Data Drives Innovation in South Africa’s Classrooms

In this blog series, we will discuss the importance of the use of data in South Africa’s education system – why it matters to parents, learners, and educators, and how providing educators with the information they need can help learners excel. In this post, we explore some of the innovative ways education officials are using this … Continued

Accelerating Systemic Change in India’s School System

India’s education system is a vast network, with large-scale improvements needed across the country. Our work to transform education outcomes for children in India is part of our foundation’s larger goal: each year, we will create opportunities for over three million low-income students globally to attend high-quality schools. That’s a big goal – and we’re … Continued

How I Know: Austin ISD Focuses on Social Emotional Learning

“Wise feedback is delivered with love, clarity and a belief that the student’s performance will improve.” –  Dr. Lisa Goodnow, Associate Superintendent of Academics and SEL in Austin ISD Learning science research, such as that articulated in Turnaround for Children’s recently released a report, Key Findings and Implications of the Science of Learning and Development, underscores that most … Continued

Coaching yields better formative assessment in Tulsa

“I’ll take as many strategies as you can give me,” Alison Keeter told her coach. As one of 20 Tulsa Public School teachers to volunteer for the formative assessment project, Keeter receives coaching from Tamara Hall.   In Keeter’s third grade classroom at Mitchell Elementary Dr. Hall is scouting for overt evidence of student thinking: what … Continued

Reflections on #HowIKnow: A formative assessment project

Since the kickoff of the #HOWIKNOW project last fall, we have been working with each district team in Austin, Dallas, and Tulsa to design and implement professional learning plans with 60 pilot teachers.  Even before we learn from these teachers what works best in the classroom, we’ve already identified two key lessons to share about … Continued

Why data matters in the South Africa education system

In this blog series, we will discuss the importance of the use of data in South Africa’s education system – why it matters to parents, learners, and educators, and how providing educators with the information they need can help learners do well. Click here to read all the blogs in this series. There’s little doubt … Continued

Reflections on SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018

The South By Southwest (SXSW) conference has grown significantly since its launch in Austin, Texas in 1987. We have participated in the SXSW education-focused SXSW EDU since its inception, and this year Michael Dell participated in SXSW Interactive on behalf of the foundation. Every year, we are excited to connect with and learn from partners, … Continued

Join us: Our journey to understanding how students know

On a daily basis, students need to know how they are doing and teachers need to know how to move learning forward. That is the gist of formative assessment practice, which is a critical component of meaningful instructional practice. It puts students at the center of their learning, with teachers leading the way. Listen to … Continued

Data interoperability in K-12: A teacher’s perspective

Data interoperability is the secure, controlled—and most important—seamless exchange of data between applications. The standardization of the language programs can use to talk to each other is going to benefit me as an instructor and the students. Another benefit of data interoperability is that parents, the key stakeholders in a child’s education, benefit from it. They need access to data as well, not just the students and the teachers.