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Schools test blended learning to help personalize instruction

Eight schools in a California district are testing whether blended instruction — a combination of traditional teaching and online learning — can support personalized instruction. The district piloted the program after learning that teachers in some urban schools faced challenges meeting students’ individual skill levels.

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

When designing project-based lessons, educators should focus first on what excites them — the content — and then seek ways to apply the Common Core State Standards, writes middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron. In this blog post, she describes her planning process for a project based on superheroes. Her first draft naturally addressed many standards and she later added components to teach others.

Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives

Some panelists at the recent Next New World conference called for schools to place more emphasis on preparing students for the 21st-century economy. Panelist Tony Wagner, expert in residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, highlighted a need for lessons featuring real-world learning, which he said helps to create intrinsic student motivation.

Report: “Student-centered schools” close opportunity gap

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Four California schools that have adopted “student-centered” practices, such as personalized instruction, high expectations, hands-on activities and group learning, report improved achievement, graduation rates and college preparedness, according to a recent report. The report found that the practices may be especially beneficial for certain student populations, including low-income.

You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.

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Conrad Hall

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Shift to online testing drives California schools to close tech gap

California schools are investing in new technology as part of their transition to the Common Core State Standards. The quicker adoption of new technology is helping to bridge the digital divide, some say. Common core field tests also prompted some school officials to rethink their technical support needs and how they use computers in the classroom.

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Teacher Tenure Is a ‘Broken Status Quo,’ Secretary Duncan Says

Following a court ruling in California that struck down job protections for teachers, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called tenure a “broken status quo.” Duncan is pressing for tenure reform, saying an overhaul is needed to better serve disadvantaged students

Could more time in school help curb summer learning loss?

In this article, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discusses the “summer slide.” He also offers ideas to help curb summer learning loss, such as year-round — or balanced — schedules for schools and taking steps to involve parents in learning during school breaks.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

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William Butler Yeats

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