Education is moving beyond the industrial-era model to include more personalized learning, experts said at the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference. Yet, some noted, the model requires reorganization and often more work on the part of teachers and students.
Shrinking the role of the US Department of Education is one of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ chief accomplishments during her first year, she said during a recent interview. “Some of the most important work we’ve done in this first year has been around the area of overreach and rolling back the extended footprint of this department to a significant extent,” she said.
Administrators involved in meeting the needs of high-needs student populations served under Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Units are working to do more. Installation of a FabLab at one school has reduced behavioral issues, increased attendance and boosted student collaboration.
The US education system should be redesigned to prioritize student mastery, according to a report from iNACOL. The report highlights five policy steps that the group says could help schools move toward personalized, competency-based education.
Clinicians, experts and others concerned about potential technology addiction among children are working to raise awareness and better understand the issue. In one such effort, an organization called Time Well Spent has partnered with nonprofit Common Sense Media to begin the “Truth About Tech” campaign.
Teresa Donnellan is an editorial assistant at SmartBrief.
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