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.

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.

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OPINION: We need more teachers of color. Getting there requires ambitious equitable solutions

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Marie Lewis in her classroom at New Providence Middle School in Clarksville, Tennessee. Yet research tells us that exposure to a Black teacher in elementary school can reduce the high school dropout rate for low-income Black male students by 39 percent.

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. There is also instructional context support available to help teachers implement the content in the classroom. Time is of the essence for teachers,” said Sheena Lee, an elementary school teacher at Umana Academy in Boston, MA.

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan

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Eliminating school library programs and certified school librarian positions deprive students of rich learning opportunities, jeopardize academic and reading achievement, and perpetuate educational inequities.

TEACHER VOICE: It’s tough to prepare children for kindergarten if parents and teachers don’t collaborate

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Since earning my undergraduate, Master’s, and Education Specialist degrees in elementary education, and working toward board certification, at Delta State University, I have observed students who have come from a variety of backgrounds. Second, they have been exposed to academics such as letter names, sounds, number recognition, number fluency, and patterning with hands-on, meaningful learning tasks that take into account their physical and cognitive development.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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On a sunny winter morning in Sara Stevens’ kindergarten classroom at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, 5- and 6-year olds spread out across the classroom learning about colors, shapes, engineering and design. They had taken out all the fun to make it more academic,” Turtzo said.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. In these classrooms, teachers face a seemingly impossible task -- providing effective instruction to all the unique students under their care. These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards.

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KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

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For teachers implementing an activity centers-based classroom, library, or makerspace, this new guide provides 10 lessons that embed the KIBO philosophy of “Build – Art – Code – Play” in student-directed, discovery-based learning experiences. Each lesson includes facilitation suggestions, materials lists, center setup, and academic standards alignment. KIBO Shape Search : Exploring geometry, students program KIBO to draw shapes they find in the classroom.

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

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Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. 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. That’s a very exciting thing … watching them academically really open up.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. On a recent spring day, Maritza Cleary’s third-grade class at the district’s Prairie Oak Elementary School tackled math pictographs. Was classroom management stronger?

Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw

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While Google Classroom and its accompanying suite of tools is immensely popular in education -- especially at the secondary level -- Seesaw is a fast-growing and user-friendly digital platform for teachers to assign work, engage with students, and provide feedback, among other classroom activities.

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

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A fourth-grader makes a puppet while his teammate works on writing a script at Mountain View Elementary School in Longmont, Colo. But classroom walls are becoming a lot more permeable,” she said, citing examples in which a group of students in Georgia earned a patent for work they completed in school and seven districts in Iowa teamed up to help students spend part of their school days working for local companies.

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

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But once a staple—and stable—presence in the classroom, Apple’s dominance in the education market has taken a backseat. Still, Brendan Kelly, an Apple Distinguished Educator who teaches at Wilson Elementary School in West Allis, Wisc. Ordinary classroom walls turned into works of arts which students could examine up close to see each brush stroke. Sample screenshot of Apple Schoolwork The first, Schoolwork, appears to be Apple’s response to Google Classroom.

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

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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. It’s rare for school district big wigs to spend time in a classroom. A group of secondary network superintendents debrief after a visit to a classroom at a middle school in Oakland.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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But at Memorial Elementary School , one of two elementary schools in New Hampshire’s Sanborn Regional School District , administrators and teachers are given the freedom to experiment with cutting-edge ideas not in spite of district and state guidelines, but because of them. The changes first impacted high schools, and in the past three years, the model has made its way into K-12 classrooms.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. Was classroom management stronger?

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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On a muggy fall morning, pre-K teacher Ruth Shows inspected the work of students in her classroom, stepping over a cluster of little learners sprawled on the carpet. What started as a treasure hunt had become a logic game in Quitman’s state-funded pre-K classroom, a free early learning experience that’s only recently become available to a small number of students in Mississippi. Pre-K teacher Ruth Shows calls on a student at Quitman Lower Elementary during a classroom discussion.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. Related : What should new teachers know before they set foot in a classroom?

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way. high school with a traditional diploma, proving that his disability didn’t prevent him from meeting the same standards as his peers.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

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Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. Claudia Pinheiro, a fourth-grade teacher at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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The elementary school might evolve. 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. As society evolves at a more rapid pace than ever, literacy is changing, and elementary schools must respond in kind—with literacy not as a goal, but its sole purpose: Reading, writing, and emerging critical thinking skills.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards. Information about how digital learning content assesses, teaches, and depends on (requires) common content standards such as State academic standards.

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

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It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. In 1970, an East Texas-based federal court mandated Longview ISD tackle a long list of tasks designed to make sure its black students were learning and playing in the same classrooms and playgrounds as their white peers — including closing four all-black schools and busing black students to formerly all-white schools throughout the district.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

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For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the grade.* Carlsson-Paige is professor emerita of education at Lesley University and co-author of the study “Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose,” which criticizes the Common Core standards for kindergarten. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

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As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards. It said JCPS should “create a clear vision for the academic progress” for these students.

2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology

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When it comes to digital tools in classrooms, it was the same o’, same o.’ Lesson 1: When it comes to student use of classroom technologies, talk and action are both important. There’s a difference between the promises of “personalized learning” and the policies that school leaders enact—whether through changing academic standards, testing tools, teacher accountability and technology implementation—to make them a reality.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments. “We We are looking forward to building on our partnership of success with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and supporting their goal of ensuring that every student can achieve a high standard of academic performance and growth,” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “We