Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

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Alignment of Data Standards for Describing Learning Objectives When applying the Google Maps metaphor to learner navigation, the points of interest on the map are competencies—the things that a person can learn, such as skills, knowledge, dispositions, and habits of practice. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

#AskExcelinEd: What is CTE, and how can it serve students in your state?

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Perhaps a simpler way to envision it is this: CTE is the intentional offering of a learning pathway that purposefully braids rigorous academic, technical, and employability learning and skills where that pathway is also aligned with the economic and workforce priorities of the state and/or region.

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

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Elementary school educators were more likely than secondary school educators to allow students relatively unstructured time to experiment with physical materials, often in the form of manipulatives. Few were subject-specific classroom teachers who had to adhere to a particular curriculum or set of academic standards and faced more difficulty slipping making practices into their day-to-day teaching. “Messy.”

A Project-Based Learning Spectrum: 25 Questions To Guide Your PBL Planning

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I”ll stick to a “primary” set for the first dozen, and then add a secondary set you can take a gander at below. I focused more on creating compelling and student-centered projects, rather than creating a list of questions to use as a checklist for pure academic planning. Which academic standards are the focus of the unit? How will data from formative assessment (that target these standards) help teachers and students respond within the project?

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

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They deliver specific chunks of knowledge that are outlined by academic standards and required by school policy in the curriculum, not random tangents of knowledge. It’s librarians that are supposed to curate and guide further studies and deeper dives or sideways jumps to secondary topics. By LeiLani Cauthen. Are you a teacher?

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Public school students in Texas will be using a new textbook for their social studies class when they begin school again in the fall — and the controversial contents of the text will be based on state academic standards that skirt the issue of racial segregation and leave out information about the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. In 2010, members of the state board of education revised the state’s social studies standards to adjust for what they called a liberal slant.

Survey: Teachers could improve their content knowledge

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Across the country, with changing academic standards and increasingly diverse learning environments, the role of teachers is of paramount importance,” said YouthTruth’s Executive Director Jen Vorse Wilka. “At Examination of secondary certifications offered in each state. If licensure tests are not adequate for a specific certification, examination of the coursework preparation required by individual secondary majors.

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. And while experts agree that a hands-on approach to core standards leads to significant student growth, even the most innovative districts can struggle to design research projects that are differentiated to meet the needs of every learner. 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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If they have trouble, offer them three choices that align with your curriculum or given academic standards. Identify the primary and secondary causes of a problem. 30 Universal Strategies For Learning. by Terry Heick. 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. Learning actions, or cognitive actions.

South Carolina adopts science video service

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Our Sumter kids deserve the best, and after an extensive evaluation of Twig and Tigtag we decided that these two new tools would become a critical part of our District’s efforts to embrace the new South Carolina Academic Standards and Performance Indicators for Science,” said District Science Coordinator Lori Smith. “We Supplementary STEM videos serve to engage students in science learning.

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards. Information about how digital learning content assesses, teaches, and depends on (requires) common content standards such as State academic standards.

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

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Talent Development Secondary, a nonprofit that grew out of a Johns Hopkins University study on dropout rates, is the data-driven arm of the Diplomas Now model; it identifies kids at risk of dropping out and establishes a schoolwide process of intervention and support services to keep them on track to graduate. Every Monday, Webster principal Shelly Holman and her staff hold meetings with representatives from City Year, Communities In Schools and Talent Development Secondary.

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

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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. A group of secondary network superintendents debrief after a visit to a classroom at a middle school in Oakland. The Oakland Unified District is known for both its innovative approaches to learning and its academic struggles.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

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To infuse both real-world scenarios and academic standards into the new exams, as well as topics like leadership that college admissions reps would care about. PLTW students therefore might be expected to score better on soft skill tests and thus look more attractive to their post-secondary prospects. “We At the end of next school year, thousands of high school students will sit down at individual workstations, laptops in hand, for an end-of-course exam.

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High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way. Even students with cognitive delays may be able to attend modified post-secondary programs if given adequate preparation and encouragement in school.

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

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First Comes Plans, Then Comes (Effective) PD Stephanie Avera, secondary TOSA, and John Morgan, Director of EdTech, of Capistrano Unified School District decided it was time to rethink technology PD. Balance Novelty with Academics Riverside Unified School District has tried a lot when it comes to technology, from personalized delivery systems to coding initiatives and, more recently, virtual reality. When driving into Riverside, Calif.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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Because of time constraints, the many academic standards that must be taught, and a lack of support, “teachers are not only hesitant to implement individualized instruction, but they do not even know how to do so,” the report stated. Students with disabilities who are placed in general education classrooms get more instructional time , have fewer absences and have better post-secondary outcomes, research shows.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. People didn’t understand the low academic scores our kids had when they were walking in the door after Katrina,” said Jacobs, recalling how the state scrambled to open enough schools for the thousands of students returning from displacement in Texas and other states. She expected much more than ‘You’re going to meet state standards,’” he said.

2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology

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There’s a difference between the promises of “personalized learning” and the policies that school leaders enact—whether through changing academic standards, testing tools, teacher accountability and technology implementation—to make them a reality. In 2016, I visited 41 elementary and secondary teachers in Silicon Valley who had a reputation for integrating technology into their daily lessons.

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

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Bill, federal Pell grants and student loans, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, the Institute for Educational Sciences, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Washington has been a major player in the field of education despite the zealotry for local control animating the far right. Peter Cunningham, former press secretary to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, briefs President Barack Obama for an interview in the Oval Office July 22, 2009.

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

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Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m Students at Harwood have earned academic credit — or are working toward credit — for teaching ski lessons at a nearby ski resort, working for a financial investment firm, and writing music reviews for a blog. However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said. K-12 News Solutions standards

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments. “We We are looking forward to building on our partnership of success with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and supporting their goal of ensuring that every student can achieve a high standard of academic performance and growth,” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “We