Principals need more observation time, clearer metrics for performance pay success

educationdive | February 19, 2019

A system meant to reward teachers for improving student performance and taking on tough teaching assignments in struggling schools was at the center of the dispute that led to last week’s teachers' strike against Denver Public Schools.The Denver Classroom Teachers Association, which was part of the initial design of ProComp, argued that it had become too complicated, that it was difficult to make the connection between actions and rewards, and that teachers have a hard time predicting their annual income. As housing has grown more expensive in Denver, teachers have also come to prefer overall increases in salary instead of one-time bonuses.But research on ProComp and similar pay-for-performance systems shows principals also have an important role in whether such systems are successful — especially if bonuses or raises are tied to teacher evaluation and feedback systems. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality’s 2018 analysis of 124 large districts in the country, 51 have a system in which an annual salary increase, which becomes a permanent part of the teacher’s pay, or an annual bonus, which has to be re-earned each year, is tied in some way to the teacher’s performance.

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As a result of my post earlier this week on gamification trends for 2018, someone asked me what my predictions were for the gamification of learning in the coming year.In learning, in the past year, we saw the emerging title of learning experience designers, instead of instructional or learning designers. The people behind these terms often draw on both the fields of user experience and game design as well as learning design.

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As a result of my post earlier this week on gamification trends for 2018, someone asked me what my predictions were for the gamification of learning in the coming year.In learning, in the past year, we saw the emerging title of learning experience designers, instead of instructional or learning designers. The people behind these terms often draw on both the fields of user experience and game design as well as learning design.

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Digilangua Partners with Magic EdTech to Launch Digital Library of Comprehensible Novels

Magic EdTech | November 30, 2022

Digilangua, a New York-based provider of a digital library of comprehensible novels, has partnered with Magic EdTech to offer an added solution for language teachers. The solution will empower educators with digital access to their publications and enable continued contact with languages being acquired. It will be available to teachers and students worldwide. Digilangua's digital initiatives for teachers and students will be powered by Magic EdTech's flagship technology solution, MagicBox™, an award-winning SaaS digital learning platform, accessed by over 6 million users globally. Easing Education Delivery and Access With close to a decade of success in publishing comprehensible novels, Digilangua seeks to broaden its scope by providing access to its learning materials via a digital platform. The company is an established leader in the publication of compelling, comprehensible novels. To date, their offerings include stories in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and English. The transition to MagicBox™ will allow the company to offer its libraries in a format compatible with multiple devices and operating systems. Digilangua will also continue to provide traditional physical textbooks for those who prefer them. "We are very excited to be leveling up our business to provide a stable, workable platform for students and teachers,Magic Box is going to allow readers to better interact with the stories in our library." Jennifer Degenhardt, co-owner at Digilangua. MagicBox's eReader will allow interactive and personalized learning in addition to online/offline capabilities for a smooth learning experience. We are excited to partner with Digilangua and help them share their digital learning content globally," said Dipesh Jain, VP of Sales & Marketing at Magic Edtech. About Magic Edtech Magic EdTech is a New York-based technology company with over 30 years of Education experience. Its flagship platform, MagicBox™, is focused on creating and conceptualizing digital learning solutions for K-12 and higher education. The platform is being used by over 6 million students worldwide. About Digilangua Digilangua is an online platform offering comprehensible novels with accompanying audio geared towards readers learning second languages. Novels are written with level-appropriate language and grammar, focusing on the repetition of both to aid in learning. An up-and-coming company, Digilangua has readership all over the world.

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eDynamic Learning Announces the Passion to Purpose Student Scholarship Program

