Lessons in teacher training from India

Himachal Pradesh in India has approximately 40,000 elementary school teachers. These teachers need to be trained every year by the Department of Elementary Education (DEE). Creating and providing training for 40,000 teachers dispersed throughout the state is a daunting task, made even more daunting by the training model: The training curriculum is developed and approved … Continued

Data interoperability: How Uncommon Schools is breaking down barriers

We’ve recently partnered with 12 pioneering districts, Charter Management Organizations (CMO), and education collaboratives to address their data interoperability barriers. In this blog series, you’ll hear from those pioneers: the brave folks tackling difficult challenges and paving the way for others to take a big step forward in using data to support teachers and to … Continued

Data interoperability: How Metro Nashville Public Schools is breaking down barriers

We’ve recently partnered with 12 pioneering districts, Charter Management Organizations (CMO), and education collaboratives to address their data interoperability barriers. In this blog series, you’ll hear from those pioneers: the brave folks tackling difficult challenges and paving the way for others to take a big step forward in using data to support teachers and to … Continued

Using Data to Help Learners Succeed with South Africa’s Curriculum

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 how data access is assisting curriculum officials. Click here … Continued

Data interoperability: How Spring Branch ISD is breaking down barriers

We’ve recently partnered with 12 pioneering districts, CMOs, and education collaboratives to address their data interoperability barriers. In this blog series, you’ll hear from those pioneers: the brave folks tackling difficult challenges and paving the way for others to take a big step forward in using data to improve outcomes for kids. You can find … Continued

How formative assessment transforms the classroom: From culture to lesson plans

Using formative assessment requires a willingness to embrace change at all levels–from guiding mindsets, philosophies and classroom culture, to daily schedules and lessons plans. Brea Lewis, third- and fourth-grade math teacher at Ben Milam Elementary, recently confirmed this idea when she reflected that through the incorporation of formative assessment practices, “our lesson cycles have changed significantly.” … Continued

Data interoperability: Providing full focus on student learning

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation we believe that when students are supported by an empowering teacher and they take ownership of their learning, they can and will succeed. However, without useful, timely, and actionable information, students and educators don’t have a full picture of how to achieve … Continued

Supporting India’s children to dream big

“At the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, I had seen four to five children in my entire career whose physical and emotional development was severely stunted due to family circumstances, neglect, and adversity. In my work with Dream a Dream in India, every second child I see is stunted.” Dr. David Pearson’s reflection … Continued