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September 18, 2017

Read Whitepapers On Curriculum, Technology, And More

A couple of items here that may be relevant and of interest to some readers.

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DISTRICT LEADERSHIP
7 Keys to Great Growth Measurement 
Provided by NWEA | Read Whitepaper Now
10 Strategies For Safety Success: A Holistic Approach to Student Transportation Safety
Provided by First Student Inc. | Read Whitepaper Now
TECHNOLOGY
eBooks: Effectively budget & maximize usage
Provided by OverDrive | Read Whitepaper Now
Top Ideas for Facilitating #ActiveLearning in a STEAM Environment
Provided by Stratasys | Read Whitepaper Now
IoT to Wearables: Top Tech Trends in Education
Provided by Sparkfun | Read Whitepaper Now
How to Start a STEAM Program
Provided by littleBits | Read Whitepaper Now
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Executive Brief: Deepening Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge in Mathematics
Provided by DreamBox Learning | Read Whitepaper Now
Meeting the ELA Learning Needs of All K-5 Students
Provided by Voyager Sopris | Read Whitepaper Now
Best Practices for Reducing Student Collusion
Provided by Turnitin | Read Whitepaper Now
Simplify OER in the K-12 Classroom
Provided by itslearning| Read Whitepaper Now
Personalized Learning: The Journey to Student-Centered Instruction
Provided by McGraw Hill Education | Read Whitepaper Now
An Educator’s Guide to Teaching the Foundations of Reading
Provided by Curriculum Associates | Read Whitepaper Now
Lessons learned: Making the shift to the NGSS
Provided by Amplify | Read Whitepaper Now

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August 20, 2017

Read Whitepapers On Technology, District Leadership, And More

The second of two items from Education Week.

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DISTRICT LEADERSHIP
7 Keys to Great Growth Measurement 
Provided by NWEA | Read Whitepaper Now
10 Strategies For Safety Success: A Holistic Approach to Student Transportation Safety
Provided by First Student Inc. | Read Whitepaper Now
TECHNOLOGY
eBooks: Effectively budget & maximize usage
Provided by OverDrive | Read Whitepaper Now
Top Ideas for Facilitating #ActiveLearning in a STEAM Environment
Provided by Stratasys | Read Whitepaper Now
What Is the Right Time to Benchmark and Monitor Progress?
Provided by Pearson Aimsweb Plus | Read Whitepaper Now
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Executive Brief: Deepening Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge in Mathematics
Provided by DreamBox Learning | Read Whitepaper Now
Meeting the ELA Learning Needs of All K-5 Students
Provided by Voyager Sopris | Read Whitepaper Now
Best Practices for Reducing Student Collusion
Provided by Turnitin | Read Whitepaper Now

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Literacy, Digital Curriculum, Professional Development: New Spotlights From Education Week

A couple of items from Education Week.

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Learn how to teach revision in the writing process and how invented spelling can produce better readers. Read Now.
Digital Curriculum
See how educators are evaluating growing curriculum choices and learn how districts can deploy a high-quality digital curriculum. Read Now.
Professional Development
Examine creative approaches to teacher learning and find out how districts are navigating the specific challenges facing minority educators. Read Now.
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April 10, 2017

Summary Of Research On Online And Blended Learning Programs That Offer Differentiated Learning Options

This item came across my electronic desk again this past week.

Summary of research on online and blended learning programs that offer differentiated learning options

Region:
Central
Description:
This report presents a summary of empirical studies of K–12 online and blended instructional approaches that offer differentiated learning options. In these approaches, instruction is provided in whole or in part online. This report includes studies that examine student achievement outcomes and summarizes the methodology, measures, and findings used in the studies of these instructional approaches. Of the 162 studies that were reviewed, 17 met all inclusion criteria and are summarized in this report. The majority of the studies examined blended instructional approaches, while all approaches provided some means to differentiate the content, difficulty level, and/or pacing of the online content. Among the blended instructional approaches, 45 percent were designed to support differentiation of the in-class component of instruction. The majority of studies examining these approaches compared student performance on common standardized achievement measures between students receiving the instructional approach and those in comparison classrooms or schools. Among the most rigorous studies, statistically significant positive effects were found for four blended instructional approaches.
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February 2017

March 13, 2017

Reports Look at Policies and Measuring Student Knowledge in Competency-Based Education

Also from the inbox last week…

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Reports Look at Policies and Measuring Student Knowledge in Competency-Based Education

 has released two reports on competency-based education. In competency-based education—also known as proficiency-based, mastery-based, and performance-based education—students must demonstrate mastery of course content to be promoted to the next class or grade, rather than spending a required number of hours in a class and meeting minimum course requirements to earn course credit.

Measuring student progress and teachers’ assessment of student knowledge in a competency-based education system
This report examines the amount of time elementary and middle school students took to complete competency-based math and literacy classes when they were in classes below, at, or above their traditional age-based grades. It also examines the relationship between student performance on a state achievement test and teacher judgments of student competency. The study found that a majority of students took four academic quarters to complete a class. On average, students who were below grade level took less time to complete their courses than students who were in courses corresponding to their traditional grade level. Teacher ratings of student competency showed a positive, but small association with student academic achievement. Teacher ratings of student competency accurately predicted the academic proficiency level of 40 percent of students on the state math achievement test and 59 percent of students on the state literacy test.

Overview of selected state policies and supports related to K–12 competency-based education
This report provides an overview of state laws and regulations that can have implications for competency-based education. Policies are summarized for the seven states in the REL Central Region (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming), as well as five states outside the region identified as being advanced in aligning their policies to support competency-based education (Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, and Oregon). The report also categorizes the different types of supports these states have provided to facilitate competency-based education. State-provided supports for competency-based education include information and technical assistance, support for education collaboratives, and funding for pilot programs and demonstration sites. The report provides a description of each policy category and related supports, as well as a discussion of how each may be relevant to competency-based education.

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