DEN Trend Report: 1/7/2015

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Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news.
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Discovery Education Hosts Official Launch Event for Ground-Breaking Digital Math Techbook (STEMconnector)

On Thursday, January 8, Discovery Education will host the official launch event for the Discovery Education Math Techbook series, a breakthrough, interactive digital textbook that fosters a deep understanding of math concepts and demonstrates to students the relevance of math in their everyday lives. The day’s events will include a thought-leadership panel to discuss the wide-ranging implications of math achievement in the United States. Math Techbook is the latest addition to the company’s award-winning line of digital textbooks, transforms the way students and teachers experience math through engaging instructional strategies and real-world problems that motivate and excite students with diverse learning styles.

These tips will keep kids interested in coding (Creative Bloq)

“Spark interest with some engaging offline activities. Introduce children to the concepts of coding with basic and fun activities that don’t need to involve a computer. For example, the idea of a human robot is a fantastic way for children to demonstrate the concept of algorithms by directing and following a sequence of instructions”

A new brand of superintendents and their visions for 2015 (Center for Teaching Quality)

And a new brand of innovative school superintendents has emerged. Successful in improving their systems and student learning, they are finding new ways to cultivate and utilize teachers as leaders in districts and states across America.
I asked a handful of these educators to share what they’ve learned recently about teacher leadership and how they would like classroom practitioners to lead in 2015. Here are a few themes I heard:
What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests (NPR)

What would the nation do to monitor learning and ensure equity and accountability if states didn’t have to test every child every year?
Here are four possible answers. They’re not necessarily mutually exclusive. In fact, they could all happen at the same time, as different states and districts make different decisions.

Under Deval Patrick, Mass. has led the nation in education (The Boston Globe)

From the founding of America’s first public schools, through the historic Education Reform Act of 1993 and to today, the state has shown a commitment to improving student outcomes, raising academic standards, closing achievement gaps — and to the opportunities for all that a world-class education can create.

Why Small Schools Might Be Better For Students Than Small Classes (State Impact, Fla.)

“We started this school with the intent of keeping it small because we want to create a school family,” Yoder says. “We believe that the relationship between the teacher and the students is the primary reason students succeed – besides a good home base.”

Teacher Leadership Is More Complicated Than You Think (Education Week)

It seems as though we have reached the tipping point when it comes to “Teacher Leadership.” Everywhere we look there are articles, panel discussions and books about teacher leadership. Unfortunately, teacher leaders are sometimes chosen in closed-door meetings with school leaders sitting at the table wondering who can help them the most, and they don’t always choose the best people for the job.

 Wi-Fi-Enabled Bus Connects Students in Poor Calif. Community (Hechinger Report)

Near the shore of the murky Salton Sea in this southern California desert, a bus drives up to West Shores High School each day with a critical connection: A Wi-Fi router mounted behind an interior mirror, providing Internet access for students whose homes aren’t wired.
At night, the bus driver parks on a sand driveway in a trailer park. There, the hotspot is available to students as long as the battery lasts. On most nights, it fades after one hour.

Six Education Stories To Watch in 2015 (NPR)

As the senior member of the NPR Ed team with 25 years on the education beat, here are the top stories that my expert sources and I believe will be ones to watch in 2015. For more predictions, check out our crowd sourced.
1. Standardized Testing Under Fire
2. More Troubles For The Common Core
3. In Congress, Deeper Divisions
4. Focus On Campus Behavior
5. Teacher Evaluation, Training, And The Vergara Fallout
6. The Ferguson Effect: New Scrutiny For School Police


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  1. Sarah said:

    I found the link to the article on small schools interesting. I have worked at a small independent school for years and I think that having a small school allows the student to be known and nurtured by all of the teachers. We truly know each student and each student feels important. You can have small classes, but if they are still in a huge school then it seems like the benefit is limited to academics in that one room versus the whole experience.

  2. Dave Tchozewski said:

    The Smaller Schools more than smaller class size article caught my attention. Not surprised by it, but a worthy read.

    The launch of the new Discovery Math Techbook web launch was very cool.

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