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With education funding still stagnant in many states, the Center for American Progress examined how states could get the most impact from their dollars. The new report, The Hidden Value of Curriculum Reform, suggests that the most cost-effective use of the funding is curriculum reform: adopting...
In Common Sense Media’s recent survey on Tween/Teen Media Use, parents said they are more concerned about what their kids are watching rather than the amount of time spent on it. Now, a new report from the Family Online Safety Institute agrees, stating that parents are more concerned about safety...
The Teachers Know Best project, started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2013, examines how teachers use digital instructional tools in the classroom, their attitudes towards technology, and whether they believe existing digital tools are effective. According to the most recent report...
Although he’s part of an international technology company, for Anthony Salcito, Vice President – Worldwide Education at Microsoft, his job has never been about the hardware or software. His focus has always been on the students and the teachers and finding whatever solution helps them reach their...
Whether Common Core or not, state standards have started requiring students to read more complex texts, including an increase in non-fiction pieces, in order to improve literacy across all subjects and better prepare students for life after high school. A new report from Renaissance Learning, the...
The digital culture in the preK-12 education space is complex, fragmented, and in many ways still evolving. In June at the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Ed Tech Forum, we assembled a standards fantasy team and challenged these nine experts to provide an introduction to the standard they were...
At the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Master Class “Essentials  for Next Generation Science Instruction,” attendees were not only privy to insights on what educators need in these new materials, but they also got to take part in two updated lessons and find out how dramatically science class has...
A new survey from Common Sense Media, Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, is garnering headlines for a key outcome: teens spend about 9 hours a day using media, not including school and homework. But according to the report’s authors, an even more alarming finding is the differences...
At the 2015 REVERE Awards Gala, Ellen Oh, author and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, emphasized why it’s important to children's social and emotional well-being to see themselves reflected in their literature and educational resources. Now, We Need Diverse Books is partnering with Scholastic...
Digital disruption is not unique to the prek-12 market. But due to a host of factors—policy, funding and adoption cycles, and the need to measure educational impact and efficacy—it tends to be far more complex. Mike Shatzkin, Founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company and a recognized thought...

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