DEN Trend Report: 09/30/15

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When Schools Overlook Introverts (The Atlantic)
By Michael Godsey
When Susan Cain published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking nearly four years ago, it was immediately met with acclaim. The book criticizes schools and other key institutions for primarily accommodating extroverts and such individuals’ “need for lots of stimulation.” Much to introverts’ relief, it also seeks to raise awareness about the personality type, particularly among those who’ve struggled to understand it.

Michelle Obama: Girls, Don’t Hold Back In School (Yahoo! News)
By Jennifer Pletz
“Compete with the boys. Beat the boys,” she told about 1,000 schoolgirls and young women Tuesday at an event aimed at publicizing her “Let Girls Learn” campaign to expand girls’ access to education in developing countries and encourage American girls to take advantage of their opportunities. But the first lady also gave some impromptu, personal pep talks on handling the pressures of adolescence.

Video Gaining As Key Tool In Teacher-Learning Plans (Education Week)
By Michelle R. Davis
As platforms evolve, more districts are using video to boost collaboration and refine classroom practice
Video is increasingly seen as a powerful tool for teachers to improve instructional methods, to allow a peek into the classrooms of others, and to learn new techniques at an individual pace, but many experts now believe that pairing video with additional supports is the best way to boost teachers’ skills.

Google Virtual-Reality System Aims To Enliven Education (The New York Times)
By Natasha Singer
As part of a class last year on “Romeo and Juliet,” Jennie Choi, an English teacher at Mariano Azuela Elementary School in Chicago, took her sixth-grade students on a tour of Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s play transpires.
During the excursion, Ms. Choi asked her class to examine the variegated facade of a centuries-old building, known on tourist maps as “Juliet’s House,” where the family that may have been the inspiration for the fictional heroine once lived. She also encouraged her sixth graders to scrutinize the deteriorated tomb where they could imagine the Juliet character had died.
But the students did not have to leave their Chicago classroom to take in the play’s Italian backdrop. Instead, as part of a pilot project for a new Google virtual field trip system for schools, Ms. Choi’s students tried out virtual-reality viewers — composed of cardboard and a cellphone — while their teacher used an app to guide them through stereoscopic vistas of the Italian town.

What Role Can States Play In Developing Effective Principals? (Education Week)
By Denisa R. Superville
What can states do to develop and support effective principals?
A lot, according to a new Wallace Foundation-commissioned report released Thursday that digs into the policy levers that states can pull to help elevate the job of the principals, create more clarity around the role, strengthen preparation programs, and tailor support for principals and assistant principals.

STEM Should Broaden, Not Narrow, The Curriculum (Education Week)
By Ann Myers & Jill Berkowicz
STEM education creates an increased focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but it shouldn’t be that alone. The foundation of a true STEM education is using all that is known about how learning takes place, and that certainly should encompass and embrace the liberal arts. An assumption that schools based on the principles of STEM diminish the focus on subjects other than those four is a critical misunderstanding. Perhaps the name itself is a starting point for confusion.

The Digital Learning Plan Every Educator Should Read (eSchool News)
By Stephen Noonoo
North Carolina’s brand new Digital Learning Plan is generating buzz in schools and at the capitol. Here’s what other states can learn

Should Computer-Assisted Teaching Expand Its Reach To More States? (The Hechinger Report)
By Nichole Dobo
The nation’s second-smallest state joins the growing list of those who expect technology to play a starring role in efforts to improve schools for students.
Last week, leaders from Delaware’s education, nonprofit and business communities released a new statewide plan for its public school system. The blueprint, called Student Success 2025, included personalized learning as one of the key strategies.

4 Things Innovative Districts Do To Improve Graduation Rates (eSchool News)
By Melissa Gedney
Forward-thinking practices focus on college and career readiness
Learning can happen anytime, anywhere
Early college access for later success
Provide real-world opportunities


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