Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., The post Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

Marketplace K-12

Total spending on K-12 instructional materials stood at $11.8 billion in 2013-14, according to the Education Market Association. Assessment Ed-tech Procurement Publishing instructionalmaterials schoolconstruction

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

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Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. Thus, there is the potential for more disparity in the quality of materials from school to school. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

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We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia

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Former special education teacher Cheryl Mizerny says the same techniques used to help kids with dyslexia succeed can benefit all students in the core subjects. Now an ELA educator, she highlights useful tools, instructional techniques, assessments, and SEL strategies. Inclusion It's Not Easy Being Tween assessing understanding Cheryl Mizerny dyslexia emotional support general education instructional materials instructional techniques special education

Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider

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Assessments had to meet the minimum criteria in the RFQ in order to be approved for use. We are proud to support Ohio educators with this tool, helping them identify students’ needs and individualize instruction.” NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

How to find, curate, and assess OER

eSchool News

As schools and districts try to reduce textbook costs and digitize instructional resources, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of open education resources (OER). However, access itself isn’t enough and the sheer volume of materials can be overwhelming.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide.

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

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This assessment, which measures the amount of progress a student makes between two points in time, ideally falls between 1.5 special education) students, it was only 1.12. Historically, educators have assessed readers based on how quickly they read.

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.). New York, NY: Pearson Education.

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3-Year Damage Assessment: What Has Race to the Top Done to Us?

The 21st Century Principal

I have never been due to its over-reliance on standardization of education, over to the top emphasis on testing, and its hyper-focus on competition. Just like its older cousin, No Child Left Behind, at the end of the day, Race to the Top will most likely go down in the history of education reform as just another failed and misguided educational reform. We keep ramping up the testing, changing standards, but we cut instructional materials and professional development funding.

Florida’s Commissioner of Education Approves the Award-Winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for Classroom Use Statewide

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Discovery Education’s Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 To date, 12 states have approved the Discovery Education Science Techbook for classroom use through their formal adoption process. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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OPINION: As we seek to meet the educational needs of all students, we can’t overlook curricula

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As educators, we owe children and families our very best. This has always been my guiding principle, and it drives everything we are doing to improve educational quality and equity here in Mississippi. High-quality instructional materials simply aren’t optional. We are, however, incentivizing schools and districts to choose high-quality materials through the textbook procurement process allowed under state law.

OPINION: Eliminating the funding that supports educators? That’s no way to cut the federal budget

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As the only federal money focused on teacher improvement and growth, Title II funding supports the development of our educators. In addition to eliminating over $2 billion in federal funding for teacher development, this bill cuts overall education funding by $2.4 Higher Education.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

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This diverse, engaging approach to content selection is apparent whether teachers are using material to support core curriculum, inform independent reading—or something in between. Natalie Franzi, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Middletown Township Schools 2. Empower teachers to personalize instruction Ultimately, it comes down to the teacher. Kenneth McKee, Literacy and Instructional Coach, Buncombe County Schools 3. What leads to reading success?

It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education. As a Gates Foundation exec puts it: “ Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional material is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready.” I agree completely however not all students need the same instructional material at the same time.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

In fairness, startups weren’t the only education companies experiencing this sort of upheaval this year: Amplify, News Corps’ education division, continued to sell off various parts of its failed business. DeVry Education Group got a new CEO." You can find stock market data about publicly-traded education companies at funding.hackeducation.com. I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors.

A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

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There is no more powerful lever one can pull to transform a person’s life than to provide access to quality education. But for education entrepreneurs to reach students at scale, they need access to people, systems and capital. The strongest businesses are those where strong educational outcomes are co-linear with strong financial performance. Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available.

Let’s Prepare Students for the World—Not Tests

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Preparation can consume weeks or even months of classroom instruction. Materials are typically decontextualized, with multiple-choice items that mimic the format of standardized tests. It would be naïve to dismiss the reality of high-stakes tests by imploring educators to ignore them, or suggesting that if teachers simply “teach well and love the children” the scores will take care of themselves. Education Technology Assessments Technology in School

MetaMetrics Unveils Resource Centers to Help Educators and Parents Manage Multiple Student Reading and Math Measures

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DURHAM, NC — (April 17, 2018) — MetaMetrics today unveiled two sets of online resource centers developed to support educators and parents as they interpret student test scores. Students take an interim assessment and receive a Lexile measure for reading or a Quantile measure for mathematics.

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners

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June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Mississippi Department of Education Approves i-Ready® as a Universal Screener for Grades K–3

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The state vetted universal screening assessments schools will administer to all students at least three times annually to provide an “especially critical ‘first look’ at individual students.” NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Granularity

K12 Open Ed

I am often prompted to reflect on why people don’t borrow and remix high quality, open licensed educational content more often than they do. However, I think another key element is the very nature of instructional materials. Credit: gurmit singh.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. “How higher education made President Trump ,” according to Jeffrey Selingo. ” Via Education Week : “ Undocumented Teachers Shielded by DACA in Legal and Emotional Limbo.” Via The Washington Post : “Influential conservative group: Trump, DeVos should dismantle Education Department and bring God into classrooms.” The list says a lot about his education priorities.” Education in the Courts.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

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These next generation Summit Math courses were developed as part of a digital-first curriculum for schools that want to engage and personalize learning for each student and empower teachers with powerful instructional materials,” said Sean P. Ryan, General Manager of Fuel Education.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

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In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. As education entrepreneurs know, growth in K-12 comes hard.

New AP course materials are getting an independent review

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program

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NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3.

CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

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The report, “ A Look at the Education Crisis: Tests, Standards, and the Future of American Education ,” suggests that the implementation of the Common Core standards throughout the country have helped teachers to improve their instructional methods.

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.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

This is a contribution to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for Education Top Global Teacher Blogger’s Column. In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. Formative assessment can help teachers understand how students are learning.

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Seven Steps to Ensure English Learners Aren’t Left Out of STEM

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Rather, it stems from a lack of access to rigorous, age-appropriate instruction in the field. Because mastery of the English language does not necessarily determine one’s ability to grasp STEM concepts, English learners may in fact be well-suited to more advanced materials in science, math and coding. How might state assessments be unfairly disadvantaging English learners? Design assessments that consider the needs of English learners As the population of U.S.

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Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

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Renaissance ® announces Learning A-Z, a literacy-focused pre-K–6 educational provider of technology-enabled learning resources, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner. The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

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This is the second and final part of a series that explores how the market dynamics the K-12 education sector have changed. Others went deep, with curriculum, intervention and assessment stacks. Assessment (including state tests) is another $1.2