TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. Melanie Pritchett - Compass Learning, Austin, TX Dr. Frances McArthur - Superintendent, Lexington, TX We are on the cusp of exciting times in Texas, using digital content in the classroom. In Strama''s Sylvan learning centers, they run diagnostics on the students, identify their needs, and individualze their instruction. Universal, ubiquitous formats.State textbook fund should become state learning materials fund.(Side

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


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. Even as we learn more about learning itself, we can incorporate best practices through changing up lesson delivery models.

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Week of August 29, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through , the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). TECH TALK TUESDAYS: LEARNING TO SCRATCH ( Australia Series ) Tue 29 Aug 02:00AM New York / Tue 30 Aug 06:00AM GMT / Tue 30 Aug 04:00PM Sydney Anne Mirtschin. Learn how to use Scratch for effective learning and programming in your classroom.

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. action Advocacy ALA Carolyn Foote joyce valenza lettersforlibraries wiki save school libraries school libraries

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. It is a waste of my tax dollars to continue to purchase only textbooks which are often outdated by the time they are printed or which sit on shelves collecting dust because forward-thinking educators are using alternative materials to design instruction based on their students'' learning needs.

UPDATED: Live Interview on Monday Jan. 31 - Karen Cator on the National Education Technology Plan

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Monday, January 31st, 2011 Time : 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern / 11pm GMT ( international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, September 15th, for a live and interactive webinar with Sam Chaltain, DC-based writer and education activist, on his new book Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education.

OnTRACK for College Readiness: Digital Tools & Resources #SXSWedu


Notes from SXSWedu 2011 breakout session. Join onTRACK Advocacy Group in Epsilen for announcements about onTRACK roll out: [link] OnTRACK overview Online learning tools (lessons) for students in math, science, ELA, and social studies developed to increse student preparedness and performance on STAAR high school assessments leading to a higher degree of College and Career Readiness. All learning tools are being developed within TEA''s Project Share platform.

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


We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience. It is essential to translate practice in order to communicate with our stakeholders and to support and inspire learning. 2011) Evolving the Virtual School Library, Part 1: Deconstructing My Own Interface.

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].

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning


Distinctive Schools , a network of high-performing charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Michigan, offers an example of how to create and operate a personalized learning system. 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. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs.

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative provides for-fee, value-added hosting and customer support services around openly licensed content. According to the American Association of University Professors , in Fall 2011 41.5% Interaction and Learning.

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Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

The Case Against Grades (Educational Leadership, November 2011). He encourages educators to ask reflective questions about their own practice, take responsibility on behalf of the best interests of their classroom, and give ownership of the learning to their students.

A ‘civil rights camp’ teaches kids a history they’re not learning in school

The Hechinger Report

Mississippi teenagers Jashun Griffith and Trevion Williams know more than the basics about their state’s civil rights history, but they said they didn’t learn most of what they know in school. The bill was passed into law in 2006 and became effective in 2011.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

As More Children Show Symptoms of Trauma, Head Start Programs Expand Support Services


She recalls that when she got the job in 2011 as director of early childhood programs for the Butler County Educational Service Center, which encompasses Butler and Preble counties, “It was usually a couple of classrooms that we’d be like, ‘Whoa, this is really chaotic.’

What Students Want Teachers—and Facebook—to Know About Digital Citizenship


But it was also on Facebook where in 2011 Jivani, then in ninth grade, posted a video of her removing the wig. Jivani had jump started a career in self-care advocacy. The company wants input from young people on how they like to learn, she said. “We

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

The Hechinger Report

His schools have been scrambling to set up online learning, connect students with virtual counseling and get laptops into the hands of families — steps McKneely says will be invaluable if another hurricane disrupts education. “We We’re still learning how to fly as we’re flying,” he said. “We

Live Thursday, February 2nd - Panel on Personal Learning Profiles

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Thursday, February 2nd, for a live and interactive panel discussion on "Personal Learning Profiles," also referred to in variously as "personal success plans," "learner profiles," or "personalized learning paths."

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Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

Now, the presenters have encountered heretofore unthought-of costs like extended loaner devices, increased repair costs from home use, and distance learning options. Distance learning requires skill sets teachers might not have focused on before, and schools need to prepare them.

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. Future of Learning.

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. Nor had any freshmen who got Pell Grants in 2011 to attend 48 other colleges and universities, including taxpayer-subsidized public institutions.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Creators of Blended Learning Universe (, the organization provides a directory of innovative schools and a myriad of models and case studies to support district transformation. Organization: International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students


It matters that the young learn to be kind because a caring outlook is linked to positive life outcomes across multiple domains. “It’s And kids learn more when kindness and tolerance run through a school culture. Advocacy work and kindness are not mutually exclusive.

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

The Hechinger Report

Two months and three specialist visits later, she learned that her son was among the estimated 1 in 68 children nationwide who have autism, a sweep of disabilities typically characterized by impaired communication and repetitive behavioral patterns. Future of Learning.

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.

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. littleBits was founded in September 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, an engineer and interactive artist.


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

The Hechinger Report

Child care is not funded to serve all children who are eligible and it’s not funded to provide rates that ensure quality care for all eligible children,” said Karen Schulman, the child care and early learning research director at the National Women’s Law Center, which advocates for gender equity.

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

K-12 Schools - Education News

Not only are we worried about the flags and statues and all that, but what the hell are kids learning?” said Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has been critical of the state’s academic standards in social studies.

Stick Around: The Spectrum of Repurposing


Jessica Gosnell (Children’s Hospital, Boston), “Apps, an Emerging Tool for SLPs,” ASHA Leader Online, October, 2011 I think as we progress in incorporating technology into our work thoughtfully, we are getting better at seeing these connections and potential uses of a wider variety of apps.

When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

The Hechinger Report

In 2014, a cash-strapped school district in rural northeast Kansas turned to its residents with a plea: Pay a little more in taxes annually so we can renovate classrooms, update the wiring and give students better spaces to learn.

"Wholehearted Libraries" Mini-Conference - New Keynote Panelists Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance.

Helping Strangers May Help Teens’ Self-Esteem


Between 2008 and 2011, the researchers surveyed the study participants yearly. For many teens, the turbulent adolescent years bring social and emotional challenges like learning to resolve conflicts with friends, coping with peer pressure, and dealing with rejection. However, virtual volunteering, such as donating to a “Go Fund Me” campaign or writing an advocacy letter can also be worthwhile.

California Schools to Add LGBT Contributions to Curricula

K-12 Schools - Education News

Second grade students in California will soon be learning about how some families have two moms or two dads due to new public school curriculum guidelines that address LGBT history in public schools. (Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons).