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The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.

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

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The family had just moved and now has to wake up earlier to make the half hour drive across town to Jaslynn’s elementary school, which is in their old neighborhood. one early-March morning for the half hour drive to Jaslynn’s elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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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. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

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On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. Matt Coe, special education teacher, Tennessee.

Sent home early: Lost learning in special education

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Her parents wanted to get her a special education designation — and all the supports that came with it. The short answer, according to special education lawyers and advocates across the country, is no. Catherine Pearson, parent of a student in special education.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. . Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

Reluctance to require suicide prevention education could cost lives, but it’s complicated

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When she took a break from class at Cody High School to testify to the Wyoming State Legislature, via Zoom, in favor of a bill that would have mandated suicide prevention education in schools, she was prepared for an easy win. Ryan Fuhrman, chairman of the Wyoming State Board of Education.

Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?

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But when schools shuttered for the coronavirus last spring, Vaughn gained a slew of new responsibilities, like helping her kids access virtual classrooms and coordinating the special education services they receive. Vaughn feared how her absence would affect her children’s education. “I

Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

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This year, the Green Lake Parent Teacher Association paid about half that much to cover the cost of the elementary school’s vocal teacher and a portion of a full-time counselor’s salary, among other supports for students. The real issue is Washington state just needs to fully fund education.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources . Discovery Education offers a number of programs, resources and lessons that are specifically focused on helping students expand their thinking on issues of equity and culture.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

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Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. This post is sponsored by TGR Foundation and Discovery Education.

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Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

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When he was assistant superintendent of schools in Meriden, Miguel Cardona — the state’s new education commissioner — would take new teachers on a tour of the city’s neighborhoods. Credit: YouTube/State Education Resource Center. Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

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While a striking amount of uncertainty remains, experts largely agree on one thing: Pandemic education has exacted the greatest tolls from the children of historically marginalized groups.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access


Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities. Amesse Elementary.

When the man behind the curtain is female: More women now hold key education policymaker jobs

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Kids were busting into Zoom meetings across the country at that point in the pandemic, but for Kelley, whose job is to help design California’s statewide education policy, and her female colleagues, the situation held special resonance. “We I find the process more accessible.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. . Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

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Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. In the contexts of job preparedness and everyday engagement, many educators consider proficiency in computer science and computational thinking as valuable for students. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

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I went into education for two reasons. And the second reason is that I could ensure that no child would ever experience the educational journey and experience that I did. Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. Transcribed by Kymberli Mulford Biography as Submitted Tom Loud is a first-grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee.

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Twenty States Pass Legislation to Expand Access to K-12 Computer Science


access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the ? Advocacy Coalition ?, of more than 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. [ 5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students ] These 20 states passed new laws or initiatives to support K-12 computer science (CS) since January of.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. This bill was actively supported by CUE as well as most of the education associations potentially part of the Coalition mentioned in this article. The bill requires State Superintendent Torlakson to convene an advisory panel to prepare recommendations for a K-12 Computer Science Strategic Implementation (CCSSI) Plan to be adopted by the State Board of Education and implemented by the California Department of Education on or before July 1, 2018.

Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks of Special Education. Schools Must Do Better.


The teacher reached out to me, an education consultant recently hired by the school district to support struggling learners. As an educator, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day “administrivia” of making hundreds of decisions a week.

OPINION: With many schools choosing online learning, how can we keep the music alive?

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this spring, educators have been faced with a challenge: How do we ensure that our students can safely engage in school this fall? We advocate for our programs to ensure that our students receive the highest quality music education, year in and year out. FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

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They didn’t have a high-tech classroom with fancy equipment — in fact most students didn’t even have laptops or access to the internet. At the start of the program, students are given an inexpensive smartphone with internet access, which they get to keep once they complete the program.

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

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O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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After-school programs have either been abandoned or overworked

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For low-income kids it’s really hard for programs to run in person,” said Jodi Grant, executive director of Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. “It But she knew that designing a program was one thing; ensuring access to it was something else.

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

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The school also has a significant number of English language learners and students in special education. Related: The ‘invisible’ front line workers of education.

They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

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Most states have some sort of truancy laws on the books, but only about half still have policies punishing truancy with potential penal measures, according to the national policy group Education Commission of the States.

Column: As Betsy DeVos steps down, critics hope it is time to put the public back in public education

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at a White House meeting, March 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Instead of criticizing a president she has been unfailingly loyal to, DeVos used her farewell letter earlier this week to urge Congress to reject Biden’s education agenda.

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

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BOSTON, Massachusetts – For almost a decade, Simón López, the special education coordinator at Boston’s Sarah Greenwood School, has been fighting against the school district that employs him. based think tank that has studied both special and bilingual education.

Foreign tech workers are getting fed up. Can better education for U.S. students fill the gap?

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The man had been educated in the United States and living in the country on a renewable three-year visa, but he’d waited so long for permanent residency that he finally gave up. We’ve got to start early, in the elementary schools and middle schools, and say, ‘Math is not hard.’ ”.

Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

Across the nation, district equity discussions include how schools must examine current biases from bus stops to classroom materials to educator and staff expectations. For Dr. Monifa McKnight, Deputy Superintendent, the key questions for every program are: Who has access to that program?

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach


On top of those issues, there have been seemingly endless attempts to perfect the standardized test itself, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and dividing educators and communities. The problem was sufficiently troubling that educators hoped Congress would abandon the requirement for such tests when it rewrote the No Child Left Behind law that mandated them in the first place. We recognize that our idea works best when every child has full-time access to a computer.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A photo posted by GA Department of Education (@georgiadeptofed) on Jan 18, 2016 at 4:39am PST. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. I would like to thank the Georgia State Department of Education for this opportunity.

Climate change threatens America’s ragged school infrastructure

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Department of Education estimated the total cost of needed repairs at $197 billion, or around $220 billion in 2021 dollars. Mike Dunleavy, a former educator. The compromise does provide for electrifying school buses, lead pipe removal and expanded broadband access.

Some colleges start to confront a surprising reason students fail: Too many choices

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These students are increasingly the children of parents who helicoptered them through elementary, middle and high school or who didn’t go to college themselves and can’t provide much help with it. Those are not necessarily skills that they’re learning in K-12 education.”.