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Using Design Thinking with Districts to Improve Formative Assessment Practice

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By: Kate Sullivan Frades & Brinnie Ramsey. Improving formative assessment practices through design thinking can prove to be a productive challenge in school districts with well-established policies.

Kansas City High Schools Add Real-World Learning

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The largest effort to make high school more valuable—to young people and their communities—is underway in the six-county, two-state Kansas City metro area.

Build Support, Innovate, Repeat: Agile Public Education in Colorado

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By: Tom Vander Ark. With thoughtful sustained leadership, big school districts can earn community trust, establish and maintain rigorous academic standards, and become agile—even innovative. This is one district's story.

Podcast: Michael Hinojosa on Making Dallas Schools Work

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This week the Getting Smart staff spoke with Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of schools in Dallas Texas and we spotted 10 ways that Dallas ISD is innovating.

Business Leadership for Education Scores Texas-Size Win For Kids

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Children getting a good early start, educated by well-prepared and diverse teachers with young people ultimately enrolling in and finishing college—those are all goals sought by the Commit Partnership (@Commit2Dallas), which serves as the local community infrastructure working to extend those desired outcomes to all learners in the North Texas region. Founded and led for the…

ISTE19: More Teaching & Learning, More AI and More Equity

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By: Rachelle Dene Poth and Tom Vander Ark. Rachelle and Tom recap ISTE19, the 40-year-old and largest edtech conference in the country that took place June 23-26.

Why We Should Test English Language Learners in their Home Language

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By: Adam Withycombe. Assessing kids in their first, or home language is a better pathway to provide every student an equal opportunity to demonstrate what they know and what they’re ready to learn next.

Investing in Innovation: Where’s the Federal Support?

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By: Arthur VanderVeen. The Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority invites up to seven states to develop innovative, next-generation assessments that better support student-centered learning.

New Legislation to Tackle the Digital Divide

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Beth Holland discusses new bipartisan legislation that has been proposed in the Senate to tackle the Digital Divide.

The Real Value of State Assessments

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By: Arthur VanderVeen. Arthur VanderVeen, President and CEO of New Meridian, shares his insights on the power of assessments in ensuring equitable access to quality education that provides tools for continuous improvement and collaboration.

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