How Do You Spell "21st Century"?
Some say cursive and spelling are two education fundamentals that have been rendered dispensable in the 21st century, thanks to word processing and autocorrect. But on the heels of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, it is worth taking a look at where these seemingly “20th century skills” fit into modern learning.
Macy's Raises $4.8 Million for RIF This Year
Macy's recent fundraising campaign did more than provide customer's with a discount- it raised $4.8 million for the organization Reading is Fundamental!
Obama Enforces Equal Education Opportunities
President Barrack Obama signs legislation dedicated to providing equal educational opportunities for African American students.
Congress Remains Conflicted over Certification
Congress members are unable to come to a decision on whether or not teacher certificates are equivalent to teaching degrees. Edweek explores this dilemma and hears from both sides of the disagreement.
Pennsylvania corporate tax credit will pay for private-school scholarships [Philadelphia Inquirer]
PA Legislators and Governor Tom Corbett expanded tax breaks to corporations in return for donations made for private school scholarships.
Must We Choose Between Education and Innovation?
A blogger for MindShift addresses questions that often go unspoken in our current education system. He discovers that one question may lead to many more, and still finds himself searching for a definite answer.
Obama Gives Thumbs Up to STEM Education
President Obama plans to give $1 billion to elite STEM educators across the country, encouraging future educators to teach in STEM subject areas.
Managing the Un-manageable
Often in childhood education, the question rises as to how to appropriately handle bad behavior in the classroom. From physical outbursts to verbal spewing, teachers are constantly faced with managing the un-manageable students. Jane Ellen Stevens, journalist and founder of Aces Too High, recently wrote about a New Approach to student discipline in her article […]
Catch Up with an Annual Conference
Spark provides conference stipends to send network members to any of these upcoming conferences on learning and creativity.
Project-Based Learning: Session Recap
Ken Lockette, Principal of Avonworth High School, joined leaders and educators of the Spark network today at The Sprout Fund offices for a Lunch & Learn focused on project-based learning.
EA Starts Gaming with The Institute of Play
The Electronic Arts’ Headquarters in Redwood City, CA announces the establishment of an unprecedented research and development facility. This facility, the Games, Learning, and Assessment Lab (GLASS Lab), will be managed by the Institute of Play. GLASS Lab is exploring the potential for digital games to serve both as potent learning environments and as real-time […]
A Silicon Valley School That's Tech-Free by Choice
The chief technology officer of eBay and employees of Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard all send their children to the same school. If this statement conjured up images of high-tech classroom equipment, corporate sponsored computer rooms, and digitally driven assignments, you may be surprised to learn just how familiar many of these schools are. As […]
New Approach Proposed for Science Curriculum
A new curriculum is being written that hopes to improve science education in the United States. The new framework will focus less on memorization of facts and more on critical reasoning with an added focus on engineering. Helen Quinn, who led the 18-member team that worked for over a year devising the framework, described the […]
Children Learn More Through Design
Check out the interesting talk Mark Frauenfelder gave at TEDxKids in Brussels a few weeks ago. Mark Frauenfelder is the Editor in Chief for Make magazine, a publication that uses technology to create do-it-yourself projects. As Mark explains in his talk, this same emphasis on design can augment the educational experience of children when used […]