K12 Headlines

4/29/2015

4/29/2015

Teamwork is certainly not a new skill for teachers, but the Internet and social media have allowed that teamwork to extend way beyond the co-worker down the hall. Social media connects them with other educators who have tried a multitude of different education technology tools and can talk about what worked well and what didn't.

4/29/2015

High-stakes testing was supposed to end the era of making excuses for poor performance, so it's insufficient to hear excuses from those in charge. Granting testing flexibility through a Florida Standards Assessments waiver is a sensible way temporarily to exorcize critics' growing frustration and student harm.

4/29/2015

Despite being the home of Silicon Valley, California struggles to implement long-range technology plans for classroom instruction. Technology plans should provide students with laptops and other digital devices they need to connect wirelessly to the Internet to download lessons, how-to videos and problem-solving tutorials, and to collaborate on projects.

4/29/2015

Recent updates from Twitter, which include a broader definition of violent content and an enforcement option against abusers, are the latest in efforts by social networks, tech companies, researchers and others to put a stop to online abuse and harassment, often using the same kinds of innovations that gave cyberbullying room to grow in the first place.

4/29/2015

To help special education departments with staffing issues, PresenceLearning is offering access to fully credentialed, qualified special education teachers located remotely who can deliver special education instruction to students with mild, moderate and severe needs.

4/29/2015

Turnitin Scoring Engine provides instant scoring of student-written texts in online learning environments, or for assessing essays at the district, state or institutional level. The Turnitin service can also assist in evaluating writing for course placement and matriculation exams.

4/29/2015

Santa Clara Unified School District has selected ORIGO's Stepping Stones, a comprehensive, web-based, core mathematics program, as its new math curriculum for students in grades K-5.

4/29/2015

While Common Core aligned assessments don’t kick in until third grade, many teachers feel pressure to make sure kids are meeting the specified standards before they move on to first grade. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time in kindergarten.

4/29/2015

As charters become a permanent feature of the educational landscape, a series of debates are taking shape over their role in our educational portfolio and the rules under which they operate. Do they serve as a replacement strategy for districts or should they function as a something akin to a poor man’s private school? And how many is too many?

4/29/2015

Washington, D.C.'s new mayoral plan will add $20 million more to the proposed 2016 budget to fund the D.C. Boys and Men of Color Initiative. In addition to 100 paid internships, the initiative will offer community mentors, award additional funds to schools that improve the academic success of boys of color and open a new all-male high school.

4/29/2015

It seems that the additional $1.5 billion the Texas Senate is proposing is a one-time infusion and doesn’t represent a commitment to a new lasting methodology to make sure that schools are properly and fairly funded over time.

4/29/2015

The Kansas district is using its new bully referral app to try to make reporting and tracking complaints easier. The district found that if a child or parents reported bullying, what happened with the record keeping after the report was filed often remained a mystery.

4/29/2015

House lawmakers voted down an attempt to strip school boards in North Carolina of the power to sue county boards of commissioners over budget disputes. The bill would have blocked lawsuits by school boards, forcing the two boards into mediation instead.

4/29/2015

After examining closed charter and district schools, a new Thomas B. Fordham Institute study found that moving from school to school typically has a negative effect on students, but when the movement is forced by school closure, the students end up better off.

4/28/2015

4/28/2015

Competition for students – and the taxpayer dollars they bring – is likely to increase in the future. Savvy school districts are increasingly realizing that if they want to retain and grow market share, they need to borrow marketing techniques from the corporations that have been fighting these battles for years.

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