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CASEL offers tools that provide guidance and support for districts and schools to implement high-quality, evidence-based SEL.

A group of researchers and computer scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education is building an artificial intelligence system that can analyze instruction via speech recognition and natural language processing. Developers want to replicate, as closely as possible, the feedback that a content expert might give to a teacher.

MAP FOR SUCCESS—Teachers at the Innovate@BVSD conference in the Boulder Valley School District share new and innovative ways to bring technology into instruction.

With the influx of $20 million in voter-approved “innovation” funds as part of a $576.5 million bond issue came a need for Boulder Valley School District educators and administrators to share ideas to best integrate technology into instruction.

A report by the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New York found that English language learners were underrepresented in New York City CTE programs. At-risk students who complete these programs have a higher chance of graduating. Here's what the report found for the 2016-17 school year.

Extra supports help embed language instruction into CTE programs, closing what some educators see as an “opportunity gap” faced by students learning English. And student participation in hands-on projects can help accelerate language acquisition.

Source: The fifth annual survey of K12 teachers by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing

On average, teachers spent $652 of their own money on classroom supplies, instructional materials and PD in 2018, according to the fifth annual survey of K12 teachers by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing. That marks a 39 percent increase from last year.

RETAIN UNTIL RETIREMENT—Veteran teachers in the Alpine School District receive a stipend as an incentive in their retirement packages. The Utah district also makes contributions to a state plan, to which teachers can add payments.

As schools clamor to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, a generous, dependable retirement savings plan can be an important draw. To provide that, district leaders must understand the challenges posed by current offerings and identify alternatives.

Mike Daugherty is director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio.

Here are three communication strategies to help educate families and keep them connected when implementing new technology initiatives.

San Diego USD sets guidelines for master scheduling. The district includes these five strategies. 

The master schedule determines what students learn, who they learn from and who they learn with. Scheduling software is key to maximizing students’ and teachers’ learning time. 

From left to right: Kay Benning, Director of Library Services, Elmbrook Schools (Wis.); Edwin Tucker, Account Manager, OverDrive Education.

Digital reading platforms can enable more personalized learning by providing engaging, interactive and customizable digital content to both students and educators in all subject areas, as well as supplemental curriculum materials, professional development resources, ELL and special education titles, and more.

As a longtime elementary school teacher, Jolene Rude has seen her share of students struggle with—and sometimes abandon—difficult math problems. After using Everyday Mathematics 4, however, even struggling students are learning challenging math concepts, along with life skills, says Rude, an elementary CORE math teacher at Johnston Community School District, located in a northern suburb of Des Moines, Iowa.

Eileen Belastock is chief technology officer for Mount Greylock Regional School District in Massachusetts.

Voice-activated tools can create more immersive learning experiences, but school leaders need to consider the potential privacy risks and to safeguard student data.

While testing in the U.S. has become more about ranking schools and even teachers, in most of the developed world, tests make or break a student’s future, sometimes before the age of 12.

Districts are building supports for students in foster care—from raising awareness, providing PD and creating special programs to adding specialized staff and even running permanent group homes.

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