Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

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? The company] has continued to grow.

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.

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.”

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)

techlearning

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

techlearning

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.,

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

Edsurge

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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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. So how can curriculum publishers and educational companies be meaningful partners in creating culturally-responsive classrooms?

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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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.

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. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

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

Doug Levin

Accompanying the commitment to provide universal access to learning technologies for learners must be a parallel effort to ensure that all students have the age-appropriate skills to use those tools to meet their educational goals, including knowledge of basic computer operations, computer programming, and media and information literacy concepts. Four, we must ensure that all instructional materials – no matter their form or medium – remain available for public inspection and review.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better. An Instructional Coach. ” Education does have “instructional coaches.”

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

techlearning

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.,

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

techlearning

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.–

Common Sense Media digital citizenship refresh

NeverEndingSearch

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 .

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

techlearning

The online diagnostic and instruction program is currently used by districts across Mississippi and more than 7 million K–12 students nationwide. “ NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 8, 2018— approved universal reading screener for Mississippi students in Grades K–3.

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. In 2018, ENA joined forces with a company who share ENA’s same vision and passion for delivering excellence—CatchOn.

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.

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.

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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In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Méndez-Cupey, and together they’ve adopted a public elementary school that was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria, with plans to provide teacher training and instructional materials. It’s also true, she said, that, “If you don’t have resources for the future, the companies can’t stay.”.

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

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.

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

Marketplace K-12

Another instructional model, the work of New Classrooms, personalizes middle school math in a way that Gates said is “far more engaging than a typical textbook.” The market for digital instruction materials will likely grow by $1.1 San Diego.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

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

Hack Education

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.” 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. Education Politics.

A Glimpse Into the Playful World of Seymour Papert

Edsurge

Later, the name for the LEGO company’s award-winning toy Mindstorms, a robotic construction system for youngsters, was inspired by Seymour's 1980 book of the same name.) Yet many of the industry’s efforts to create computer-aided learning software, or attempted to infuse traditional instructional material onto games, frustrated Seymour.

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.