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Equitable learning with small-group instruction and student-tracking

Key points: A rotation-based approach ensures students receive equitable learning opportunities 5 educators share insights into teaching and learning Student engagement requires more than edtech tools For more news on classroom learning, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub In the realm of education, balancing instructional strategies like small-group instruction and student-tracking presents both challenges and opportunities for fostering equitable learning environments.

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This heroic superintendent won’t quit in the pursuit of district excellence

The 2023 eSchool News K-12 Hero Awards honors educators for their exemplary use of innovative edtech to support student learning. Profiled and interviewed here is winner Dr. Jesus Jara, superintendent of Clark County School District nominated by Edmentum. Dr. Jesus Jara is a passionate educator who serves as Superintendent of Clark County School District (CCSD), the 5th largest school district

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How one hero educator gives students workforce skills and experience

The 2023 eSchool News K-12 Hero Awards honors educators for their exemplary use of innovative edtech to support student learning. Profiled and interviewed here is winner Tom Lamont, a painting and design technology instructor at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School nominated by TechEdConcepts Inc. Stay tuned for one more winner profile to come. Tom Lamont is the painting

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Teacher helps implement the science of reading ‘one bite at a time’

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. Indiana is in the midst of an enormous undertaking to improve literacy rates. The approach: Align state standards, curriculum, and teacher training programs with practices rooted in the science of reading, which emphasizes phonics to help students decode words. Create your Free Account to Continue Reading eSchool

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Teacher Q&A: Strengthening PD with AI

Key points: Best practices in professional development are advancing–and AI is taking it to a new level Here, one educator shares her experiences with AI-powered teacher coaching See related article: 9 big ideas to bolster the teaching profession and boost student learning Just like educational technology is continually advancing, so are best practices for supporting teachers in classrooms. Professional development

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Empowering educators through holistic teacher PD

Key points: Educators are stretched thin, but empowerment is key to battling burnout Empowering teachers means providing them a wide range of strategies, tools, resources, and opportunities See related article: 3 innovative ways to help teachers feel engaged and valued I vividly remember 20 years ago when I first entered the education field as an elementary school teacher. My lifelong career

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Teacher burnout persists, but solutions are emerging

Key points: The American Federation of Teachers teamed up with Educators Thriving for a yearlong study culminating in a new report, “Beyond Burnout,” which details practical, research-based solutions to improve the chronic levels of stress and burnout that are plaguing teachers and support staff in K-12 schools and contributing widespread teacher shortages. The report highlights the numerous challenges facing educators and proposes a

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The case for ChatGPT as the ultimate educator’s toolkit

Key points: Today’s students will undoubtedly encounter generative AI in their careers Two higher-ed instructors have designed a guide for using generative AI in life design and career education See related article: A scholar’s embrace of ChatGPT-4 Innovations that have transformed education have often been met with skepticism. Just look at Sesame Street, which was once considered a wild, controversial

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Districts brace for fiscal cliff as COVID relief funding nears an end

Key points: COVID relief funding must be spent in the next year, but administrators are grappling with inflation and high costs that have shifted priorities One-third of superintendents believe all students will be impacted equally by the discontinuation of ARP-funded instructional programs See related article: Federal COVID relief funding will dry up soon. Are districts ready? With one year remaining

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The intersection of the science of reading and edtech

Key points: While this fall marks my 38th year in education, it has been 28 years since I was a classroom teacher. Teaching elementary school was the hardest job I ever had, but there are many parts of the role I miss. This time of year, I especially miss the opportunity to teach young learners to read and write. As

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5 edtech tools to save time this year

Key points: Back-to-school and the first weeks of the new year are definitely busy for teachers as they are diligently preparing lesson plans and getting to know their students–all while building a sense of community in their classrooms. Teachers must meet the challenge of creating engaging instructional resources to support personalized learning, develop lessons to spark student curiosity, and facilitate

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The Future of Canvas

Drop the company name Instructure on the average educator and you may get a blank stare in return. Now mention the company’s flagship product Canvas and be ready for a flash of instant recognition. Founded in 2008, Instructure reports having more than 6000 customer organizations with more than 35 million users around the world in both K12 and higher education.

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Finalists Announced for “Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2023” Awards

(Portland, OR) – The Teich Group and Catapult X announce the finalists for the Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2023 Awards, the only awards program judged by STEM educators. The awards program, operated in partnership with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and MCH Strategic Data, and for the first time this year with the National Association of Biology Teachers

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4 engaging assessment ideas for middle and high school

Key points: When students have different ways to demonstrate learning, educators can collect more accurate data Middle and high school students benefit from choice, and different assessment options can lead to better engagement See related article: 3 new trends in student assessment As an educator and leader who grades holistically, it becomes important to consider how to create well rounded

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Introducing My PowerSchool: An Intuitive User Experience Empowering Families, Staff, and Administrators

FOLSOM, CALIF. – PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC), the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America, today announced the release of My PowerSchool, a cohesive user experience that consolidates all relevant information and applications into a single, streamlined platform. My PowerSchool simplifies how families interact with their children’s school and how school technology leaders manage their PowerSchool solutions by

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3 ways to keep students reading this summer

Key points: By fostering stronger educator and caregiver communication, students can be better equipped to retain learning this summer In order to inspire a lifelong love reading, consider guiding students to identify reading opportunities that complement their interests in their daily lives See related article: 6 ways to help reluctant readers become booklovers It’s been great to see students’ faces

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Michigan EdTech Pitch Contest awards $22,000 to five education innovators

LANSING, Mich. — Edtech innovators from Spelling Safari have been chosen as the winners of the second annual Michigan EdTech Innovation Pitch Contest, sharing $22,000 in business startup grants and legal and creative startup assistance with four other finalists. The concepts developed from the final pitches will be used to improve Michigan classrooms through innovation, technology and firsthand educator experience. 

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Certiport Recognizes Washington Teacher as Educator of the Year

Salt Lake City — Certiport, a Pearson VUE business and the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners, today announced that Karen Coulombe, career and technical education (CTE) teacher at Lake Stevens High School in Washington state, has been named Certiport’s Educator of the Year. The award was announced at Certiport’s 2023

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How 5G connectivity supports K-12 innovation—now, and in the future

Key points: Having reliable, high-speed internet access isn’t a privilege—it’s an absolute essential right for students if they are to have access to the digital learning resources and tools that will help them build skills for future success. At ISTELive 23, Dr. Kiesha King, senior education administrator for T-Mobile and a former educator, sat down with educators in districts partnering

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ISTELive, Abbott Elementary, and a push for Black educator representation

Key points: Black male teachers are desperately needed in U.S. schools Getting more Black teachers–and Black male teachers–means suggesting education career paths early on and understanding students’ cultural experiences See related article: 5 ways the homework gap is worse for students of color Representation matters, and when students have educators who look like them, it does wonders for their learning

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Education Leaders in Yonkers, NY, and Henderson, TN, Win Inaugural YouScience® Innovative Educator Awards

AMERICAN FORK, UTAH (PRWEB) — Two respected educators have been named the inaugural recipients of the  YouScience® Innovative Educator Award, recognizing their exceptional contributions in guiding and inspiring students to explore their aptitudes and make informed decisions about their futures. This award celebrates educators who have implemented innovative approaches to empower the next generation of professionals through academic and career exploration.

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