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MIA in School: Instilling a Sense of Purpose in Students


Whether it was updating guidelines for early learners to encourage active co-viewing of media with adults, or advocating for personalized learning systems to be more attuned to the interests of the students they were designed to serve, we encouraged leaders and educators to put the learner at the center of the active use of digital tools. “Dad, I want a narwhal cake for my birthday.” “A A narwhal cake?” “Yes, Yes, a narwhal cake.” I have a ten year old who knows exactly what he wants. “So

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The community college “segregation machine”

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The California Acceleration Project, an advocacy group founded by faculty, reported that pass rates for underprepared students at Cuyamaca in college-level math jumped to 67 percent last year, up from 10 percent the year before. A working group met in November to come up with guidelines for how California’s community colleges must revamp their approach to remedial education.

Empowering and Encouraging a Culture of Innovation in School


Students know when they come to the Collaboratory, they are able to exercise autonomy and agency which both are empowering and great keys to building self-advocacy in learners. I am proud to see many of my teachers now understand content standards are a set of guidelines, but not rigid restrictions that limit imagination and innovation for lessons. Innovation has become an omnipresent buzzword in educational technology circles.

Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

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But, while Alabama earned an A after revamping its standards, eighth-ranked Mississippi earned a C from the advocacy group, which rates state standards for inclusion of leaders, groups, events, history, opposition and tactics. Under state administrative guidelines, books must meet at least “80 percent of the mandated competencies” as outlined in the Mississippi Curriculum Framework.

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Your Internet History is Now For Sale


Republicans that voted in favor of overturning the FCC online privacy rules argued that the privacy regulations would stifle innovation by forcing Internet providers to abide by unreasonably strict guidelines. The FCC rules that were repealed did not step-on the FTC guidelines; rather, they finally gave some definition for how ISPs need to protect consumer information. Advocacy ISTE Technology in Education Uncategorized advocacy internet privacy lawmaking

‘Bigly’ Education Decisions for 2017


Department of Education (ED) staff, Congressional leaders, state school chiefs, and leaders of major trade associations, think tanks, and advocacy groups.). A new competency-based learning and employment ecosystem is emerging despite traditional federal rules and guidelines. If the President-elect’s Tweet storms are any indication, education policies are in for an adventure next year. While, as American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar.

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

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A Dozen Essential Guidelines for Educators ( [link] , October 2013). Five Not-So-Obvious Propositions About Play ( [link] , November 17, 2017). Advocacy Leadership Literacy Reading Alfie Kohn Heinemann Schooling Beyond Measure

Put more gender studies in schools’ sex ed courses

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Demonstrators protest for transgender rights with a rally, march through the Loop and a candlelight vigil to remember transgender friends lost to murder and suicide on March 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. It was the most ever recorded, according to the advocacy group. Looking more closely at this year’s deaths, all eight transgender people killed so far in 2017 were transgender women of color, according to GLAAD.

OPINION: It’s not too late for DeVos to make informed changes to current Title IX policies

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Colleges and universities across New York are required to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines that include a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a bill of rights for students reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking, as well as due process requirements that ensure that the investigation and disciplinary adjudication of a case of sexual assault is fair to the accused student. Betsy DeVos Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The lying did not start on Inauguration Day – 20 January 2017. How on earth is @BreitbartNews getting the #1 slot in Google results when it comes to Science/Nature News — codyb (@CodyBrown) March 22, 2017. Facebook said it would work with the ed-tech advocacy group Digital Promise to teach digital skills.

A Faculty-Led Fund Gets Cash to Struggling Students, Fast


One guideline: The funds are not intended to reward students who earn the best grades. In 2017, Lauren Jones, then a professor of developmental writing and reading at Columbus State Community College, received a FAST Fund grant to help provide for her students, like the one who often left a morning class early to stand in line for lunch at a nearby food pantry. The committee spread word of the resources within the developmental learning and student advocacy departments.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Step 2: Develop and communicate a district-wide policy for accessibility including guidelines for accessible purchasing. Most recently, Dr. Muzzey earned his National Superintendent certification from AASA in 2017.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


The adaptive Apex Learning Tutorials for intervention, remediation, and preparation for high-stakes assessments were proven to improve students’ performance on the Tutorials from pretest to posttest by more than 50% and by an average of 23 to 26 percentile points during the 2016–2017 school year.

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

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And the eligibility guidelines are so tight that millions of families who could benefit from assistance get nothing. Families who earn more than poverty-level wages but still live on a subsistence budget account for about 33 million American households, according to Laura Bruno, a spokesperson for United for ALICE , a research and advocacy organization focused on America’s working poor.

Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds

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Cascio found that universal and targeted state public programs cost about the same per student and met many of the same quality guidelines. For years, voters from all political parties have been telling pollsters at the First Five Years Fund, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on early learning, that they are in favor of more funding for early childhood education.

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Are we ready? How we are teaching – and not teaching – kids about climate change

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Texas, which because of its market size plays an influential role in shaping the content of textbooks even beyond its borders, is one of six states that develops its own curriculum standards, while 20 follow the national guidelines and another 24 have adopted modified versions. Meanwhile, even textbooks that are designed to be sold in states that follow the 2013 guidelines, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, have been slow to catch up.