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Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Craig Brock teaches high school science in Amarillo, Texas, where his freshman biology students are currently learning about the parts of a cell. And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. A nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

Edsurge

The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. Today, there are six million current active users on i-Ready, the company’s flagship digital product. based company, to learn more about that reinvention, and the lessons he’s learned in the process. How did you transition from a traditional company focused on providing workbooks to an edtech company?

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

GAME-BASED LEARNING FROM LEGENDS OF LEARNING NOW MEETS SCIENCE STANDARDS IN TWO MORE STATES Research-Based Games Already Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards WASHINGTON, D.C.—Aug. Teachers can don their capes with Legends of Learning at www.legendsoflearning.com.

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials

techlearning

The state is reviewing new science instructional materials for the first time in 12 years to help science teachers succeed in teaching students the latest standards. We were careful to meet every facet of CA NGSS.” Three-dimensional learning; 2.

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

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June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Lexia Efficacy Research Meets the Highest Standards of Evidence as Defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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BOSTON (April 12, 2018) – As educators across the country strive to align their instructional plans with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. NYSE: RST) Company, stands apart with an unmatched depth and strength of evidence of program effectiveness. ESSA requires Title I schools to utilize evidence-based instructional programs that have demonstrated positive effects on student learning outcomes.

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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). To learn more about i-Ready , visit www.i-Ready.com/achievement.

Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

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A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states. Even within that framework, states set their own requirements to meet accountability standards. Some, such as California, state that all digital materials must have a printed counterpart.

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Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

Edsurge

What’s more, “reading is a gateway to other learning,” she says. Commonlit is a source for free, high-quality instructional materials designed to support literacy development (grades 3-12.).

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

Edsurge

As the leader of an education company, it was a sobering reminder of the complexities and responsibilities involved in creating curriculum. Study after study has demonstrated that high-quality curricular resources play a vital role in improving student learning.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S.

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

Edsurge

Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. Consider Archipelago Learning.

EdReports.org Evaluates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics as the Highest-Rated K–8 Mathematics Program

techlearning

Expert educators from EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials, found that Ready Mathematics met expectations for all evaluation criteria across all grade levels after concluding its recent review of the program.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. Think of it this way — Some students learn by seeing. Others learn by hearing. Others learn by doing. But no one learns one way. If project based learning works – do it.

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How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

Edsurge

Many have some innovative programs at their edges , but few have redesigned the core of school in a meaningful sense, or in ways that meet the needs of diverse learners, equity and a radically shifting economy. Continuous learning is the fundamental state of the future workforce.

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The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

From textbooks to tests and from research papers to group projects, public education is in the midst of a sea change in how it provides learning opportunities to its students, in the tools it offers, and in what it expects its educators and students to use. The goal is to ensure that students can take best advantage of the powerful learning tools at their disposal wherever their academic and career aspirations may lead them.

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.” To learn more about i-Ready, visit i-Ready.com/Empower.

California Evaluates New Science Instructional Resources for the First Time in More than a Decade

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August 14, 2018 –Today California-based K-12 publishing company, TCI , announced that its science programs,Bring Science Alive!California This is the first time in 12 years that California has reviewed new science instructional materials. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–

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

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The online diagnostic and instruction program is currently used by districts across Mississippi and more than 7 million K–12 students nationwide. “ To learn more about i-Ready, visit i-Ready.com/empower. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

Edsurge

Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy. She emailed the company to learn that it was not. “It Horton, who teaches math and writing to fourth- and fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, says this is the first program that she and a coworker have found that meets their needs for math and writing instruction.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters.

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

No longer relegated to using textbooks as their core instructional materials, teachers look to their institutions for help selecting, aggregating, and then delivering relevant content to their pupils. Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform.

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

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BOSTON (April 19, 2018) – Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. Teachers can feel confident that when their students meet and exceed their weekly usage recommendations for at least 20 weeks, the results will have the maximum impact on literacy growth.”

Common Sense Media digital citizenship refresh

NeverEndingSearch

As educators, we’ve learned to count on the research-based wisdom and guidance of Common Sense Media. Among this updated content is material that address balance in life both on- and offline . How do you chat safely with people you meet online?

Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains

techlearning

BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction. We look forward to using the findings from this research to motivate 100 percent of our students to meet their usage targets!” “We

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. Amplify Fractions covers math standards in grades 3–6 and uses adaptive learning, interactive storytelling, and a personalized digital tutor to help students conquer fractions.

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Bill Gates: Ed Tech Has Underachieved, But Better Days Are Ahead

Marketplace K-12

“Our foundation’s going to do everything we can to help facilitate the creation of great technology,” he said, with a focus on three areas: effective personalized learning solutions, an evidence base that works, and adoption of proven technologies. San Diego.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.” These companies almost all share the same investors too.

A Glimpse Into the Playful World of Seymour Papert

Edsurge

My mentor and collaborator, Seymour Papert, was a brilliant mathematician, a distinguished computer scientist, an innovative learning theorist, a humanitarian and a visionary for technology-based education change to empower every children. That he is widely considered the father of a movement that espouses play and games as an integral part of learning—any learning—may seem incongruous. Playful Learning and Hard Fun. Learning Stories. Video Games and Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Florida Virtual School model shows online learning can be engaging,” according to a puff piece by Education Dive , which rewrites a puff piece by eSchool News. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, a federal panel, is slated to review ACCJC’s recognition and scope at a meeting next week.” ” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a new CEO : John “Jack” Lynch, formerly the head of Renaissance Learning.

How to move out of the day-by-day lesson planning trap

The Cornerstone Blog

And generally curriculum companies provide way more activities and resources and worksheets then you will ever want to use. We also discuss and plan instructional materials, assessments, etc. Rachel says, “My co-teacher and I would meet weekly to discuss what the standard we’re addressing that week meant, what activities we would do, and what assessment we would give. We’d end up talking about other things and not really being focused during the meeting.