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Student Outcomes for Online School System Go Toe-to-Toe with Traditional School Results

A new research study has found evidence that full-time students in one particular online public school can attain the same level of achievement as that offered at traditional public schools.

States Slow to Revamp Accountability Systems under ESSA

On the bright side, researchers noted in a new report, there's a move away from high-stakes consequences and toward formative rather than summative assessments.

Understanding Digital Transformation: Part 1 - Background

"Businesses will spend $1.1 trillion in 2018 on digital transformation…" Trillion. All in 2018. Phew! In this week’s blog post, then, we explore the notion of digital transformation outside of K-12 — what is "digital transformation?" What is its goal? Who is doing it? Armed with that understanding, then, in a subsequent blog post we will explore the "digital transformation" of K-12.

Understanding Learner Variability

Given that learner variability is part of each student, figuring out how to meet the needs of each learner requires tailored "educational experiences, interventions and assessments." Those connections will in turn help change the design of classrooms and instruction.

ISTE Reveals New Resources and Events for Ed Tech Leaders

Finding the right ed tech tool for your needs among the thousands of apps and software programs available can be challenging. During its annual conference, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) unveiled a new platform that can help with this task.

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Fostering Creativity

Technology is changing how students' brains are wired, setting expectations for faster, more interactive learning. And the most important thing that schools should be teaching students is "cognitive flexibility," or the ability to be creative and put ideas together in new and innovative ways.

Microsoft Launches Mixed Reality Grant Program

Microsoft today formally launched a new grant program aimed at bringing mixed reality to schools and libraries. Applications are due in two weeks.

New Playbook Profiles D.C.'s Messy Journey to Education Reform

While the public schools in the District of Columbia have generated ample headlines for outright malfeasance and publicly displayed poor judgment, it has also been held up as a "national model for education reformers," as the Washington Post once expressed it. Now an education think tank has issued a report about District of Columbia Public Schools to profile its work and to draw important lessons for both educators and policymakers.

Report: Adolescent Learning Requires a New Science-Based Approach

There's a science to adolescent learning, which addresses how the many changes — physical, emotional, social, intellectual and psychological — teenagers experience impact how they learn and should impact how educators instruct. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education offered strategies for making sure that "critical education decisions are driven by science."

SEL in the Wild: States Behind in Their Commitments

While social emotional learning has become a darling among many states as an indicator of school health in their ESSA plans, a new brief has questioned whether the work behind the scenes is keeping up.

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