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Soft-Skills are Becoming a Stronger Component in School Accountability

By Melissa Pelletier | 03/16/2018 | 0 Comments
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There is room for innovation in the classroom with the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with opportunities for states to choose “non-academic accountability measures” as a priority. Moving away from No Child Left Behind, the states have more leeway to decide how to design their budget to achieve their own goals, addressing […]

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Charting a Bright Future for K-12 English Learners

By Guest Contributor | 03/13/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Heath Morrison, School Group President, McGraw-Hill Education Educators today are tasked with serving an increasingly diverse classroom. As the demographics of the United States continually evolve, these changes are reflected in K-12 classrooms. In perhaps no other space is the concept of finding strength through diversity more apparent than a room full of students. […]

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Teacher Wish – One Platform For All Student Data

By Melissa Pelletier | 03/09/2018 | 2 Comments

Teachers need to keep track of, collect, and juggle a ton of information: Student Information System details Learning Management Systems variables, modules, assessments Assessment data from different platforms for different subjects Personalized learning details for each student from apps and websites Any number of other data sets they’ve collected Now, imagine if all that information […]

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Creepy Underwear

By Guest Contributor | 03/06/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions It’s on the top shelf. Slightly out of reach for five and six-year olds. So they stand on their tippy toes, reach high, and tilt the book off the shelf. I watch as their little fingers flip each page. They gasp […]

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The EdScoops for March 2

By Jodi Murphy | 03/02/2018 | 0 Comments
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Happy March all!  Thank you to all the fans out there for sharing your education scoops, as I love reading and sharing about all the changes in the industry.  Keep ’em coming! Diving in head first! As I mentioned in the last EdScoops, we had a new member, Melissa Pelletier, join the MDR team.  Well, […]

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Just a Few Memories

By Anne Wujcik | 03/02/2018 | 6 Comments
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MDR graciously offered me space this week, because I told them I wanted to reminisce.  For anyone who’s been in the industry as long as I have, that’s a dangerous offer. I have enjoyed thinking back and calling up wonderful memories from decades of school market experience. But before I indulge myself, I have to […]

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Where Are the Gaps in EdTech Products and Services?

By Melissa Pelletier | 03/01/2018 | 2 Comments
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Greetings! I hope to bring you weekly posts that investigate topics that are both intriguing and informative, to better help your business and marketing endeavors. This week, I looked into a few areas the EdTech industry could grow and improve in, for the foreseeable future. The Educational Technology market changes with the times, based on innovations, trends, research studies, and […]

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Can Reading Make You Wealthy? Countering the Matthew Effect and Other Influences

By Guest Contributor | 02/27/2018 | 1 Comment
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By Amandeep Kochar, Executive Vice President — Public Library Sales & Technology, Baker & Taylor At the beginning of every new year, with a renewed sense of purpose we feel resolute and have countless discussions about improving our physical fitness, adopting healthier habits, and embracing regular exercise plans. It’s important, however, to not forget cerebral health […]

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The EdScoops

By Jodi Murphy | 02/16/2018 | 0 Comments
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Off into retirement she goes! The irreplaceable and tireless Anne Wujcik is now officially retired. For us as a company, it’s impossible to measure her impact or thank her adequately for her wisdom and passion over the years. We are, and will continue to be, inspired by her commitment to education and we will strive […]

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Federal Education Funding Progress – One Small Step at a Time

By Anne Wujcik | 02/16/2018 | 0 Comments
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It seems only fitting that in my last official pre-retirement column, there’s some education funding news to share. On Feb 12, the president released his budget request for FY 2019. Last week, following a few hours of government shut down in the wee hours of Feb 9, Congress extended the current Continuing Resolution that is […]

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Open Education Resources Going Mainstream

By Anne Wujcik | 02/02/2018 | 2 Comments
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Open education resources (OER) are finally moving into the mainstream. At postsecondary institutions, OER has begun to expand beyond the small group of dedicated early adopters. Driven in part by pressure to address the high cost of college textbooks, the list of colleges that launched open learning initiatives boomed in 2017. In K-12, OER is rapidly […]

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The EdScoops

By Kristina James | 02/01/2018 | 0 Comments
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Greetings education friends!  While, I know you are completely missing Vicki (who wouldn’t miss that sparkling personality?), but “Snoops for Scoops” must carry on as we know you all love to know the happenings in the education industry.  Here’s a brief scoop of what’s new this week… New Roles James Collins is joining FableVision Studios as […]

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Helping Schools Reap a Higher ROI on Mobile Learning

By Guest Contributor | 01/30/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Brian Sharp, CEO of SmartEdTech Hoping to give every child access to unlimited learning opportunities, K-12 schools are spending billions of dollars on Chromebooks, tablets, and other digital devices each year. But, there are a number of key challenges that stand in the way of achieving a mobile learning return on this investment. Hart […]

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Nation’s Schools Earn a “C” from Education Week Quality Counts

By Anne Wujcik | 01/19/2018 | 1 Comment
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Education Week released the 22nd edition of Quality Counts this week. This year, Quality Counts will be issued in three installments, allowing a more in-depth approach to the data underpinning the report. This first installment presents the annual “report card” that Education Week delivers to grade the nation’s and the states’ education progress. I doubt […]

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Vicki’s Final Scoops

By Vicki Bigham | 01/19/2018 | 1 Comment
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Happy Friday, friends! As usual, I have the week’s scoops for you, as well as a personal message of gratitude as I slide all the way into retirement and bring you my final column. Never fear—the scoops will continue—because keeping this community connected is important to MDR and all of us. But right now, check […]

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No Farewells, Just Rock that Retirement – She Snoops for Scoops!

