Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

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Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Disclaimer - this article is a paid sponsored post by Mentoring Minds.

The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

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According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. Rather than a single book or set of books, most basal programs now include a number of materials to facilitate learning.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks.

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Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

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When combined with other sources, one estimate places this figure as high as $10 billion annually, with $200 million of that spent on digital instructional materials. Highly fragmented, these organizations often serve small numbers of learners and have very limited budgets for instructional materials. Based on my experience, companies who have research that validates, or at least indicates, the efficacy of their products gain wider acceptance.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Woody Marshall had seen this business strategy before.

Turn the Page: Looking Beyond the Textbook for Culturally-Responsive Curriculum

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Recently, Education Week published an article describing culturally-questionable activities and language found in Studies Weekly , a social studies curriculum used by more than 13,000 schools across the country. To do this, educational companies need to rise to several key challenges.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

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” The article poses three questions and answers them. Below I share some thoughts prompted by the article. The questions from the article are presented in bold ; unattributed blockquotes are from the original article.). material curation and upkeep).

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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This article was modified and published by EdScoop. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

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We know there is a shortage of quality classroom material that will help educators teach to these standards in the important subject area of science,” said Josh Goldberg, chief strategy officer, Legends of Learning. “We

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

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She agrees to use their products in her classroom and give the companies feedback. After reading the article, I asked myself: What larger issues does the story of Kayla Delzer illustrate? In the 19th and 20th centuries, enterprising teachers found resources, scrounged materials, and took risks in using new techniques and products on their own time and on their own dime so that their students could learn in innovative ways.

Common Sense Media digital citizenship refresh

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I recently sat down with Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Education Programs at Common Sense Education, who oversees digital citizenship curricular materials to discuss exciting curriculu m news. Among this updated content is material that address balance in life both on- and offline .

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

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The beginning of each school year offers teachers the perfect opportunity to update their instructional materials,” said Jerry "Jay" McKinney, an educator with Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School Board. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc.,

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The Business of Education Technology

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In previous years, when I’ve written about this topic, I’ve saved “The Business of Ed-tech” for one of the last articles in my “ Top Ed-Tech Trends" series. " I will do that in a separate article at the end of the year. You might read the signals of the health of ed-tech startups in the departure of their founders – both from leadership positions and from their companies altogether. The company also will pay $8.5

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Texas , a Prized K–12 Market , Approves Wave of Instructional Materials.” Rather Harvard has outsourced instruction to the for-profit company Trilogy Education. Short-term-jobs-for-students company Student Pop has raised $3.4

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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ADVANCED & MEASURED PROGRESS ( www.advanc-ed.org ) & ( www.measuredprogress.org ) Measured Progress and AdvancED will join forces to form a unique and far-reaching nonprofit educational company focused on data-driven tools for school improvement. has joined the ENA family of companies.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Here’s a trend to watch in 2017 : companies and organizations who “help” schools buy ed-tech : The Hechinger Report looks at a couple of these , LEAP Innovations and LearnLaunch. No mention that these are backed by big companies and venture capitalists. ” Via Education Week : “ New Online Tool Aims to Help K–12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials.” ” Via Fast Company : “Want to Fight Inequality?

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“ Apollo Education Group , the parent company of the University of Phoenix and Western International University , announced Thursday that it would eliminate the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The New York Times on The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow , an online charter school: “Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students.” The Indian gaming company has raised $1.2