Virtual School Meanderings

October 1, 2022

The Most Important Words Bill Gates Wrote In The Goalkeepers Report

This one appears to be their more generalized newsletter…  But either way, it’s still from the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this month’s highlights from the Christensen Institute.
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Centering Student Perspectives in School Improvement Efforts

An item from a K-12 blended learning organization.

Highlander Institute’s Student Experience Survey


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Highlander Institute: Leveling the Field for All Learners

Join the conversation as we partner with communities to design and implement culturally responsive school change.

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Centering Student Perspectives in School Improvement Efforts: Highlander Institute’s Student Experience Survey 

Over the last twenty years teachers have been tasked with collecting, analyzing, and using endless amounts of testing data in their classrooms. While this data can help us identify where students are struggling and understand patterns of progress, it has not translated into more equitable outcomes for students.

How can we expand our thinking about student data to go beyond creating academic interventions? Can a holistic approach to measurement provide more meaningful insights and greater impact?

During the 2020-2021 school year, our Research & Impact team developed the Student Experience Survey to quantify and analyze the learning experiences reported by different student groups across grades 3-12. We know there is a strong evidence base connecting academic success to concepts such as belonging, academic mindset, cognitive skills, and engagement. Our team wanted to understand how student perspectives in these areas might differ based on lunch status, race, grade level, gender identity, or status as English Language Learners or Special Education students.

Initial survey administration at our partner schools yielded fascinating results. Click below to learn more.


Your Fall PD Plan Just Revealed Itself!

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An item from the folks at ISTE.


From AI to Digcit, the Hottest Topics
Are at ISTE U!

In just a few days, you can take a deep dive into the critical edtech topics you need to know more about and earn graduate-level credit while you’re at it. It’s all happening at ISTE U, where the next series of instructor-led courses starts Oct. 3. And, as you’ll see, the course lineup is focused on the topics educators tell us they’re most interested in:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital citizenship
  • Future ready librarianship
  • Computational thinking
  • Learning sciences

These 15-hour, cohort-based courses were developed using the latest learning science research and will help you transform your teaching practice for the digital age. Thanks to our partnership with Dominican University of California, ISTE U courses are eligible for graduate-level credit – just one more reason you’ll want to join in.

Check out all the instructor-led courses, then save your seat!


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Learn More About Speak Up

An item from the folks at Project Tomorrow.

Good afternoon, everyone!

Project Tomorrow/Speak Up invites you to listen to the voices of education stakeholders at a Virtual Congressional briefing scheduled for October 13, 2022, at noon ET. Here’s your opportunity to learn more about the benefits of Speak Up for your school and district.

At the briefing, Project Tomorrow CEO Dr. Julie Evans will

  • Share the latest national research findings on the state of education and digital learning from the perspectives of over 75,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Facilitate a panel of students who will share their perspectives
  • Launch the Speak Up surveys for 2022 to 2023!

Remember to start your 2022-23 Speak Up journey by registering today.

Questions? Contact Julie Evans,

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Special Report | Classroom Tech: What You Need and What You Don’t

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Note these articles from the folks at Education Week.

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