Mississippi’s Vicksburg Warren School District and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership

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SILVER SPRING, MD (Thursday, May 20, 2021) —Mississippi’s Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) today launched a new multiyear partnership with Discovery Education that helps educators connect current classroom instruction to students’ possible future career paths.

How to Make Standards Mastery Accessible to All

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Before many states adopted extended (accessible) educational standards for students with unique needs, we began developing differentiated materials to provide students with the ability to learn skills, demonstrate knowledge and raise the bar for educational expectations.

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?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too

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Students need access to tools that work. But today, the decisions educators make regarding the tools they use with students are based on hypothesis rather than solid evidence. For much of the past year, approximately 150 researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, investors, and institutional leaders have been collaborating in 10 working groups (each supported by a professional researcher) to study and discuss data, processes, and systems that show substantial promise.

How to do online learning well? A California district has some answers.

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Every 4- and 5-year-old in this transitional kindergarten classroom was doing something different, tailored specially to their academic development. The model also helped students and educators weather the pandemic’s ups and downs more easily than other districts in the country.

What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Who are the people spearheading maker education? Maker Education Initiative. According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.” The tools and resources required don’t come cheap: 92 percent of educators said information about grants were somewhat or very important.

OPINION: Jump in, the water is rising — it’s time to educate students for a sustainable future

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We get what we educate for. That’s why it’s time to educate for the future we want: healthy, just and sustainable for ourselves and for generations to come. It will also require academic proficiency. Early Education Elementary to High School Opinion climate change

Renaissance Learning Buys Freckle Education to Expand Math Offerings

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At a time of major change at educational software and assessments provider Renaissance Learning executives decided to add one more item to their to-do list. Renaissance’s newest acquisition is Freckle Education , a San Francisco-based company that offers online lessons, exercises and assessments for math, English language arts, social studies and science. The tool also offers educators reports on how students perform across various academic standards and skills.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

Pre-K may boost math scores even eight years later

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We weren’t surprised,” said Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia, and one of the authors of the study , which encompassed 458 children. “It’s It’s not about intellect or capacity, it’s just about access.

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‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry

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But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). Now in its 19th year, the gathering has attracted a growing audience of the “who’s-who” across the education sector—from childcare to healthcare providers, from K-12 to higher education and corporate employers. federal law that mandates access to student information by public entities.

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

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Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/next-social-contract-public-education-needs-new-terms-service/. Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.

Education Leaders Propose Ways to Add Teacher Voice to Research Decisions

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taxpayers trying to make sense of the federal tax code, many educators feel that education research is inaccessible and not written in a way they can understand. The resulting chasm creates a problem for educators, who may not be using or incorporating research-backed teaching practices into their instruction. It’s also a problem for the research groups whose primary audience are working educators. event, the IES and JEX met with educators in Raleigh, N.C.,

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out. Department of Education , having a line on applicants ready to start as sophomores also helps those schools fill empty seats and beds and keep tuition coming in. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter.

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

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?”

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Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Historically, wealthier students have had greater access to enriching out-of-school experiences, compounding their privilege. K-12 News achievement gap Expanded learning time Personalized Learning Technology access

Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education?

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Eight years ago, some of its customers requested that Empower support the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) , an open data interoperability standard that was then in vogue with K-12 schools and districts. So in 2018, when Empower was pressured by a large district customer to support a different open data standard— IMS Global’s OneRoster—the company was reluctant. “We’d Empower still uses SIF today and its scripts can access data from certain SISs they work with.

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . So the following list of public education terms is useful not so much for the definitions, but for the credibility (or at least authority) of the definitions, as they are sourced from the Department of Education itself, in this case in regards to clarify Race to the Top language and meaning. To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined .

Apple’s Strongest Case to Reclaim the Education Market Is Not the New iPad

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That was how bubbly Apple employees, decked out in the green-and-yellow outfits that matched the colors of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, welcomed arrivals to the company’s highly-anticipated education event this morning. Among the 1,000 present were former vice president Al Gore, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 300 educators from around the world. Bells signaled transitioned time between hands-on workshops led by educators.

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Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

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He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. And he had interest from educators who wanted to try Planet3 in schools that included the Las Vegas area. He based the content on the Next Generation Science Standards , a multi-state effort at K-12 science education content completed in 2013. have adopted the standards while 21 states have standards based on the framework.

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

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The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals: Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher -- that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. 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. Early Childhood Education.

Online Learning Is Not the Enemy

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While no two educators ever face identical challenges, I heard the same refrains over and over. But what’s more concerning is what these educators said next: Over the past year, remote higher ed didn’t get much better.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

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In an event that could be called a love fest, Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laid out her education priorities in a rollicking speech at the annual assembly of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union. Clinton profusely thanked teachers for doing the difficult job of educating the nation’s children, and the 7,500 educators in attendance responded with cascading chants of “Hillary, Hillary.”.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”. The company teamed with the district to establish an educational component for its robot toys in 2014. million in 2012) from the federal Education Department.

