New Report From Pearson Released Today Explores Strategies for Ensuring College and Career Readiness
White Paper Designed to Help Educators Navigate New Approaches to Student Readiness
NEW YORK — Feb. 22, 2016 — Over the past decade, the national discussion of “college and career readiness” has resulted in a marketplace flooded with tools and strategies to help schools, colleges and universities ensure that all students are on the path to success. To help educators cut through the noise and determine the best strategies and interventions for ensuring college and career readiness, Pearson today released white paper, “On Track: Redefining Readiness in Education and the Workplace.”
Written by David T. Conley, Ph.D., Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., and researchers from the Pearson Research & Innovation Network Center for College & Career Success, the report introduces three readiness models—the college readiness indicators for middle school students, the Conley Readiness Index, developed to assess entering college students’ strengths in four key components of postsecondary success, and pinpoint specific areas in need of improvement, and GRIT, which aims to help students, faculty, staff, businesses, leaders, and employees assess their capacity to leverage personal strengths (for example, robustness and resilience), grow and optimize their skill set and ultimately thrive on adversity, in order to measurably improve personal and collective outcomes. The authors describe the conceptual foundations of each approach, particularly areas of convergence and divergence among them. By highlighting key differences and similarities across these paradigms, the report distills the shared principles and unique features of leading approaches to measuring, communicating, and, ultimately, boosting college and career readiness and success.
Developer of the GRIT model, Stoltz, is considered one of the world’s leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience. Commenting on the report, he said, “Through numerous studies over the years, the concept of GRIT has evolved significantly. Not only can GRIT be assessed and measured, but it can also be developed and is predictive of a multitude of factors including goal completion rate and employment status.”
Conley, who developed the Conley Readiness Index, said, “First-time college students quickly come to grips with the gaps between their perceived competence and the reality of their performance in a postsecondary environment. These gaps often result from the lack of good readiness information. They need information to help them understand how ready they are to succeed and where they need to improve.”
“Cumulative high school GPA and admissions test scores are important post-secondary readiness predictors. However, they focus only on student achievement when we know that it takes more than achievement to be ready or succeed in college or university. This paper demonstrates how factors beyond achievement contribute substantially to predicting post-secondary readiness. In fact, motivation and behavior combined are more predictive of college readiness than academic achievement alone,” said Kimberly O’Malley, Ph.D., senior vice president of research, Pearson.
Conley and Stoltz will touch on certain aspects of the report’s findings in a webinar, “Student Success Through Skill Set and Mindset: Raise Accountability, Measure Results” on Feb. 23 at 1p.m. EST. They will delve deeper into how the development of skill set—learning, cognitive and transition skills—can be connected to a gritty mindset to equip all students with the tools to succeed academically and professionally.Register to attend.
Download the full report at pearsoned.com/readiness-paper. This paper will also be discussed during a poster session at Pearson’s Employability Summit at the 2016 SXSWedu Conference on March 9 in Austin.
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearson.com.
Promethean Expands ClassFlow™ Capabilities for Teachers
Ready-to-teach lessons, enhanced collaboration tools, and reward badges among new features available for free
(ATLANTA, GA) February 25, 2016 – ClassFlow, an award-winning, free collaborative learning application from Promethean, today released a host of new resources and tools for teachers and students. ClassFlow helps teachers create interactive lessons and assignments that encourage the active participation of every student. The latest expansion includes thousands of ready-to-teach interactive lessons curated by experts, extended collaboration opportunities for students, free student accounts, and rewards to reinforce students’ positive behaviors.
“Teachers asked and we listened,” said Promethean’s CEO Jim Marshall. “We added the most-requested capabilities based on what our teacher users said would have the greatest impact for them and their students. Everything a teacher would do inside and beyond a classroom is now available for free. We also opened the door for parents to be more involved in their student’s learning through ClassFlow student accounts. As in any other educational endeavor, parents are one of the greatest driving forces behind student success.”
With the latest release, ClassFlow now offers:
Thousands of free, teacher-approved interactive lessons: The latest release of ClassFlow helps teachers get started quickly by offering thousands of free interactive lessons through the new ClassFlow Marketplace. New widgets and interactive content will be added weekly.
Free teacher and student accounts: Both teachers and students now have the option to create accounts to foster a deep level of collaborative learning. With the introduction of free student accounts in this version of ClassFlow, teachers can create assignments and assessments for students to complete independently or collaboratively in small groups—both inside and outside of class.
ClassFlow Desktop available at no cost: Teachers can now download ClassFlow Desktop for free. With ClassFlow Desktop, a native app for Windows® and Mac OS®, a teacher can capture anything displayed on his or her computer and share it with students as interactive lesson content.
Rewards for exemplary student behavior: ClassFlow now includes a rewards capability that enables teachers to send digital badges to students who display exemplary behaviors in class. Teachers can select a badge from the existing options or create customized rewards with unique messages and looks.
Collaborative lesson building: Students can now simultaneously build projects together as a team. They can also create lessons together, demonstrating mastery of concepts—an especially useful tool for flipped classrooms and blended learning environments.
“ClassFlow is designed to help teachers give amazing educational experiences personalized for each student’s unique needs,” said Marshall. “It unites the elements of pedagogy, technology and the learning space—what we call the Modern Classroom. When these three elements intersect, teachers operate with the efficiencies of technology, students are motivated to own their learning and continually improve, and students develop skills needed for work, higher education, and life in general.”
Teachers can experience the benefits of ClassFlow today by logging into their account or signing up at ClassFlow.com.
Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main corporate offices are located in Blackburn, UK, and Atlanta, USA. Promethean is a member of the NetDragon Websoft, Inc. (HKSE: 0777) group of companies. For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.
About NetDragon Websoft Inc.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. (HKSE: 0777) is a leading innovator and creative force in China’s mobile Internet industry. Established in 1999, NetDragon is a vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record which includes the development of flagship MMORPGs such as Eudemons Online and Conquer Online, China’s number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China’s most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China at the time. Being China’s pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon also directly operates a number of game titles in over 10 languages internationally since 2003. In recent years, NetDragon has become a major player in global online and mobile learning space as it works to leverage its mobile Internet technologies and operational know-how to develop a game-changing learning ecosystem. For more information, please visit NetDragon.com.