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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorAs anticipated, the Office of Management and Budget released the official budget request for FY 2018. And, as anticipated, the cuts to domestic program like education (-13%) and the EPA (-31%) are staggering. There are a few important things to remember at this stage of the budget process. Even in good years, an administration's budget proposal is just that—a proposal. President Obama's budget requests for education were largely ignored and President Bush fared only slightly better. The federal purse strings are firmly in the hands of Congress. Of course in the end, the President can veto an appropriations bill, but that's something of a nuclear option and we're a long way from that. Congress has a lot of work to do in order to get its twelve appropriations bills written and passed before the September 30 deadline. There are numerous trade-offs still to be made and bargains to be struck.

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Voice from the Industry

Janet Pittock, Curriculum Director, and Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, Director of Professional Learning, McGraw-Hill EducationPersonalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success

Personalized learning is no longer just a buzzword or a passing fad. In fact, more and more school leaders view the successful implementation of personalized learning programs as top priorities for their classrooms. In a recent survey conducted by EdWeek Market Brief, 86% of district leaders report that they have implemented personalized learning in their schools but also report that obstacles persist.

  • What is personalized learning?
  • Don’t take a leap—build a bridge
  • Hallmarks of student-centered learning
  • Future success

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

Vicki Smith BighamHey, hey, we are coming up on a long weekend, and that is happy news. Many of you are at Content in Context—send me your scoops from Philadelphia, since I can't join you this year. And be sure to check out all the news I have for you before now you start your weekend!

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Annual Cost to Educators of Researching and Purchasing Classroom Supplies Could Reach $500 M

Office Depot, Inc. announced the results of an educator productivity survey whose findings uncovered the minimum cost of U.S. teacher time spent researching and buying supplies for their classrooms is more than half a billion dollars. The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to LearningTM initiative recently surveyed more than 2,800 educators regarding purchasing and researching needed supplies for use in the classroom. An average teacher’s salary is more than $55,000 per year (roughly $26 per hour) and there are more than 3.5 million full- time teachers in the U.S.1, therefore based upon the results of the survey, the costs of researching and purchasing classroom supplies could reach over $500 million.

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New Survey From West Reveals Schools Turn to Social Media, Mobile Apps, Multiple Channels for Effective Parent Engagement

For effective parent engagement, school districts increasingly rely on social media, turn more to mobile apps, and, ultimately, recognize that they must use multiple communications channels. These are the key findings of a national survey conducted by West Corporation to discover how districts are currently using communications technology for parent engagement, to examine perceived effectiveness of various methods, and to learn about districts' plans for growth. Hundreds of West's district-level customers, reflecting the national mix of district sizes and settings, completed the online survey. Respondents included district leadership such as superintendents, technology directors, communications officers, and those with similar titles and roles.

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