Kicking off this week with Martin Luther King Jr. Day made our team think even more about the importance of equity in education, and how we can find ways to help encourage it throughout our school systems.

So in honor of Dr. King, Jr. and all he did to advocate for equal rights, our top eight stories this week share ways EdLeaders everywhere, from businesses to government entities to classroom teachers, are working hard to offer all of today’s students equal opportunities for a high quality education.

#NewSchools & #EdTech Tools

1. #LearnALanguage

Research demonstrates that learning a second language supports students’ intellectual growth, academic achievement and their earning power. Read more about the importance of Preparing #LifeReady Students Through World Language.

2. Minecraft Math

Taking language learning interest a step further, check out this blog on Using Exploratory Projects, Minecraft and Storytelling for Personalized World Language Learning.

Dollars & Deals

3. $20M for Career Education

4. Open Licensing Requirement

5. Personalizing K12 Intervention

6. Science Scholarship & Mentorship

Planting a #SEAD

7. #5toThrive Campaign

We are proud to have recently helped Mayerson Academy kick off this campaign, so be sure to check out 5 Minutes to Change Culture: The 5 to Thrive Challenge for more information and your free downloadable campaign toolkit.

Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers

8. CBE National Summit

And, for good measure, here’s a bonus story for this week:

Have a news item you’d like us to consider for next Wednesday’s edition? Tweet us @Getting_Smart using #innov8 or to email [email protected] with “Innov8” in the subject line. For more ideas on what type of stories we run, check out the full Innov8 series on our blog.


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