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Building Social Connections for LGBTQ Students with Data and Tech-Enhanced Curriculum

More than a year after a national debate on which bathrooms transgender students in North Carolina should be able to use, sexuality and gender have remained contentious issues in public K-12 schools.

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Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem

Makerspaces may be one of the most exciting elements on any school’s campus. But a lack of focus around culture and gender inclusiveness are stunting its true promise, according to a new report out of Drexel University.

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Beyond Tuition: How Innovations in College Affordability Are (Or Aren’t) Helping Students

The college affordability crisis is a familiar story to most Americans. A simplified version often goes that state funding for higher-ed institutions has decreased dramatically over the years, which has translated into massive tuition hikes for students and their families.

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With a Siri-Like Assistant, this Australian U. Wants to Rethink the Student Experience

In Australia, there’s a university that was set up to focus on distance education. It’s called Deakin University, and started about 40 years ago—before the internet really got going—when distance education often meant sending lessons through snail mail.

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Professional Development Planning for Summer 2018 and Beyond #DLNchat

What makes a professional development experience valuable? How can we build meaningful personal learning networks? What’s the right balance of planning and serendipitous discovery when it comes to professional learning? On Tuesday, May 22 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate professional development reflections, insights and plans for Summer 2018 and beyond.

From EdCamps to Google, 11 Professional Development Offerings for Teachers This Summer

As testing comes to a close, the next big event for educators on the horizon is summer vacation. Yes, fill your schedule with cookouts and sunbathing, but also make time for some professional development this break.To help you stay sharp while getting that much-needed vitamin D, we have a gathered a list of professional development activities geared towards teachers, offered for free or at relatively low-cost.

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To Spark and Scale Innovation Across School Districts, ‘Every Day Is Day One’

Running a lemonade stand may be the most entrepreneurial project that many students get to experience. But increasingly, schools leaders want to take the spirit of these old-fashioned projects and create more—and more meaningful—opportunities for students and teachers alike to think creatively and build skills that will prepare them for future careers.

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Why the Lumina Foundation Is Betting Big on New Kinds of Credentials

A college degree isn’t the only path to meaningful work. In fact, these days it seems like there are more kinds of credentials than ever, some with trademarked names like Nanodegrees and MicroMasters.

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Forward Failures, Future of Work and What’s (Not) the Next Big Thing in Edtech

For the past few years, the annual NewSchools Venture Fund Summit has surfaced some of the resonant themes echoing in education reform: A few years ago, it featured the likes of billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and venture capitalist John Doerr. Later, conversations around equity and diversity dominanted. So what about this year?

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‘They Demonize Us.’ Randi Weingarten Talks Tensions With 'Innovators’ (and Betsy DeVos)

The eruption of teacher strikes in states all over the country caught national headlines, adding to the already heated debate about the questionable state of affairs in public schools. But the strikes aren’t over, so what is the next step for these educators? The quick-fix plans put together by legislatures in states such as Arizona and West Virginia feel more like a band-aid put on an ailing illness than an actual change.

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