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.

Making Is Great Because It’s Chaotic. But Not Everyone Is Looking for Chaos.


The consensus among the educators who participated in our focus groups was that making is a way for students to make order out of chaos and that this path is expectedly going to be messy. This requires meeting teachers where they are. “Messy.”

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I Can’t Tell Them What They’ll Do (Classrooms, Justice, and Legacies)

The Jose Vilson

We can name those and build activities around those that elicit discussion among pairs and groups. I expect them to acclimate to these academic standards while sympathizing with their hunger and growing pains.

Teenage Brains Are Elastic. That’s a Big Opportunity for Social-Emotional Learning.


You can’t actually function in a purely academic zone without also developing the sensibilities, orientations, behaviors and strategies that all of us use to navigate our everyday lives.” The meetings are highly structured, but the agenda responds to participants’ needs that day.

In 2019, What’s REALLY the Definition of a Teacher?

EdNews Daily

It’s important to note that right off the bat, none of these say “lecturer,” “discipliner,” “instructional designer,” “whole group manager,” “data entry clerk,” or any of the other things that teachers are doing daily. Live leading the whole group (capturing attention). Union meetings.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

Erin Mote and Eric Tucker lead Brooklyn Lab Schools , a group of charter schools in downtown Brooklyn, and are focused on building systems that support an expanded definition of student success. 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.

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4 keys to supporting college and career readiness

eSchool News

Be sure all students meet rigorous academic standards. A new generation of state standards has been designed to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

The reality is that there are still significant and persistent disparities in academic performance and educational attainment between students from different ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups. In the traditional educational model, school attendance is critical because students don’t learn important academic content unless they are actually in class when the teacher covers the content. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.

Counselors Couldn’t Keep Up With Our Growing Mental Health Crisis, So Peers Stepped Up


But other times, our meetings were less formal—she just wanted to talk about her dog or share her writing. After our most casual meetings, Jessica seemed a little bit lighter, a little bit stronger and better equipped to take on the rest of her day. Many schools operate within rigid structures often driven by strict academic standards and tight schedules packed with instructional time focused on math and literacy, which simply leaves less time for authentic human interaction.

Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works?

The Hechinger Report

With scarcely a month left in the school year, why was it worth spending time making videos rather than covering the next academic standard? Related: Project-based learning and standardized tests don’t mix.

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

Doug Levin

From textbooks to tests and from research papers to group projects, public education is in the midst of a sea change in how it provides learning opportunities to its students, in the tools it offers, and in what it expects its educators and students to use. The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them.

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

K-12 Schools - Education News

said Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has been critical of the state’s academic standards in social studies. Stern, a historian who reviewed state standards for the conservative-leaning Thomas B.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

The Hechinger Report

Most do the majority of their work online, though some choose to learn with a standard textbook. Most Altus classes meet the University of California’s “A-G” course requirements for admission, Altus officials say. And all instruction is delivered one-on-one or in small groups.

Not enough students have mentors, and we must change that

The Hechinger Report

Fifth graders Davonayshia Hollis, left, and Denaya Rippey, review a group entrepreneurial project for a parent-approved music device, developed in a mentorship program, Thursday May 19, 2016, at Brooklyn’s P.S. 307 in New York.

Creative #SmartTeachingTips Using Scholastic Magazines


Teachers bring them into their classrooms because they provide invaluable instructional materials that meet current academic standards and prepare students for state tests. During our class meeting time, we have been discussing what it means to have empathy towards others.

Teachers go to school on racial bias

The Hechinger Report

As first period gets underway at Cambridge Street Upper School, veteran math teacher Stephen Abreu leads a small-group discussion. Each of Cambridge Street’s staff members participate in meetings just like this one every week.

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


In rooms on the upper floors were private meetings to wheel and deal. He was so absorbed in email that it took until Baltimore before Siegelman spotted KKR’s Richard Sarnoff, who chairs the firm’s media, entertainment and education group, across the aisle. “He’s

What Makes Professional Development Work?

This approach can enable administrators to differentiate to meet the needs of all their teachers. The platform is content-agnostic and inter-operable with any learning management system and any learning framework or set of standards.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

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. It’s our job to meet every single child wherever they are.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn’t Necessarily Hold Them Back


Our education system has this funny quirk of grouping kids by birth date — rather than, say, intellectual ability or achievement or interest. Now comes a big study to say something different: Holding kids back at third grade when they don’t meet the academic standards will give them a boost in achievement, by some measures. But developmental pathways are as individual as kids themselves.

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The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

TeachThought - Learn better.

Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development.

We know how to provide good child care, we just don’t insist on it

The Hechinger Report

Now, imagine you have been tasked with taking care of this group for the next eight hours. The maximum legal adult-to-child ratio for groups that could include 2-year-olds in these states is set at a maximum of 1:12—the highest in the nation.

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

The Hechinger Report

It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. They are roughly half of the students enrolled at Longview’s specialized elementary school, which has higher academic standards.

How Schools Can Help Teachers Understand and Address Racial Bias


As first period gets underway at Cambridge Street Upper School, veteran math teacher Stephen Abreu leads a small-group discussion. Each of Cambridge Street’s staff members participate in meetings just like this one every week. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. —

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

The Hechinger Report

Today the group has swelled to 13 members and includes girls.). “We It’s made me realize how a small group can do such big things.”. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. one superintendent asked a group.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

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. K-12 News Data and research Solutions standards STEM teachers

‘They just saw me as a dollar sign’: How some certificate schools profit from vulnerable students

The Hechinger Report

Jessica Evers is one of the tens of thousands of students who have enrolled in Premier Education Group schools over the last decade, bringing with them hundreds of millions in federal funding. But some accrediting agencies are less stringent than others about enforcing standards. .

Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

The Hechinger Report

The new language supports the rights of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests, demand more oversight of charters and oppose evaluating teachers using their students’ standardized test scores. “We

Detroit Charter Schools Face Uneven Progress, Some Closures

K-12 Schools - Education News

Over the past months, the school has suffered financial problems and community concerns about academic performance. The move was made to improve academic achievement, but instead it led to higher costs. Teachers were advised of the closing at a staff meeting last week.

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


Students can create ibooks and use built-in collaboration features that allow them to work in groups. Mindful of the aftermath of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica incident, Apple vice president Susan Prescott underscored on stage that any data passed is private, and that the company has made available guidance for developers to meet these privacy requirements. “Welcome to your first day of school!”

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What’s New


This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

The Hechinger Report

When kids perform poorly in the classroom, it’s the schools that are held accountable, but those who work with low-income students said that academic struggles are often the least of a child’s problems. “We City Year member Shawn Wiyninger greets a student at Webster High School.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.