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A 24/7 learning environment is often a goal of many school and district edtech plans, calling for student and teacher materials to support home and classroom learning. But according to a new report from Rutgers and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, many families are not yet capable of effectively...
Larry Snowhite, President and CEO of Discovery Education, received the Ambassador Award for his career as a government affairs executive in the educational publishing industry. Reaching across various education interest groups, he advocated for legislation that helped protect learning...
While some educators are dismayed by the growth of digital education — and by children spending hours in front of electronic devices — the reality is that screen reading is the method by which more and more students, teachers, and adults get their information. At the 2016 Content in Context (CIC)...
Print or digital? The question doesn’t apply solely to classroom learning materials but also to assessments. In 2012 the NAEP conducted a computer-based writing pilot for fourth graders. The main goal was to determine whether or not fourth-graders could fully demonstrate their writing ability on a...
As U.S. state and local education agencies wrestle with how to train effective teachers – especially now that ESSA has removed the high quality teacher requirements – researchers are again turning to other countries to look for best practices for professional learning. Two new reports from the...
The essence of the standards and accountability reform movement is that by expecting more of students, their achievement levels will go up. Advocates on the other side, though, believe in focusing on the school environment and overall student well-being. In a new report, researchers from the Center...
In 2015 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report looking at the economic implications of education. According to the study, if every 15-year old student reaches at least baseline Level 1 on the PISA scale, there would be significant benefits to...
Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO of Discovery Education, received the Visionary Award for his leadership in the digital transition and his understanding of the needs of today’s learners. During his acceptance speech for the 2015 Visionary Award, he discussed how partnering with...
An age-old conundrum in education is how best to evaluate teachers. While there is controversy around linking test scores to teacher performance – in fact, that requirement has been removed from the newly passed ESSA – classroom observation has often been held up as an essential element. According...
There is still six months of the 2015-16 school year left, but publishers are already looking ahead to school purchases for 2016-17. MDR has released its State of the K-12 Market 2015, which shows that 9 of 10 districts had the same or only slightly changed instructional materials budget for 2015....

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