It’s National Random Acts of Kindness week—what are you doing to take part? If you are a teacher, do you have any activities planned in your classroom? Be sure to download the Online Kindness Generator app for inspiration and add your acts of kindness this week to its global tracker to inspire others.

Whatever your choice, we invite you to join us in making the world a better place to be this week, as those listed in our top eight stories are doing as they continue raising the bar on innovations in education.

#NewSchools & #EdTech Tools

1.  Instructional Material Review 2.0

With the wealth of instructional materials out there today, how can EdLeaders choose? What is curriculum? This new tool can help.

Dollars & Deals

2. Rethink Education Re-ups EdTech Fund

Rethink’s Matt Greenfield and Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark made the case for EdTech investment in Boosting Impact. The appendix includes Rethink’s well constructed impact criteria.

Cool Schools

3. School Networks

We appreciate the leadership of Denver’s elected board (stay tuned for podcast with them next week) and the importance of high performing school networks.

#EdPolicy Pieces

4. School Choice

If student choice is key for a 100% graduation rate, school choice is crucial in the struggle for college and career readiness for all.

Let’s Get Personalized

5. Teachers Talk Personalized Learning

Who better to design personalized learning experiences than the teachers who know the students personally? Teachers can even marry personalized learning and PBL.

#Teachers & #EdLeaders

6. Science and Civics Report


7. Career Readiness Prep

Getting high schoolers motivated is a key aspect of college and career readiness.

8. Become A Teacher

Not yet ready for talks of teacher PD? Need to become a teacher first? This guide can help.

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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