Open Education Week: 5 Successful Projects That Are Expanding Student Access

This week, educators, learners, and advocates are gathering to celebrate National Open Education Week (March 27-31). The OER (open educational resources) movement has been expanding over the past decade, driven by the critical goal of increasing equity and access to learning. And the data continues to show that OER is gaining real traction, empowering teachers…
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Lessons on Innovation from the 2017 Leaders to Learn From

This Week: Top Headlines in Education

Earlier this month, the SXSWedu Conference in Austin brought together experts from K-12 and higher education on a number of topics, including how a district can transform when teachers are given more input and agency (we’ll be covering more highlights from SXSWedu later this week). Also, read about this week’s top stories on the decline…
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College Readiness: What’s Missing from Exams, the Common Core, and Other Teaching Practices

Are public school seniors ready for college? According to the past decade of research, most of them aren’t there yet. In 2014, the college admissions test was overhauled by the College Board, in an effort to respond to the harsh criticisms of the SAT. Only, the average scores of the Class of 2015 showed a…
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March ESSA Update: Rule Changes and Challenges for States

This Week: Top Headlines in Education

This week, the attention on education has been on the House and Senate, which have been making sweeping changes to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives overturned multiple ESSA rules under the Congressional Review Act, allowing lawmakers to spike federal regulations. The Senate passed a similar resolution this…
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7 Common Barriers That Obstruct Tech Adoption in Education

The Student Life Cycle: What K-12 Can Learn from Higher Ed

On the college campus, educators frequently toss around the buzz phrase “student life cycle.” What exactly is it? This approach helps academic leaders analyze, anticipate, and seek ways to improve a freshman student’s success in their first year of college. The life cycle model suggests looking at a student’s first year in a well-rounded way,…
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6 Tips for Doing Adaptive Learning the Right Way

There’s quite a lot of evidence that adaptive learning is one of the best examples of technology improving learning outcomes. In recent years, it is one area that has attracted funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has vastly changed learning at the college level. At UC Santa Cruz, the results of their…
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Survey: K-12 Teachers Concerned with ESSA’s Impact on Their Classrooms

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about the next phase of the ESSA transition. Today, we examine the perspective from the classroom, as many teachers have been voicing their concerns on how the ESSA transition in the next year might change their ability to support students. Last week, Education Week released the results…
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