Connected Teachers & Connected Learners: Focus of 2016 Technology in Education Conference

The guiding questions for this year’s Technology in Education (TiE) Conference, “Connected Teachers / Connected Learners,” are compelling ones.   They have to do with how technology can engage local and global communities, center young people’s voices, support authentic and empowering partnerships, and connect teachers.  Equally important to ask, what are the skills, experience and mindset that teachers and students need to be successful?
WGBY will be among conference presenters on Thursday, January 14, at Holyoke Community College with

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American Graduate Success & What’s Needed for the New Generation

A 27 percent decline in the high school dropout rate shows that more students like these are determined to graduate.  American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  As an American Graduate station, WGBY focuses on educational outreach that serves cradle to career efforts toward this commitment.

A new report, “Progress is No Accident,” examines policies that have helped drive the dropout decline as well as the work that remains to done.  It was released on the same day that public media’s American Graduate initiative participated in the first-ever White House Summit for Next Generation High Schools.  Continue reading

Michelle Obama’s Worldwide Travels to “Let Girls Learn”

Michelle Obama continues her quest to support girls’ education with her first solo trip to the Middle East.  From November 1-7, 2015, she journeys to Qatar and Jordan for her Let Girls Learn international education initiative.   You can empower students in your classroom with resources related to her trip to empower young women around the world.   Continue reading

Embrace the Changing Role of Teachers

Sometimes we can perceive change as unfair and unmanageable.  But in teaching, as in life, change is inevitable and even necessary for growth in teachers and students.  This video, from a recent eSchoolNews article entitled “6 tips for innovative teaching,” shares the experience of educator Ann McMullan, who knows that embracing change in the digital age can lead to innovative teaching and learning that also improves high-stakes testing results.

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To Doodle Or Not to Doodle in the Classroom? What Do You Think?

like-wish-wonder_lottascales1-e1436963850187As long as students who were doodling didn’t seem distracted in class, I never asked them to stop and, in fact, found they sometimes produced creative pieces.

Last week, our friends and colleagues at KQED’s MindShift started a poignant conversation about the art of doodling in the classroom. Where doodling was once thought of as a sign of students not paying attention, many are now embracing it as a way to express creativity and listen at a different level.   Continue reading

TEDx Talk: The Healthy Child — Assembly Required

Most of us have heard the saying, “Children don’t come with directions.”  In a new post  on The Birth Through Third Grade Learning Hub, Jacob Sondl writes about the TEDx talk “The Healthy Child: Assembly Required” by Kathleen Gallagher, in which she addresses the assembly required to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially healthy children.

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Continuing Challenges: What About the 10% of Students Who Won’t Graduate by 2020?

We shared with you recently that the 2015 Annual Building A Grad Nation report shows that U.S. high school graduation rates will reach the goal of 90% by 2020.  Yet, as we can imagine, disparities still exist.  Starting in June, our WORLD Channel will showcase documentaries that focus on continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators outside of this 90%.  You can learn more about the complete collection that features stories from the best of public media such as Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District and two new films from WORLD’s exclusive America ReFramed: If You Build It and Where God Likes To Be
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2015 GradNation Report on Progress of American Graduation Rates

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 80 public radio and television stations have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states.  WGBY is an American Graduate Hub Station, and virtually all of our educational outreach supports cradle to career efforts to address the dropout crisis.

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report released on May 13, 2015, “The United States is on pace to hit a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.”   Among the report’s telling details, Continue reading

Seeking Massachusetts Science Ambassadors

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Museum of Science Boston, and WGBH are seeking applicants to represent Massachusetts on a new Science Ambassadors team.  Up to 40 Ambassadors representing a diverse spectrum will provide leadership in their districts and across the state as Massachusetts anticipates adoption of revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards in the fall of 2015.  Applications are encouraged from public school teachers, science leaders, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and higher education staff from all regions of the state.  Continue reading

Tools for Assessing Curricula: Quality Review Rubrics

imagesMany districts are in the process of aligning their curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks incorporating the Common Core Standards. Districts are both reviewing materials and developing their own curriculum units. So how do you assess materials for alignment to the CCSS?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) had the same question when it began the Model Curriculum Project.  To answer it, the Department partnered with Rhode Island and New York to develop a quality review rubric for materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Now, any district or school can use the EQuIP rubrics and resources to evaluate the alignment and quality of curricular materials.

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