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Measuring what Matters, Investing in STEM, Schools of the Future & More

Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days:

  • CNN looks at the schools of the future, including a project-based micro-school in New York and schools founded by Google executives in California and Boston.

  • Many educators and administrators can get on board with the benefits of digital portfolios. But can layering portfolio-based assessment on top of traditional measures really bring about change? One school in Alabama has learned how to measure what matters.

  • 8th grade World History teacher, Willie Maddux was concerned that getting his class online would stop him from having personal relationships with his students. Find out how he learned to stop worrying and embrace tech.

  • Ivanka Trump spearheads a $200M STEM effort, which she describes as “an enormous step forward toward an important milestone of aligning the skills being taught in our classroom with the jobs that exist in the country.”

  • The Washington Post shares ‘questionable questions’ on today’s standardized tests, an excerpt from award-winning broadcast journalist John Merrow’s new book, “Addicted to Reform: a 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education.”

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