eDynamic Learning | October 28, 2022

eDynamic Learning North America's largest provider of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and elective digital curriculum for grades 6-12, announces it has expanded their scholarship offerings to include the new Passion to Purpose Student Scholarship Program. The Passion to Purpose Scholarship Program joins the company's growing Recognition & Rewards Program that honors, recognizes, and awards students and teachers and their accomplishments and contributions. The Passion to Purpose Scholarship Program will offer students an opportunity to write an original essay where they can reflect on their career exploration journey, visualize their future, and share their story. Every year, hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students use eDynamic Learning curriculum and now they can benefit even more from their experience by sharing their story about the impact the curriculum has had on their lives and in helping them make decisions about their future. This new scholarship program will complement the long-standing and popular Virtual Business Simulation Scholarship Programs for students that use Knowledge Matters' simulations. The combination of these programs will now offer the most scholarship programs available for K-12 students focused on career education in North America by one organization. "Our mission is to help students explore their career options early and often, so they can discover their skills, talents, and interests and do what they love. We are proud to grow our student recognition programs to support and highlight the valuable contributions students will make to our workforce and economy in the future," Jerry Wooden, CEO of eDynamic Learning. There will be two 1st place award recipients, one award will be open to all students who meet the qualifications of the program and the other 1st place award will be reserved for students with a documented Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Accommodation Plan or disability, as indicated by their guardians and teachers when applying. There will also be 2nd and 3rd place prizes as well as 10 finalists. Winners will receive valuable scholarship funds and the finalists will receive digital badges and their essays will be published on the eDynamic Learning website, where they will receive official recognition as a published author. Complete Scholarship Program details can be found on the Passion to Purpose website. Essay submissions will be accepted beginning March 1st, 2023. Our goal is for all students participating in the scholarship program to discover that learning challenges or disabilities do not define your future. We hope our scholarship opportunities help motivate and precipitate students to reach their educational goals whether their chosen career requires certifications, a license, college, or a 2 year degree, said Tyler Wood, Vice President of Marketing & Professional Development at eDynamic Learning. The company's Fall 2022 Virtual Business All-Access Scholarship competition kicked off earlier this month and Virtual Business Challenges with Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) partners are also underway where student competitors will have the chance to win scholarship money. Registration for the DECA, FBLA, & FCCLA CTSO virtual events are still open and will remain open during, and in between, qualifying rounds. Challenge participants and CTSO advisers can register at the Knowledge Matters challenge page. Throughout the years, the company has remained dedicated to offering students a chance to earn scholarship money. These scholarship opportunities have offered an extreme value to students as well as teachers as they provide an additional level of engagement in their classrooms. Many students also find that including their competition scores on resumes or college applications has been extremely beneficial. eDynamic Learning's Recognition & Rewards Program also offers an avenue for educators to be appreciated and acknowledged through the Career Compass Teacher Awards, which honors outstanding teachers and provides opportunities to earn a curriculum grant, complimentary professional development, and much more. The Empowered Educators Program gives educators an opportunity to participate in pilots, provide input and feedback and ensure our programs are the best they can be for teaching and learning. About eDynamic Learning With offices in Southlake, Texas, Hadley, Massachusetts, and Kelowna, BC, Canada, eDynamic Learning is a teacher-founded company, established with a mission to support schools in helping students find their passion and ensure they leave high school with the knowledge and preparation needed to make life-shaping college and career decisions. eDynamic Learning offers nearly 250 CTE and career-focused elective digital courses and Knowledge Matters' career-based simulations. All curriculum is available online and works continuously in any instructional model, and is compatible with nearly all LMS systems.

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DeVry University Announces Educational Partnership with National Women’s Soccer League

DeVry University | November 21, 2022

DeVry University, its Keller Graduate School of Management and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today an exclusive education partnership that provides NWSL players and employees undergraduate and graduate education opportunities. The partnership will offer athletes essential skills for their future careers while ensuring they have a flexible learning environment and support required for a professional athlete pursuing higher education. When we signed our first collective bargaining agreement earlier this year, the NWSL committed to creating a league our players were proud to be a part of,” said NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman. “Living up to that commitment means supporting them in their pursuits on and off the pitch. The NWSL is proud to partner with DeVry University to provide a unique educational opportunity that both aligns with and adapts to the demanding schedules of our elite athletes as they build the skills needed to succeed in their off-field endeavors. We are pleased to see this partnership come together as a product of our Collective Bargaining Agreement to equip Players with the tools needed to transition to post-playing careers,” added NWSL Players Association Executive Director, Meghann Burke. DeVry will offer four eligible NWSL athletes a grant, which will cover tuition, fees and required textbooks as they pursue any graduate certificate at DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management. These certificate programs will provide the work-ready, transferrable skills to help players pursue any career path they decide to take off the field. “DeVry applauds the National Women’s Soccer League and its players for their ambition, resilience and perseverance, We are proud to partner with the National Women’s Soccer League to support athletes beyond the field with our flexible learning pathways and unmatched student support. Together, we will continue to help close the opportunity gap through the power of education.” Elise Awwad, DeVry University’s chief operating officer. In addition to the four grant recipients, athletes and eligible NWSL employees can receive tuition savings for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as family members and dependents of qualifying NWSL students.1 Enrollment sessions will launch in January 2023 and continue through November 2024. About DeVry University DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, www.hlcommission.org/). The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit devry.edu. About National Women’s Soccer League Established in 2012, The National Women’s Soccer League is the premier women’s professional soccer league in the world featuring national team players from around the globe. Beginning play in 2013 with eight original clubs, the league has since expanded to feature 12 teams, including Angel City FC, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, Kansas City Current, NJ/NY Gotham FC, North Carolina Courage, OL Reign, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Racing Louisville FC, San Diego Wave FC, and Washington Spirit.

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