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.

10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

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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.” They’re not “trends,” really.

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?

The importance of watching and naming

Dangerously Irrelevant

Are educators within your schools paying attention to transformational societal trends? This past weekend our minister asked us to consider what it meant to be ‘present’ within a community.

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.

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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 Routman

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

Would proposed borrower-defense rules help or harm indebted students?

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 education innovation. The Capitol is seen in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 AP Photo/J.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It Forty-one states require physical education at the middle school level, according to the 2016 annual report by SHAPE , and 46 require it in high school. APPLETON, Wisc.

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 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019.

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

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.

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.)

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.