Using tech to drive innovation in early care and education

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Fasten your seatbelts. The past few years in the early care and education (ECE) space have been a figurative roller coaster ride of ups and downs when it comes to the availability and distribution of public funds.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating, negative impact on the ECE supply and availability of care, as well as the exodus of large portions of the ECE workforce. In response to this national crisis, Congress provided a total of over $52 billion dollars in additional funding to stabilize the ECE field and ensure that eligible families were still able to access care. States have used these funds to not only stabilize the supply of care and the ECE workforce, but also to explore new solutions to support efforts to rebuild, expand, and improve the quality of ECE across the country.…Read More

What are Tools and Techniques in Education?

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Tools and techniques in education encompass a broad spectrum of resources and methodologies utilized to enhance teaching and learning experiences. What are tools and techniques in education? From traditional classroom learning tools like textbooks and whiteboards to innovative techniques such as flipped classrooms and educational software, these resources aim to optimize educational outcomes and engage students effectively.

What are tools and techniques in education?

Tools and techniques in education encompass myriad resources and methodologies essential for effective teaching and learning. Among these teaching tools examples are traditional resources like textbooks, whiteboards, and manipulatives. Textbooks provide structured content aligned with curriculum standards, while whiteboards facilitate visual representation of concepts. Manipulatives, such as counting blocks and science kits, offer hands-on learning experiences that reinforce abstract concepts.…Read More

Do Students Learn Better Online or in a Classroom: Statistics

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The question of whether students learn better online or in a classroom setting is a multifaceted debate, encompassing considerations of individual learning styles, access to resources, social interaction, and the effectiveness of instructional methods. Do students learn better online or in a classroom: statistics help shed light.

What is the success rate of online learning?

The success rate of online learning versus traditional classroom learning is a topic of ongoing research, with various studies examining factors such as academic achievement, retention rates, and student satisfaction. While some research suggests comparable outcomes between online and classroom learning, others indicate differences depending on specific contexts and methodologies.…Read More

What are the Tools of Teaching in the Classroom?

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The tools of teaching in the classroom encompass a wide range of resources and methodologies utilized by educators to facilitate effective instruction and enhance student learning experiences. From traditional tools like textbooks and whiteboards to innovative technologies and instructional strategies, these resources shape the classroom learning environment and promote academic success. So, what are the tools of teaching in the classroom? Let’s explore.

What are the tools of teaching in the classroom?

Teaching tools and techniques in the K-12 classroom encompass a diverse array of resources and methodologies essential for effective instruction and student engagement. Traditional tools such as textbooks, whiteboards, and manipulatives provide foundational support for delivering content and facilitating interactive learning experiences. These tangible resources allow educators to present information visually, engage students in hands-on activities, and reinforce key concepts.…Read More

LAUSD launches revolutionary AI tool

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The Los Angeles Unified School District has launched an innovative AI-fueled learning acceleration platform named Ed, a first-of-its-kind tool designed to provide the district’s 540,000 students and their families with the resources, support, and tools to fast-track student achievement beyond the school day.

The pioneering digital platform creates personalized action plans uniquely tailored to each student. Ed is currently available to students and families at select schools and will be phased into the remainder of the district.…Read More

Long Island, NY School District Addresses Youth Mental Health Crisis With Opening of New Wellness Center

Baldwin, NY – Youth mental health is a crisis nationwide. Many are struggling to manage the stress and complications of everyday life. Studies show that students who are healthy both physically and mentally are more likely to excel in all aspects of academic achievement, including academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes.

As a part of an ongoing initiative to enhance the health and wellness resources available to its students and families, the Baldwin Union Free School District (UFSD) is proud to launch the Baldwin Schools Wellness Center and to be among the first school districts in the nation to establish such a resource directly on campus at no cost to families.

