Voices from the Field: Best Practices – Education Article

By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson Schools are the foundation of our society. Our collective success depends on their success. They are responsible for building an educated and skilled workforce, ensuring an engaged citizenry, and developing critical thinkers who will solve unknown future global challenges. Community leaders and politicians are constantly trying to figure out the components that will make schools successful. All too often, these conversations, debates, and reform movements ignore the perspectives of the educators who are doing…

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To Transform Education, All Stakeholders Must Transform First – Education Article

We are inundated daily with blogs, podcasts, tweets, books, keynotes, white papers, practitioners and pundits all touting the need for change in education. I would love nothing more than to see our entire educational system evolve into real 21st century models relevant to today’s students, the economy, and the world. The common current rationale is that we are now in the perfect storm—educationally, politically, economically, culturally, technologically—for real change to occur. However, by now, I would expect change to be…

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Podcast: Jean Eddy on Starting Early with Career Education – Education Article

“Today’s economy demands that students graduate from high school, earn some type of degree or credential, and develop knowledge and skills they can use in a job. But far too many young people drop out of high school, fail to enroll in a higher education program, or are unable to complete their credentials.” That’s the problem American Student Assistance (ASA, @ASA_Impact) is attacking with guidance resources and advocacy initiatives.  After taking over as CEO three years ago Jean Eddy expanded…

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2019 Brought More Risk and Inequity, 2020 is an Opportunity for Innovation – Education Article

Things are heating up in the nation’s capital and worldwide—we just had the hottest November on record. The world got riskier in 2019, both in terms of politics and climate. But there is a lot of good news as well; there has never been a better time to make a difference. Following are four observations about 2019 and the year ahead. Great Economy…if You’re Rich The stock market hit record highs this fall, economic growth is pretty good, unemployment is…

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Student Innovators Use AI to Improve Public Speaking – Education Article

By: Divyesh K., Olivia B., Omar I., and Roberto M. Fear of public speaking, formally known as glossophobia, can have a huge impact on a career. In fact, it has been shown those with the fear make about 10% less than those who don’t. Knowing this problem – we created an app to combat the problem. VoxLion, a public speaking app uses artificial intelligence to coach students in real-time on their public speaking. The app will analyze a student’s presentation…

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Larry Rosenstock: 2019 WISE Award-Winner – Education Article

At this year’s World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar, there were over 3,000 attendees from over 100 different countries. Everyone gathered together to discuss innovations in global education and celebrate the trailblazers dedicated to quality learning for all. This year, the prestigious WISE Prize was awarded to Larry Rosenstock, founder of High Tech High (HTH) — one of the preeminent innovative schools in the world. For decades, Larry has been committed to empowering student voice, pushing the limits of project-based…

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Podcast: Jessie Woolley-Wilson on Intelligent Ed Tech – Education Article

Early in her career and while in banking in NYC, Jessie Woolley-Wilson started tutoring kids as a service project. She felt renewed and inspired by the students she met and was impressed by their innovation, skill, and ability to thrive in scarcity. The experience launched her leadership in education technology. After leading the pre-college and pre-graduate programs at Kaplan, she enjoyed engaging young children to help them learn how to read as President at Leapfrog SchoolHouse. She went on to lead…

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How New Models are Preparing Students for the Future of Work – Education Article

Today’s students will be an integral part of tomorrow’s workforce. This statement is no truer now than it was 20 years ago, or in 1980, 1960, 1940 or 1920. Yet the characteristics of this group have drastically changed over time, evolving with (and sometimes in anticipation of) societal shifts due to political, technological and cultural influences. The newest generation to come of age—Gen Z—is currently engaged in studies from middle school through college, or just beginning a career. Though infrastructure…

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Space Education Allows Students To Dream Big – Education Article

If you peeked through a window of the Ross home in July of 1969 you would have seen a boy perched on the edge of his parent’s coffee table, watching intently as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface. Little Davey Ross was awestruck. He wanted to become an astronaut, as did millions of other kids around the world. Our dreams were too big to be limited by something as mundane as gravity. Much has changed in the intervening 50…

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OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success – Education Article

My standard keynote address begins with a quip that defines the long and winding road of my career: I’m a millennial trapped in an old man’s body. I have worked in retail and journalism, mopped floors, been paid to taste wine, held upper management jobs in two educational non-profits, started two consulting practices, and worked in two school districts as a K-12 teacher. The longest I’ve ever worked in one field is 13 years, but my transiency has accelerated as…

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Why Schools Need Research and Design Space – Education Article

“This morning kids were 3D printing some new designs. They were joined by a group working on a geometry problem. At lunch time, the Code Club worked on their snake robots (ironically coded in Python), then a team worked on unicorn designs. After the Engineering and Physics class, a group of kids worked on four panes that illustrate The Kite Runner.” Jayne Everson, Director of Robotics + Engineering and R+D Experience Lead at ​Beaver Country Day School​ summarized the eclectic…

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Science – Education Article

By: Regina Ahmann Workers in science- or STEM-related fields typically use multi-sensor packets to collect several points of data quickly and accurately. Copying those real-world tasks through the use of probes and data loggers in science instruction not only prepares STEM-focused students for the workplace but also streamlines experiment procedures, increases the accuracy of results, and heightens the engagement of all students, even those not planning on STEM careers. I’ll use the example of environmental science, a hands-on subject where…

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Thinking With Your Hands | Getting Smart – Education Article

By: Cate Heroman Sixty-five percent of kids who are entering elementary school today will have jobs that don’t exist yet. That piece of data has stuck with me ever since I heard it. My educator mind went circling for solutions. To me, the answer revolves around creativity, innovation, and imagination. If we give kids tools to be successful learners, then they will be able to solve problems using whatever new technology comes their way. At the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, we encourage…

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Why We Should Test English Language Learners in their Home Language – Education Article

By: Adam Withycombe A parent makes the time and musters the courage to come and see you. They’re here, in your classroom, hoping for good news about their child, or at least a path forward from challenges and trouble spots. But you have to look them in the eye and tell them you have nothing—no data, no test results, no insights into how their child is performing. It’s not that their child doesn’t know anything. Just the opposite. You don’t…

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Driven By Equity, Solving Community Challenges – Education Article

Over the last five years, only 38 students from underrepresented minority groups who attended Indianapolis Public Schools were accepted and went on to attend Purdue University (an hour drive away). Purdue Polytechnic High School (@PurduePolyHS) is trying to change that. The two-year-old high school, created in partnership with Purdue, serves 260 kids in two grades. At full enrollment, it will engage about 550 learners in real-world design challenges. Before launching Poly, Scott Bess (@ScottBessIndy) led an innovative adult education center. During many planning year conversations,…

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Engineering Good in the World – Education Article

For more than a century, subsistence miners have panned the streams of Colombia and Peru in search of a few flecks of gold. More than 40 million men, women and children in the global south make their living as artisanal and small scale miners (ASM). Some miners work full time, some only mine during the dry season, others resort to mining after conflict or natural disaster destroys their livelihood. Small scale mining practices are often dangerous, ecologically damaging and economically unsustainable.…

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