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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

Edsurge

For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. MTC’s transcript prototype—still a work in progress—imagines an alternative to traditional evaluations. Now we want to prove it works.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. These conferences are rarely original and are often a missed opportunity to truly connect with parents about something beyond the report card. But if I’m being transparent, I have to confess I didn’t intentionally structure them that way.

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Top Summer PD Opportunities

Wisewire

There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it. As technology continues to evolve and the way we communicate changes as a result, lifelong learning has never been more important.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

The Hechinger Report

Benito Juarez Community Academy students waiting in the cafeteria for first period class to begin. billion federal program meant to fix the nation’s lowest-performing schools — which focused disproportionately on high schools — did little to improve student achievement. In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what’s behind their success. Still, reputations are hard to shake. “A

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. As a result of this partnership, Motion Math’s games will be available as a supplement to i-Ready.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. I thought for a good long while about how best to summarize this decade, and inspired by the folks at The Verge , who published a list of “ The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech ,” I decided to do something similar: chronicle for you a decade of ed-tech failures and f**k-ups and flawed ideas.