ACB & Education, Flipped Classrooms? And Consensus On Ed Tech?

Linda Jacobson handicaps the possible educational impacts of ACB on the Supreme Court. Clearly moves the court right, puts a lid on “revisit Rodriguez” but could have some surprises on special education. Will be a big deal on the coming round of cases about the boundaries of religious freedom and LGBT rights and there is a big education piece of that.

Flipped classrooms.

Consensus! From The Times*:

The move toward a tech-driven, personalized learning system, like Teach to One 360 from a nonprofit called New Classrooms, is long overdue, experts say. Other industries, such as health care and entertainment, have been shifting in this direction for years. Personalized medicine, for example, looks at DNA biomarkers and personal characteristics to map out a patient’s most effective treatment, Professor Jacobson said.

And experts say the Covid-19 pandemic might be the spark that finally drives schools out of their comfort zones and into the world of innovation and personalized learning programs. 

“We’ve seen an embrace of technology that was rapidly accelerated by Covid,” said Bob Hughes, director of the K-12 Education in the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helps finance nonprofits like New Classrooms.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, backs such programs. “Innovations like this,” she said, “can help educators meet students where they are and address their individual needs.”

There are also assessment implications here if you’re a fan of fast lighter touch but more frequent assessments.

*New Classrooms is a BW client.

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