Innov8: National School Choice Week

It’s National School Choice Week—the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. Events are planned across all 50 states to raise awareness of all types of education options for students, including public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online and blended schools, private schools, homeschools and even a student-led school .

So today’s stories share eight choices anyone involved in education can make—from competing in contests to taking a virtual field trip, here are the latest stories on innovations in education.

Programs to Apply For

1. AT&T Inventor Contest

This contest is a great way to encourage students to develop and share a project that solves an issue they care about. Project-based learning is a key feature of 21st-century learning.

2. PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator Program:

This program gives educators a chance to highlight their own techniques and learn from others in a great Collaborative Professional Development community.

#NewSchools & #EdTech Tools

3. New Assessment Tool for Teachers

Listening is important not just for ELLs, but for all students.

4. Microsoft EdTech Four Free

Check out these 10 EdTech Resource Lists for Teachers we recently posted from a teacher blogger.

Dollars & Deals

5. CZI Buys Meta

We’ve discussed how AI is Improving Healthcare…But Will Benefits Be Widely Shared?


6. State Specific #EdData

Rather than discouraging lower ranking states from trying to improve or encouraging higher-ranking states to rest on their laurels, we love data like this because it can help us know what needs to happen for all children to succeed.

#Teachers & #EdLeaders

7. NEA Foundation Global PD Fellowship

Professional Development helps teachers stay engaged, which in turn helps students stay engaged.

Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers

8. Virtual Field Trip

Virtual field trips can be an excellent, inexpensive way to experience Place-Based Ed and get out of the classroom.

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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Getting Smart Staff

The Getting Smart Staff believes in learning out loud and always being an advocate for things that we are excited about. As a result, we write a lot. Do you have a story we should cover? Email [email protected]

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