EdTech 10: October Optimism

This week President Obama announced that America’s graduation rate has reached an all-time high of 83.2 percent.
This increase reflects the important progress schools across our nation are making to better prepare today’s students for a successful future in college and careers.
Although there is much work still be done to ensure every student has access to high-quality learning opportunities, news like this makes us optimistic about the future of education.

Students themselves are learning to be more optimistic – and develop their own character strengths – thanks to a partnership between Mayerson Academy, VIA Character Institute and Happify (an online gaming platform that supports social-emotional learning concepts). Learn more about this program that was  featured in EdWeek.

Check out this week’s news round-up for ten more reasons to be optimistic this October.

Let’s Get Personalized

1. Competency Based Education 101

You can also learn more about CBE by checking out ExcelinEd’s recent publication sharing the stories of three states who took very different paths but achieved the same goal of implementing state CBE pilot programs.
2. #PLearning in Rural America

We recently shared how leaders in rural Arkansas’ Cross Country School District are working (and succeeding) at closing the opportunity gap for students through a more personalized postsecondary selection guidance program.

Dollars & Deals

3. $4 Million for Noodle Partners

Cool Schools & Tools

4. AltSchool Pilot

Digital Developments

5. 2017 EdTech Symposium Announcement

Are you going to iNACOL’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium next week? Join us in the VoicesHub and add your voice to our podcast! More details on that as well as information on becoming a GS and iNACOL guest blogger here.
6. New Student Work Rubrics

Stem Gems

7. Innovation Frontiers

Check out our smart bundle “Getting Smart on Learner-Centered STEM”  featuring one of the most innovative and high-performing STEM networks in the country.  
8. $4 Million for STEM Majors

For more on Place-Based Education, check out our “Place-Based Education” blog series. To learn more and contribute a guest post for the series, check out the PBE campaign page.  Join in the conversation on social media using #PlaceBasedEd.

Policy Pieces

9. New Teacher Prep Regs

10. ESSA Assessment Systems

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