Can Crowdfunding Pay for Teacher Professional Development?

A Philadelphia principal tries to use crowdfunding to pay for teacher professional development that the district budget won't cover. Will it work?


Vocabulary Strategies for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners

When it comes to vocabulary instruction, most of the commonly-used instructional techniques, particularly at the middle school and high school levels, tend to favor visual learners. But what about all the auditory and kinesthetic learners?


Recruiting Real Educators: Good or Bad for the Ed-Tech Startup Model?

Digital ed-tech companies can be attractive to investors because they don't rely on a significant amount of human capital. But we're betting a business model relying on humans, but using technology to grow, can be just as attractive.


College Readiness for Underserved Middle School Students Shouldn't Be Forgotten

Many initiatives geared toward college and career readiness focus on a student's early years and high school, but middle school may be the best time to intervene.


The Risks of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is often considered a "risky" endeavor. But I think ed-tech startups are often less risky that startups in other industries.


Improving Minority Teacher Quality and Retention Through Support

Thurgood Marshall College's program to help improve minority teacher quality and retention surrounds teachers with experienced educators of color.


Beyond Fiction: Expanding What Counts as Meaningful Student Reading

Why don't we value reading non-fiction in the same way we value reading fiction? We need a more flexible interpretation of what constitutes "good reading material."


How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

The buyer's needs in education are often shaped by the policy context of the education system. That means products are shaped by those policies too.


Five Formative Assessment Tools Recommended by Teacher Experts

You just asked a question to your class of 30 students. One student provides the correct answer, but how do you know everyone in the class grasped the concept?


Ed-Tech Startups Break Into the Classroom by Helping Teachers

There's a perception that teachers are resistant towards adopting new technologies. Here are some ways for startups to overcome barriers that keep many teachers from ever introducing new applications to their students.


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