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.

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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Curriculum Associates to Be Owned by Iowa State University--For Now

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More than 6 million students in all 50 states use products offered by Curriculum Associates, which sells research-based print and online instructional materials, assessments, and data management tools, including its flagship tool, the adaptive assessment and instruction package, i-Ready. See EdSurge’s report on adaptive learning tools including i-Ready in Adaptive Learning Close Up. Education Technology Adaptive Learning Learning Strategies

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

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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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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.

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

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portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. In Pearson’s 2017 full-year results report , the publisher stated that “we have concluded the strategic review of our US K12 courseware business and have classified the business as held for sale.” It does not fit with in with our digital transformation strategy.” a semester to access all of the company’s digital higher-ed materials.

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

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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. 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. education strategy.

When it comes to struggling schools, school choice is no substitute for systemic change

The Hechinger Report

She is using the report as proof that choice is the best answer. using all the tools available: transformational leaders, better teachers, more challenging instruction, and a willingness to dismantle barriers to success. Invest in instruction.

What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

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However, as Politico reported , documents have surfaced showing the Trump administration’s desire to cut an additional $3 billion from the 2017-2018 year budget. Dr. Jennifer House, a former school administrator, and the current president of RedRock Reports, an education budget consulting group, notes that for many district leaders, unexpected cuts to their upcoming school year budgets would be their worst nightmare. “A

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. In school libraries, digital curation represents a workflow strategy for student inquiry.

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

We know there is a shortage of quality classroom material that will help educators teach to these standards in the important subject area of science,” said Josh Goldberg, chief strategy officer, Legends of Learning. “We

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

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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. have reported positive impact on their classes. “I

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

Leave this field empty if you're human: We need to ensure that all learning materials — including software — are subject to public inspection by taxpayers and parents of students assigned to use them. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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A Primer for Scaling Your Education Business—Successfully

Edsurge

Schools were unhappy with both the cost and the quality of the instructional materials available. Develop a value creation plan It is vital to put educational strategy and outcomes first—strong outcomes which create a fundamental value for customers drive strong results, both financially and in terms of social impact. Part of the value creation plan includes the data that management will report to the board.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

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A 2016 report funded by the Gates Foundation found that in the U.S. alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Instructional design is experiencing a renaissance. But I’ve come to believe that contemporary instructional design sits at the intersection of three core disciplines: learning science, human-centered design, and digital marketing. To be a good instructional designer, you should steep yourself in the research on learning and teaching.

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Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! The School edition offers assessments, standards alignment and the ability to customize instruction. Skills and Strategies. News for Your Classroom : is Scholastic’s free daily magazine complete with kid reporters, video highlights and an archive. current events curriculum instruction lesson plans news technology

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.).

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

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

” “ Colorado Education Commissioner Rich Crandall announced his resignation Thursday just four-and-a-half months into the job, shocking the state’s education community and roiling the state Department of Education as it embarks on a number of critical initiatives,” Chalkbeat Colorado reports. “ Pearson gets emergency test scoring contract from Tennessee ,” Chalkbeat reports. Via the US News & World Report : “The 2016 U.S.

Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

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Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Why haven''t we heard of the Project Red report? Answers: The report has been highly publicized. Involving leadership of all ESCs in Texas to work out strategies to facilitate training and leadership across the state.