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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. A student at Belmont-Cragin Elementary School.

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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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.

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.

High-Agency in the Remote and Hybrid Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

To achieve this goal, we must first examine the foundational elements that lead to successful teaching and learning, whether the environment is remote or hybrid. Voice Honoring kids' voices and allowing them to have a say during the learning process is a central tenet of student agency.

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.

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.

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. When a student feels connected to something bigger than themselves and nurtured by the community, their ability to reflect on personal needs and interests is enhanced.

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!

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 ).

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. . Unlike summative assessments, which provide an overall view of a student’s growth from the beginning to the end of a class, formative assessments allow teachers to assess students as they learn and adjust the curriculum to focus on areas where students may need more help. “A

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Transforming Schools and Outcomes by Using a Culturally Responsive Curriculum

edWeb.net

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.

Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide

edWeb.net

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.

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.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

In “ Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School ,” Rhonda Schroeder, EdD, principal, Arthur Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK; Mike Cory, EdD, principal, Gettys Middle School, SC; Barbara J. However, Fox noted the importance of having safe WiFi access, as many students can access WiFi in public places like fast food restaurants that do not provide the safest options for high school students to study at night.

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. “Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal.

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. Most of what our staff does is show up committed and dedicated — they really take care of these kids and make sure that they’re safe, that they’re healthy, that they’re happy, they’re eating, they have clothes,” says Amy Creeden, an elementary school principal. The initiative is in place at elementary and middle schools in Middletown.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

Although students can access WiFi in places like fast food restaurants, many public spaces do not provide the safest options for high school students to study at night. Rhonda Schroeder, EdD, Principal, Arthur Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK, shared the story of how Arthur Elementary School transitioned from having one computer per classroom to having a 1:1 iPad program. Arthur Elementary has also established goals for out-of-school access.

When the future of learning includes teacher training, too

The Hechinger Report

Fourth grade teacher Milton Bryant works with students in a small group during a blended learning session at Ketcham Elementary School. But professional development for those same teachers generally features a presenter at the front of the room, lecturing. And a two-year-old professional development program called LEAP (for “LEarning together to Advance our Practice”) is being linked to greater achievement among students. Future of Learning.

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.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

edWeb.net

Typing can be worked into project-based learning, or students can use tools like Google Docs to practice typing. They also have a technology peer coaching program which allows teachers to receive additional professional development to be able to support other teachers in developing their skills and assisting their students. Technology proficiency is even included on their teacher evaluation rubric and elementary students standards reports.

What does it mean to be “connected”?

Reading By Example

What does it mean to be “connected”, as a professional and a learner? They collaborate online, use social media to interact with colleagues around the globe, engage in conversations in safe online spaces, and bring what they learn online back to their classrooms, schools, and districts. Just as student learning can become more personalized with technology in the school mix, so to should professional learning.

SEL Skills Are More Vital Than Ever. Here’s How to Choose the Right Tools.

Edsurge

In January, our team published a report on social-emotional learning research that has taken on new importance during the past few months. Written in partnership with New Schools Venture Fund, the report sought out practices that lead to positive outcomes for students learning skills, such as goal setting, relationship building and independence. Millions of students have been home for months now and are unwitting participants in a real-time distance learning experiment.

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.

Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching

edWeb.net

Studies show that when black adolescents feel their teachers lack respect for their background, it can harm their academic outcomes. We not only have to understand that we can have personal biases, but that there are biases ingrained in the system. She taught eighth grade language arts and reading to military-connected children at Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia, has been an elementary school assistant principal, and is now a professional development specialist.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning. Imperative 2: Raise the Bar with Rigorous, Transformative & Innovative Learning and Skills.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The program includes in-classroom professional development sessions. This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” “Whatever happened to the promise of online learning ?” “How can online learning help Canadian colleges meet the challenges ahead?” Amy Silverman writes in The Phoenix New Times about ASU ’s decision not to approve a disability studies major. ” That’s Tariq Ramadan , a professor of contemporary Islamic studies.