June 23, 2017 05:08 pm
November 09, 2017 08:23 am
Can two conferences held thirty-five miles apart indicate that a personalized learning movement is growing, especially if they take place in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley? And is there a common message when talking to wide-ranging audiences of teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, cutting-edge educators, and district leaders who must confront constant challenges of running a district while envisioning the future of learning?
June 23, 2017 05:08 pm
June 22, 2017 10:21 am
Last month, the Trump administration released its first full budget proposal recommending a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut in funding for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The suggested cuts raised many eyebrows on Capitol Hill when U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified about the budget before the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding ED. In particular, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the Ranking Member on the subcommittee, voiced concerns regarding proposed cuts to literacy funding. She stated, “Literacy is a mark of a civilized society—we spend money to spread literacy internationally, yet [the budget eliminates] $190 million from the largest reading program for low-income children and youth and $96 million from grants that help low-skilled adults become literate.” The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) shares Congresswoman DeLauro’s concerns with the administration’s recommended cuts to literacy funding.
June 19, 2017 11:49 am
Stephanie Murphy’s fourth graders had a problem—there simply weren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But their challenge wasn’t trying to balance their homework with their time with friends. Instead, the students were trying to allocate the amount of time the members of their colony would devote to building homes, making clothes, cooking meals, and other chores as part of a classroom exercise simulating life of the seventeenth century American colonists.
June 14, 2017 12:37 pm
Having a postsecondary degree or training increasingly is becoming a prerequisite for most jobs. Yet while U.S. students are graduating from high school and completing college at the highest rates in decades, employers say many prospective employees still lack essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and communication. Furthermore, these skills—along with the ability to collaborate, direct one’s learning, and persevere in the face of challenge—are especially crucial in fast-growing and emerging occupations, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy (CEP).
June 09, 2017 04:57 pm
This week’s digest features a new image gallery depicting teachers and students in action, examines why deeper learning competencies are critical for career success, offers examples of college readiness pathways, and demonstrates how to decode deeper learning.
Deeper Learning Digest
June 06, 2017 03:24 pm
A portion of the following is an excerpt from the new ASCD book, Learning Transformed, authored by the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Thomas C. Murray, and his co-author, Eric Sheninger.
For decades, school leaders have discussed “the need” to integrate technology. The problem with these conversations has been a lack of focus on the why and how technology can support a learning transformation. The greatest technology in the world will not garner hypothesized improvement if a concerted effort to change pedagogy isn’t the foundation. As evidenced in various reports from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the topic, the problem isn’t the technology itself per se but the lack of high-quality pedagogy, which often stems from a lack of high-quality professional learning to support educators with effective implementation.
June 05, 2017 02:12 pm
Approximately 70 percent of teachers assign work that requires students to access the internet after school hours, but nearly one-third of households do not have high-speed internet service, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This lack of service puts students living in these homes at a disadvantage, creating a widening “homework gap” that disproportionately impacts students from low-income families, according to two new resources from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
Trump’s Budget Slashes Education Funding, Declared “Dead on Arrival” by Republicans and Democrats Alike
May 24, 2017 04:38 pm
President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget on May 23 and immediately received bipartisan criticism from members of Congress concerned with deep cuts to education, health-care programs for low-income adults and children, and a variety of other federal programs.
“I can understand why President Trump wanted to be overseas when he released a budget slashing education at home,” said Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise. “Still, I bet he could hear the outcry emanating from U.S. schools all the way in Rome. Thankfully, members of Congress are already signaling that Trump’s proposal will be parked—permanently—on the tarmac when he returns.”
May 23, 2017 11:10 am
Last month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its latest report based on data from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a triennial international survey that evaluates education systems worldwide. It tests the skills and knowledge of fifteen-year-olds, and more than half a million students from seventy-two countries and economies took the most recent iteration of the two-hour test.
PERKINS REWRITE: House Education Committee Passes Bill to Update Nation’s Main Career and Technical Education Law
May 22, 2017 11:24 am
On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee unanimously approved legislation to improve the nation’s career and technical education (CTE). The bill, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was introduced by U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); it would update the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), which provides more than $1.1 billion in federal education funds for middle schools, high schools, and postsecondary education.