Innovation

Clever co-founders, left to right, Tyler Bosmeny, Dan Carroll, and Rafael Garcia at the company’s San Francisco headquarters in 2015.
Clever co-founders, left to right, Tyler Bosmeny, Dan Carroll, and Rafael Garcia at the company’s San Francisco headquarters in 2015.
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Education Industry How K-12 Schools Tamed Silicon Valley
Forget disruption. Ed-tech startups Clever and Nearpod just sold for a combined $1 billion because they solved schools’ everyday problems.
Benjamin Herold, June 9, 2021
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Future of Work Which U.S. States Are Best Positioned to Innovate? How K-12 Schools Influence the Rankings
A new report ranks states in terms of how good an environment they are for innovation, including K-12 education factors.
Alyson Klein, March 29, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion An Innovative Way to Professionalize Teaching and Boost Teacher Pay
Webs of rules, routines, and administration often stop teachers from growing in their role or bending it to suit their strengths and passions. Here's a way to bust those traps.
Rick Hess, October 8, 2020
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Teaching What Teachers Want: 'Looping,' Grouping by Ability, and Digital Devices, Survey Says
Educators for Excellence asked 600 teachers about instruction during the school shutdowns, their perspectives on remote learning, and concerns for next school year.
Sarah Schwartz, May 28, 2020
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School & District Management Teachers Get Tips on Remote Instruction Strategies in Online 'Open Mic' Sessions
A growing number of online communities are emerging to help teachers get strategies and tips on distance learning from their colleagues.
Catherine Gewertz, April 29, 2020
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Teaching Profession Teachers Spring Into Action to Help Medical Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic
Teams of teachers used their schools’ 3-D printers to make medical face shields and rounded up hand sanitizer and latex gloves to donate to local hospitals, clinics, and senior care facilities.
Catherine Gewertz, March 31, 2020
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Reading & Literacy Reading to Students Online Provides a Sense of Normalcy, Teachers Say
Here are tips for educators who are starting virtual read-aloud sessions for their students during school building closures.
Madeline Will, March 30, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion Sal Khan on Coronavirus: Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home
As schools across the country closed, Khan Academy, with the support of Bank of America, pushed to create daily learning schedules for students age 4-18 and expand access to its online resources for millions.
Rick Hess, March 26, 2020
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Special Report The New World of Work
Students may need new and different skills—such as creativity or data know how—to thrive in the emerging economy. This special report explores what some schools are doing to meet those needs and what employers want from their new hires.
February 5, 2020
Students in teacher Matt Morone’s English 2 class at Pascack Valley Regional High School in New Jersey sit in varied types of furniture, from group desks to cushioned chairs and a booth one might find in a café or restaurant.
Students in teacher Matt Morone’s English 2 class at Pascack Valley Regional High School in New Jersey sit in varied types of furniture, from group desks to cushioned chairs and a booth one might find in a café or restaurant.
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Teaching Flexible Seating: Collaboration Catalyst or Classroom Disaster?
Popularized by social media, new classroom arrangements are all the rage in K-12. But experts and educators caution there is more to it than just moving desks around.
Alyson Klein, January 21, 2020
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Classroom Technology Troubleshooting Tech Realities in Rural Schools
Internet connectivity, recruiting staff, and finding partners to learn from are all big challenges for an ed-tech leader in a district off the coast of Alaska.
Alyson Klein, January 14, 2020
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Special Report 10 Big Ideas in Education 2020
In the latest edition of Big Ideas, Education Week reporters and editors question some of the basic assumptions that underpin public education and stand in the way of transformation.
January 8, 2020
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Executive Skills & Strategy Opinion Stop Ignoring the Innovation That Happens in Traditional Public Schools
Three national educational funders explain a new program that is highlighting innovative practices in schools around the country.
Jenny Curtin, Britt Neuhaus & Saskia Levy Thompson, November 27, 2019
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School & District Management The 'Zero-Waste Classroom': Teachers Share Tips for Going Green
In a "zero-waste classroom," teachers might compost food, invest in a classroom set of dishes, or even make reusable tissues.
Madeline Will, November 14, 2019
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