Weekly News Roundup: 2. 27.15

By Cari Jackson 02.26.2015 blog

This week in EdTech news: The Atlantic features a principal made famous by Humans of New York; NPR-Ed rounds up five lessons from 2014’s education research; EdWeek looks at one superintendent’s frugal approach to innovation; eSchoolNews visits D.C. school district; EdSurge checks out AltSchool’s recipe for success; and Channel One’s EdTech blogger explains how to connect math to current events.

Viral Star Principal from Brownsville, NY Shares Secrets of Success

When Mott Hall Bridges Academy student Vidal Chastanet was featured on the Humans of New York photo blog, he praised his principal Nadia Lopez as the most influential person in his life. The viral post took off and raised more than $1 million for the school. The Atlantic features Ms. Lopez and how she made Mott Hall a safe haven for her students.

Five Lessons Education Research Taught Us in 2014

Academia churns out a great deal of research each year. NPR-Ed shares a summary of some of the best information shared from the Ivory Tower in 2014, from surprising revelations about the best way to teach math to struggling first-graders to the impact of social-emotional learning on student achievement.

Idaho School District Innovates Despite Scare Resources

West Ada, Idaho, which at $4,500 per pupil last year ranks as one of the lowest rates nationwide, has drawn national attention for the superintendent’s ability to innovate on so few resources. EdWeek explores how she gets it done.

Where Blended Learning Meets Personalize Learning — and Gets Results

The District of Columbia has taken a blended learning approach in order to provide more personalized, self-directed learning. eSchool News takes a look at how it works when it’s done right.

How AltSchool Bends Old-Fashioned Learning with New Technology

EdSurge visits one of AltSchool’s “micro-schools” to see how successful students can be when they learn in small, personalized communities that champion project-based learning, along with access to some fancy equipment.

Creating Math Problems that Connect to Current Events

Our EdTech blogger explores ideas for making math relevant to students’ everyday lives by connecting learning to real world news.



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