Adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials – final report

K12 Open Ed

As many of you know, I’ve spent much of this year working on a project to explore the adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials and to explore business models for the successful and sustainable publishing of such open educational resource (OER) materials.

SETDA launches guide on digital instructional materials

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Free tool is intended to support clear understanding of state policies and practices related to digital instructional materials. state and territorial educational technology leaders, has launched of a free online tool to support the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

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Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment. advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

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. The report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1. That includes instructional materials.

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.

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!

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Inform them that HB 6 will be voted on by the House on Wednesday (April 6th) Ask them to vote for HB 6 and Oppose any amendment that might delay the implementation of the Instructional Materials Allotment. HB 6 deletes the word ''''textbook'''' from current education law and updates it to the phrase ''''instructional materials''''. advocacy educational technology instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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BACK OFFICE BUSINESS: Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

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And in the 2018-2019 school year, that number is expected to double as more than half the nation are projected to report Lexile and Quantile measurements from their state assessment systems.

Teachers in Common-Core States Have Big Say in Choosing Resources, Report Suggests

Marketplace K-12

Teachers of math and English/language arts in states following the common-core standards are playing a strong role in developing or selecting the classroom resources they use, a report has found. See the full survey results about the materials that math teachers choose, below.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. The report highlights the pivotal role state leaders and policymakers play in helping districts and schools implement high-speed broadband and wi-fi in schools.

CAP ‘Education Crisis’ Report Looks at Future of US Schools

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A newly-released report from the Center for American Progress has found that gains are being made in student achievement across numerous reform-oriented states and school districts.

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs. K-12 context, individual teacher’s choices about instructional materials are constrained by district and state policy anyway.

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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. The report defines several different procurement models, including so-called “adoption states,” where decisions are made at the state level, and “local control states,” where districts and local education agencies (LEAs) have more autonomy.

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States' Control Over Selection of K-12 Classroom Materials Shifting to Districts

Marketplace K-12

California, Texas and Florida are among the states that are ceding more authority to districts in choosing their own instructional materials, the Association of American Publishers reports. Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Publishing State Policy Textbooks adoptionstates associationofamericanpublishers textbooks

10 major insights on teaching, learning, and STEM

eSchool News

The report compiles information from 100Kin10’s partner organizations, teachers, researchers, and other STEM leaders, and the 10 reflections serve to direct the group’s work and focus areas for 2019.

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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

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This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons. Teachers can choose a lesson in the program, which guides students through a multi-step process to analyze the reading materials and write a response essay. ThinkCERCA jostles with major textbook providers, such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to be the provider of core ELA instructional materials.

OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials.

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

When combined with other sources, one estimate places this figure as high as $10 billion annually, with $200 million of that spent on digital instructional materials. Highly fragmented, these organizations often serve small numbers of learners and have very limited budgets for instructional materials. The discussion around closing the “skills gap” is important as technical and computational thinking skills are increasingly required for today’s job market.

The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

User Generated Education

Program leaders and instructors remain predominantly male, and a language analysis of recruiting and instruction materials revealed evidence of implicit bias. Implicit bias is pervasive and insidious,” the report states.

The Benefits of Video in the Digital Classroom

ViewSonic Education

In 2015, more than 90% of district administrators said instructional tech is important to achieving their core mission of educating students. 63% also believe it increases the relevancy and quality of the instructional materials. The evidence is in.

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Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

Blended classes greatly benefit from BYOD scenarios because most of the class instructional materials are on the cloud and all students need to do is to sync them on their devices.

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Seven Steps to Ensure English Learners Aren’t Left Out of STEM

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percent of the school-aged population, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Obstacles to English learners participating in STEM subjects and careers do not include lack of interest or ability, according to the report, “ English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools and Lives.” Rather, it stems from a lack of access to rigorous, age-appropriate instruction in the field.

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How 4 states are purchasing digital resources

eSchool News

As more states move through the digital transition and acquire digital resources for teachers and students, it is more important than ever to establish clear-cut processes to obtain high-quality materials. Next page: Procedures from 4 states highlighted in the report).

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.,

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7 tips to better define personalized learning

eSchool News

Now, a new report seeks to apply a common definition to personalized learning and outline best practices for educators to advocate for the practice in their districts. Targeted instruction: Instruction aligns to specific student needs and learning goals.

Learning List, The College Board forge AP materials alliance

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

#8: 7 tips to better define personalized learning

eSchool News

Now, a new report seeks to apply a common definition to personalized learning and outline best practices for educators to advocate for the practice in their districts. Targeted instruction: Instruction aligns to specific student needs and learning goals.

New AP course materials are getting an independent review

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

CoSN 2019: K–12 Schools Address Digital Equity with Curriculum Framework

EdTech Magazine

Some digitally enabled K–12 schools find it difficult to provide appropriate lesson plans that can be accessed by all students, said Tim Clark, director of curriculum, instruction and digital learning at Chicago Public Schools. . What we want to do is transform the instructional core.”.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

Teachers: English learners need resources, support

eSchool News

Most K-12 educators (80 percent) said they believe English Language Learner (ELL) instruction is a top priority for their school or district, according to a new survey. Next page: What do teachers say are the most effective instructional materials for ELL students?

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

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OPINION: Three ways to help students who switch schools midyear

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This is an interactive Google Fusion map, created by Jill Barshay and Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report.). We think it’s important to let schools pick their own instructional materials based on their needs.

What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

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To earn these, teachers view the required materials, answer a set of questions, and then submit evidence of impact on practice such as lesson plans, instructional materials, and videos. start reviewing recommended materials or browse the resources.

OER-based Degrees: Momentum

iterating toward openness

Above all else, this groundbreaking project demonstrated that an institution can openly share it’s core instructional resources without materially harming itself. Fifteen years ago MIT announced its OpenCourseWare project.

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Purdue Global Drops Requirement That Professors Sign Nondisclosure Agreements

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The four-page nondisclosure agreement reads like something by a big corporation rather than a university, forbidding employees from sharing any trade secrets about how the university operated, including information about “course materials, methods of instruction, research reports, marketing programs,” and a long list of other aspects.

What teachers need now: CCSS-aligned resources

Insight Education Group

According to the 2014 update of the Primary Sources report , more teachers now feel prepared to teach to the Common Core and think that implementation of the Standards is going well in their schools.

The Actual Dollars That Will Shape the New K-12 Investment Ecosystem

Edsurge

It’s that most conversations about a school’s expenses don’t sync up to what’s happening in the classroom—the instruction, materials, and tools that shape the educational experience for teachers and students. The data are now being gathered and they need to be ready for publication on the 2019-2020 state and district report cards. Most schools do not currently collect this kind of information or if they do, they have not had to report it to the public.

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NC Textbook Funding Cut 80% While State Administers More Tests Than Ever

The 21st Century Principal

This cut, coupled with cuts in instructional supply money, teaching assistant cuts, among a whole laundry list of cuts makes it very clear that North Carolina public education is not a funding priority for our state legislature or governor. What is even more amazing is how our state is able to afford the largest increase in the number of state tests administered in state history, yet instructional materials and textbooks have been increasingly cut each year.