” Not education-related per se, but as I’m closely monitoring both the student loan and the blockchain hoopla as ed-tech trends – that is, all the investments investments and all the PR – I’ll drop this here. Education Politics.

Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials


That upward trend has continued: Since 2016, such requests have increased 117 percent. Keya Wondwossen, the director of advocacy and public partnerships at DonorsChoose, drew on personal experiences to explain to reporters why this campaign is so important to her.

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” The Autistic Self Advocacy Network issued a statement on the nomination of Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General. The test in question: The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study ( TIMSS ) which is administered to students around the world. Data and “Research” Analytics software Tableau offers its report on “The State of Data Education in 2016.” Presidential-Elect Trump.

How Cleveland revamped its preschool programs in just five years

The Hechinger Report

In September 2016, that all changed abruptly. Educating officials : PRE4CLE has prioritized advocacy at all levels of the government, according to Kelly. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Early Childhood newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about early learning.

Don’t say there’s a lack of STEM talent in the South

The Hechinger Report

His “quiet and relentless advocacy brought hundreds of African Americans into space industry jobs in the Deep South, helping to shift perceptions of black people in ways both subtle and profound,” wrote Michael Fletcher in the story. Source: The Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. Data suggests that this trend will continue, particularly in comparison to non-STEM positions.


How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

As a result of this new attitude, at least 14 state legislatures considered new laws in 2016 that would increase the amount of physical education or recess schools are required to offer or raise the bar for qualifications for physical education teachers, according to a 2016 report by the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It APPLETON, Wisc.

Who should pay for preschool for the middle class?

The Hechinger Report

Josiah Taft, 4, played at the water table in his public preschool classroom at P.S. 3 in Brooklyn in 2016. In 2016, Whitehurst found, parents spent an average of $7,053 on preschool fees for their 4-year-old children. He’s seen the same trend for the past 30 years. “It’s

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

The Hechinger Report

In 2016, California had 33 racially identifiable white charters, Texas was home to 19 and Michigan, 14. In 2016, Cobb worked to push Lake Oconee to agree to accept a more equitable manner of determining funding for the charter school.)

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


The adaptive Apex Learning Tutorials for intervention, remediation, and preparation for high-stakes assessments were proven to improve students’ performance on the Tutorials from pretest to posttest by more than 50% and by an average of 23 to 26 percentile points during the 2016–2017 school year.

The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

The Hechinger Report

This is just another systemic disadvantage that we put in front of low-income kids and kids of color,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research at The Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy organization. The grade-point average of students at private high schools who took the SAT climbed between 1998 and 2016 from 3.25 from 1998 to 2016, for students in private schools who took SATs; for those in city schools, GPAs stayed almost flat.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

So unrelentingly are the cards stacked against them that only 694 high school graduates from all of Puerto Rico went to college on the mainland or abroad in 2016 , the last year for which the figure is available from the U.S. The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones.

Orientation Inspiration 2017


Check out Orientation Inspiration (2013) and Orientation Attitude (2016). This year, a couple of very clear trends emerged. These are all things I do for free anyway, but it should be a great education/advocacy opportunity. In years past, I’ve written about orientation and strategies for opening the school year. This year, I asked folks in my network about their plans on this Padlet and I scanned the blogs I regularly follow.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. Supporting these efforts, the Department of Energy published a how-to report on building net-zero K-12 schools in 2016 and created a “Zero-Energy Schools Accelerator” program to give districts technical guidance. While the net-zero school trend is still relatively small, it has taken hold in districts of every geographic and socioeconomic description. ARLINGTON, Va.