New ISTE Technology Standards

Since technology in classrooms looks very different from almost a decade ago when ISTE last released its standards for teachers, the organization has released newly updated ISTE Standards for Educators. The Standards are designed to support educators with a framework for learning, teaching and leading amplified by technology. There are seven standards, each supported by Read more about New ISTE Technology Standards[…]

10 New & Innovative EdTech Products Announced at ISTE 2017

Getting Smart’s Catherine Wedgwood reviewed the new products and ideas introduced at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 conference.  From virtual reality to boosting reading engagement, the Getting Smart team has compiled a list of the ten most innovative products, listed below in no particular order:    VR Learn by Veative Labs    Soundtrap Read more about 10 New & Innovative EdTech Products Announced at ISTE 2017[…]

School Staffing Models Can Support Principals as Instructional Leaders

With the rise of new academic standards, more rigorous educator evaluation and support systems, and a growing population of students who need additional supports, expectations for public school teachers are rising and, in turn, so are expectations for school leaders. Principals are increasingly expected to focus on “instructional leadership” by engaging more deeply in areas Read more about School Staffing Models Can Support Principals as Instructional Leaders[…]

What Teens Want From Their Schools

Among high school students who consider dropping out, half cite lack of engagement with school as a primary reason, and 42 percent say that they don’t see value in the schoolwork they are asked to do. In What Teens Want from Their Schools: A National Survey of High School Student Engagement, the Thomas B. Fordham Read more about What Teens Want From Their Schools[…]

Supporting High-Quality State Assessments

Tests are one important tool state and education leaders, teachers and parents rely on to help schools ensure students are on track for learning what they need for success. Tests signal the knowledge and skills that are deemed most important, show how schools and students are progressing, and help identify where to direct resources so Read more about Supporting High-Quality State Assessments[…]

Competency-Based Education

The Education Commission of the States is out with a new policy snapshot that explores competency-based education and provides an overview of current and previous legislation related to this approach. The main goal of competency-based education serves to award credit/degrees to students for meeting specific skill competencies agreed upon by faculty, industry leaders and workforce Read more about Competency-Based Education[…]

Rubrics for School Improvement

School improvement planning has become more prevalent and important due to increased calls from federal and state governments, state education agencies (SEAs), and the general public for more accountability in education. In many cases, the school principal is responsible for conceptualizing, drafting, and submitting the plan. However, there are very few publicly available tools that Read more about Rubrics for School Improvement[…]

Every Student Succeeds Act: 50 State Roll Call

The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The passage of ESSA turned control of the country’s K-12 education system back over to the states, giving local legislatures more flexibility surrounding decisions about standards, assessments and other accountability measures. Since Congress passed ESSA, Read more about Every Student Succeeds Act: 50 State Roll Call[…]

For $42 Per Pupil Districts Can Build Principal Pipelines and Get Better School Leaders

Kevin Mahnken of The 74 recently reported on a new RAND report that demonstrates how districts can build effective principal pipelines for very little cost. Excerpts of his piece appear below: Excellent principals don’t have to be a luxury reserved for affluent communities, according to new research from the RAND Corporation. The report examines a Read more about For $42 Per Pupil Districts Can Build Principal Pipelines and Get Better School Leaders[…]

Teacher Professional Development Can Improve Student Achievement

A study released from the Learning Policy Institute demonstrates how well-designed teacher professional development programs significantly improve student achievement, challenging the logic behind the Administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for those programs. The new report, “Effective Teacher Professional Development,” reviewed 35 scientifically rigorous studies conducted over the past 30 years which showed significant gains in Read more about Teacher Professional Development Can Improve Student Achievement[…]

Skills for Today: What We Know about Teaching and Assessing Collaboration

Education researchers at Pearson teamed up with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) to conduct a review of the research literature on the importance of collaboration skills for employers, as well as how to teach and assess these skills in K-12 and higher-education classrooms. The ability to work in teams is one of the Read more about Skills for Today: What We Know about Teaching and Assessing Collaboration[…]

New Guide from NCTQ Highlights Educator Equity Work in State ESSA Plans

By September of this year, states will be submitting their state plans to meet the new standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As part of the equity requirements of the policy, states are required to formulate policies that ensure historically disenfranchised students are not disproportionately taught by ineffective or inexperienced teachers. As of Read more about New Guide from NCTQ Highlights Educator Equity Work in State ESSA Plans[…]

Building and Supporting Improvers

In the Carnegie Commons blog, authors Jennifer Russell and Maggie Hannan explore how Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) can build educators’ capacity to use improvement science to learn from practice. Improvement science offers methods to guide disciplined inquiries that generate knowledge to improve practice. Improvement research—the inquiry processes that lie at its core—provides a set of Read more about Building and Supporting Improvers[…]

How Teacher Stress Affects Students

Sarah Sparks, writing for Education Week, reviews the research on teacher stress and how it can impact students. Excerpts of her piece appear below: In one 2016 study, University of British Columbia researchers tracked the levels of stress hormones of more than 400 elementary students in different classes. They found teachers who reported higher levels Read more about How Teacher Stress Affects Students[…]

June Issue Brief: Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation

In the past, it was common for teacher candidates to spend long hours in university classrooms before ever encountering a child. Student teaching was the ultimate capstone where prospective teachers finally had a chance to apply years of accumulated theory. Now, however, teacher preparation programs are reconfiguring themselves to infuse clinical- and practice-based experiences in Read more about June Issue Brief: Clinically-Based Teacher Preparation[…]

Borrowing Teacher Preparation Ideas from Top-Performing Countries

Ben Jensen of the The National Center on Education and the Economy examines how the U.S. can improve teacher preparation by learning from Finland, Japan, Shanghai and Hong Kong and how these top-performing countries prepare teachers for the classroom. These four systems arm teachers with a rich understanding of the subject areas they will teach and Read more about Borrowing Teacher Preparation Ideas from Top-Performing Countries[…]