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Feeding a Science Education Revolution: Micro-credentials for OpenSciEd Facilitators

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It seems simple. We just need two things: great instructional materials designed for the latest research in science education, and transformative professional learning to advance instructional practice and get the most out of the materials.

New Cohort Opportunity for Designing Powerful Learning Experiences

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In September, Digital Promise launched a series of events to support educators with continuing and growing maker learning opportunities that meet the needs of learners through distance learning and beyond.

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What You Should Know About Being A Black Male Educator

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According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education, only two percent of teachers are African American men, yet African American students make up at least 16 percent of the country’s student population.

New Micro-credentials Focus on Timely Topics for Distance Learning

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Micro-credentials allow educators to continue their professional learning on their own schedule, without having to leave their homes. This flexibility makes micro-credentials an ideal form of professional learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Computational Thinking in Preschool: What, Why, and How

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While computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) have received increasing attention over the past decade, CT integration in early learning settings is an emerging area of focus.

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Staying Committed to Equity in 2021: It’s In the Details

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December invites us to step back to reflect on the events, learnings, and open questions of 2020. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the resulting protests, sparked an overdue reckoning on race across the nation.

How Coaches Help Teachers Overcome Fears of Technology

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We know technology can be a transformational tool for improving student achievement and engagement, and for driving school innovation.

Introducing the Center for Inclusive Innovation

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As a Black woman working in the education sector, I sometimes wonder how I made it through the education system, considering the odds that are stacked so high against a Black child in the United States. I have to look no farther than my ancestors, grandparents, and parents for the answer.

How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

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In June, the Edcamp Community joined our Digital Promise family. The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators.

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.

A Message from Karen Cator

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Friends, Between the global COVID-19 pandemic and a tumultuous election season in the U.S., I want to first acknowledge how challenging this year has been for so many of us.

Every Instructional Coach Deserves an Effective Coach

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What are the key ingredients for a beneficial professional learning experience? At the top of the list, you will probably find that successful professional learning is ongoing, personalized, and of high quality. These components are naturally embedded within effective coaching and/or mentoring.

How to Achieve Powerful Digital Learning

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2020 has been a particularly difficult year. The abrupt transition to remote learning was a shock to our national education system. Districts, schools, educators, and families scrambled to get plans in place for distance learning.

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.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Embracing Our Inner Makers: Hands-On Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond

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Maker Learning is Powerful Learning.

How to Integrate Computational Thinking with “Look Fors”

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What does it look like to integrate computational thinking and computer science in the classroom? Digital Promise has been working with districts and educators from across the United States to integrate computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) into K-12 classrooms.

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How Teachers and Parents Can Be Better Allies

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Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

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My Journey to Becoming a Distance Learning Teacher-Leader

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

A New Approach to Bring Computational Thinking to More Students

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How can schools address the lack of diversity in computing education and related careers? One path is to make computational thinking (CT) learning opportunities more readily available to students, especially in the early grades.

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COVID-19 and the Value of Edtech Coaches

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A 2018 PwC survey reported that many U.S. educators do not have enough experience, resources, or training to use technology in the most effective ways, with teachers at low-income schools particularly ill-prepared.

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Strengthen Professional Learning with Micro-credentials

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Micro-credentials present a unique opportunity to link professional learning to practice. Through each competency-based credential, educators demonstrate application of their learning.

How to Improve the Teacher of Color Pipeline? Ask Teachers of Color

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Black, Indigenous, students of color make up more than 50 percent of the K-12 student population, yet the number of non-white teachers in schools is only 20 percent. How can we collaborate with and learn from teachers of color to create solutions to address this systematic shortage?

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

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As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning.

How to Set Up a Positive Learning Environment at Home

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Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

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Build Community and Improve Learning with Micro-credentials

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S educational system faces change and uncertainty. The roles of educators, students, and families have been recast and will continue to transform throughout this crisis. Still, there are central components of our educational system that will remain constant.

Honoring Students’ Identities in the Classroom

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The education system makes changes daily on what they think is best for kids. There are constant charges for innovation and technology. The push to be the best and have the biggest impact on children’s lives. The highest test scores reflect the best teachers.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Where Is the Research in Inclusive Innovation?

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As the lead researcher on our Inclusive Innovation team, I’ve been asked this question several times recently: Where is the research in inclusive innovation? With our Inclusive Innovation model , how must we rethink our research approach to put equity first, in process and results?

Help Build an OpenSciEd Research Agenda

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High-quality resources and curricula can help educators bring science to life through authentic and challenging activities. What research do we need to bring standards-aligned science learning to more students and support educators in implementing these resources effectively?

The Power of Networks in Education Innovation

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For the past six years, Digital Promise has convened a national network of Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters)—leaders working to collaborate outside the traditional silos of sector and institution to design and implement transformative learning tools and programs in their communities.

Equity in Education Networks: A Tool for Inquiry

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Our work over the past five years convening education innovation ecosystem builders has shown the potential of networks to address our deepest challenges in education. But they can also perpetuate the very inequities they seek to address.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.