How One Professor Uses Podcasts to Teach Empathy and Social Justice

Necessity is often the mother of invention. For Dr. Jessica Calarco, it was motherhood itself that necessitated—or at least sparked—innovation.

How Machine Learning and the Cloud Can Rescue IT From the Plumbing Business

Many educational institutions maintain their own data centers. But to Jeff Olson, chief data officer and senior VP of technology strategy at the College Board, all those humming racks of servers are just plumbing—and he doesn't want to be in the plumbing business. He would rather focus on how the College Board, which administers the PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement Tests, can help students reach their educational goals. "We need to minimize the amount of work we do to keep systems up and running, and spend more energy innovating on things that matter to people," he says.

#SuperintendentsSoWhite: Three Takeaways from the Annual Survey of School Leaders

For a field that is dominated by women, there sure are a lot of male superintendents overseeing U.S. public schools.It’s one of the most pressing issues facing superintendents today, according to leaders at the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, as well as one of the most glaring findings from this year’s superintendent salary survey. That, and the fact that superintendents are overwhelmingly white.

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Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU.

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Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

“Can we set the story in Minecraft?”We had been working for several weeks on a storytelling unit in my ESL classes in 2012. We had read and analysed short stories, examined the grammar of narrative tenses, looked into setting, character descriptions and developing plots. It was time to create our own stories.Yet, one group was struggling for ideas. I needed to intervene. I suggested taking inspiration from a story they knew. What films had they watched recently? Were there any popular TV shows to use as a starting point?“Or video games,” one student suggested.

Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That?

Reading changes our brains. Beyond allowing humans to gather and synthesize new information, research shows it is key to cultivating empathy in individuals, too. One study finds this to be particularly true for fictional stories, which allow readers to imagine themselves as other people, in other worlds, with different ideas and challenges.

Finally: Pearson Sells Its US K-12 Courseware Business—for $250 Million

Nearly a year after announcing the plan, Pearson has finally sold its U.S K-12 courseware business. The buyer: Nexus Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

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Across the Country, Universities Are Answering the Call for Innovation

On the heels of strong job numbers and low unemployment throughout 2018, the hiring outlook for the year ahead maintains that momentum. Job creation continues to be up, with the U.S.

Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.

Many professors try new teaching approaches or new digital tools in their classes, but few actually study whether the changes work any better than the old way. One reason boils down to a technicality: such research usually requires the approval of a college’s Institutional Review Board, or IRB, the office that makes sure any research involving human subjects follows legal and ethical guidelines. Getting such approval can be tedious and time consuming, and the green light might not come until a course is already underway (or over).

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So You Want to Offer an Income-Share Agreement? Here’s How 5 Colleges Are Doing It.

As the cost of college continues to feel out of reach for many students, schools and startups are beginning to think of new ways to finance the cost of tuition. Income-share agreements, or ISAs, are one method winning the attention of investors and education providers alike.

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