SXSWedu 2017 is just around the corner, and our team will soon be packing their suitcases and boarding a plane to Austin to join the fun and energetic group of education leaders that will be attending.
In honor of this amazing annual conference that focuses on fostering innovation in education, here are this week’s top eight innovative news stories.
#NewSchools & #EdTech Tools
1. Igniting an EdTech Challenge
— C Blohm & Associates (@CBlohmAssoc) February 28, 2017
One of the only things we love more than a good challenge is a good set of EdTech tools to help with special education.
2. Early Literacy Love
We’ve just added over 100 new skills to support early literacy development! Get the details here: https://t.co/3fYq2LGs1i
— IXL Learning (@IXLLearning) February 22, 2017
Early literacy isn’t just important because it helps kids get ahead–it can also be a major tool in the struggle for education equity.
3. NextGen Voters
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider) February 24, 2017
Listening to student voices is crucial in preparing them for novelty & complexity.
Deeper, Further, Faster #HigherEd
4. College Transformed
— Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark) February 24, 2017
We’re always excited to see innovative new HigherEd institutions. We highlighted one of our favorite recent examples, Olin College, in a podcast.
Let’s Get Personalized
5. New Blu Tool
— Blended Universe (@blu_) February 28, 2017
Have you seen our guide for blended learning implementation?
#Teachers & #EdLeaders
6. C2D2 Accelerating #PLearning
— Getting Smart (@Getting_Smart) February 28, 2017
Good news on the personalized learning front abounds. We recently highlighted a new Personalized Learning Report for Parents and Communities.
Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers
7. Leaders to Learn From
— Age of Learning (@AgeofLearning) February 27, 2017
We were happy to see Patricia DeKlotz on this list–check out our podcast with her.
8. 2017 iNACOL Symposium RFP Webinar
Submitting an RFP to present at iNACOL’s symposium? Join this webinar for new presentation requirements: 2/2, 3p ET > http://t.co/HUXBVa0FD2
— CompetencyWorks (@CompetencyWorks) January 30, 2015
Don’t miss out on your chance to present at one of Getting Smart’s can’t-miss conferences!
Colorado’s Mesa County School District 51 is in its first year of implementing competency education, and a new CompetencyWorks blog series provides an in-depth look into its year-one progress. Here are links to the latest blogs in this series:
- Designing Performance-Based Learning at D51
- Building Consensus for Change at D51
- The Vision of Performance-Based Education at D51
- Holacracy: Organizing for Change at D51
- Growing into the Framework: D51’s Implementation Strategy
- Laying the Foundation with Climate and Culture
- Supporting Teachers at D51: A Conversation with the Professional Learning Facilitators
— chris sturgis (@sturgis_chris) February 15, 2017
Be sure to also check out our podcast with D51’s Superintendent Steve Shultz and Executive Director of Performance-Based Systems Rebecca Midles about their journey.
Have a news item you’d like us to consider for next Wednesday’s edition? Tweet us @Getting_Smart using #innov8 or to email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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