Friday, December 16, 2016

Are YOU a Digital Innovator?

Apply today for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator Program! Applications are accepted now through February 12, 2017.

Who are PBS Digital Innovators? They are a community of PreK-12 educators, who set the bar high for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. 

We're excited to bring this opportunity to the many great educators we have in Massachusetts. This year, all selected applicants will travel to San Antonio, TX from June 24-26 for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and the ISTE 2017 Conference and Expo

Nancy Gifford of Monomoy Middle School, one of our 2016 local Digital Innovators, talks about using PBS LearningMedia in the classroom:

Apply today to take advantage of the opportunities that the selected Digital Innovators receive. 

Get Involved: Survey on History and Social Science Framework Revision

As Massachusetts starts work on revising the 2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, ESE encourages educators and others to offer comments on and suggested revisions to the current framework via a survey. The survey takes 10–20 minutes and will be open until February 6, 2017.

(From DESE Top 3)

In the News: PISA Results Put Massachusetts among Top Nations

The 2015 results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that if Massachusetts were a nation, it would share the top spot in reading with eight other nations worldwide! In science, the state's students and those from 10 nations came in second, and in math, 11 other nations were ahead of the Commonwealth.

"These results are evidence of what many of us already know: Many Massachusetts schools offer a world-class education," said Commissioner Chester. "I am grateful to all the teachers and families who do so much for our students, and I know educators will join me as we work to ensure that every child in the Commonwealth has access to a first-class education."

Coverage of the results included this piece from the Boston Globe and this Associated Press article.

(From DESE Top 3)