Study: Higher standards might not raise scores | New Tech model turns around S.C. schools | Programs seek to increase diversity in AI
May 24, 2018
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Study: Higher standards might not raise scores
Study: Higher standards might not raise scores
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There is no correlation between states that raise academic standards and actual improvements in student achievement, researchers report in the journal Education Next. Researchers say the issue could be related to other factors, including a lack of educational resources or the end of No Child Left Behind.
U.S. News & World Report (5/23) 
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New Tech model turns around S.C. schools
Student achievement in some South Carolina rural schools improved after they started using a project-based learning approach from the nonprofit New Tech Network, writes Richard Riley, former US education secretary and South Carolina's former governor. In this commentary, he shares how the approach is helping schools in the state.
The Hechinger Report (5/24) 
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Programs seek to increase diversity in AI
Programs seek to increase diversity in AI
Some female and minority high-school students are enrolling in programs to increase diversity in artificial intelligence. Data show that about 25% of computer scientists are women, but that figure may be lower in the AI field.
The Atlantic online (5/23) 
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Unleash the Power of Formative Assessment
Improve student engagement and accelerate learning by unleashing the power of formative assessment in your school or district. Hear Dylan Wiliam, Rick Stiggins, Susan Brookhart, Jay McTighe, and Page Keeley at the Formative Assessment National Conference on July 30 - Aug 1, in Baltimore, MD.
Transformational Leadership
How to use morning meetings in upper grades
Laura Thomas, an elementary library media specialist, suggests that middle- and high-school teachers should consider adopting a strategy more commonly used in elementary-school classrooms -- the morning meeting. In this blog post, she describes how morning meetings can build community and increase cooperation.
Edutopia online (5/23) 
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The Best Principals Don’t Just Happen
When new principals are left to make decisions about their schools without adequate, sustained support, school improvements may not gain full traction, principals often give up, and students feel the repercussions. Give principals the tools to hone, model, and lead new learning. Read a client snapshot
Technology in the Classroom
Ga. school codes across the curriculum
Ga. school codes across the curriculum
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Educators at a public charter school in Georgia integrate coding lessons across all subjects, writes Fong Ly, who teaches science, technology, engineering and math. In this commentary, he talks about the tools they use, including a lesson that uses Minecraft to teach US history.
eSchool News (5/24) 
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Other News
Assessment Data Leads to Impressive Gains
A district is reducing achievement gaps and increasing reading proficiency with the savvy use of assessment. Learn how educators are interpreting data to identify at-risk students and plan supports (achieving up to a 30% increase!). Read their story.
The Whole Child
School tests group therapy to support students
A Maryland elementary school is testing the benefits of a group therapy program for students who have experienced trauma, cognitive disorders or anxiety. The 12-week Resilience Builder Program includes lessons in leadership, empathy, problem-solving and stress management.
National Public Radio (5/23) 
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SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
Policy Watch
Groups criticize DeVos on views of undocumented students
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing criticism from civil rights groups over comments she made before a House committee suggesting that schools can decide whether to report undocumented students to immigration. Advocates say the approach violates the US Constitution.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/23),  CNN (5/23) 
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Other News
What can your students learn from other students' writing? We Can Do This! gives you 35 lessons, each focusing on a real piece of K-2 student writing. Organized by genre—informative, opinion, narrative, and others—the book includes links to standards, lesson extensions, and advice on common writing dilemmas. Get details now!
ED Pulse
Educators, which of the following statements best describes your situation?
Education is my first career.  69.16%
I had a full-time career before education; I'm a "second career" educator.  30.84%
To what extent do you agree or disagree that students learn less with a tough, stern or sarcastic teacher?   
VoteStrongly agree
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Faculty Lounge
Is it time for high schools to ditch calculus?
Some math education experts say high-school leaders should replace calculus classes with statistics or data-literacy courses. Advocates of such changes say it could give students the skills they need to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math as the use of big data is growing.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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The Power of STEAM Education and Teacher Resource Availability
STEAM Education in the modern world continues to drive society forward. From the most fundamental principles to the intricate world of innovative technology, today's students need exposure to these important subjects. Teachers must have access to the right tools and resources that will help society continue to progress and prosper.
New book: Reading, Writing and Rigor
What does rigor, a word that frequently pops up in conversations about education, really mean? More specifically, what does it mean for literacy instruction and how does it relate to challenging standards-based assessments? In "Reading, Writing and Rigor: Helping Students Achieve Greater Depth of Knowledge in Literacy," literacy expert Nancy Boyles uses the framework from Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) to answer these questions, offering experience-based advice along with specific examples of K-8 assessment items.
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