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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorSeveral interesting announcements over the past month related to procurement practices in the K-12 market. As public entities school districts are often required to abide by procurement guidelines that mandate competitive bidding and strict contractual agreements. While meant to protect schools and encourage lowest cost purchasing, the process is cumbersome and time consuming. Schools continue to seek ways to purchase that are both more cost effective and efficient.

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Voice from the Field

Ann McMullan, Speaker, Writer, ConsultantLife Lessons in Leadership

We may traditionally think of school administrators and teachers as the drivers of change in a school or school system. However, the reality is that when it comes to leading change to maximize technology tools for learning, educational technology vendors who effectively partner with their school clients often take on a leadership role in assisting their school leader clients.

It is incumbent upon educational technology vendors to be cognizant of—and incorporate into their professional practice—some of the same essential leadership skills that successful school leaders practice. The following three skill sets are taken from a book I recently co-authored with Michael Barrett titled, Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby.

  1. Listen
  2. Learn
  3. Leverage the talents of others

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

Vicki Smith BighamWhew, February is slipping away from us—this month has flown by, as has this week. I hope it has been a great one for you. Check out the scoops I have gathered for you this week....

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States Propel Students To Success in Advanced Placement

Research shows states and districts are expanding Advanced Placement access and success for public high school students, including efforts to secure funding for low-income students via new funding sources. The AP Program Results: Class of 2016 released today shows an increase in both the participation and passing rates for the high school graduating class of 2016. The data show the number of public high school students taking at least one AP Exam has almost doubled in 10 years from 645,000 for the class of 2006 to 1.1 million students in the class of 2016. Since 2006, the percentage of U.S. students taking AP classes and then earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam has grown by 7.6 points from 14.3% to 21.9% of public high school graduates.

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Publishers Offer 11 Tips for Choosing a Digital Resource for the Classroom

With about one third of new PreK-12 educational materials including a digital component, digital products play a large role in the classroom. Among the many tools available for teachers are software, learning management platforms, stand-alone games, and textbook bundles that include digital components like apps, web- or cloud-based programs, eBooks, or video. The scope and variety of available products – both print and digital – can provide a challenge for teachers and school districts in identifying the resources that best benefit their students.

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