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Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward?

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Over the years, I’ve been involved in developing research programs and projects in education technology, games, and virtual reality. As I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy. Norm Lane was a brilliant behavioral scientist who was commissioned as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 1963 and had retired when I first met him in 1994.

Meet the New 2018-2019 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

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This year, Digital Promise is excited to announce 12 new districts will join the ranks of the League of Innovative Schools. The League is a powerful network of forward-thinking school district leaders.

Micro-credentialing an Emerging Teacher Leader

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Why Coaching Matters

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Quality of classroom instruction and the degree to which students are provided with powerful opportunities to learn determines the effectiveness of schools. Effective teachers make the question “Why?” a classroom mantra to support a culture of reasoning and justification.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Fueling the Educator Micro-credentials Ecosystem through Powerful Partnerships: Stories of Impact from the Field

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Collaboration and community are critical foundations of powerful learning environments. They are also the pillars upon which strong networks are built. Digital Promise’s work is guided by the principle of networks connecting us to people and ideas.

Saying Yes to Student Ideas and Creativity

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“Voice, agency, and influence are ours to give and receive,” says Debora Collins, assistant superintendent for student learning at Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia.

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

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The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida strives to be at the forefront of innovation in teacher training and development. We know a key component of that is constant collaboration with our many district partners.

Introducing the Maker Learning Leadership Framework

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Maker learning first entered schools with the support of a grassroots coalition of teachers, students, and community advocates who wanted learning to be more hands-on, personalized, and relevant.

How to Provide Help

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Understanding the appropriate way to seek out help is not a skill every student has. Some children, especially younger ones, meet every assignment with cries of “ I need help! ” — before trying independently.

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Explore Shared Education Challenges with the Challenge Map

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School districts across the country are tackling the toughest challenges in education, including kindergarten readiness, family engagement, and school redesign.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Developing Academic Language Supports Equity

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“The most accurate predictor of school success is the size of a child’s vocabulary at age five of ‘book’ words,” according to a report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

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Want More Innovation? Try Connecting the Dots Between Engineering and Humanities

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This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. This article is a part of The Conversation’s series on unique courses. For other articles in this series, read here and here.

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Teacher as Researcher in the Classroom

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The Milwaukee Master Teacher Partnership is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Immersive Storytelling to Inspire Action for a Better World

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This year on the Global Day of Action, over a million people from around the world mobilized to show how they are working to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create a better world for all.

Strengthening EdClusters: Asset Mapping to Improve Our Networks

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The national network of Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) has grown substantially in the past few years. Today, the network includes 25 clusters in as many cities, stretching from New York to San Diego.

Understanding Learner Variability: The Research and the Reality

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In our paper, Learner Variability Is the Rule, Not the Exception , we define learner variability, based on research on the science of the individual and what research says matters in learning.

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Culture of Trust is Key for School Safety

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How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences

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“Technology use must, first and foremost, be designed to support learning goals, not the other way around.”. This insight, penned by Peggy A. Ertmer and Anne T.

Coaching and Mentoring with Technology

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Learning, coaching, and mentoring models for struggling adult learners continue to evolve and can be dramatically enhanced through new technologies.

New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math

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Recently, the 60,000-member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a new “Research Compendium,” a handbook with 38 chapters , each summarizing the best research on an important aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. For the past three years, I was honored to work on the team that developed the chapter on “Technology for Mathematics Learning.”

How to Recognize, Avoid, and Stop Stereotype Threat in Your Class this School Year

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What can I do in my position to change outcomes for kids? As teachers, we don’t always have a say in decisions that are made in our buildings, the pacing for curriculum, or the content of a professional development day.

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Timeless Learning: Progressive Education Based in How Humans Have Always Learned

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What does learning look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? How does a five-year-old learn? A 13-year-old? A 17-year-old? And… if a child had never seen or heard of a school, what would his or her learning experiences be as they move from age four to age 18?

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

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Last summer, we began an exciting pilot project to understand whether instructional technology coaching ultimately leads to closing the digital use divide in the classroom.

Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

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“We cannot teach students well if we do not know them well. At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept.

The Art and Science of Learning: How New Mexico School for the Arts Uses Research

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New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is a high school that boasts rigorous academic and mastery arts curricula for students from across the state.

A Lesson in Creating Immersive Media

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This summer, we are working with Houston’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) to support teachers who are guiding students to create immersive media about what Houston means to them.

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Hear from Real Teachers about the Benefits of Micro-credentials

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Across the country, educators are demanding opportunities to personalize their professional learning. Research suggests the traditional professional learning methods—typically one-size-fits-all and top-down—don’t meet the needs of today’s educators or their students.

Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

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At Digital Promise, we believe in the power of storytelling to help move from vision to reality.

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Do Challenges Make School Seem Impossible or Worthwhile?

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This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Did you get where you intended to in life? Are you as healthy, wealthy and wise as you want to be? If not, perhaps the problem is a lack of motivation.

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Children Understand Far More About Other Minds than Long Believed

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking.

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The Power of Local and National Community Connections

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Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders (families, local government, nonprofits) to support innovative teaching and learning in their region.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They are also getting higher grades. What are makerspaces?

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Making Rhode Island a Home for Innovation

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In Rhode Island, the name “ EduvateRI ” represents the efforts of committed education innovators who have been collaborating since 2012 to seed, inspire, and scale innovation across the state.

2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

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On July 16-18, Digital Promise held the fifth annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters18) in Philadelphia, with our co-host the ExCITe Center at Drexel University.

Newcomer Students in Rural and Suburban Communities

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Where are America’s immigrant families settling, and where are their children going to school?

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

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News articles often highlight the challenges educators face and the ways in which students are not achieving. This kind of coverage is important; talking about challenges is critical to shining the spotlight on inequities and ultimately changing or removing structures that do not support students.

Why do Fewer Black Students Get Identified as Gifted?

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Sparking a Culture of Innovation in Northern New Jersey

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From creating academies for student learning in Leonia School District to establishing a STEM program for girls in Wyckoff School District, there is plenty of great work to spotlight and learn from in Northern New Jersey.

Sharing the First MY World 360° Playlist at the UN General Assembly

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Creating Impact and Art Through Partnerships

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William Penn, founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, named Philadelphia in 1681 after the Greek words philo (beloved, dear) and delfo (brother)—hence, the City of Brotherly Love.

Family Engagement and SEL

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

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