By Jodi Murphy | 01/17/2018 | 0 Comments
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It’s Official! More than 26 years ago, a young, smart and passionate professional offered to help a friend. She was a former teacher, a school administrator, a director of technology and curriculum serving children with learning disabilities at Briarwood School and a consummate connector. She wanted the best for education and kids. And, she believed […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 12

By Vicki Bigham | 01/12/2018 | 0 Comments
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Whew! It has been one cold week in the United States. I could not believe the East Coast had temps colder than Mars! I hope everyone is thawing out and staying warm. As usual, I have the week’s scoops for you. Check out the news from this week…. Ch-ch-ch-changes…. Dr. Warren Simmons has a new […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 5

By Vicki Bigham | 01/05/2018 | 0 Comments
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Happy new year, friends! I hope yours was a blessed and restful holiday season. It was very special here, and now off we go into a new year. I know you enter 2018 with new hopes and energies for your work in the industry. There are challenges ahead, but I know they are none that […]

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Progress on State Accountability Plans; Capacity Challenges

By Anne Wujcik | 01/05/2018 | 0 Comments
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The Department of Education has provided initial feedback to almost all the states that submitted their ESSA accountability plans in fall 2017. States have been asked to clarify elements of their plans or fix problems. How many states will actually make changes remain to be seen, as does the capacity and intent of the Department […]

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5 Ways to Fill the STEM Pipeline

By Guest Contributor | 01/02/2018 | 0 Comments
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Vernon Johnson, President and CEO, Accelerate Learning The demand for workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to outpace the supply of trained workers in the United States. Yet, of the 50 million students in public elementary and secondary schools, the vast majority will not major in a STEM field or graduate with […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 29

By Vicki Bigham | 12/29/2017 | 0 Comments
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Are we really saying good-bye to 2017, friends? It is so hard for me to believe. They say each year goes by more quickly, and I know that to be true. Take a minute now before we ring in the new year to check out one final (but good!) scoop for this year. News from […]

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The Turquoise Wedge – Future Ready Library Framework

By Guest Contributor | 12/27/2017 | 2 Comments
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Britten Follett. Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Confession: As a kid, I read Trivial Pursuit question cards for fun. Based on that little confession, it’s probably not a huge surprise to anyone reading this that my great-great grandfather started a book business 150 years ago. Reading is in my […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 22

By Vicki Bigham | 12/22/2017 | 0 Comments
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Just days before Christmas, and all through the house….life is ever-so-busy busy but wonderful. I hope you are winding down in advance of the holiday weekend but don’t miss your scoops on the way out! Ch-ch-ch-changes….. Shawn Lepper has joined AWE Learning as National Director of Sales. Shawn was previously Global Director of Business Development […]

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Where Machine Learning Goes Wrong (And Right) for Education

By Guest Contributor | 12/19/2017 | 0 Comments
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Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo The rise of inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube has put Machine Learning at the center of the conversation for Ed Tech. Machine Learning is clearly a powerful tool that can enrich lives and save time, but YouTube’s example has shown how educational services need to be careful when using it. Machine […]

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Slow FY18 Budget Progress, Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Starts in Earnest

By Anne Wujcik | 12/15/2017 | 0 Comments
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Congress continues to work on several pieces of legislation that need to be in place before it moves on to finalize the FY 2018 federal budget, which is now three months overdue. Meanwhile it looks like another Continuing Resolution will be passed to take us into the new year. There’s no real impact on the […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 15

By Vicki Bigham | 12/15/2017 | 0 Comments
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Happy holidays, happy holidays….joy everywhere, it seems. What a wonderful season of love and gratitude. Rejoice and celebrate – the reasons are endless! And, to spread a little joy of my own, I have just a couple of scoops for you. Read on…. Woot! Woot! A promotion…. Michael T. Fay, MBA has been promoted to […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 8

By Vicki Bigham | 12/08/2017 | 0 Comments
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Happy Friday, everyone! Ho –Ho –Whoa! I am so in the holiday spirit, but there is still work to get done this month, so work we must. But it is an enjoyable task to bring you the scoops so read on now to see what’s new this week…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. North […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 1

By Vicki Bigham | 12/01/2017 | 0 Comments
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Well, Thanksgiving is behind us, and here comes Christmas and Hanukkah! However you spend it, we are rolling into the holiday season, though things aren’t slowing down much yet. But I have the holiday spirit—what a joyful time of the year. And I hope I bring you some joy with my weekly scoops. Go check […]

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Further Reform for the FCC’s Lifeline Program and Other Education News

By Anne Wujcik | 12/01/2017 | 0 Comments
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I’m using my space this week to include information and links to things you may have missed over the past few, very busy weeks. I know I am already finding it challenging to keep up and the holiday flurry has just begun. Read on for updates on what’s happening with Title IV-A grant money, the […]

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Are Today’s Students Really Ready for College, Work, and Life?

By Guest Contributor | 11/29/2017 | 0 Comments
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Cheryl Vedoe – CEO, Apex Learning While national dropout rates have decreased and graduation rates have increased over the past 10 years, there is still concern that high school students are not graduating well prepared for college or career. Based on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, just under 40 percent of […]

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