In his annual State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama touched on a number of pressing education challenges. Speaking before a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., Obama used his platform to promote the ideas of universal preschools, innovative high schools, and affordability of higher education.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Beginning Feb. 4, Chrystyna V. Mursky will fill the role of director of professional learning for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has named two new leaders. Former West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine is the organization's new president; P21 Interim Executive Director Helen Soule is now the group's executive director.
New Hampshire schools have retired a century old education standard, replacing it with a new performance-based learning model.
- By Sharleen Nelson
Up to now, test makers have been the dog--and education has been the tail. But the test makers are increasingly out of touch with students who use mobile devices for everything including learning. The dog is, finally & rightfully so, becoming the tail.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Restrictive approaches to social media in the classroom are hurting K-12 districts that expect their teachers to successfully guide students into the new media world. According to Steven Anderson, director of instructional technology at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "best practices and guidelines have to allow kids to both explore and make mistakes."
- By Bridget McCrea
Digital learning expert Sara Hall discusses what districts can do to implement successful digital learning strategies as they prepare for new curriculum and assessment standards, including Common Core.
Conflicting reform efforts, poor communications, and "initiative fatigue" are among the factors presenting challenges to Common Core State Standards implementation. In order to overcome these potential barriers, states, districts, and schools need to take new approaches to professional development, technology adoption, and reform efforts, according to a new report released Thursday by ASCD.
According to the United States Department of Education, all five eligible states have stepped forward to participate in the second round of applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, which provides funding for reforms in state early learning programs.
With the proposed change, districts, principals, and teachers would be free to use their own professional judgement in the selection of educational materials, as long as they can demonstrate that students are learning what is required by state standards.