Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

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

Doug Levin

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.

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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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Other investors in the round include Chinese education firm TAL Education Group, Follett Knowledge Fund and Plum Alley Investments, along with LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner and senior vice president Mike Gamson, Deborah Quazzo (founder and managing partner of GSV Acceleration) and Sam Yagan (founder of OkCupid). This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

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.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

Edsurge

In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. As education entrepreneurs know, growth in K-12 comes hard. But its growth lagged expectations, and Wall Street never took kindly to New Corp’s education excursion.

Creative #SmartTeachingTips Using Scholastic Magazines

Kleinspiration

Scholastic States… “We believe that students learn best when educational topics are made meaningful to them. Teachers bring them into their classrooms because they provide invaluable instructional materials that meet current academic standards and prepare students for state tests.