In partnership with PM Pediatric Care and located at the Baldwin Middle School, the Baldwin Schools Wellness Center provides immediate access to behavioral health care and resources dedicated to mental wellness for students from elementary through high school, with convenient and flexible hours during and after school. This innovative, collaborative approach to connected care is key to supporting students’ whole health needs while optimizing their learning experiences.…Read More

The National Center on Intensive Intervention Adds Classworks® Evidence-Based Reading Intervention to Academic Interventions Tools Chart

Classworks®, an award-winning special education and tiered intervention platform, is validated by the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) as an evidence-based reading intervention. The best-in-class program is listed on the  Academic Intervention Tools Chart and joins Classworks Universal Screener and Progress Monitoring in the company’s highly rated, NCII-validated offerings.

“We are excited to see Classworks Reading Intervention added to our portfolio of NCII-validated resources. For 20 years, districts across the country have used Classworks individualized interventions as an essential component of their DBI processes with  tremendous results,” says Melissa Sinunu, Classworks president and chief operating officer. “The recent focus on literacy across the country makes it more important than ever for districts to have access to evidence-based, impactful reading resources. We are proud that Classworks meets NCII’s rigorous technical standards for inclusion.”

NCII is a nationally recognized organization whose mission is to “support the implementation of intensive intervention for students with severe and persistent learning and social, emotional, or behavioral needs using data-based individualization (DBI).” For the Academic Intervention Tool review, NCII’s Technical Review Committee examined study quality and design, psychometric reliability of study measures, and outcome measures, among other qualifications. Classworks Reading Intervention received convincing and partially convincing evidence in the categories of Study Design, Participants, and Broader Measures.…Read More

Math is not a universal language—but it can be a universal thread

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Say what you will about the universality of numbers and symbols; I’d politely argue that it does not follow that mathematics is a universal language. The problem for many struggling math students is that often those “universal” numbers and symbols hide in surrounding contexts of unfamiliar vocabulary, settings, and narratives.

As math educators, we can help those students by finding ways to relate their classroom learning to more recognizable cultural frames of reference that are authentic to the range of experiences in the room. In the process, math can actually become a universal thread to connect many types of content and learners. Number sense and quantities are some of the very few things that tie us together in a common experience.…Read More

First-in-the-Nation Artificial Intelligence Framework for District Leaders

The ILO Group this week announced the release of its Framework for Implementing Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education–a first-of-its-kind AI framework for school district and state education leaders–providing them with the tools, resources, and research-basis to thoughtfully embrace this game-changing technology.

The Framework for Implementing Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education provides district and state leaders with a roadmap for understanding AI’s potential benefits, addressing associated challenges, and making well-informed decisions about implementation.

“AI is reshaping education as we know it. This isn’t about the future, it’s about the now” said Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, ILO Group CEO. “Until now, district and state leaders have been without the comprehensive guidance they need to navigate AI’s complexities and have up until this point found piecemeal solutions and ad hoc tools. No more. Our Framework changes that. It provides strategic direction, real-world use cases, and department-specific applications. It’s also been stress-tested with input from a national working group of state and district superintendents. Our goal is to empower leaders with the knowledge they need to make informed, impactful decisions that will shape the future of learning.”…Read More

CASE Once Again Endorses Classworks® Special Education Platform

The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) has re-endorsed Classworks® for an additional three years. The CASE Executive Committee designated the award-winning platform as a CASE-endorsed product that delivers high-quality assessment and instructional resources to special education teachers and students.

CASE has recognized Classworks as a tool that “successfully addresses the inherent challenges of special education,” since 2010. This month, CASE re-endorsed Classworks as a top-tier special education resource through 2027. Every three years, the platform undergoes a rigorous evaluation by the CASE Executive Committee. As part of the review process, CASE considers the impact on achievement for special education students as well as any new enhancements. In addition to the tremendous impact Classworks has on special education students, two significant product changes were made:

  • Classworks released a new student experience focused on student ownership over their learning and growth
  • Dyslexia and Dyscalculia indicators were added to the screener assessments

These and several other  new Classworks enhancements answer the imminent need in the marketplace for comprehensive, valid and reliable programs that simplify processes for special education teachers, and provide a more engaging and motivating experience for students. …Read More