Entries by Kristen

FAFSA application period opens Tuesday

By Russell Falcon, KXAN Application for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — referred to as the FAFSA — will open Tuesday Oct. 1. The Austin Chamber of Commerce says that high school seniors who file FAFSAs early have the best chance at receiving financial aid. “From Oct. 1 through Dec. 7, the Chamber […]

Calling Colorado Educators: Become the Epicenter of Change in STEM Education through STEMpath

mindSpark Learning’s graduate-level STEM certification program will begin in January, upskilling participants and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, is now accepting applications for STEMpath, its 12-month graduate-level STEM certification program for educators in partnership with Couragion, Metropolitan State University of […]

BloomBoard Launches Micro-credential Based National Board Pre-candidacy Program

New program offers personalized video coaching from National Board Certified educators and flexible financing options to support educators in earning certification   BloomBoard, the leading platform for educator training and advancement via micro-credentials, has announced a new micro-credential based National Board Pre-candidacy Program that supports educators throughout both pre-candidacy and candidacy with personalized video coaching from board […]

Is the achievement gap actually a knowledge gap?

By Nat Malkus, with Natalie Wexler and Ashley Berner, American Enterprise Institute When it comes to teaching reading, most American schools prioritize skill acquisition over background knowledge. Students are asked to find the main idea of a passage without learning the background knowledge that the passage is discussing. However, research shows that background knowledge is […]

States Can Foster Economic Opportunity by Promoting High-Value Credentials

By Kathleen Mathers and Quentin Suffren, EducationNext A computer support specialist with a Cisco Certified Network Associate credential enjoys a median salary of $56,275, while a worker with a certification in food services typically earns a median wage of only $20,180. This is critical information students and families need to make informed choices about their […]

Allstate Foundation to Support mindSpark Learning’s Next Denver Education Accelerator

mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, announced today that the Allstate Foundation will support its upcoming Denver Education Accelerator (EA), which begins in October. As an industry partner, the Allstate Foundation will offer real-world industry expertise, support the EA’s curriculum focused on industry-community engagement and social-emotional learning, and provide generous […]

With one year to go, here’s where LCTCS stands with its six-year ‘audacious’ goals

By Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser The Louisiana Community and Technical College System is five years into a six-year plan aimed at driving the system forward and positively impacting the state by 2020. The plan, Our Louisiana 2020, launched in 2014 with six long-range goals. With one year left to go, system officials anticipate checking off all […]

Aldeman: We Think We Know How to Teach Reading, but We Don’t. What Else Don’t We Know, and What Does This Mean for Teacher Training?

By Chad Aldeman, The 74 Chad Aldeman is a senior associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners and the editor of TeacherPensions.org. All children need to learn to read, and humans have been teaching one another basic literacy skills for hundreds of years. Surely, if there’s one thing our schools need to know how to do […]


The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning’s commitment to teacher training is highlighted in FutureEd’s “Teacher Mindsets” report, which was published in June. FutureEd is an independent, solution-oriented think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Read an excerpt below and click here to read the full report. “The number one mindset that we want […]