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What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

What Lessons Does Special Education Hold for Improving Personalized Learning?

MindShift

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

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The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

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According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

How Microcredentials Can Boost Professional Learning

Edsurge

Microcredentials provide an opportunity for educators to pursue focused professional learning at their own pace, and on their own schedules. In this webinar, we’ll explore: How can teachers understand the value of microcredentials for their own personal learning? How rigorous of an assessment is involved and is there a common definition or evaluation process?

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value. Developing digital portfolios and personalized learning plans: Every student at St.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

Edsurge

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

This profile is the second in a series from the EdSurge Research team, which has spent the past six months studying the market of service providers that support schools through the redesign process. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign. Kim had previously been an Executive Vice President at Edison Learning, a for-profit education management organization.

Study Groups for Voluntary Professional Development

Reading By Example

In Chapter 4 of Becoming a Literacy Leader , Jennifer Allen describes how she facilitates professional learning beyond the schoolwide initiative. She refers to these opportunities as “study groups” They are typically designed around a specific educational resource. Jennifer reflects on the importance of having voice and choice in her professional learning. I was thirsty for professional development opportunities involving new instructional practices.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

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Online assessments are becoming more common, and students who have strong digital literacy skills often score higher on them. Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments. To prepare students for assessments, teachers can embed these skills into their lessons.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

edWeb.net

Shifting from an industrial-age education model to a post-industrial learner-centered model is an essential part of preparing students for college and 21 st century careers, and the process works best when the learner-centered approach is applied to the professional learning of teachers and administrators, as well as the education of their students. Application to Professional Learning. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Edsurge

Those experiences have sharpened our desire to prepare this generation of students to become successful citizens in a global society by putting to rest the weary industrial model of education and shifting to a more personal approach. Learning Transformed. Our new book, Learning Transformed , published by ASCD, outlines eight keys to intentionally designing tomorrow’s schools to prepare today’s learners for success far beyond earning a high school diploma.

OPINION: May we please forget about tests for a minute and go read some books?

The Hechinger Report

How can we help them learn to live a good life? This method has come to be known today as inquiry-based learning. Since 1985, I’ve been a part of the Great Books Foundation team supporting teachers as they learn to use the Shared Inquiry method of discussing complex texts with students. Inquiry learning and contemporary educational assessments require that students present and explain evidence from the text to support their ideas.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations! Each year students in Texas are required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam, also known as the STAAR exam.

Enhance Long-Term Student Learning

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Learning seems like a simple process. During the edWebinar, “Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning,” Pooja K. Educational Specialist, Veteran Teacher, and Author discussed their research into the benefits of retrieval practice and emphasizing the third step of the learning equation. Instead of cramming information in, students learn how to access and pull it out. Students take out their notebook and write down everything they’ve learned on a topic.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Idea #1: Use Formative Data to Improve Learning. Learn about AR and VR.

Partnership with LINCspring: Balance with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Now, you and your PLC can learn together online at a time, place, and pace that works for you! Explore how blended learning can help you partner with students to reimagine learning and find a realistic work-life balance! In my book, Balance with Blended Learning , I invite teachers to reimagine teaching and learning by partnering with students. Consider bringing Balance with Blended Learning into your professional learning community.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

Assessment. Research reveals that students ubiquitously perceive assessment as something that is “done to them [sic] by someone else — and is out of their control.” Now that we have powerful, easy-to-use design tools and a capacity for worldwide publishing, we have an opportunity to restore the dignity and integrity of a work ethic by redefining the role of the learner as a contributor to the learning culture. — Alan November, Who Owns the Learning.

How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

“Technology use must, first and foremost, be designed to support learning goals, not the other way around.”. Ottenbreit-Leftwich in their 2013 study of authentic technology-enabled learning, highlights the main challenge coaches face when trying to support teachers using technology. It was tempting to let that excitement get in the way of what really matters: learning. Students need technology that will help them meet their existing learning goals.

