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Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, received the Visionary Award for his leadership in global education bringing effective educational practices and learning technology to students around the world. During his speech he talked about the important role that...
Guest blog post by Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships, Discovery Education Educators are among the world’s greatest optimists. Rightly so, we believe in every child’s capacity to learn. We believe that with enough patience, skill, and determination, every...
The 2015 Lampighter Honors Gala, presented by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group on December 7, celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of leaders in the learning resource industry and the ongoing mission of helping every child receive a world class education. Hall of Fame honoree Tom Reycraft (...
In the Quality Counts 2016 report, Education Week has given the United States an overall C grade. Massachusetts received the highest marks with a B+ overall - one of only 11 states to receive a grade higher than a C+. (Massachusetts is the only state with an A- on the chance to succeed index as...
From grassroots campaigns to the Oval Office, a common must have for education reform is fewer tests. Now that ESSA has passed, NPR asks what K-12 testing will look like in 2016. Overall, it won’t be much different than 2015. NPR’s Observations and Predictions Federally mandated testing is...
2016 begins with a new ESEA and a new Acting Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr. With ESSA emphasizing state control and education so far taking a back seat in the upcoming election, the future of the U.S. Department of Education is unclear. NBC News, though, took a look back at Arne Duncan’s...
Knowing what ed tech will help students learn is the domain of teachers, but according to a new survey, more often the purchasing decision is being made by school or district leaders. Conducted by TES Global, in partnership with the Jefferson Education Accelerator, the research shows currently 38%...
In part three of our series looking at the evolution of the REVERE Awards, we look at the impact of new technology on the program and how we have updated age divisions to ensure meaningful competition.  It’s important to remember that the REVERE Awards is a competition...
On Thursday the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan, which was last updated in 2010. The 2016 version follows many of the same tenets as the 2010 one, including an emphasis on equity and accessibility. However, the new plan also specifically focuses on...
On Wednesday morning the U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a vote of 85-12. ESSA, which previously passed the House by 359-64, will now go to President Obama who plans to sign it Thursday morning. Overall, the essence of ESSA is to return more control to the...

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