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Schools moving away from traditional classrooms now fill their learning spaces with flexible furniture to increase student engagement and productivity.

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.

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.

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.

Low salaries, dismal job satisfaction rates, decreased education funding and a general devaluing of the profession detract future teachers and impede retention. That’s why some districts are turning to creative partnerships to boost hiring. 

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.

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.

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith is the author of What School Could Be (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In his new book What School Could Be, innovation expert Ted Dintersmith profiles schools that focus on innovation and “real” learning, rather than endlessly drilling on formulas and definitions that don’t matter in today’s world.

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