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Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Nearly ten years ago, I started my career in education as a math teacher at a new alternative high school serving over-age, under-credited youth in New York City. My students were labeled “at-risk” of dropping out because they were 16-21 years old and previously unsuccessful in high school. Many suffered from chronic absenteeism, caused by factors such as homelessness, family responsibilities, and/or incarceration.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEL Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask

For anyone who cares about student social-emotional development, this is an exciting time. Many school-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are widely used, for example. And a growing number of states are integrating social-emotional expectations into their educational standards.

Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Using OER is hard. Finding good lessons, videos, articles and activities is hard. Putting these pieces together to create a coherent school year is hard. Making sure the approach to reading and writing across materials created by a bunch of different people is hard. Finding time to do that work is even harder.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

As a young student in Germany, Philip Heimes recalls feeling “invisible” to his teachers. One of many in a classroom packed with students, his learning struggles often went unnoticed. He muddled through with low grades and the assumption that learning was wearisome and trying.“I pulled through with grit, but I sincerely hated school,” explains Heimes.His own school experiences have since fueled his drive to support data-driven personalized learning in an effort to make today’s schools engaging, fun and free of “the stress and angst” many students feel.

Not Just for Reading Class Anymore: 5 Tips for Teaching Literacy Across Multiple Subjects

The very first year I taught middle school science, I found myself teaching more reading lessons than I had ever expected—and that didn’t change when I switched to a middle school math classroom two years later. Add in the fact that I had several English language learners in my class, and my lessons on mitochondria and tetrahedrons largely started with basic vocabulary and sentence flow instruction.

PD for Writing Teachers: STEM Workshops, Rockstar Camps, Twitter and More!

“Must be nice to have summers off!” All teachers hear this statement multiple times in their careers. Indeed, as an English teacher at University High School in Irvine, I glory in my summers—but not to sleep in or binge on Netflix or even to travel for weeks at a time. Rather, I recharge myself with self-designed PD.

To Develop Future-Ready Students, Project-Based Lessons Teach Real World Skills

Higher test scores. Better graduation rates. Increased lifetime earning potential. Incorporating social-emotional learning and character education into K-12 classrooms improves students’ lives—measurably. 

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years. I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. As someone who now leads professional development for educators, I know that teachers rarely get to see each other teach. Which is a shame, because it’s the small things that we observe colleagues do that can inspire us in big ways.

A Student Agency Game Plan—How to Use Data to Bridge Choice and Accountability

A few years ago, Harvard’s Achievement Gap Institute conducted a study on teaching and student agency. The study recognized agency as potentially “…as important an outcome of schooling as the skills we measure with standardized testing.” Indeed, when students take ownership of their education, they become more invested in the outcome. Learning about things that fascinate them helps them pay closer attention, process more efficiently, and engage in critical thinking.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset

In the gaming world, perseverance, problem solving, and creativity are the keys to success. Players start out expecting to struggle and make mistakes, eagerly replaying levels and pushing through barriers to make headway. There is no such thing as failing in a digital game. All you have to do is hit the replay button and try again, and again.

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