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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.

According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, these core practices help grow globally competent students.

Four resources for including diverse voices in history and social studies.

Today’s most progressive language instruction covers more than speech. Educators now work to build students’ fluency in the culture behind the words.

Why is it important that social-emotional issues and unconscious biases are addressed?

Providers respond: “What are some common misconceptions schools have when purchasing charging and storage platforms? How can K12 leaders plan to make the right purchase for their district?”

Charging and storage capabilities: Alabama, California, Pennsylvania and Texas districts at a glance

The challenge for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in Texas was to make it easier for students to have their devices repaired at school.

Matthew Joseph is director of digital learning and innovation for Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Matthew Joseph, who led the first 1-to-1 device rollout in a Massachusetts public school more than a decade ago, is now overseeing another implementation. His advice: Empower staff with a shared vision and a culture of risk-taking and trust.

Charging and storage solutions are selected not just for their main functions, but also to maximize instruction time. Here are innovative solutions from district technology officials and vendors.

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