TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. Second barrier is lack of access to digital high speed connections at home. We need to make sure people have a way to access the content. How can we budget for digital access for those who need it without budgeting for those who don''t? Equal access for children of poverty is an issue. digital content tcea tcea 2011 Texas Texas legislature Texas State Board of Education

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Providing access to technology is important but not a complete solution when it comes to getting rid of systemic disparities caused by issues like income inequality, geographic isolation, or discrimination.


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Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


No longer would they be compelled to purchase textbooks each year, but they would have freedom to choose digital content and the technological equipment necessary for students to access the digital content. Jennifer Bergland has written about the companion bill in the House, HB 6, at the TCEA Advocacy blog here and here if you would like more detailed information. Everything I accessed was an instructional material with content relevant to my course of study.

Broken system: Child care subsidies ensure low-quality, limit access

The Hechinger Report

Ultimately, by offering the poorest families insufficient financial assistance to access excellent child care and by denying help to millions more low-income families who can’t afford such care, the federal government is effectively lowering the quality of child care available to a huge segment of the American public. This is a major investment that the country should make in terms of supporting early childhood and access to child care.”.

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!


The following is a legislative action alert I received today from Jennifer Bergland and TCEA Advocacy. advocacy educational technology instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget It is reposted here with permission. HB 6 is the companion bill to SB 6 which I testified on before the Senate Education Committee last week. Even if you are reading this late in the day Tuesday, call your rep!

Letters for Libraries: Advocacy & Action!

The Daring Librarian

The FY 2011 budget absorbs this grant program, along with a variety of others, into Effective Teaching and Learning for a Complete Education. Langston Hughes Academy Charter in New Orleans, Lousiana is using the grant to hire a full-time librarian and build a centralized computer lab area for students Copenhagen School District in Copenhagen, New York is using the grant to provide internet access for a rural community with limited internet resources and create a "Library without Limits."

Live Thursday Sept. 15 with Sam Chaltain on "Faces of Learning"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT ( interna tional times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). psid=2011-09-15.1730.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable.mp3 audio recording can be accessed at [link].

Worldwide Library 2.011 Conference - Call for Presentations

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is our official call for presentations for the Library 2.011 conference, November 2 - 3, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, and will be free to attend. We encourage all to participate, and ask that you share this information where appropriate. Presentation submission instructions are at [link].

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)


2011) Evolving the Virtual School Library, Part 1: Deconstructing My Own Interface. technology advocacy equity school libraries virtual libraries websitesWhether or not we are planning for a virtual experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice. We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience. And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

The Hechinger Report

So far, the pandemic has revealed the challenges of conducting education remotely as well as uneven access to Wi-Fi and devices such as laptops. In the weeks that followed, the district surveyed parents about their technology needs, took an inventory of devices such as Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots, and assembled digital learning content under one portal that teachers and students could access easily. million kids statewide lacked access to Wi-Fi and computers.

Billions in federal financial aid is going to students who aren’t graduating

The Hechinger Report

Federal data show that of the 201 low-income freshmen who began at the college in 2011, none had graduated six years later. In 2011, federal figures show, 201 of its incoming freshmen got Pell Grants, part of more than $325 billion the Congressional Budget Office estimates the government has paid out through that program in the last decade to help low-income students nationwide earn degrees. The Old Manse, the centerpiece of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock.

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

The Hechinger Report

It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee. Enrollment in Tennessee has actually declined among adults aged 25 to 64 since 2011. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion poverty Rural schools

Eligible for job and college aid, half of Tennesseans with disabilities get nothing

The Hechinger Report

It’s disheartening to families, and it fosters the ‘check mentality,’ ” said Carrie Guiden, executive director of The Arc of Tennessee, a nonprofit disability advocacy group, referring to government checks. She had spent 12 years as a senior education advocate at the Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee, advising other parents on how to get through the system. More advocacy.”. Higher Ed News Civil rights Higher education access Investigations Law and policy

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

The Hechinger Report

percentage points since 2011, the federal data show. And at private for-profit colleges and universities, more than 44 percent of students leave before finishing, a figure that is eight-tenths of a percentage points worse than it was in 2011. million fewer college students than there were at the most recent peak, in 2011, the National Student Clearinghouse reports. The line between Texas and Arkansas in front of the bi-state federal building, which straddles both.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

The Hechinger Report

Candace Cortiella, the director of The Advocacy Institute. And that’s not the case,” said Candace Cortiella, the director of The Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., As recently as 2011, more students with disabilities in Louisiana dropped out than graduated. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationJulie Comeaux and son Matthew begin their home-schooling lesson for the day.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

The Hechinger Report

A 2011 federal study that followed students for several years after high school graduation found that special education students are less likely to go to and complete college and, if they joined the workforce, earned nearly $4 an hour less than former general education students. All students with disabilities need to develop strong self-advocacy and communication skills to make sure they’re getting the supports they’re due, especially in the sink-or-swim real world.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

The Hechinger Report

A 2011 federal study found that although the employment rate within 6 years of leaving high school for special education students (71.1 Administrators also told the family they could connect with the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services or apply for Vocational Rehabilitation, a federally funded service that helps people with disabilities access higher education and employment. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special education

Colleges say they could lower tuition if they could talk to each other about it

The Hechinger Report

As many as 150 schools belonged to 24 groups that met each spring to compare notes in this way, according to the advocacy organization The Institute for College Access and Success. The colleges say this forces them to raise tuition — which the College Board says has grown 13 percent above inflation since 2011 — while still failing to keep pace with costs. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Politics

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning


It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Operating since 2011, Distinctive sees education as “the social justice issue of our time that can only be addressed by ensuring equity, access and excellence via school choice.”.

