The 74Now that was a busy news year.We published hundreds of education features in 2017 — from breaking news to research analyses in our Big Picture series, memorable educator profiles, eye-opening reports on innovative education practices, state-by-state ESSA coverage, new commentaries on the year’s heated political debates, and, of course, our two daily headline roundups: national news at TopSheet.com and developments from the 12 biggest school districts at EduClips.So we thought we’d take a moment, before diving into the new year, to share with you the standouts of ’17…South Carolina: Deep in the ‘Corridor of Shame,’ teachers at New Tech Network strive for a big turnaroundFor decades, South Carolina schools along Interstate 95 have struggled with inadequate funding and poor academic performance. At a dozen schools across the state, however, change is afloat. Among them is Colleton County High School in Walterboro, home to the Cougar New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy. The business-focused school-within-a-school is an outpost of the New Tech Network, a national nonprofit that has partnerships with nearly 200 schools across the country. Mark Keierleber traveled to South Carolina to profile the school, which puts a laptop in the hands of every student and trains teachers to build their classrooms around critical thinking and collaboration. Read More…RelatedTags: Deeper Learning, Equity, New Tech Learning Outcomes, Project Based Learning, South Carolina

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