There’s a growing consensus among students, parents, teachers and education leaders that the current education system isn’t appropriately preparing young people for the future. Many districts are looking toward technology to patch the disconnect, but several recent reports indicate that technology alone cannot fix the ailing system.
High-quality teachers are essential to learning environments that consider each student as a unique, individual learner, but very few schools have good systems in place to support teachers learning together and sharing their expertise.
‘I’ve seen teachers support each other to develop the agency, confidence and skills in a very short time to do some remarkable things.’ Barnett Berry Given the need for change felt by many involved in education, there may be a unique opening right now to invest in teacher leadership as a way forward. Founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, Barnett Berry, recently published a report summarizing 30 years of research on best practices to empower teachers to lead and improve practice. He says three shifts in policy and leadership culture may help move these efforts forward:
New types of assessment are gaining ground. Several states are piloting performance-based assessments to replace standardized testing. Exemplars in the business community are now promoting flat organizational structures, where employees work in smaller teams and have more voice and power over how they work. Teachers are more networked than ever before, providing a unique opportunity to share and spread good teaching practice. “I’ve been around for a long time and I’ve seen teachers support each other to develop the agency, confidence and skills in a very short time to do some remarkable things,” Berry said. The most clear examples
"I recently read Audrey Waters write about privilege in education. I always appreciate Waters’—and similarly, Jackie Gerstein’s–habit of asking difficult questions and presenting a perspective on education that doesn’t always come up in the PLC meeting, tweet chat, or utopian summit on school design."
Courtesy of Hybrid Medical Animations comes a high-tech 'visual study/exploration of the body in motion.' The goal of the animation was to create a realistic representation of x-rays, while also capturing the beauty of various yoga poses. Looks like they hit the mark on both accounts.
There’s an interesting gender paradox in innovation. When we think of product innovation, we tend to think of nerdy male engineers tinkering in a garage. It’s a stereotype that goes all the way back to the early days of Hewlett and Packard. When we think of strong innovation ecosystems, however, we [...]
The opportunity to extend access to technology in the classroom and at home is enticing, but school districts can get hung up on important details like providing a strong network, making sure each child has a device, and questions about around...
According to the UN, there are 600 million adolescent girls around the world who live in poverty, are unable to complete school or see a doctor when they need one, and are victims of violence and exploitation.
In 2010, digital textbooks accounted for just 1% of the U.S. textbook market. In 2012, it was 5.5 percent. And it's climbing. Victor offers a company-by-company look providing you with some idea of what lies ahead.
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