Winning product name: Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0

Winning product company: The Dibble Institute

Kay Reed, Director of The Dibble Institute, answered a series of questions about this resource, the 2014 Distinguished Achievement winner in the Supplemental Resources subcategory of Life Skills and Character Education (now the Social-Emotional and Character Learning subcategory of the REVERE Awards for the Classroom). Relationship Smarts PLUS allows youth and their peers, parents, and other adults the opportunity for honest dialogue and learning about healthy relationships, allowing learners to build skills that will empower them to make smart, positive choices throughout their lives.  Continue reading

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Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Florida have been named as the winners of the $1 million 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. This year marks the first time in the award’s 13-year history that two school districts were named as winners, and the two will each receive $500,000 in college scholarships for their high school seniors.  Continue reading

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“Notable innovation happens when IT and instructional personnel collaborate,” according to an article in EdTech. The article offers these general tips for helping technology and instructional teams work together in harmony, using case studies from specific school districts to reinforce the points:  Continue reading

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“There are signs that the movement to limit the number of federally mandated tests students take may be gaining momentum,” according to a new article in Education Week. For instance, the article cites proposed legislation in Congress, backed by teachers’ unions, that would allow states to give summative tests in math and English/language arts only in certain grade spans.  Continue reading

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Many districts are scrambling to put in place the curriculum and professional development necessary to teach the Common Core State Standards, according to an article in Education Week. The article cites results of a survey from the Center on Education Policy (CDP), which concludes in its report that “the future of the common core remains uncertain at this important juncture.” At the same time, however, the report noted a high level of support for the standards among district leaders.  Continue reading

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