The biggest education stories of 2023 include ChatGPT, tutoring, and student absenteeism

Three years after the COVID pandemic began, schools across America are still finding their new normal.

School communities are desperately trying to reduce chronically absent students, struggling with how to spend federal COVID relief dollars, implementing new “science of reading” laws, and waffling on how ChatGPT should (or should not) be a part of classrooms.

Below are nine storylines from Chalkbeat reporters across the country that dove into those topics. What education stories mattered most to you this year? We would love to hear from you at [email protected].

AI is here to stay, so how will America’s schools respond? At the beginning of 2023, New York City opted to run far away, blocking access to the program and citing “negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content.” But a few months later, the city reversed course, with schools Chancellor David Banks proclaiming the city’s schools were “determined to embrace its potential.”

Now, just over a year after the tech group OpenAI introduced ChatGPT to the public, some students at New York City high schools report widespread use of AI-powered chatbots among their peers. The same patterns appear elsewhere. In one national survey from July,

Antisemitism definition used by UK universities leading to ‘unreasonable’ accusations | Universities

An antisemitism definition adopted by most UK universities has come under fire in a report, which ​says it has led to 40 cases being brought against students, academics, unions, and societies – 38 of whom have been cleared.

The remaining two cases have yet to conclude, meaning that none of the allegations – all based on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition – have been substantiated, according to the analysis by the European Legal Support Center (ELSC) and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (Brismes).

The IHRA definition has been adopted by a majority of universities, with the former education secretary Gavin Williamson in 2020 threatening them with funding cuts if they fail to do so. But critics have said the definition, which has no legal effect in the UK and includes 11 illustrative examples – seven of which relate to Israel – stifles criticism of Israel and has a chilling effect on free speech.

The report, published on Wednesday, echoes criticisms previously voiced by the leading lawyers Hugh Tomlinson KC and Geoffrey Robertson KC, and the retired lord justices of appeal Sir Stephen Sedley and Sir Anthony Hooper.

Neve Gordon, the chair of Brismes’s committee on academic

Class Gift Adds Color and Meaning to Medical Education Building’s Walls

According to Albert Einstein, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” This connection might explain why some of history’s most notable scientists also produced notable art. Da Vinci, Pasteur, and Audubon, for example, were all just as comfortable in a painting studio as they were a laboratory.

UNLV junior Rose Jiang has spent her academic career immersed in the worlds of painting and biology, so her interest was piqued when she heard about the open call for art proposals for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Class of 2023 class gift.

UNLV student Rose Jiang, created digital work titled, Primum Non Nocereas the gift given by the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine’s class of 2023.

“I hadn’t been doing much art for a while,” Jiang says, “but when I saw the opportunity to do this piece of art for the medical school, I wanted to try because I had a background in both science and art. ”

Jiang, who has called Vegas home since she was five years old, attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts – where her concentration was 2-D art –

The elusive learning culture: Can we really define it?

We often find ourselves immersed in the learning culture conversation, but do we really know what it means and what we’re aspiring to achieve?

It’s a pretty commonly used phrase, but when I ask people what they mean by ‘learning culture’, the closest I get to a definition is ‘a culture in which people learn?’

Given that humans learn in pretty much any environment, that doesn’t seem to be a useful definition. Most of the learning we instinctively do is informal. We work with others, we work things out, we observe and internalize how people do things and emulate the most successful.

Informal learning does not correlate with a learning culture

When I talk about informal learning, those who would lay claim to a learning culture will share an anecdote about how they were able to informally learn a new thing.

However, when Berg and Chyung conducted a study in 2008, they found no correlation between the learning culture (or the degree to which the organization could credibly be described as a learning organization) and the incidence of informal learning among those surveyed. They wrote:

“..it would seem logical that an organization with a strong learning culture would be structured

Indonesian-Born Miklos Sunario Tells UN Forum AI Changes Education Definition

Jakarta. Miklos Sunario, the founder of education tech startup EduBeyond, said in a recent forum at the United Nations headquarters in New York that the use of artificial intelligence could change the definition of education from what we think it is today.

The Indonesian-born entrepreneur said that the old-school education system uses a similar approach for students with different needs and capabilities.

During the Jan. 31 UN forum, he identified the first crisis in education as “this idea that education is one-size-fits-all”.

“Whether you belong to the 2.3 percent who have a learning disability, or the 80 percent who find school disengaging and boring, the school has become a less so of an education, but more so of a certification,” Miklos said at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum in New York representing his company.

“However, with the latest technologies, education can be personalized to maximize actual, interesting learning,” said the 19-year-old.

The first issue led to the second crisis, as he quoted an estimate that 31.9 percent of high school students experience some form of anxiety disorder due to the conformity of the learning system.

