Professional Development

Ohio District Eliminates 102 Reading and Math Assessments by Using i-Ready

Plain Local School District has been working with the i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction and Ready programs from Curriculum Associates for a couple of school years. In that time, the school system has reported that it has been able to eliminate dozens of assessments in its K-8 schools.

Dow, Smithsonian Partner on Teacher Scholar Program

The Dow Chemical Company and the Smithsonian Science Education Center have partnered to create The Dow Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program, which is designed to help teachers develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math education.

How Washington Is Using OERs to Support Common Core

Karl Nelson is the director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this Q&A, he talks about how his state is using open educational resources to help support Common Core State Standards.

MakerBot Publishes 3D Design and Printing Handbook for Educators

'MakerBot in the Classroom: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Design' includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans.

U Colorado Boulder Arms STEM Teachers with Game Design Concepts

A group of about 100 K-12 teachers has completed a week-long summer institute, dubbed Scalable Game Design, at the University of Colorado Boulder focused on using game design to teach computer science.

Penn State Launches Online Master's in Special Ed

Penn State has launched an online master's in education program aimed at working teachers.

FlipCon Offers Wide-Ranging Sessions on the Flipped Classroom

Hosted by the Flipped Learning Network, the conference will take place online and in person at Michigan State University, and will includes sessions for those who are new to flipped learning, as well as those who are more experienced, doing research on the practice and seeking tools and skills.

Surrey School District Wins 2015 Sylvia Charp Award

The district, the first Canadian winner, was honored with the Sylvia Charp Award for focusing its technology planning on transformative learning with the student at the center.

A Teacher Shares His Lessons Learned From a Simulated Senate

Using special tablets in a simulated Senate chamber built in Boston, classes can learn not just the facts of government, but how it feels to negotiate and make big decisions.

Proposed Wisconsin Legislation May Expand Charter Schools, Reduce Teacher Licensing Requirements

Two last-minute additions to a bill in the Wisconsin state legislature that would reduce funding to universities would also have significant impact on K-12 education.