Monthly Archives: May 2016

Information and Resources from CompetencyWorks

Educators in competency-based schools have raised an important issue –  how to cover grade-level standards while meeting kids where they are in their learning, particularly when a student’s performance is well below grade level. Chris Sturgis shares take-aways on this … Continue reading

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Blended learning can help students take ownership of their learning

Thomas Arnett is a researcher who focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and other innovative educational models. He also examines how teacher education and professional development are shifting to support the evolving needs of teachers … Continue reading

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Does Mindfulness Actually Work in Schools?

Scholars want to know whether the practice helps young kids of color succeed academically. A research team in Chicago has spent a year studying whether students who are taught to be in touch with their emotions do better academically. And … Continue reading

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Portfolios hold new promise for schools

New digital tools let teachers, students assess work more comprehensively The 3,000 students in rural Maine’s Regional School Unit 19 begin compiling electronic portfolios of their schoolwork in pre-K, when the district issues every child a Google account. In the … Continue reading

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What are the candidates saying about education? Join the discussion May 26 to find out!

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (UTC-5:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) You’re invited to participate in a one of a kind ISTE sponsored Presidential Forum hosted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) on Thursday, May … Continue reading

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Learning to Be Watched: Surrveillance Culture at School

Schools now routinely direct children online to do their schoolwork, thereby exposing them to tracking of their online behavior and subsequent targeted marketing. This is part of the evolution of how marketing companies use digital marketing, ensuring that children and … Continue reading

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More Districts are Shifting to Year-Round Classes to Boost Performance

School leaders are increasingly adjusting their calendars, with more than 3,700 public schools operating year-round in 2011, according to a 2014 Congressional report. In addition, at least 30 states have schools operating on the alternative calendar. “It’s a viable way … Continue reading

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