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Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent technology innovations, such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools are run and structured to achieve college and career readiness in today’s competitive global economy. Digital leadership in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to its fullest.

Categories: Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Gear: Academic Supports, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning, Project 24, School Climate, Teachers & Leaders, Technology
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West Virginia: First State to Implement Project 24 at the State Level to Personalize Learning for All Students

In 2013, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that the state would be the first in the nation to undertake Project 24 (P24) as a statewide effort to personalize learning for all students. P24 is a ground-breaking initiative led by the Alliance to help states and school districts plan for and effectively use technology and digital learning to ensure that students graduate from high school ready for college and a career. The Alliance is working with West Virginia to assist in their efforts. All fifty-five West Virginia county school districts and two districts run by the state completed the P24 self-assessment, which provides important information to help in the P24 planning efforts.

Categories: Project 24, West Virginia
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Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Teaching and Learning

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar to discuss a new book that explores how schools are transforming teaching and learning to enable all students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need for the twenty-first century. Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Schools Are Transforming Education for the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), written by Monica Martinez and Dennis McGrath, examines school practices that support the development of deep content knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and academic mindsets.

Categories: Deeper Learning, Secondary School Improvement
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Redesigning Learning Spaces: Creating Brain-Friendly, Blended Learning Environments

This Google Hangout will explore how classroom spaces can be transformed into brain-friendly digital learning environments. As founders of classroomcribs.com, Erin Klein, Benjamin Gilpin, and A. J. Juliani will discuss how the learning environment, including physical spaces, plays a key role in how students learn and how creating a digital environment in such a space can transform the learning process as a whole.

If you are often debating between colors, themes, desk/table set up, and wondering how to design your learning space so it best supports all of your students, this webinar is for you. It will provide information and real school examples to assist in redesigning a classroom into one that considers brain research, gender, and digital impacts on learning. As an administrator, this webinar will provide concrete examples of how the learning environment impacts student learning and how a classroom or building makeover may just be what is needed to take student achievement to the next level.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Gear: Budget & Resources, Gear: Curriculum & Instruction, Gear: Infrastructure & Technology, Gear: Teaching & Professional Learning, Project 24, School Climate, Technology
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Branding Your School: Effectively Communicating Your School’s Story to the Community

This Google Hangout will explore why branding schools is important; discuss the benefits of branding a school; and provide leaders with an action plan for branding. Branding is a way for leaders to make students’ learning visible to the entire education community in order to share best practices, celebrate achievements, and make sure that the education community is focused on the most important person: the student.

Categories: Digital Learning Series, Gear: Academic Supports, Project 24, Teachers & Leaders, Technology

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Webinar: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

Longstanding concerns remain about students’ access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students? Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released in conjunction with the webinar—On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers—that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the county.=

Categories: Equity, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluations, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality
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Briefing: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

Longstanding concerns remain about students’ access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students? Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released at the event—On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers—that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system.

Categories: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluations, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality, Teachers & Leaders
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Results of the OECD’s 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey

American teachers participated for the first time in the 2013 round of TALIS, which focuses on teachers’ professional context and the conditions of the learning environment in which they teach. TALIS captures the perspectives of practitioners on key topics, including the degree to which teachers’ professional development needs are being met, insights into the beliefs and attitudes about teaching that teachers bring to the classroom, and the role that school leaders play in fostering an effective teaching and learning environment.

Categories: International Comparisons, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluations, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality, Teachers & Leaders
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Accelerating Blended Learning

Blended learning combines traditional face-to-face instruction, usually offered by a teacher in a traditional school building with high-quality digital content, including online instruction and other technological tools. In its most effective form, blended learning personalizes the learning of each student, allowing opportunities for students to take both required and elective courses and create a portfolio of opportunities and paths to succeed. Successful blended learning also allows for competency-based progression that empowers students to move at their own pace and advance only when they have mastered content; and uses technology to make implementation possible at scale. These three key elements of blended learning are what TLA focuses on in its work.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Project 24, Technology
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State Digital Learning Legislation: Recent Trends and Future Implications

Half of the nation’s state legislatures have considered or are considering legislation that could have a significant impact on state- and district-level digital learning efforts. Both the Council of Chief State School Officers and National Conference of State Legislatures are keeping a close watch on bills related to digital learning policy, online learning, competency-based education, and the rapidly evolving area of data privacy.

In an interview with Tom Murray, Stephen Bowen, and Sunny Deye will discuss state legislative activities, implications of recent policy changes, and developing trends in legislation. They will also share insight into how these policies and laws could impact digital learning in states and school districts across the nation.

Categories: Blended Learning, Data and Privacy, Digital Learning, Education Technology, Technology
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What’s Happening in Washington, DC? A Federal Education Policy Update

Although not much is moving in Congress, there are a number of important education developments that are transpiring. Members of the Alliance’s federal policy and advocacy staff will provide an update on these and other topics, and answer questions regarding what is, or is not, happening in Washington.

Categories: Appropriations, E-Rate, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Federal Education Budget, Federal Legislation
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Enhancing Bridge Programs to Increase College Access and Success

Nearly 20 percent of high school freshmen do not graduate, and many of those who do graduate are underprepared for a labor market that increasingly prizes specialized training and college education. Promising bridge programs that help students access and persist into college provide important lessons on designing stronger pathways to postsecondary education. How do effective bridge programs prepare students, particularly underserved youth, for the rigor of a higher education?

Categories: College & Career Readiness, College Remediation, Higher Education, Louisiana, New York
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Beyond the Field Trip: Connected Learning in Museum Spaces

This Google Hangout will explore how museums are going beyond the field trip to become hubs of learning, innovation, and creativity. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is at the forefront of this work, where Barry Joseph is working with young people to build video games to complement new exhibits, using Minecraft as a springboard to science, and creating other learning opportunities that encourage students to explore their interests. In an interview with Tom Murray, Mr. Joseph will provide his perspective on ways learning can take place in museums and other out-of-school places, and share how educators can both integrate museum resources into their teaching and be inspired to try approaches in their own classrooms. Mr. Murray will also solicit questions from the audience and share his own perspective.

Categories: Connected Learning, Deeper Learning, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Gear: Use of Time, New York, Project 24, Technology
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Making Learning Personal in High Schools: The Role of Secondary School Leaders

This event cohosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) examined the role of leadership in creating dynamic personalized learning environments that have produced continuous growth in student proficiency over the past three years. The panel discussion highlighted three schools—Marshall Fundamental Secondary School (CA), Sleepy Hollow High School (NY), and Maplewood Richmond Heights High School (MO)—that have been recognized by the Breakthrough Schools project in 2014 for exemplifying the core areas of personalization, collaborative leadership, and access to a rigorous and differentiated curriculum for all students.

Categories: College & Career Readiness, Common Core State Standards, High School Reform, Secondary School Improvement, Teachers & Leaders
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Scaling Up Twenty-First-Century Teaching

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education and Asia Society for a webinar on scaling up twenty-first-century teaching—the focus of the March 2014 meeting of the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN) in Shanghai. Urban systems across the globe face common challenges in developing effective approaches to professional learning for teachers, including practices that develop students’ twenty-first-century skills and global competencies. How can systems build educator capacity to ensure all students attain the high-level competencies essential to succeed in knowledge-based economies, regardless of their cultural or economic background?

Categories: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Quality, Teachers & Leaders, Texas
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