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What’s Ahead for Special Education?

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Federal policy has transformed the education of students with disabilities in the United States. Prior to the 1970s, exclusion was largely the rule for millions, who were placed in separate schools from their peers and often inappropriately educated because of their physical and behavioral disabilities. The post What’s Ahead for Special Education?

The child tax credit, not charter schools, was the reform we needed to help kids succeed

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Many reformers viewed poverty as an inadequate excuse for students’ academic failings, citing flimsy research that claimed 90 percent of low-income students of color can and do meet the highest academic standards — the so called 90/90/90 schools.

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Could a plan to improve early education be putting the squeeze on child care centers?

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In a state in which 43 percent of kids of kindergarten age are not ready to begin school, most of those involved in early education don’t deny there’s a problem, and many agree there is a way to fix it. Through the new system the plan is to raise and unify standards, creating a single statewide network that ends the fragmentation and ensures “easy access to high-quality options,” according to the Louisiana Department of Education, the entity overseeing the reform.

Acceleration Is Better Than Focusing on Learning Loss. This Unique Summer School Shows Why.

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An asset-based approach emphasizes acceleration and enrichment, with a focus on designing rich, high-quality instructional experiences that provide accessible entry points for all students. Focus on gatekeeper standards. Education Technology Project-Based Learning

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

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Teacher Advisor then dips into its library of 1,000+ videos and lesson plans, all based on national standards and vetted by top educators. It makes it easier to find lessons, standards, activities and much more and includes a lesson planning tool. For now, it is only for K-5 math instruction, with credible content vetted by educators. Through Teacher Advisor, IBM continues its commitment to innovation and STEM education.”

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

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To help accomplish their vision – that every students get not just to but through college – Brooklyn Lab leverages Cortex, a digital learning platform where student data and work can be accessed by students, teachers, parents, and administrators alike. Erin describes the Brooklyn Lab human capital strategy as analogous to an “educational orchestra” – educators may play from the same score, but they are play different instruments to provide students with different learning experiences.

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OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

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Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade. education achievement slides backwards. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

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How to Improve Student Engagement at Scale

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Student engagement—participating in lively class discussions, investing time and energy into their academic work, and applying what they learn in school to the world outside the classroom—increases when educators value social-emotional well-being, according to 81% of teachers.

Curated Curriculum for Student Progress

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As educators have come to realize that differentiation is an essential component of effective instruction, it’s become increasingly difficult for districts to settle upon a fixed curriculum that’s both engaging and leveled to each student’s individual needs for maximum student progress.

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

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Grading and assessments are a hot potato in the field of education, as states and the federal government try to at once apply common standards, but also limit the amount of time students spend sitting assessments. In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act , which pledged to offer the same standard of education to every child in the US “regardless of race, income, background, the zip code, or where they live”.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location. EL Education K–5 Language Arts. Kiddom is an easy-to-use education platform designed as a centralized hub for teaching and learning. They received excellent ratings from EdReports , a leader in evaluating textbooks and curricula for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards. EL Education Language Arts (Grades K-5).

Play Is Disappearing From Kindergarten. It’s Hurting Kids.

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The New Kindergarten In an increasing number of schools , teachers of very young students are pressured to pack every moment of the day with structured, academically rigorous tasks. Yet all this focus on academics may not matter much in the long run.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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Each targeted quest curates a collection of third-party apps, webtools, videos, games, and other resources that focus on particular math or reading skills identified by the teacher or from the student’s earlier work as an area of academic need. eSpark is a student-centered series of self-guided, self-paced PK-5 math and reading lessons that are based on class goals, teacher input, and individual academic need Students work independently, taking the time they need.

OPINION: New leadership at the top should mean big changes for English language learners

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One included academic standards for my state. The other was filled with the English language development (ELD) standards. Related: OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners.

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

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As the new school year begins, elementary school teachers are now able to access a new, free online artificial intelligence (AI) tool designed to strengthen their math instruction and help students learn at higher levels. Even with the best resources, many teachers lack dedicated coaching and struggle to target effective teaching strategies that help students improve their proficiency in math, a linchpin academic subject. Next page: Educators react to the new AI resource).

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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Open Up Resources offers two of the highest-reviewed curriculum for middle-school math and K-5 English, according to EdReports, which evaluates textbooks for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards. On Kiddom, teachers can upload lessons and resources, distribute assignments and get data on how students perform against academic standards. She’s enthusiastic about accessing Open Up Resources’ materials on the Kiddom platform. “By

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. Ed note: 2 Pieces for Context– 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education by 2028 and Curriculum is More Important Than Learning Technology. We recently speculated on the what education might look like in the year 2028 (see the link above), when today’s kindergartners have finished K-12 and beginning their work in the world (or college). by TeachThought Staff.