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

During the “ National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Virtual Post-Inauguration Awards and Policy Panel ,” the presenters discussed the intersection of technology and education and what’s needed to create sustainable, equitable access to a 21st century education.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

Cathy, who was appointed in 2011 as the school system’s Deputy Superintendent for Academic Advancement, has dedicated her career to public education. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

World Backup Day March 31st: Student data security


Cybercriminals take advantage of any accessible information and, since adolescent identities and credit profiles are monitored less frequently, activity can go unnoticed until the victim is old enough to access credit. For example, of 40,000 children who were involved in a 2011 data breach , more than 10% of them had their social security numbers compromised and used by a cybercriminal. Child identity theft: the hidden threat that is more common than one may think.

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Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. He has served as Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District in Ithaca, New York since January 2011.


Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

Provide access to integrated wraparound services and supports, which should include partnering with community officials like law enforcement and hospitals to ensure that students receive support wherever and whenever they need it. By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

To give further context, I’ve sorted them alphabetically, into four categories; (1) those organizations that are instructionally-focused; (2) those that provide supports for technology leadership; (3) those that focus on connectivity and access; and (4) those that focus on data privacy and security. Created in 2013, ® is an educational non-profit with a mission to expand access to computer science, and increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color.

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Scrutiny of colleges that get billions in GI Bill money remains mired in bureaucracy

The Hechinger Report

Curt Coy, who was the VA’s deputy under secretary for economic opportunity from 2011 until his retirement in late 2017, said it was hard to find resources for veterans’ educational issues. An advocacy group called Veterans Education Success (VES) has collected 113 more from veterans and service members, many of which echo Baca’s criticisms about quality and cost. “I In a 2011 congressional hearing, then-Sen.

If schools don’t overhaul discipline, ‘teachers will still be calling the police on our Black students’

The Hechinger Report

In 2011, following the death of 20-year-old Raheim Brown at the hands of school police officers, Black community organizers in Oakland pledged to eliminate the school district’s police department.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

Some are also becoming de facto internet service providers as they try to provide WiFi accessibility. in educational leadership in 2011 from Trevecca Nazarene University. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. Budgets. Student outcomes.


New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

And Sanders said administrators are brainstorming ways to spread out access to the district’s best teachers, perhaps virtually, so that students get more opportunities than the ones available to them in their assigned neighborhood schools. At Ronald D.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

Like many students in the district, she has no access to the internet at home. The district has already spent more than $3 million since 2011 on tablets, laptops, software programs, fiber optic wiring, and engineers to oversee all the instructional technology. Keith Krueger, chief executive officer of the Consortium for School Networking, a technology advocacy group, calls the digital divide in the US “the civil rights issue” of our time.

Short on financial knowledge, some school districts get bad deals on bonds

The Hechinger Report

The building is not completely ADA accessible. Baum & Company, the same financial firm that underwrote the Fox C-6 bonds, was sanctioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for overcharging a school district in 2011. A 2013 report estimated that Missouri school districts and local governments could have saved up to $43 million between 2008 and 2011 had they gotten more favorable interest rates on bonds.

Should we test all 2-year-olds for autism?

The Hechinger Report

There’s a lot of work to be done in offering full access and high-quality care to all children,” says Dr. Diana Robins of Drexel University, who pioneered the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers , the most extensively studied tool used for population-based autism screening. Jonathan was fortunate: New York City is one of the best places nationwide for people with autism, due partly to a relative availability of services, according to a 2011 Autism Speaks survey.

littleBits Teams Up with National PTA to Further Engage Parents and Kids in STEM


littleBits , the inventor of the electronic building block, today announced a partnership and new grant program with National PTA , the nation’s oldest and largest child advocacy association. Together with National PTA, littleBits is poised to capture the imagination of kids at a critical time in their development -- ensuring that STEM is fun and accessible to everyone. littleBits was founded in September 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, an engineer and interactive artist.

California Schools to Add LGBT Contributions to Curricula

K-12 Schools - Education News

For example, seniors will learn about the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, as well as recent court cases about bathroom access for transgender students, reports The Mercury News. California lawmakers passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act in July 2011, which added LGBT people to a list of social and ethnic groups who contributed to state and US history. (Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons).

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

According to the American Association of University Professors , in Fall 2011 41.5% On a related note, my experience in talking with thousands of faculty in my two decades of advocating for open content has been that the more at-risk students a faculty member is serving, the less likely she is to have technical expertise, time, or access to institutional support. Students in some courses also had access to lecture video.

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