Innov8: New Year, New Beginnings

With the rush of the holidays finally over it’s time to focus on kicking 2017 off right. This week’s stories show how the world of education is doing just that–and we’re excited to see that several of our 2017 predictions have already begun!

From a $1 million donation of virtual reality equipment to schools in need to major support for a social emotional learning startup, we’re seeing several ways we’re starting off on the right foot to ensure the future of this country develops important skills they’ll need for future success in college, career and life.

#NewSchools & #EdTech Tools

1. Virtual Reality Made Real

Check out our latest podcast with Seth Andrews, White House advisor and co-founder of the Washington Leadership Academy in D.C. where VR is central to the learning vision.

Dollars & Deals

2. SEL Startup

What better commitment to make in the new year than to engage in simple activities that improve school culture? Read more about Mayerson Academy’s #5toThrive challenge that can help you do just that (there is even a free toolkit to get you started!).

#STEM Gems

3. STEM Prep


4. Zeal for New Zealand CBE

Interested in CBE progress in the U.S.? Be sure to join this webinar today at 2 p.m. ET from iNACOL and CompetencyWorks: Insights on Advancing #CompetencyEd in New England

Deeper, Further, Faster #HigherEd

5. Math Badging

6. Join The Future of HigherEd

#EdPolicy Pieces

7. Education = U.S. Success

Thank you to outgoing U.S. Education Secretary John King! We appreciate his focus on equity.

Let’s Get Personalized

8. #PLearning in 2017

Check out this recap and even more trends to watch this year in our blog 2016 #YearInReview and Predictions for 2017.

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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