The Conrad Challenge 2020 Virtual Innovation Summit successfully concluded on Friday, May 29, with seven teams awarded top honors as “Pete Conrad Scholars” in their specific categories. A new record was set with 600 teams of 2-5 students between the ages of 13-18 entering the competition beginning in August and culminating in 37 finalists competing in last week’s virtual summit.
The Conrad Challenge 2020 Virtual Innovation Summit, the first time the annual Innovation Summit was run online, was a success. It concluded on Friday, May 29 with seven teams awarded top honors as “Pete Conrad Scholars” in their respective competition categories. Overall, more than 600 teams of 2-5 students between the ages of 13-18 entered the competition beginning in August, a new record, and 37 finalists competed in last week’s virtual summit.
July’s Virtual Superintendent Symposium and Retreat Will Build a Safe, Equitable Blueprint for Back to School 2020
All district leaders are invited to a no-cost virtual retreat held by the Institute for Education Innovation to outline how to open schools safely and equitably in the fall
(Asheville, NC) July 7, 2020—All district leaders are invited to Institute for Education Innovation’s
Superintendent Symposium and Retreat from July 24 to July 25 to workshop ideas for reopening schools in the safest and smartest way possible. With a focus on equity and social justice, the retreat will offer an innovative space both virtually and in person for Institute for Education Innovation (IEI) members as well as non-member superintendents and district administrators from across the country to come together and develop a blueprint for 2020’s version of back to school.
Renaissance Releases K–12 Focus Skills to Help Educators Predict and Mitigate COVID-19 Learning Gaps
Focus Skills help educators identify and teach critical reading and math skills known to have the greatest impact on learning
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (June 16, 2020) — Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, has released Focus Skills tailored for each state to help educators bring students up to speed quickly following the extended school closures caused by COVID-19.
By: Kristi Shaffer
In today’s digital learning environment, technology is a valuable tool to complement good instructional strategies. However, students still need to be taught how to use technology effectively and how to be good digital citizens. To better meet these goals, we made the switch two years ago from a 1:1 iPad program to a 1:1 Macbook Air program, a transition that required extensive training and support for our faculty and staff.
In addition to supporting teachers with their new devices, I help identify their technology needs, suggest resources, and facilitate implementation. When we select technology resources, we’re looking for tools that solve particular challenges we are facing. Specifically, we choose ones that support classroom learning, help manage time-consuming tasks, and promote collaboration and transparency. With these goals in mind, here are some of our favorites:
New Content From Discovery Education Educates Students on the Coronavirus, Encourages Civic Participation, Unlocks the Periodic Table, and More
New Content Available in Discovery Education Experience and the Science and Social Studies Techbooks Helps Educators Engage Students in a Wide Variety of Important Topics
Silver Spring, Md. (March 4, 2020) – Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms – today announced the addition of hundreds of new assets to its award-winning digital services. Among the engaging new resources recently added to Discovery Education Experience and the Science and the Social Studies Techbooks are a variety of exciting titles that educators can immediately integrate into instruction. These new resources empower educators to:
What Kids Are Reading, issued as National Reading Month begins, highlights fiction and
nonfiction reading trends, insights into topics students choose, and helpful tools for educators.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (March 2, 2020) — Renaissance®, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today released the 2020 edition of its annual What Kids Are Reading report. For more than a decade, What Kids Are Reading has provided educators, families, and communities unparalleled insights into students’ reading habits.
Marion School District Receives the 6th Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education
Reading Horizon honors the district for its substantially increased achievement rate among young, impassioned readers
(Marion, AR) February 20, 2020 — Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, today presented the Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education to Marion School District. Since implementing Reading Horizons Discovery for all K–3 students and Reading Horizons Elevate for students who need additional support in grades 4–6 three years ago, this socioeconomically challenged district just northwest of Memphis, Tennessee, has seen its student achievement rate undergo a remarkable change.
Massachusetts’ Andover Public Schools Choose Discovery Education Experience to Support Innovative, Child-Centered Learning
District Teachers and Students in Grades 6-8 to Receive Access to New Digital Curriculum Providing Rigorous, Relevant, and Engaging Social Studies Resources
Silver Spring, Md. (February 19, 2020) – Massachusetts’ Andover Public Schools (APS) announce the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support innovative, child-centered learning in all K-12 classrooms districtwide. Created by Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, the award-winning Discovery Education Experience is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas.
The updates will provide a macro design feature and customizable professional learning institutes.
(Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Jan. 18, 2020 --Eduplanet21 a leading provider of integrated curriculum design and management tools, announces version 5.0 of its integrated platform. New features include a macro curriculum “blueprint” for establishing coherence and alignments for long-term schoolwide learning goals. In addition, there is a new platform module, Institute Builder, that provides ways for districts to customize their own content and personalize professional learning institutes.
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