Repurpose, Redesign, and Upgrade

By Amy Osbourne, CEI Intern Art education has the potential to serve a practical function outside of the realm of drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. Children are naturally avid STEM investigators, eager to explore, to learn, and to create. It is with innovation, ingenuity, and creativity in mind that we incorporate art education into a STEM
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Common Core and Florida: Tests, Security and Changing Standards

By Joshua Hassell, CEI Intern Florida, historically a leader in educational reform, might have slightly different concerns about Common Core than many of its detractors expected. Florida adopted Common Core standards in 2013 after some minor changes by Governor Rick Scott, and these standards were  fully implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. After this implementation, Florida’s
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Baltes Wins CEI’s First Ever ‘Guidelines for 21st Century Technology Use’ Competition

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Education Policy and Communications Intern Alleta Baltes is the 2015 winner of CEI’s first annual Guidelines for 21st Century Technology Use Competition.   The contest asked principals, teachers, school technology specialists and CEI subscribers to review CEI’s current technology guidelines. Contestants were then asked a series of questions ranging from how
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Curiously Common: A Blog Series Keeping You Curious about the Common Nature of Education

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Education Policy and Communications Intern Arkansas’ particularly high need, rural education district is historically highlighted for its challenges. The state adopted the Common Core Standards in July 2010 with some minor modifications. The main issues with Common Core in Arkansas are nothing new. A lack of computers for testing in high-need
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Save the Date: February 5, 2015, CEI STEAM Learning Showcase

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) Leaning Showcase Explore, Learn, Share and Collaborate Time: 4:30 pm ‘“ 6:30 pm Location: Potomac Preparatory Public Charter School, Washington, D.C. Join us for a unique Q&A session designed to offer school leaders “hands-on” learning opportunities with the newest STEAM applications. Just as science and technology transformed our economy
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CEI “Guidelines for 21st Century Technology Use” Competition

By Christine Mason RESPOND BY DECEMBER 18, 5 PM EST to Win $100 gift card. Runners up:  2nd Place: $50 gift card; 3rd place: $25 gift card. Early in 2014 we introduced CEI ‘s 21st Century Technology Use  in Schools: Guidelines for Principals Directions:  Directions 21st Technology Guidelines: CEI Technology Guidelines Who can enter:  Principals, teachers, school
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Do We Really Wanna Take a Selfie: Social Media Use in the Classroom

By Elijah Mercer, CEI Education Policy and Communications Intern Snap a selfie’… on Instagram then create a self-portrait and repost it. Create a Facebook page’…to promote the upcoming novel your class is reading to the school. Make a list’…of all your favorite news sites you like to visit and pin them on Pinterest. Write two
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Made With Code: Girls in STEM

By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. “Coding is a new literacy and it gives people the potential to create, innovate and quite literally change the world. We’ve got to show all girls that computer science is an important part of their future, and that it’s a foundation to pursue their passions, no matter what field they
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