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

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”. That doesn’t equate to results.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

Edsurge

In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. To bridge the gulf, it will take a similar open-data ecosystem to support learner navigation. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

Six Steps to Project Based Learning

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The new legislation urged districts to embrace project based instruction aligned to academic standards and 21st century skills. How does Google make money?” In 2015, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act signaled the end of one-size-fits-all instruction.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

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As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. They’re meant not to build content capacity, but learning capacity.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We Is it important to measure those skills? Is it important to measure those skills?

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Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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But in those early days, Fair had no idea how to handle her students with disabilities, whose educational challenges ranged from learning deficits to behavioral disturbance disorders. She was left to figure it out on the job.

Magic of the Everyday: Southern CA Educators Share 10 Best Teaching, Technology Practices

Edsurge

We were similarly awed to get a firsthand look at the work of educators from more than 10 districts—from Los Angeles to San Diego and up to the Inland Empire—who are devising smart ways to deploy new tools and practices in their schools. Many leaders spoke about the importance of collaborating across districts for a variety of initiatives—from planning a technology implementation to creating buy-in from teachers and providing professional development opportunities.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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The Smarty Summer by Achieve3000: Diving into Early Literacy Initiative aims to prepare children for kindergarten reading success. We share their commitment to providing engaging, student-centered programs that reach kids at their precise learning levels and accelerate their literacy gains.