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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. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

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The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

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.

What Lessons Does Special Education Hold for Improving Personalized Learning?

MindShift

This story about IEPs was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswoo

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. Therefore, Marlboro set out to provide a roadmap for educators to understand how each element of their vision works in practice. Creating teacher buy-in for personalized learning Change management can be a lonely process.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personal Concerns.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. 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.

Want Easier Principal Walkthroughs? Try Virtual Classroom Walkthroughs

Edthena

During Covid-19, it might not be possible to go in person. Education researchers Laureen Cervone Avery and Patricia Martinez-Miller (2007) describe classroom walkthroughs as a tool that should “drive a cycle of continuous improvement by focusing on the effects of instruction.”

Newark Public Schools Expands Use of Lexia Core5 and PowerUp to All of its Elementary Schools

eSchool News

Newark Public Schools (NPS) has approved expanding implementation of Lexia Learning’s Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) and Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® (PowerUp) throughout its K-5 and K-8 schools. Teachers also really like how user-friendly the educator platform is. About Lexia Learning.

Empower Elementary Students to Build Life-long Body Confidence with New Activities and Lessons from Amazing Me 

Discovery Education

The Dove Self-Esteem Project and Discovery Education have teamed up to deliver the best in social and emotional learning (SEL), health, and confidence-building resources for elementary educators. Professional Learning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Highlight Key Elements for Success in Personalized Learning

The PL2C Blog

Charlotte, NC – Today The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released an in-depth case study on CMS’ Personalized Learning (PL) efforts. Personalizing the Paths to Personalized Learning: Meeting Students and Teachers Where They Are focuses on three schools with diverse backgrounds and journeys. Whole child and social and emotional learning (SEL).

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Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer Launches New Professional Development Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

techlearning

- Latest Phase of Four Year Partnership to Focus on Implementing New Professional Learning Model Driving Continuous Improvement and Transforming Education- Silver Spring, Md. September 11, 2018) – Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer (SDBD) announced today the launch of the latest phase of its four year partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

techlearning

- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md. Beaumont USD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan outlines the district’s commitment to creating viable 21st-century learning environments for all students and optimum learning and working environments for educators. Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money. And low-quality professional development, frankly, feels like detention.” ( New Report Reveals That Teacher Professional Development Is Costly And Ineffective ). Why Fun in Learning is Important ).

Technology and Innovation as Paths to Educational Equity

edWeb.net

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and, in many ways, worsened the digital divide and other inequitable aspects of America’s education system. The presentation featured Dr. Beth Rabbitt, Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Accelerator; Richard E. Learning Transformation.

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida strives to be at the forefront of innovation in teacher training and development. After several visits to local schools to learn more about the technology they’re using to develop 21st-century learners, the idea of micro-credentials being a valuable part of a teacher candidate’s training at UCF became clear. Learn more about the Beginning to Teach micro-credentials here and Educators Rising here.

Educator Perspectives: Leading in a Pandemic

MIND Research Institute

In each installment of our Educator Perspectives series, we interview teachers and administrators across the country who are engaging, motivating, and challenging their students in unique ways. All Orange Elementary Schools students receive free breakfast and lunch.

Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. Now we’ll put it in the show notes Barbara has her own podcast,“ Conversations on Learning “ and I want you to check that out.So Barbara, we as educators, you know, sometimes it easy to kind of go, Why am I doing this? And tell them that a little bit about why you are doing that and your own experiences, so they see you are vulnerable but you also had to learn in different ways.

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Leading Educators Take the Stage to Ignite Change in Education

Digital Promise

million students, the League of Innovative Schools is a coalition of education leaders use their collective voice to advance positive change in public education, as exhibited by a powerful series of TED talks delivered this April. Every speaker who took the stage talked about how students in this country deserve the highest quality education, rich with learning experiences that challenge them and opportunities to develop skills that prepare them for a future we can’t foresee.

Reshaping Space, Roles and Routines to Support Children With Trauma

Edsurge

In 2015, we opened the doors of Roots Elementary to 100 kindergarteners and first graders in the neighborhood. Roots Elementary. Before that I had worked at the Charter School Growth Fund with several of the early visionaries who supported the movement toward personalized learning. But others struggled to find their way in the fluid learning environment and to build close relationships with their peers and teachers.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. Video coaching with Edthena provides us with a sustainable and scalable professional development model. Northwood Elementary School, Napa, Calif. Originally we partnered with Education Elements to provide on-site personalized learning PD and consulting.

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How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

Edsurge

And contrary to the traditional progression of learning, one that they could succeed in even without a college degree (many coders are self-taught using sites like Free Code Camp). Busker may not have succeeded as a company, but I took the lessons and skills I learned from the tech scene and applied them to my work as a teacher. I needed to ask students whether or not they enjoyed the learning experience—that’s what Apple would do.

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

Edsurge

Louis, I wore many hats—arguably too many for any one person. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning.

OPINION: The arts help refugees, other students to master academics

The Hechinger Report

As more schools across the country experiment with d personalized learning approaches to better meet the needs, goals and interests of individual learners, many are overlooking an important piece: arts integration. The Academy is a magnet elementary school is located in a U.S. Related: Can testing save arts education? In addition, art-integration is the only educational process that gives students a visual voice.

Report: MassNET Reports on ELA Edtech Tools

Edsurge

During the 2015-2016 school year, MassNET worked with the Boston-based LearnLaunch Institute (under the umbrella of the Learning Assembly ) to pilot instructional software for English Language Arts with six teams of six to eight teachers in Boston-area elementary and middle school classrooms. It also points to the importance of professional learning communities. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. We believe that by working together, we can face the educational challenges that students, educators, and our community experience every day. Micro-credentials provide personalized professional development opportunities aligned to theory of action plans.

A Personal Question for All Teachers

Edsurge

What does it mean to make learning personal? It’s no secret that teachers take their jobs personally. For the past three years, we’ve asked educators from every state to share, in their own words, how they make learning personal. So far, we’ve traveled to 28 cities across 23 states, in regions both urban and rural, to learn how educators are helping every student grow, and to amplify their voices by sharing their experiences.

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

Edsurge

Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. 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!

TEACHER VOICE: ‘Before teaching Algebra 2, I was an EMT, a Starbucks barista and a real estate agent. I learned to treat people with compassion’

The Hechinger Report

I realized the importance of social-emotional learning early in life, long before I became a teacher. I quickly fell in love with learning, inspired to work hard by an amazing math teacher — but, more importantly, also to be kind and compassionate.

Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts about job-embedded, on-going work with school districts is facilitating a variety of professional learning opportunities. During a planning call prior, I was asked to work with special education, math, and reading teachers in particular.

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Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

Edsurge

Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

This summer, educators need to get some rest so that we can be our best. However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. Plan Professional Development with Intentionality.

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Celebrating Standouts in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

To highlight some of the standout programs and great work that has taken place at Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to announce the initiative’s annual Schools of Excellence Award winners. Verizon Innovative Learning schools standouts. Congratulations to the Verizon Innovative Learning schools’ 2018-19 Schools of Excellence Award winners: District of the Year: Strong Out of the Gate.