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Mark Barnes interviews Sarah Donovan, Ph.D., a high school teacher from Illinois, adjunct professor at DePaul University, and author of the book Genocide Literature in Middle and Secondary Classrooms: Rhetoric, Witnessing, and Social Action in a Time of Standards and Accountability. Mark: Hey Sarah, good to talk to you today. I know you’re an educator […]

FreshGrade Product awarded with Edtech Digest Cool Tool Award 2016

FreshGrade, one of the fastest growing education platforms for teachers, parents, and students, has been voted the best Parent/Student Solution. The EdTech Digest Awards Program recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. FreshGrade also received a nomination in the Personalized Learning Solution category and Parent/Student Solution category […]

FreshGrade is now available on Android, Download from the Google Play Store!

We have had a lot of requests from educators for FreshGrade on Android, and we are excited to announce that it is now available to download from Google Play. Now teachers can now quickly and easily capture artifacts of student learning as it happens using their Android devices. Upload pictures, videos, audio recordings, and notes, […]

Smiling parents looking at a report on an iPad

For how many parents does the November report card come as a shock? As I tell teachers in workshops, “Any report card that comes as a surprise to a parent is a bad report card.” The problem of the surprise report card is a function of teachers and parents seeing students’ grades as the primary […]

Outdoor steel sculpture in the shape of a pi symbol

March 14th (3.14) is celebrated internationally as Pi Day. It’s also the renowned scientist, Albert Einstein’s birthday!  At schools across the world, the number is most often used for calculating geometry problems, such as the area of a circle: A = πr2, or the volume of a cylinder: V = πr2h. However, this is just scraping […]

Teacher taking notes at desk

Education is rife with hot-button topics — you know, issues that polarize teachers, parents, and school leaders. Most of these topics have clearly-drawn lines. You’ve got your homework lovers and your homework haters. Some stakeholders abhor tests while others can’t live without them. Don’t even get people started talking about school uniforms. I assumed summative […]

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Australian researcher, Ben Jenson puts the way high-performing systems provide educators with professional development under the spotlight in a new report, PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems. Jenson observes that an emphasis on the professional development of educators is an essential driver for school improvement and teacher quality. Four high-performing systems highlighted in the […]

Scrabble tiles spelling out the word

HOLD ONTO YOUR HAT! The energy is a pulsing and urgent one. There is nothing average about being here. Being around those that are masters in their area of expertise combined with the trust that you are the master in yours is a very powerful combination. It projects us to our goal to serve the […]

Kids building robotics in a class workshop

Every second Tuesday, leading educators host a conversation on Twitter about how to enable the evolution of education, using the hashtag #FGChat. Check out the #FGChat schedule, read up on the archives, and apply to be a moderator here.   [<a href=”//storify.com/freshgrade/fgchat” target=”_blank”>View the story “FreshGrade Chat: Quality Digital Portfolios” on Storify</a>]    

Matthew Renwick in classroom with students

Matthew Renwick has been working in public education for seventeen years. He started as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. After seven years of teaching, Matthew served as a dean of students at a junior high school, which evolved into an assistant principal role along with […]

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