Miklos, who currently lives in Canada, said AI could help tackle

The Bureau of the Education Policy Advisors’ Network meets to define priorities for the Network

Ahead of the 12th meeting of the Council of Europe Education Policy Advisors’ Network (EPAN), its Bureau convened on 27 February to discuss the upcoming agenda and outline key priorities for the Network. At the forefront of discussions was the European Space for Citizenship Education, part of the Council of Europe Education Strategy 2024-2030 “Learners First – Education for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Democratic Societies”, which will provide a comprehensive framework ensuring quality citizenship education across Europe and fostering collaborative endeavors among member States committed to upholding democratic values ​​and principles.

During the meeting, Bureau members engaged in-depth discussions regarding the key milestones and concerted actions necessary from member States, educational institutions, and civil society to make the European Space for Citizenship Education a reality. The proposed two-year development process is designed to be both realistic and aspirational, ensuring that the initiative remains grounded in practice while striving for significant educational change.

The official launch of the preparatory phase of this comprehensive initiative is scheduled to take place at the upcoming EPAN meeting in Tbilisi in May, which is being organized in collaboration with the Georgian authorities, marking a crucial milestone in advancing European citizenship education.

Furthermore, the Bureau received updates,

These are the 6 storylines that define Michigan education news in 2023

This was a transformative year for education in Michigan. Democrats took control of the state Legislature and rolled back some of the reforms enacted during Republican control.

Gone are the requirements for holding back struggling readers, using test scores to evaluate teachers, and giving letter grades to schools.

A new state education department was launched with an eye on improving outcomes for students. The state education budget invested historic amounts of money in the most vulnerable children.

The news went beyond Lansing, of course. Schools in Detroit dealt with budget cuts precipitated by the loss of federal COVID relief funding, which dried up in the district. They also tried to address high rates of chronic absenteeism.

As we head into the holidays and into a new year, here’s a look back at six big story themes from 2023:

Chronic absenteeism continues to threaten pandemic recovery

All the education reforms in the world won’t make a difference if students aren’t coming to school every day. That poses a particular problem in Michigan, where low achievement levels have driven calls for improving the way students are educated and schools are funded.

Those efforts have bumped up against data showing nearly a third

Defining the teachers we need for the education we want, and creating them

This year, World Teachers’ Day celebrations focused on the theme, “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage”.We appreciate Unesco in this respect for always driving the agenda of Education in all our societies and nations by designing yearly themes that resonate with the contemporary needs of Education.

In Kenya, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) led all education stakeholders in celebrating the Kenyan teachers on October 5 – the World Teachers’ Day.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has set a tradition of dedicating a whole day for Post-World Teachers’ Day celebration. This year, we hosted our event at the Kitui Teachers’ College in Kitui County.

Developing countries like Kenya are still on the light of trying to define the right teacher for the moment. Education is designed to undergo reviews that reflect the changing needs of the labor market. That is the reason in the history of our republic, we have had some changes in our national curriculum.

Most notably, in 1985, Kenya changed its education structure from a 7-4-2-3 to an 8-4-4 system. More recently in 2017, Kenya launched the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) to replace the

Closing of the regional workshop in support of the definition of the priority reform for the transformation of basic education in Madagascar, Burundi and Djibouti

Antananarivo, Friday, July 28, 2023 – As part of the improvement of basic education, the Malagasy government, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE/PME) and UNICEF organized, from 24 to 28 July 2023 in Antananarivo, a regional workshop bringing together education partners from Madagascar, Burundi and Djibouti. The working sessions were enhanced, in the last two days, by the presence of Mrs Marie Michelle SAHONDRARIMALALA, Minister of Education of Madagascar, and Professor François HAVYARIMANA, Minister of Education and Scientific Research of Burundi.

The workshop aimed to strengthen reflections, peer-to-peer experience sharing and the capacities of participating countries, in order to develop National Partnership Pacts based on the new model of (SME/GPE). The process of developing these Pacts was inclusive, with the participation of the various stakeholders of the sector for a priority educational reform, with a view to transforming the education system throughout the next five years. The workshop was based on the reflections and previous achievements resulting from the analysis of the factors favorable to the transformation of education systems, supervised by partner agents, such as UNESCO International Institute of Education Planning (IIEP) for the case of Madagascar. In addition, the presentation of Côte d’Ivoire’s successful experience on the Partnership

We Asked Educators How They Define the ‘Science of Reading.’ Here’s What They Said

What, exactly, does the “science of reading” mean?

The phrase has become popular over the past several years, used as a shorthand for many of the instructional changes schools have adopted to bring reading instruction more in line with research on how kids actually learn to read.

But not all educators share the same definition, an EdWeek Research Center Survey found, a potential challenge to better align research and practice nationwide.

In June and July of this year, we asked a nationally representative sample of about 1,300 educators the open-ended question: “What does ‘the science of reading’ mean to you?” More than 950 of them responded.

The results range from the very general—“What works in reading”—to paragraphs of detailed text about specific instructional practices.

Many responses focused on the process of kids learning to make speech-to-print connections, learning how spoken words are represented by written letters. Others took a broader view; one wrote: “whole child instruction. Rather than focusing on one area of ​​reading, it encourages us to incorporate all aspects involved.”

The array of responses demonstrates that even as states have passed laws mandating schools use the science of reading, and curriculum companies tout their materials as aligned with