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Jordan Shapiro, Digital Learning Coordinator in Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Department, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Content in Context, Development and Delivery for Digital Learners. As a contributor to Forbes, Shapiro regularly writes about the changing relationship...
In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, reiterated his goals for ESEA Reauthorization. Saying that NCLB has failed to meet the needs of students, Kline expressed his support for the ideas proposed in the...
In an occasional series, PreK-12 Learning Group staff will offer their observations from industry events. Jo-Ann McDevitt, Strategic Partnerships Executive, gives her take on the topics buzzing around BETT (British Educational Training and Technology Show). With over 37,000 attendees and 750...
One of the more contentious issues in ESEA reauthorization is testing and accountability. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has eliminated Adequate Yearly Progress and sanctions from his proposed ESEA legislation and is open to giving states flexibility on testing requirements....
During his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted three major education programs that he wants to move forward in this Congressional session. Despite the Obama Administration’s recent early childhood initiatives, though, the President did not mention early learning in the...
Comparisons of U.S. test scores to other nations have become fodder for all parties in education reform, whether they believe we should emulate other countries or ignore the results. According to School Performance in Context: The Iceberg Effect, a new report from the Horace Mann League (HML)...
According to a new survey from MCH Strategic Data in partnership with edWeb.net, the majority of principals are more optimistic this year than last year about education. The fourth annual Principals’ Assessment of Public Education showed that many of the challenges faced by principals...
A common refrain for improving student outcomes is to increase the amount of learning time at school. Two federal programs—School Improvement Grants and ESEA waivers—ask districts to implement Expanded Learning Time (ELT) in low-performing schools. However, a new report from the Center on Education...
ESEA is overdue for reauthorization, but the previous Democratic Senate and Republican House were not able to reconcile their interests. Now that the Republicans control Congress, the education community has been asking if the reauthorization will now take place and what it will look like. This...
On January 12 at the Federal Trade Commission President Obama unveiled several programs to protect data privacy and civil liberties. While his administration is targeting privacy at all levels, there are three initiatives aimed specifically at student data. The Student Digital Privacy Act:...

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