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May 05, 2015 09:35 am
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Core of the Matter: Majority of Americans Support the Common Core, They Just Don’t Know It (#CoreMatters)

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In the nearly twenty years I have spent writing about education, few issues have sparked as much debate as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Yet, when I hear detractors criticize the CCSS, I have to ask: Why is it unreasonable to set high expectations for every child, regardless of that child’s background, race/ethnicity, or home address?

Too often, a child’s zip code dictates the quality of education he or she receives. But the Common Core offers all students a set of consistent standards to prepare them to succeed in college and a career. The standards are designed to build students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills, encouraging them to analyze and interpret content instead of simply memorizing a collection of facts. That is the type of education I want my children to receive, and I am not the only person who feels this way. Read Entire Post

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Common Core, Common Core Equity Series, Common Core State Standards
Posted: May 05, 2015 03:52 pm

The Daily Dish: Teacher Appreciation Week Rolls On (#ThankATeacher)

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May 05, 2015 03:52 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


This week, the nation is giving thanks to its educators. Across the internet, thousands of people have participated in Teacher Appreciation Week, when everyone is asked to take the time to thank the educator that has impacted his or her life as a student, parent, or community member.

Still, even as the president expresses how a teacher has positively impacted his life, a new poll finds many Americans feel more could be done to show appreciation for those in the profession.

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Teacher Effectiveness, Teachers & Leaders, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: May 04, 2015 02:19 pm

The Daily Dish: #FutureReady Summits Continue in San Francisco

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May 04, 2015 02:19 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.

Future Ready Summits continue Monday and Tuesday this week in San Francisco, California. Regional educators will gather at the Computer History Museum for the seventh of thirteen summits focusing on helping school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. Before the keynote and workshops began Monday, many were already sharing their excitement for the event.

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California, Digital Learning, Education Technology, Future Ready, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: May 01, 2015 03:53 pm

Deeper Learning Digest: The ‘Core’ of Deep Learning

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May 01, 2015 03:53 pm
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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news. Please be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter for more on deeper learning.


Building a Foundation: How Technology-Rich Project-Based Learning Transformed Talladega County Schools,  a new case study released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, shows how Talladega County Schools – a predominately low-income school district – dramatically increased student engagement in the classroom and increased high school graduation rates through project-based learning (PBL) and the effective use of technology.

During a unique ‘film festival,’ 17 videos from graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education aimed to answer the question: What can a close look at specific pieces of student work reveal and illuminate about the real meaning of Common Core or other standards? The Illuminating Standards Project, according to Steve Seidel, senior lecturer in the Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is working to answer that question.

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Posted: May 01, 2015 03:14 pm

The Daily Dish: Obama Announces E-book Initiative for Underprivileged Students

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May 01, 2015 03:14 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


On Thursday President Barack Obama announced an initiative to put more books into the hands of millions of underprivileged young adults across the country in the form of e-books.

“And you guys are part of a generation that can learn more, faster, and get information from around the world better than anybody in human history,” Obama said to  an audience of 40 students at the Anacostia Library in Washington, D.C.  “But you still got to take advantage of it.  You still got to want to learn.  You’ve got to want to read, and be curious.  And if you do, you guys are going to be incredible leaders in the future.”

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Digital Learning, Equity, Literacy, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: April 30, 2015 04:45 pm

The Daily Dish – The Impact of a Great Teacher

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April 30, 2015 04:45 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


This week, Shanna Peeples was honored as American’s Teacher of the Year. The high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas has taught refugee students from war-torn countries who faced challenges that would discourage any student. But through Peeples continued efforts, these students thrive. The impact of a great teacher such as Peeples can follow a student for years – from elementary to college – even all the way to the White House.

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Posted: April 30, 2015 03:58 pm

Four Years of Progress, Five Lessons Learned

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April 30, 2015 03:58 pm
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When I crossed the threshold at 1201 Connecticut Avenue in May 2011, the nation’s graduation rate stood at 72 percent. The best data we had on the use of technology in education was from 2009 and indicated that only 40 percent of teachers used technology “often” during instructional time. The term “digital learning” was not well-defined and could be construed to mean online learning, blended learning, or the use of calculators.

This week is my last at the Alliance as I prepare to depart for a three-year overseas tour with my diplomat spouse. But looking back at the last four years, I’d say it was time well spent. The graduation rate is now 81 percent. Students of color have made significant leaps. And digital learning, for lack of a better word, is a “thing.”

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Posted: April 29, 2015 02:31 pm

The Daily Dish: Sixth #FutureReady Summit Wraps Up in St. Louis

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April 29, 2015 02:31 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


During the sixth of thirteen Future Ready regional summits Wednesday, Dr. Tiffany Anderson hit the nail on the head for many in attendance when she said she believes ‘relationships, pedagogy, and curriculum’ can help even the most struggling schools and students achieve with technology. Speaking to an audience of more than thirty school district superintendents and their leadership teams from across the region, the superintendent of Jennings School District in Jennings, Missouri left many attendees echoing her feelings on how to maximize digital learning in the classroom.

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Posted: April 28, 2015 03:55 pm

The Daily Dish: Supporting the Common Core State Standards

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April 28, 2015 03:55 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


The Common Core State Standards have been adopted and implemented by more than forty states and the District of Columbia. Opinions, some in opposition, of the English language arts and math standards are everywhere, but support for the standards from teachers, students, and parents continues. As Jayne Ellspermann, principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida, put it in the Hechinger Report’s Core Debate: “I support the Common Core because it challenges our students to think.”

Parental support, Ellsperman wrote, is key to successfully implementing the standards.

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Assessments, College & Career Readiness, Common Core, Common Core State Standards, The Daily Dish Blog
Posted: April 27, 2015 02:30 pm

An Inside Look at the Future Ready Movement (#FutureReady)

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April 27, 2015 02:30 pm
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This blog was written by Jennifer L. Scheffer, Certified Google Educator and  Technology Integration Specialist/Mobile Learning Coach for Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, Massachusetts. This post originally appeared on Scheffer’s blog, Make IT Happen: Innovation & Technology in the Classroom.


It was an honor to receive an invitation to attend the Future Ready Summit in Rhode Island and represent Burlington Public Schools as a local area expert. I had the opportunity to share the success of Burlington’s student run Help Desk and talk with school leaders about how they can develop a similar program to support their own 1:1 initiative. I also had the privilege to learn from several exceptional education thought leaders; including Michael Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

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Education Technology, Future Ready, Future Ready Blog Series, Technology
Posted: April 27, 2015 02:25 pm

The Daily Dish: Deeper Learning Supports Creativity, the Arts

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April 27, 2015 02:25 pm
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The Daily Dish digs deeper into one of the day’s top news stories on K–12 education. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed for all the latest updates and follow the Alliance on Twitter at @All4Ed for more education news.


Deeper Learning allows educators a way to deliver core content to students in innovative ways while taking into consideration the concepts of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.  Some would argue that certain gaps in education can be filled by these competencies.

For many, the Common Core State Standards is aiding in filling the need for more complex practices – in arts education. In a Monday article entitled, “Do the arts go hand in hand with Common Core?” The Hechinger Report’s Sara Neufeld explores how the standards’ focus on critical thinking and reasoning skills is helping Brooklyn’s Ascend Charter School network engage its students in the arts.

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