Archive for October, 2012

Miami-Dade wins Broad Prize for most-improved district

The Miami-Dade School District — an IFL partner — has won the Broad Prize, given to the district deemed to be the nation’s most improved urban school system. The nation’s fourth-largest school district with 350,000 students, Miami-Dade was singled out for several reasons: increased percentages of Hispanic and black students achieving advanced levels on state exams; improved participation and […]…

Human touch ‘makes all the difference’

Rocketship Education, a Palo Alto-based charter school network serving 3,700 San Jose students who are nearly all poor and speak little English, is showing strong results through its reliance on “blended learning” — a combination of traditional methods and computer-based instruction. The network is getting a lot of attention for showing the way to an […]…

IFL recruiting hits 1,000-tutor mark

IFL recruiters marked a milestone this week: 1,000 tutors lined up since Labor Day. This means that at least a thousand kids will be getting extra one-on-one help in reading this school year. “And we’re hoping to get to 2,000 by February,” said Dan Weisberg, IFL’s national director for corporate alliances. Innovation for Learning’s TutorMate […]…

Gallup leader: To improve schools, build on strengths

Most of the talk about American education has it backwards. We are way spending too much time and attention focusing on the negative.  If we want to move our schools forward, we have to start playing to our strengths. So says the head of Gallup’s education work, Brandon Busteed. “Gallup has spent decades studying the […]…

Judging educational technologies

Let’s say you’re a teacher or an administrator, and an entrepreneur comes along who wants to sell you on a new piece of educational technology. How are you supposed to know if it’s any good? Well, you can test it out yourself.  But that would take a lot of time and maybe a lot of […]…

New MP3 players to help kids get into books

Coming soon to classrooms served by Innovations for Learning: A new generation of MP3 players that helps kids become readers of books. About 2,500 of these iPod-looking devices are being readied for distribution to classrooms in Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago and Seattle. Children will use the devices to listen to a narrator read a book […]…

Celebrating World Teachers’ Day

We’re happy to see that many people share our admiration of teachers — all around the globe. Friday was World Teachers’ Day. A creation of UNESCO, it’s been celebrated every October 5 since 1994. The stated aim: to mobilize support for teachers and ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met […]…

Putting a dollar figure on the quality of teaching

This year’s crop of MacArthur Genius Grant honorees includes a young economist whose work has shown that increasing the quality of teachers can result in tremendous economic benefits. Raj Chetty, of Harvard, is only 33 but he’s already helped lead two studies that made news because they quantified the value of teachers. As the New […]…

Flipping classrooms

More and more teachers are making a fundamental change. They’re turning the traditional classroom on its head. Instead of lecturing in class and giving the kids homework for after-hours, they’re assigning their kids lectures to watch at home on video, and then using class time to follow up those lessons with extra help or group […]…