Week of 5/19-5/23
- Rural Schools Increasingly Diverse, Low-income, Education Week: The nation’s rural schools are growing in enrollment and serving increasing numbers of low-income minority students and special education students, according to a new report released earlier this month.
- Tablets Proliferate Nation’s Classrooms, Washington Post: U.S. schools are expected to purchase 3.5 million tablets by the end of the school year. While there’s great promise in creating a 1:1 environment for students, this poses numerous challenges for districts particularly around bandwidth. And it raises questions for educators and parents, namely how much screen time is too much for today’s connected student.
- Data Mining Your Children, Politico: From the NSA to the recent dissolution of inBloom, student data privacy is getting increased attention. Politico takes a look at a number of policies from edtech firms, identifying gaping holes in the protection of children’s privacy.
Week of 5/12-5/16
- Chicago Teachers Union Passes Resolution Opposing CCSS, Washington Post: Last week, the Chicago Teachers Union—representing teachers in the country’s third largest school district, passed a resolution opposing the Common Core and plans to lobby the IL BOE to reverse its adoption of the standards.
- Newark Has a New Mayor-Elect, Ras Baraka, The New Yorker: In a lengthy but fascinating piece about Newark’s school reform woes and challenges, The New Yorker takes an in-depth look at the city’s education system. It highlights Mayor-Elect Ras Baraka’s work at Central HS as principal.
- NYC’s Teachers’ Contract Embeds PD in the School Day, Education Week: Earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio and the UFT announced they agreed on a nine-year contract. The union’s members will vote on whether to ratify this at the end of May/beginning of June. The agreement specifies that every week teachers must spend 80 minutes in school-based professional development.
Week of 5/5-5/9
- Math, Reading Performance is Stagnant Among 12th Graders, Washington Post: New NAEP data was released earlier this month on our nation’s HS seniors. In the aggregate, they’ve shown no improvement in math and reading since 2009, and large racial achievement gaps persist.
- U.S. Teachers Nowhere As Diverse as Their Students, Boston Globe: Among half of the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.
- Why Net Neutrality Matters to Education, EdSurge: New FCC rulings could present a dangerous precedent where the content and tools that schools, teachers, and students use may be subject to corporate interests. The new rules are especially worrisome for educators who rely on web tools as a supplement to instruction in the classroom.
- Digital Education is Supposed to Transform Education, But Many Schools Can’t Even Get Online, Hechinger Report: Digital education may be the future, but many schools are far from ready. How can schools close the technology gap and how much will it cost?
- All Hands on Deck: How Expanded Learning Time and Community Partners Can Benefit Students, Center for American Progress Blog: This post examines how expanding the school day can be particularly beneficial to help close achievement and opportunity gaps. The warning: smart ELT doesn’t just mean tacking extra minutes onto the school day.
- Building a More Diverse Reform Movement, Huffington Post Blog: Originally posted on TNTP’s blog, this post recaps the diversity discussion held at NSVF’s Summit. The panel challenged audience members to commit to improving diversity in school reform.
- Using Games to Measure Student Skills, eSchool News: Game-based learning has broad implications for assessing student skills, particularly those not measured by more traditional assessments.
- Catholic Schools Benefit from Converting to Charter Schools, EdWeek Blog: A new analysis from a pro-educational choice group says that Catholic schools converted from private schools to public charter schools experienced significant increase in student enrollment as well as an increase in percentage of minority students at those schools.
- Google Announces New Classroom Tools, EdSurge: Over 30 million students and teachers use Google Apps For Ed, and a new announcement this week could expand that number. Google will create a tool designed to help teachers organize, assign, and collect student work across Google Docs.
- Top EdTech Investors, Pando Daily: The four most active ed tech investors are broken down in this quick post.