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PD OPPORTUNITIES—Educators improve their competency on digital citizenship, active learning and other subjects linked to ISTE’s educator standards.

Through new partnerships, the International Society for Technology in Education will increase its in-person and online training certification program for teachers.

From top to bottom: Luci Willits, Associate Vice President, Policy, Curriculum Associates; Peter Swerdzewski, Director of Research, Curriculum Associates; Kimberly Wiggins, Assessment Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools (Colo.); Patrick Kilcullen, Priority Programs Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley Schools (Colo.)

The Every Student Succeeds Act provides states and districts with increased autonomy to create accountability systems and improvement plans. In light of the opportunities created by ESSA, how can administrators use new test scores to engage stakeholders in the planning and improvement process? What broader measures of student success are districts using to determine school and teacher performance?   

 Andrea Gabor is author of After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform (The New Press, 2018).

Andrea Gabor, author of After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform, discusses how corporate philanthropists have hurt, rather than helped, public education.

While the focus on grade-level standardized tests keeps many schools bound to traditional grade-level classrooms, others are finding ways to make multiage classes work and say their students are thriving.

Snapshots of attendance solutions that produced results.

Yonkers security director Brian Schulder follows these principles in keeping schools secure.

Yonkers security director Brian Schulder follows these principles to keep schools secure.

VIEWS YOU CAN USE—A teacher wearing smart glasses (right) can see student information projected in an augmented reality platform (left) developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The hovering icons indicate how students are faring on online assignments and if they need help.

When edtech developers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania asked K12 teachers to wish for a superpower, the teachers imagined student data hovering in midair. Smart glasses can now provide that feedback. 

Most current assessment systems rely on generating data in order to identify, sort and label students, as well as educators. But this approach is at odds with what has always been the true purpose of effective assessment, which should instead be to build hope, efficacy and achievement for both learners and educators.

To provide rigorous assignments for students, assess rigor level, revise tasks to raise that level and adjust to ensure students in all grades are working at a level that is challenging enough to prepare them for college and careers.

Michael Dorn is the executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit K12 school safety center.

Fidelity testing concepts can be applied to more effectively evaluate almost any policy, procedure, technology, equipment or training program relating to school safety. Simulations reveal how school personnel will react in a crisis.

How can district leaders guarantee that they will get accurate and actionable results from SEL assessments? What are the biggest challenges?

A February 2015 study from the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, concluded that, on average, every dollar invested in SEL programming yields $11 in long-term benefits.

Questions from three leading assessments.

School administrators more closely assess the social-emotional strengths of students and the impact of new programs.

In their new book, Amanda Klinger (pictured) and her coauthor and mother, Amy Klinger, spell out the key elements of a living emergency plan that address unique circumstances at individual schools.

Most schools have adopted emergency plans to respond to active shooter events. But in a new book, Amanda Klinger reports that these plans often don’t address more likely situations such as severe weather, chemical spills or health crises.