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. There’s little doubt that genuine and sustainable improvements in quality of education can … 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.

The decade ahead: Change is coming in data interoperability

Project Unicorn’s ultimate mission is to move our lagging education sector forward by improving data interoperability at scale and with fidelity. Since launching at the ASU GSV, more than 70 districts representing more than two million students have now pledged that the secure, controlled exchange of data is too important to ignore any longer.

Call to all districts: Tackling tough data problems

You’re a Chief Academic Officer, or a similar position, and back-to-school planning and the chaos and excitement of the first day of school have passed. Your students are getting back into a routine, at least most of them. Your teachers are hard at work in the classroom. You are trying to stay laser focused on supporting your educators and students and making sure all the initiatives aimed at maximizing your students’ learning are going strong.