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The PreK-12 Learning Group’s advocacy program was active in many states this year and achieved important victories for the industry. In Texas, AAP was instrumental in passage of a funding measure totaling $1.05 billion for instructional materials. The appropriation is the single largest funding...
Gathering educator viewpoints on the state of the U.S. classroom, the inaugural Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ Confidence Report found that many teachers see the growth of edtech as a reason to be optimistic about the future of the classroom. The survey, which was conducted by MDR on behalf of Houghton...
2015 Content in Context keynote speaker Jordan Shapiro, Digital Learning Coordinator in the Intellectual Heritage Department at Temple University, challenged attendees to rethink how we define learning. With new digital tools like the Internet that aid in information collection and recall we...
During the 2015 Content in Context Session Edtech Reality Check, Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools, offered his most important piece of advice to developers.  To receive updates on the 2016 Content in Context conference contact the AAP PreK-12...
According to a new report from First Focus, federal discretionary spending on children, as adjusted for inflation, has dropped by 11.6 percent between 2010 and 2015. Children’s Budget 2015, which analyzes data from across federal programs, also shows that even when not adjusted for inflation  ...
At the 2015 REVERE Awards Gala Ellen Oh, founder of We Need Diverse Books, discussed how important it is for children's social and emotional well-being to see themselves reflected in their literature and educational resources. In this clip she talks about expanding our notion of diversity beyond...
ASCD has released the Whole Child Snapshots for 2015, which look at data on how the nation and individual states are helping children against five tenets of the whole child: healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. According to the latest snapshot, there is positive movement in terms of...
The Technology Counts 2015 report from Education Week looks at the current state of U.S. classroom technology and how digital resources are (and are not) living up to the promise to transform learning. As with the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group’s recent panel Edtech Reality Check, Technology Counts...
Contrary to common opinion, a new report says that racial, ethnic, and language minority elementary- and middle-school students are less likely to be identified as having special needs and, thus, are underrepresented in special education. “Minorities Are Disproportionately Underrepresented in...
Educators are now being inundated with products that can collect data in the classroom, but the question remains: Is it the right data? And following that, are teachers able to use it to improve student learning? Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students, a new report from the...

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