DEN Trend Report: 4/27/16

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Is Your District Future Ready? (T.H.E. Journal)
By Jeff Mao
In November of 2014, President Obama challenged district superintendents to sign the Future Ready Pledge. By signing it, they committed to working with teachers, families and community members to transition their districts to “personalized, digital learning.”

Since then, over 2,000 superintendents representing roughly three out of 10 students in America have signed. A coalition led by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the U.S. Department of Education and the LEAD Commission held 13 Future Ready regional summits across the nation to provide support for those districts and build a network of leaders.

The Search for Common-Core Curricula: Where Are Teachers Finding Materials? (Education Week)
In common-core states, nearly all math and language arts teachers are at least somewhat reliant on materials they’ve developed or selected themselves, according to a new nationally representative survey.

The RAND Corporation just released a series of surveys looking at how K-12 teachers understand and are implementing state standards, including what materials they’re using. The results focus on teachers in the 42 states that are using the Common Core State Standards or standards that were adapted from them. (RAND defines those as every state except Alaska, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.)

5 Ways To Use Video In The Classroom (Tech&Learning)
By Patricia Brown
Video in the classroom is powerful, because it has the ability to make the classroom come alive, and make meaningful learning experiences and connections. Video allows you to deliver long-lasting images, and reach children with various learning styles. But how do you make sure you’re keeping things fresh?

White House, educators push for pre-school STEM (USA Today)
By Greg Toppo
A massive collection of public- and private-sector groups on Thursday will call for a national push to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to children as young as 3 or 4 years old.

Leading the effort on so-called “early active STEM learning” is the White House, which is bringing hundreds of educators and policymakers to Washington, D.C., for a symposium on the topic.

Personalized Learning, Products ‘Going Viral’ Are Hot Topics at Ed-Tech Summit (Education Week)
By Michele Molnar
About 3,700 ed-tech entrepreneurs, educators, and venture capitalists are meeting here to talk about their companies or their classrooms, their employees or their students, and how to maximize the investments being made in them. The topics range from digital learning in K-12 to ed-tech trends in higher education to the use of technology for workforce development.

Virtual, Blended Schools Growing Despite Struggles, Analysis Finds (Education Week)
By Ben Herold
Virtual and blended schools continue to grow at a rapid pace despite persistently “dismal” academic outcomes and little knowledge about their internal workings, according to a new analysis from the National Education Policy Center.

In 2013-14, 262,000 students in 33 states were enrolled in 447 full-time virtual schools that deliver all instruction online, according to the NEPC. Another 26,155 students across 16 states were enrolled in 87 blended schools, which combine traditional face-to-face and online instruction.

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