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Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). Types of Standard Alignment. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

eSchool News

Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. More importantly, teachers should be able to see proven teaching methods in action, with students, in the context of their curriculum requirements and academic standards.

6 steps to college and career readiness

eSchool News

A collaborative leadership model is critical when it comes to bolstering school policy and helping students meet college and career readiness goals, according to a new report from the Learning First Alliance.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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In 2013, most elementary schools are simply diminutive high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other “core” skills, while character training supplements academic work. 13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. by TeachThought Staff.

Fostering competency in Arizona

The Christensen Institute

A common feature of many new personalized learning models is competency-based learning, in which students advance based on mastery of academic standards rather than based on the number of hours of instruction they receive—a common sense way to learn. Yesterday the Arizona State Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 in favor of a bill that would create opportunities for schools to pilot competency-based education programs.

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

” The more success is defined by achievement of common standards, the less likely teachers are to relinquish control of instruction—particularly live instruction. This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools.

Six Steps to Project Based Learning

eSpark

The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. In the traditional educational model, school attendance is critical because students don’t learn important academic content unless they are actually in class when the teacher covers the content. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.

Game-based platform teaches computer science, coding

eSchool News

Marvin Evins, computer science instructor at Gage Park, said, “Teaching computer science is challenging because you have to get beyond the abstract and rather dry learning material available, and there is no single standard curriculum.

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in suits and armed with pens, notebooks, and laptops, the superintendents had one specific goal as they fanned out across the classroom, interacting with students: to look for evidence that a geometry lesson was aligned to the new state math standards.

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them. Most concerning are decisions that have a negative impact on student outcomes (whether academic or social) or in more extreme circumstances even jeopardize the health and well-being of children and youth.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

The focus of our training was to create a physical environment that would enhance academic standards and instructional delivery, along with infusing a sense of authenticity into our units of study.

Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

eSchool News

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

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards.

2016’s Remaining Presidential Candidates and the Common Core

Edudemic

Since the Common Core State Standard Initiative — more commonly known simply as Common Core — was first started in 2010, it has been a contentious topic for many people, from parents to politicians. The Common Core sets specific academic standards in mathematics and English for students to meet in each grade, with the goal […].

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves

TeachThought - Learn better.

How does this happen–especially when you have a very specific daily learning target you’re trying to meet in pursuit of an academic standard? Guide them to dynamic spaces characterized by people, thought, and creativity (rather than intricate policies, rules, and standards).

How To Add Rigor To Anything

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Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous. How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment.

What’s The One Thing They’ll Remember From Their Time With You?

TeachThought - Learn better.

We could talk about power standards, big ideas, enduring understandings, the utility of modern curriculum, and how useful academic standards like those found in the Common Core really are, but I thought I’d turn it over to you this time to hear your ideas.

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

TeachThought - Learn better.

Shift From Standards To Habits. In short, the shift from purely academic standards to critical thinking habits supports personalized, 21st century learning through a preceding shift from institution to learner.

20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Teachers

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Until parents have a better understanding of what pure academic work looks like–from the content to the assessment to the reporting–every single bit of this is on the shoulders of teachers. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

eSpark

Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

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If they have trouble, offer them three choices that align with your curriculum or given academic standards. 30 Universal Strategies For Learning. by Terry Heick.

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

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This can mean that it’s often easier to assess something other than an academic standard than it is knowledge of the standard itself. The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment. by Terry Heick.

Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again

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Plan backwards from standards. Actually believe that every single student can master every single academic standard–without making them think they hate learning. Insanity In Education: 52 Mistakes We Make Over And Over Again. by Terry Heick.

8 Myths about online education debunked

Neo LMS

Many students and teachers — and other individuals or professionals having a stake in the academic sector — are of the opinion that the quality of instructions offered for online classes is inferior compared to the traditional system.

Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. It needn’t be some blank, sterile, and academic form that makes students wail and teachers squirm.

Change The Conversation–It’s Not About The Thinking

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Content-based academic standards. As an academic or intellectual exercise. In education, these might be redressed as: What has standardizing content into a narrow range of content areas done to learning? It’s Not About The Thinking. by Terry Heick.

McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

The digital resources in the Knovation repository—including videos, games, podcasts and articles—have been selected, evaluated, tagged and aligned to academic standards. Marketplace K-12 academic content curation open education resources PublishingMcGraw-Hill Education’s recent selection of Knovation’s curated open education content is a signal that publishers and ed-tech providers are jockeying to find ways to take advantage of open education resources.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

A common set of academic standards could alleviate the discovery issue, but several states have withdrawn from the Common Core State Standards and decided to adopt their own. For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Last year, the U.S.

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The Characteristics Of A Good School

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Most modern academic standards take a body-of-knowledge approach to education. Less is more is one way to look at it, but that’s not new–power standards have been around for years. The Characteristics Of A Good School. by Terry Heick.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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Even the transparency and apparent relevance of a classroom activity factor into the “value” of a learning experience as much as how cleanly that activity aligns with an academic standard. The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions. by Terry Heick.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

The Hechinger Report

The new language supports the rights of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests, demand more oversight of charters and oppose evaluating teachers using their students’ standardized test scores. “We

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

Edsurge

MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. Big capital helps startups grow quickly. But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts. Those were among the decisions that Salt Lake City-based MasteryConnect recently made as its management and board slashed an estimated 30 percent of the staff.

Creative #SmartTeachingTips Using Scholastic Magazines

Kleinspiration

Teachers bring them into their classrooms because they provide invaluable instructional materials that meet current academic standards and prepare students for state tests. For nearly a decade, I’ve been using Scholastic News Magazines in my classroom.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

How Freshman Seminars Can Help Students Starting the Ninth Grade

MindShift

Maplewood has also partnered with Belmont University to create a program for those on the advanced academic track, holding them to high academic standards and providing them with an intense, three-day experience on campus taking writing workshops and ACT prep.