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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core. Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education. Further, the majority of educators in the United States teach according to the Common Core standards, which makes them of interest to us. That is where the Common Core sets the bar.

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

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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. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. This includes assistive technology devices.

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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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You know that old interview question: What would change in education if you had a magic wand? The basic premise is that by providing a more complex and accurate picture of students, academic needs can be better met, colleges can make more informed admissions decisions, and intrinsic motivation will follow. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

Digital Badges: Better Than Grades?

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The final grade in a course or even a ten week grade probably does not reflect the actual academic learning.These grades may not reflect the academic standards (Common Core, standards or proficiencies) for that course. Badges allow teachers to focus specifically on student standards or proficiencies. Do you use grades or badges to measure your students’ progress on the standards or proficiencies?

The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? Prevailing local technology use? Though many teachers remain against reckless #edtech integration, the conversation is clearly shifting from should technology play a central role in the learning process to how should technology be used to promote learning? What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016.

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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This was a common refrain in advisory class. Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this. Life is interdisciplinary, and while our education system has finally started to acknowledge this (e.g.

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). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. 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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New Education Policy 2020 – Highlights and Comparison With Other Educational Policies of the World

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With the approval of the New Education Policy 2020 in July, India is all set to witness a much needed reformation in education, one that focuses on the essentials of learning in the present, while preparing students for a future they get to shape.

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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The average performance of the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders mostly held steady in math and reading from 2015 to 2017, now marking a decade of stalled educational progress, according to the results of a test released Tuesday. Since the biennial test, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, was first administered in the early 1990s, student achievement, particularly in math, steadily improved until the late 2000s, then flatlined.

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

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Welcome to the third and final post in this series focusing on teacher workload, and how technology can assist teachers with the three greatest time heavy activities. Today we’ll look at grading and assessment, and how technology can assist teachers to streamline the process, as well as extract more valuable information on how students are tracking on their learning pathways. It also has a rubric maker that aligns entirely with the Common Core standards, which is very handy.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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Imagine is owned by Weld North Education, a private equity firm that has amassed a portfolio of more than 10 education technology companies over the years. curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum

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Mashing the arts and math is core to Desmo’s belief that education is interdisciplinary by nature, and subjects should be taught as such. Over the years, the company created accompanying lessons for teachers and students to use on its calculator technology.

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.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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EL Education K–5 Language Arts. Kiddom is an easy-to-use education platform designed as a centralized hub for teaching and learning. Open Up Resources (OUR) is a series of free c ompetency-based Common Core-aligned curricula (math, ELA, and reading). 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).

Why Efforts to Improve Teacher Productivity and Efficiency May Not Pay Off

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In a previous EdSurge piece , I described how economics and technology trends tend to drive educational innovation by providing models that reformers build into their visions, sometimes unconsciously. It has also impacted the role that teachers play in the mind of educational policy makers and reformers—for good and ill. In contrast, the American education system, despite efforts to centralize elements like academic standards, remains enormously fragmented.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus to the education market following a foray into creating consumer toys. Today, the robotic toymaker is following through by adding a big building block to its educational offerings. We are both pursuing the same goal,” says Sphero CEO Paul Berberian, which he describes as providing students with playful tools that nurture creativity as they learn to use and build with technology.

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.”.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

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In a recent presentation to the League of Innovative Schools Assessment working group, Erin and Eric shared the Cortex platform and described the academic growth and progress they have seen among their students since the platform’s implementation. 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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Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

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First, many educational markets are shaped by public policy. For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Second, K-12 education in the United States is primarily a local affair—with states and districts shouldering most of the costs and driving many key policy decisions. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.).

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.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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Education is changing, things are in flux, and there is uncertainty. In this ever-dynamic landscape, “commonstandards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). When OER curation was in its infancy, there were few common standards in place for vetting and cataloging this content. Types of Standard Alignment.

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

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Without that reason, education becomes a self-justifying expression of policies and procedures. It’s at this point that we could talk about critical abstractions—how you made them feel, discoveries they made about themselves, or networks and technologies that they discovered under your guidance. What’s The One Thing Will They Remember From Your Class? by Terry Heick. Try as you might, your students aren’t going to remember everything from your class.

Alma releases new standards tracker

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Tracking features in integrated SIS and LMS platform enable educators to plan and modify curriculum and instruction in real time. Alma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model.

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

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Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. As we collectively elevate teaching so that it may sit comfortably alongside other highly respected and important professions, we must think carefully about how to provide higher-quality, effective continuing education for teaching. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has a vision for how that can happen.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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It may seem frivolous to spend so much money on a school dedicated to a grade level that students aren’t even required to attend in most states , but research shows kindergarten can be one of the most important years in a child’s educational career.

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How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It Deborah Stipek of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Higher Education. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

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The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. Technology Bridges the Language Gaps. Many more schools serve immigrants now than ever before, and digital technology can offer effective ways to reach them. — Tara García Mathewson.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It