Transforming Schools and Outcomes by Using a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

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This type of curriculum teaches the basics in an authentic context of culturally relevant tasks and avoids excessive test prep and “multiple-choice learning.”. Since education is a “learning” profession, Jay set a learning goal when he was 57 years of age to be surfing by 60.

Empowering Teachers as Learning Engineers (Without Adding More Work)

Edsurge

When we reflect on how the pandemic disrupted education, we’ll think about the resiliency of our teachers, who were challenged like never before to connect with students in new ways to keep learning going in the face of nationwide school closures.

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Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide

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Lexia Learning’s Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke’s steadfast determination to ensure students of all abilities can become successful readers and confident learners continues to be the driving force behind all of her work. Learning Gaps. By Eileen Belastock.

Seeing the Pandemic as an Opportunity for Change

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Disconnection between teaching and learning: Teachers often confuse covering the material with teaching to the kids—if they teach to understanding, then the classroom becomes a different environment. The question we should have been asking is: How do we get kids excited about learning?”

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. A 2014 Gates Foundation study shows only 29% of teachers satisfied with current teacher PD. Another 2015 study shows that only 30% of teachers improve substantially with PD. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? This month’s question is about how to improve teacher professional development. Think of it this way — Some students learn by seeing.

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Infobase Acquires Professional Development and Training Platform

eSchool News

Infobase, the award-winning provider of the Infobase Learning Ecosystem, which delivers interactive learning experiences and award-winning digital reference content to the school and library community, today announced the acquisition of Hoonuit’s Professional Development and Training Platform, the leading solution for educators needing to improve student learning and meet district, state, and department objectives. Helping Educators Close Student Learning Gaps.

What Public School Teachers Want: Less Disruption

Edsurge

Teachers shoulder the stress and try our best to ensure that true best practices are used in our classrooms, while at the same time we are often forced to sip the Kool-Aid of the highly-paid consultants du jour in lieu of designing our own professional development. Many school districts used to have a teacher who served as head of professional development at the administration level. Education Technology Teaching & Learning

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Differentiate the learning for principals and superintendents.

Intersectionality and Deaf Learners—One Education Does Not Fit All

edWeb.net

First, in order to develop an education plan for deaf and hard of hearing students, teachers must learn about the student’s language background. Thus, the student believes that teachers have low academic expectations, and the student isn’t motivated to learn. By Stacey Pusey.

Four Key Lessons on Addressing Equity in Schools

Insight Education Group

But in my opinion, the great miscalculation being made by many in our field is that watching and learning are enough to impact students’ lives. Engage the individual and give them the time and space to learn. And once the learning has stopped, we’ll never make progress.

How Achievement First is Creating an Interoperable Ecosystem

Edsurge

This case study was originally published on Getting Smart Achievement First operates a network of 32 high-performing college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York City. Its rigorous standards, high-quality curriculum and ongoing professional development for teachers serve to support this goal. The network also piloted and uses Cortex, a next-generation learning platform developed by InnovateEDU. Those assessments feed into Cortex.

Tennessee?s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools

techlearning

- Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners- Silver Spring, Md. June 20, 2018) – Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools (HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative. Classroom Student-centered Learning The Wire k12 education Teacher Education

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3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning. But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Learn More About Kiddom Academy For Schools: Apply to Kiddom's Pilot program.

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

edWeb.net

Also needed are trauma-informed and trauma-skilled schools so that teachers are prepared to work with students who may have experienced severe hardships as well as learning loss. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.

Top Edtech Classroom Tools

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It makes math more accessible because students can make and learn from mistakes. DIY.org : According to Higgin, this is the best community in youth media and learning products. Any kid can go and learn how to make things, share what they make, and earn badges. Social Studies Stunners. Teaching Tolerance : An amazing professional development resource as well as a classroom tool, this is the place to go to tackle tricky topics like religion and race.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.