Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap

Reading By Example

Solutions in the past have included extending the school day, increasing expectations through common standards, and holding schools and educators accountable for student learning through high-stakes tests. However, these gaps were created before many students even took their first steps through the school doors. First, this work takes a deficit-based approach, where students lacking knowledge or skills can be viewed as less than capable than their higher-achieving peers.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap

Reading By Example

Solutions in the past have included extending the school day, increasing expectations through common standards, and holding schools and educators accountable for student learning through high-stakes tests. However, these gaps were created before many students even took their first steps through the school doors. First, this work takes a deficit-based approach, where students lacking knowledge or skills can be viewed as less than capable than their higher-achieving peers.

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Improving reading skills and SEL through text-based discussions

eSchool News

A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, director of customer advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts. Related content: 5 discussion tools to fuel student engagement. While definitions of SEL can vary, key elements include self-awareness and social awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and responsible decision making.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. This initiative was spurred by the results from a BrightBytes survey all staff and students took previously. Students were involved from the get go in selecting what was needed for this space. Before the room was even ready, teachers and students started utilizing our makerspace. Using these steps, the students got started.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. This initiative was spurred by the results from a BrightBytes survey all staff and students took previously. Students were involved from the get go in selecting what was needed for this space. Before the room was even ready, teachers and students started utilizing our makerspace. Using these steps, the students got started.

Taking Our Eye Off the Ball

Iterating Toward Openness

I posted the first installment yesterday, explaining how a fundamental failure to understand copyright makes the definition of OER in the new UNESCO recommendation nonsensical. It seems like much of the OER community has all but forgotten about student learning.

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Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

edWeb.net

A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, Director of Customer Advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts. While definitions of SEL can vary, key elements include self-awareness and social awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and responsible decision making. At Achieve3000®, we believe literacy is the key to unlocking student success.

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

Edsurge

Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. A short list of organizations includes funders like the Gates Foundation and Next Generation Learning Challenges and advocacy groups like the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE). The latest buzzword in U.S.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

The Hechinger Report

The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. The small Connecticut town, just south of the Massachusetts border, is in its fifth year under a system that asks students to master specific skills in every subject. But the commitment to helping all students achieve mastery has attracted new teachers. Already, the district’s standardized test scores have begun to reflect students’ growth.

High schools try to make better use of something often wasted: Senior year

The Hechinger Report

Seniors at High Tech High School’s Media Arts campus in San Diego work on a project examining teenage stress and how to decrease it at a point in students’ lives when they’re making high-stakes decisions about college and careers. Now, policymakers are urging schools to put the 12th grade to better use, teaching students skills that many haven’t learned, as a way of improving college enrollment and college graduation.

Measuring success at San Antonio’s public preschool program

The Hechinger Report

Students engage in creative activities on the playground at Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center in San Antonio, Texas. Another challenged an eager student to a building contest at a LEGO table. Since 2013, the program has served almost 8,000 students in its four education centers and awarded $8.5 She said she sees clear evidence, as do others in her field, that developing those skills helps students persevere, work with others and think critically. $35

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. Students don’t pay attention to lectures, they would argue.