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Poll: Americans oppose linking teacher evaluations with student performance

Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. The Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their students' test scores. Among those with children in public schools opposition was stronger, at 63 percent. Standardized tests are necessary, but there's an overreliance on them, said Joshua Starr, CEO of Phi Delta Kappa International, an association for educators, and a former schools superintendent. PDK, which supports teachers and educational research, paid for the poll conducted by Gallup. "Parents see the work their kids...

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More than half of students struggle with reading, report says

Nearly half of minority students and students from low-income families enter the fifth grade without basic reading skills, according to a new report urging Congress to focus on…

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Leadership coaching could help teachers boost student achievement

Giving teachers two years of formal PD and training sessions with a leadership coach could result in higher student achievement in certain curriculum areas, according to a new…

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Report: Professional development is ineffective and wastes money

District PD spending does not equate to teacher improvement, a new study finds. Can the waste be curbed?…

mobile-learning

7 mobile learning myths no educator should believe

By now, you're probably familiar with mobile learning, but according to new research big misconceptions still plague educators' understanding of the concept.…

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Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action

A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. In particular,…

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Minority children underrepresented in special education

Contrary to popular belief, minority children are not overrepresented in special education classrooms and are actually less likely to be diagnosed with and treated for disabilities than white…

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Dispelling 9 common myths on how to improve student achievement

According to Dr. John Hattie, a professor and researcher at Melbourne's Graduate School of Education, research and detailed statistical examination can determine which teaching methods actually improve student…

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Global policy report touches on reduced testing reliance

ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, released its first Global Policy Agenda, which makes recommendations to promote the success of students, educators,…

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Report outlines how to shift to tech-enabled personalized learning

Last year, more than 100 education leaders attended the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration…

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5 core functions of the LMS of the future

According to over 70 higher-ed IT specialists, current LMS functionality is great for administrative tasks, but lacking in providing support for the new learning approaches on today’s campuses. The…

Educator Resource Centers

Successful Tips to Accelerate English Language Learning (ELL)

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English language learners (ELLs) face many obstacles compared to native English speakers. How can educators respond to significant challenges facing schools? Here’s what you need to know…

A Network for Success

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Is Your School District’s Network Prepared for 21st Century Digital Learning? Build and deploy a consistent network infrastructure that supports BYOD/1:1, Common Core and online testing, advanced multimedia…

Math Apps That Matter

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Primal Math is an award winning team dedicated to helping young learners develop their natural abilities to do math. We strive to develop creativity and build the confidence…

Complete Classroom Management for Any Environment

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Many solutions claim to be “multi-platform”, but with dedicated versions from Windows to ChromeOS, Android to iOS, Mac to Linux, all backed by a wealth of best practice…

Navigating E-Rate

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Our “Top 12 for K-12” will help you make a Wi-Fi decision when you are ready upgrade your network for the latest gadgets available in the classroom from…

K-12 Collaboration – Driving Student Success through Teamwork and Technology

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Education in the 21st century is a team sport. Collaboration is no longer an elective but a requirement. Limited by time and available resources, collaborating effectively can be…

Transforming Today’s Math Education

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Math can be a challenging subject for many middle and high school students—and schools and districts often struggle to find ways to improve math proficiency while sustaining student…