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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorSecretary DeVos has proposed 11 priorities and related definitions for use in the Department of Education's discretionary grant programs. These proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace the Department's supplemental priorities published on December 10, 2014.

Though the bulk of the Department's money funds programs that operate under a set formula - like Title I, ELL and IDEA - roughly $700 million is devoted to competitive grant programs. Promise Neighborhoods, the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Fund, American History and Civics Academies; Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities, Upward Bound, GEAR UP and many other small and relatively obscure programs operate as competitive grants. Applicants can earn additional points based on how well they address any competitive preference priorities identified in the Notice for Applications.

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Voice from the Industry

voice-from-the-industryWhy Tried and True Is Here to Stay in Tomorrow’s Classrooms

Imagine what a classroom will look like 30 years from now. You might envision students wearing virtual reality headsets and robots acting as teachers.

While it’s easy to romanticize the potential for cutting-edge technologies to transform education for the better, it’s not feasible to expect schools to adopt these technologies at the rapid rate at which they are introduced to the market. In reality, schools continue to purchase legacy products in surprisingly large numbers. As technology providers look to the future of classroom solutions, we can’t leave behind the solutions already trusted by teachers, parents, and students.

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

Vicki Smith BighamWoo hoo, it is Friday! The Snoop is ready for a weekend. How about you? But first, you know the drill: check out this week's scoops!

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NCEE Report Shows How the World’s High-Performing Education Systems Identify, Develop and Train School Leaders to Drive Excellence and Equity

Some of the world’s top-performing education systems, by contrast, have successfully developed and implemented systems to effectively identify, develop and train all school leaders. These leadership development systems identify highly capable educators and develop them to lead high-performance school organizations centered on teacher professionalism and collaboration. These systems invest in training for not just top school principals, but all leaders, to ensure that every school leader internalizes and helps drive the state, provincial or national agenda for school improvement. These are the findings of a new report from the National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) Center on International Education Benchmarking, Preparing to Lead: Lessons in Principal Development from High-Performing Education Systems. The report finds that many of the world’s best education systems are providing current and future school leaders with leadership development that is specifically tailored to the unique context that school leaders face in their work environments.

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The KIND Foundation Will Connect One Million Students Through A New Technology Platform Called "Empatico"

The KIND Foundation, started by KIND Snacks, today announces a $20 million multi-year initiative called Empatico, which will broaden kids' world views through meaningful interactions with peers across the globe. The free online learning tool will enable students to practice communication and leadership skills needed to succeed in a divided country and interdependent world. By the end of 2020, Empatico endeavors to reach more than one million students in 25 countries and eventually make it possible for kids everywhere to connect with one another. Empatico aims to be a one-stop-shop for teachers. The free tool combines reliable and intuitive video conferencing technology with standards-based activities on universal topics that supplement existing curriculum. To get started, all teachers need is an internet connection and a computer with a camera. While Empatico is currently only available for students who can converse in English, there are plans to expand it to non-English speakers.

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