March 2016


Most Likely To Succeed:  A Film About What Schools Could Be 
Tom Vander Ark – Education Week
When his bright fun-loving fourth grader started failing in school and coming home frustrated, Greg knew something was wrong. The teacher called it an opportunity to learn perseverance (at least she had been reading about mindset). To the dejected picture of his daughter, Greg said, “She called BS on school” and to the worksheets and tests designed to prepare her for some job.

DOE Develping Tool to Help Teachers Choose the Right Ed Tech
D. Frank Smith – EdTech
The combined efforts of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2014 E-Rate overhaul and the Obama administration’s ConnectED initiative have motivated school districts across the country to embrace high-speed Internet access. This shift in access is bringing U.S. schools closer to a transformative moment in education. But that’s where some districts can get themselves in trouble — by making the wrong decisions about how to utilize that technology.

How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships
Dr. Lori Desautels – Edutopia
We need all of our emotions for thinking, problem solving, and focused attention. We are neurobiologically wired, and to learn anything, our minds must be focused and our emotions need to “feel” in balance. Emotional regulation is necessary so that we can remember, retrieve, transfer, and connect all new information to
what we already know

Should Non-Cognitive Skills Be Included In School Accountability?
Martin R. West- Brookings
Evidence confirms that student skills other than academic achievement and ability predict a broad range of academic and life outcomes. This evidence, along with a new federal requirement that state accountability systems include an indicator of school quality or student success not based on test scores, has sparked interest in incorporating such “non-cognitive” or “social-emotional” skills into school accountability systems.

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges
Katrina Schwartz – KQED News MindShift
Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like giving students tools to deepen their quantitative and qualitative understanding of the world. Teaching for understanding has always been a challenge, which is whyHarvard’s Project Zero has been trying to figure out how great teachers do it.

Standing Desks Get Students to Move Their Feet and Brains
Jacquelyn Bengfort – EdTech
“Sitting is the new smoking,” declare a thousand news articles. The phrase, credited to James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, refers to numerous studies that have shown the deleterious effects of simply sitting too much: higher incidences of chronic diseases and increased risk of death.