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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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. Wilhelm believes technology can help teachers quantify student outcomes, ensuring more buy-in to a competency-based model. “We’ve

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. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.), Thoughtfully mixing SEL with academics ensures SEL isn’t being taught in isolation.

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.

What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Another challenge for teachers is the need for more professional development and help in connecting maker activities to curriculum and academic standards. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityWho are the people spearheading maker education? And what motivates them? These are just a few of the questions behind a new study (PDF) from SRI International on the. Maker Education Initiative.

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.

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.

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

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In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Let's examine these two issues: Silos You can find OER in dedicated online repositories including OpenEd , Curriki , and OER Commons. Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. were part of the Common Core initiative, but several have dropped this school year.)

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

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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. Additionally, Sphero says it has more than a thousand lessons and activities that are aligned to Common Core and other state academic standards for math and computer science. Education Technology STEM Maker and DIY Movement Mergers and Acquisitions

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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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). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. Types of Standard Alignment.

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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. Mastery of Rigorous Standards. The data that fuels Cortex is based on bringing standards to a more refined framework with a common data visualization of green, yellow, and red for differing levels of mastery.

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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. There are similar efforts to apply this model of the modern front-line worker, now more productive thanks to technology and coordinated support from highly trained and skilled experts, to the teaching profession.

Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

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For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.). Standard policy adoption and diffusion frameworks can help make this process simple and repeatable. Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech Business Education Market Professional Development

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

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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. 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.

Alma releases new standards tracker

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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. The tool supports the growing trend toward standards-based grading in schools and districts across the country. 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. The need for more practical and effective professional learning opportunities for teachers is especially important right now, with new academic standards being introduced and adapted in schools across the country. 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.

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

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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As kindergarten has become more widely available in the last several decades, it’s also become more academic. In some districts, full-day kindergarten schedules are packed with back-to-back academic activities and lessons.

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

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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. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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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. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten. K-12 News Data and research Solutions standards STEM teachers

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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states adopted new, more demanding academic standards in the 2010s, and there have been widespread reports about the difficulties in changing instruction in the classroom. More than 40 states embraced the “Common Core” while additional states adopted similar standards.). Students commonly perform worse on computerized tests than they do on paper-and-pencil ones.

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

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Technology Bridges the Language Gaps. Schools across the country are turning to technology to help them better serve these students — whose success will increasingly drive graduation rates, test scores and other school-quality metrics — and to help connect with their families. 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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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. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

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At a July meeting in Orlando, Florida to write the party’s platform, delegates appointed by Clinton’s main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, pushed through a slew of amendments to the original draft, which together represent a sharp turn away from the policies of the Obama administration which used federal funding to push states to raise academic standards and to tie test scores to teacher evaluations.