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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorEducation Week reports continuing erosion in the number of states planning to administer the assessments created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The SBAC and PARCC assessments were specifically designed to measure student progress on mastering the Common Core State standards. While the Common Core Standards—renamed, revised, and in some locations still reviled—have largely survived, the assessments have not done as well. In some states pulling out of the assessment consortia was the price of seeing the Common Core survive; in most states the assessments also suffered in the general backlash against "too much testing."

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Voice from the Industry

Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Voyager Sopris LearningBetter Learning Through Real-Time Adaptivity and Artificial Intelligence

Browse to any of your favorite news feeds, and you are likely to run across a piece on how artificial intelligence is changing the way we look at everything. Advances in artificial intelligence, specifically in machine learning and deep learning, hold immense promise for providing better learning opportunities and helping more students and teachers achieve their full potential. These advances allow for real-time adaptivity and will greatly improve the classroom ecosystem. Some of the benefits include:

  1. Leveling of the playing field for all students with applications for every learner
  2. Optimized student learning in a more engaging way, leading to improved persistence and self confidence
  3. An optimized classroom ecosystem that improves both teacher and student performance
  4. Discovery of what works and doesn’t work and the ability to keep learners on a sustainable path of continuous improvement

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamHey everybody, happy Friday. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia. I like that thought a lot! You are likely already spreading kindness, but think today about the smallest of ways you might make a difference in someone else's life. And....be sure to read my scoops!

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MDR's Report Demonstrates the Art of Building Rapport with Educators

MDR just released its pulse tracking "Hearts and Smarts: What Makes Educators Care About Your Content," marketing report. This special and free report offers school marketers the "best of the best" content marketing practices to help them improve their connections with educators and ultimately their business goals. The 16-page report reveals full-proof, intelligent patterns to the science of content marketing. It contains statistical marketing intelligence, actionable strategies, graphical representations of digital ads, email content that relates value to need, suggested metric measurements by channel, and a broad-range of visually impactful campaign themes. School marketers will learn effective ways to capture the attention of educators and nurture them through a progressive funnel from the awareness stage to full advocacy.

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SETDA Releases New Online Toolkit To Guide the Selection of Quality Instructional Materials

SETDA announced the release of a new online toolkit, From Print to Digital: Guide to Quality Instructional Materials (http://qualitycontent.setda.org). Developed in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, instructional materials directors and academic officers, this guide provides states, districts and schools with research, resources and exemplars to support selection of quality instructional materials for learning. The Guide to Quality Instructional Materials provides information to establish or enhance state level review processes and provides guidance to districts for both core-content and supplemental resources, including print and digital resources.

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