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.
A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.
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.
Business leaders call on K-12 and higher education institutions to graduate students with the skills demanded by the marketplace.
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.
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.
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.
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
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