EdTech 10: #SchoolInfo Challenge

Calling all designers! This week's EdTech 10 features an open challenge to redesign and reimagine report cards, as well as news for Minecraft users, the announcement of 11 Blended Master Teachers, and more must know EdTech news.

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Long Day, Long Year, More Learning

Checker Finn makes the case for a long school day and year in this WSJ piece.  Here’s the problem statement: In the face of budget shortfalls, school districts in many parts of the United States today are moving toward four-day weeks. This is despite evidence that longer…

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7 charter authorizing strategies for scale & quality

I forgot an important 6th charter authorizing path that will continue to grow in importance–conversions.  With budget cuts and dysfunctional districts, more public schools are contemplating charter conversion.  To guard against ‘take the money and run’ (previously common in GA and elsewhere) where schools become charter in name only, a…


High Expectations at #NSVFSummit 2014

Today, at the New Schools Venture Fund Summit the group of more than 1,000 attendees were treated to an incredible keynote from Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

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EdLeaders Need to Find & Empower Mr. T

Every district needs a Mr. T. Not the enforcer from the 80s TV show, more like Justin Talmadge, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in the Snoqualmie Valley Public Schools in the Cascade foothills.


Good Work: Republican or Democrat?

Justice and mercy: it is never easy to find the right balance at school, at work, in politics, or at home. Solutions are found in broadly sustained conversations about creating forward-focused environments of opportunity that value performance but provide and support multiple paths to achievement.


SMARTtech Top 10: Hello 2013

Happy New Year from the Getting Smart team! Is your resolution to stay in better touch with current events in education? We can help. Each week we do the work for you and compile our Top 10 SMARTtech stories - leaving you with more time to dedicate to other resolutions. So, take a look at this week’s news, then hit that treadmill. You’re welcome.


The Coming Education Revolution

In the worst economy since the Great Depression, Americans are struggling to earn a living, raise their families, and get an education. How will Americans adapt to learn, work, and connect in the future? A new book with findings from Apollo Research Institute describes how technology and the new job skills that will be required in the 21st century will transform higher education.