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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. 

With starting salaries for teachers hovering around an average of $38,600, educators are tapping the rising gig economy for second jobs. This has led districts to consider new policies to prevent disruptions or distractions.

As parents increasingly turn to marijuana to treat children with chronic health conditions and severe maladies such as seizures, school district administrators have had to establish rules for the drug’s use on school grounds.

When considering medical marijuana use on school grounds, be prepared for debate and discussion and educate school board members.

More than one-third of U.S. school districts have elevated levels of lead in school water. Administrators must work quickly to determine the best and most cost-effective solutions for providing safe drinking water amid a lack of national standards and federal funding.

Environmental science, STEM, youth development and service stand as the pillars of Green Girls, which is run by New York City’s City Parks Foundation. The five-week course runs year-round in five underserved communities in the city.

From Project Tomorrow, here are the most used digital content forms by district type and platform.

Forty-three percent of principals and other district leaders say that digital content is an effective tool for enabling equity, according to a recent report from Project Tomorrow. Here are the most used forms by district type and platform.

HANDS-ON TECH—Students in the Startable Pittsburgh summer program learn STEM-friendly skills in addition to basic aspects of entrepreneurship.

Students in the Startable Pittsburgh summer program learn STEM-friendly skills in addition to basic aspects of entrepreneurship.

From left to right: Serapio Trillayes, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Rio Grande City CISD (Texas); Karen Ingram, National Education Consultant, Istation

There are a variety of steps that administrators can take to create a data-driven district culture that will help teachers use the right data in the right way to address the diverse learning needs of students and lead powerful learning outcomes across schools.

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.

How is professional learning changing?

We’ve long thought quality professional learning means pulling educators out of class—where they’re needed most. How do we minimize that? With blended professional learning, we maximize fewer face-to-face seminars and implement more robust job-embedded and online coaching.

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.

Blane K. McCann is the superintendent of Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska.

Nebraska school district’s initiative also expands access to gifted programs.

To increase diversity in the social studies curriculum, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) recommends these strategies.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the National Council for the Social Studies will be holding annual conferences this fall.

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