Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) was certainly not a term or a concept that K-12 was willing to embrace. Think about it. BYOD suggests allowing students to use their devices in an environment where cell phones have been banned since their inception. However, as legislation has forced districts to use digital curriculum and computer-based testing, the ability for districts to provide sufficient devices to meet these unfunded requirements has become untenable. The idea of leveraging the devices students already own became very attractive.

A smart BYOD deployment begins with policy. In Miami-Dade, we created a BYOD policy for all students and employees. The simple policy included two requirements: 1) students had to connect to the Miami-Dade filtered network and 2) teachers needed to approve the use of the devices in their classes. Enforcing the first was treated as part of our progressive discipline policy. We wanted to allow students to use their own devices while practicing good digital citizenship. (read more…)

P2WAs part of SmartBrief Education’s coverage of Path to Workforce, we’ve teamed with the Association for Career and Technical Education to share CTE articles written by educators, for educators. In this blog post, our guest blogger questions why, with all the innovations found in CTE, funding does not follow?

I’m a postsecondary administrator and have been involved in public higher education for almost 20 years. While serving at public postsecondary institutions, I have seen many trends and fads, but the most long-lasting and troubling is the de-funding of public education, including career and technical education, both at the secondary and postsecondary level.

In so many ways, career and technical education is the solution to issues raised by critics of education in general. We’ve all seen the data that suggest that career and technical education aids secondary retention and completion. If not, check out the resources under the What is CTE tab. (read more…)

eventsThe 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is underway in Houston. ASCD Emerging Leader Jennifer Orr is on the ground, bringing SmartBrief readers coverage of the event. Stay tuned for daily show recaps. Also follow live event coverage on @SBEducation and via #ASCD15.

My brain is swimming after two and a half days at the ASCD annual conference. The sessions and the conversations have given me so much on which to reflect over the coming weeks. This morning I engaged with Robyn Jackson and Allison Zmuda in their session on student engagement. Jackson wrote “Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom” and “Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching” (a personal favorite), among others. Zmuda is the author of “Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning: Innovation as an Engine for Student Success.”

One of my biggest takeaways from this session was the four keys to engagement they shared. (read more…)

eventsThe 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is underway in Houston. ASCD Emerging Leader Jennifer Orr is on the ground, bringing SmartBrief readers coverage of the event. Stay tuned for daily show recaps. Also follow live event coverage on @SBEducation and via #ASCD15.

One of the reasons I am so passionate about ASCD is because of the focus on the whole child. This morning, I had the privilege of sitting down with several teachers and the principal of Magnolia Elementary School in Joppa, Md., recipient of this year’s Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. The award recognizes schools that do not solely focus on academic achievement, but support the whole child. Award winners make sure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. You can read more details about all the amazing things happening at Magnolia Elementary in ASCD’s press release.

From the conversations this morning, several things stuck out to me about the work being done at this school. (read more…)

eventsThe 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is underway in Houston. ASCD Emerging Leader Jennifer Orr is on the ground, bringing SmartBrief readers coverage of the event. Stay tuned for daily show recaps. Also follow live event coverage on @SBEducation and via #ASCD15.

The first day of ASCD’s annual conference was intellectually stimulating and wonderfully fun. As one person, I could barely skim the surface of the conference, but it still managed to make my brain dizzy with so much learning and thinking.

Early in the day my brain was stretched by Sarah Lewis, the author of “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery.” She is an art historian and has spent her adult life at Harvard, Oxford and Yale. That’s quite a list. Lewis spoke to a packed hall about the ideas in her book.

Grit and mastery are words that are thrown around quite a bit in education these days. (read more…)