Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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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.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Amesse Elementary.

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

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access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the ? Code.org 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. [

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

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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. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted.

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

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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. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. Ensure all pupils have access to computer science from K-post secondary education. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

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Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. Another net-zero elementary school, also designed by VMDO, is to open in 2019.

To Raise a Reader

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It was a book I relied on when I taught elementary school. Educators feel the same way when we discover a new strategy or method and then think about all of the students we had in the past who did not have access to this better practice. MY STUDENTS ARE NOT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. At the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention, some Mineral Point Elementary School faculty heard children’s author Mem Fox speak about the importance of reading aloud.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

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based education advocacy group. “It For example, Tressa Norris, a library media specialist at Joppa View Elementary School, recently worked with second-graders on multimedia presentations about American symbols to bolster a unit about patriotism being taught by their classroom teacher.

Civic Responsibility

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This post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. You can access Rebell’s article at this URL: [link] ). Advocacy Literacy newsletter principal as an advocate Reading media literacy Michael Rebell Phi Delta Kappan votingLet me know what you think in the comments! It is hard to believe that November is already here!

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

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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. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special education

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Also, the elementary school with the most students to complete the summer reading challenge will earn a trophy to keep at the school for the year. Thanks to Get Georgia Reading , all students in Georgia also have access to MyOn from Capstone for the summer.

Home Libraries and Summer Reading

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Also, the elementary school with the most students to complete the summer reading challenge will earn a trophy to keep at the school for the year. Thanks to Get Georgia Reading , all students in Georgia also have access to MyOn from Capstone for the summer.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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Third grade students at Meeker Elementary school share an iPad in a blended learning class in Greeley, Colorado. Like many students in the district, she has no access to the internet at home. K-12 News English language learners Parents poverty Rural schools teachers Technology access

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. Partnering with Gretchen Thomas and her UGA Project Spark class to give students more access to our library makerspace. gadoeteachertakeover #spelling #spellingbee #writing #english #competition #googlehangout #google #community #librariesofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #elementary.

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

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VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few. Community Engagement and Advocacy. For instance, Indian Prairie School District held a four-hour Maker Day to garner community support for computational thinking and maker learning in elementary schools.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

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But when it comes to policy that expands access to computer science education, legislators tend to be interested and in agreement. That, plus rapid tech adoption by schools and a major push from advocacy organizations, explains why nearly every U.S. Since the nonprofit Code.org began its advocacy work five years ago, the number of states with one or more computer science policies in place increased from 14 to 44.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

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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. Tom Loud is first grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

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Pam: I think that one of the things that particularly — in states like Virginia where the resources that localities have access to can be wildly different.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

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Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. Created in 2013, Code.org ® 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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5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

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It’s a really fun way to introduce financial literacy quiz questions, like Quiz Bowl format, questions in classrooms, anywhere from elementary to high school students.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

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Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

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Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Schools Making 'Extraordinary Progress' With High-Speed Internet Access, Analysis Finds | Education Week → Ben Herold writes: "The country's "extraordinary progress" connecting schools to affordable high-speed internet continued last year, according to a new analysis from broadband-advocacy group EducationSuperHighway." " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

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Make equitable access a priority. Typically, one goal of a 1:1 environment is 24/7 access to learning for both students and teachers. Many students, though, may not have ready access to the Internet at home. Step 1: Make a plan.

Spanish-Speaking Parents Struggle to Learn How Well Schools Serve Their Children

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But that hasn’t stopped Diaz from advocating for parents like her to have better access to and understanding of school data. Both attend Dover Elementary School where student achievement in math and English decreased significantly during the last year. According to data from the California School Dashboard , Dover Elementary School has also seen significant drops in achievement for both ELL students and those who have been reclassified, after passing exams, from ELL to proficient.

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OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

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During the past 50 years, no segment of elementary education has prospered against the odds more than homeschooling. In Massachu­setts, for example, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists and links to all private and parochial schools in the commonwealth.

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

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The building is not completely ADA accessible. Pipes have been left in disrepair in an Antonia Elementary School art room storage closet in Imperial, Missouri, causing sewage to drip through.

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

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She became an educator in 2007 and has spent most of her career teaching special needs students at a majority-Hispanic public elementary school in the Bronx. The nonprofit offers workshops, one-to-one advocacy, and a monthly Spanish-speaking support group for families.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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A student leaps during a game at Horizons Elementary School. Florida and Rhode Island now mandate 20 minutes of recess time a day for elementary school students. At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It APPLETON, Wisc.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

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And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Tom Loud is first-grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee.

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US Dept of Ed Pushes for Expansion of High-Quality Preschools

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This year, Congress is seeking to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and as a part of that goal create equity of opportunity, starting with the country’s youngest children.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Is repeating third grade — again and again — good for kids?

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Thousands of Mississippi’s third graders will sit in front of computers later this month to take the statewide reading test, but the eyes of teachers and administrators at Finch Elementary School will be intensely focused on a dozen students at this Wilkinson County school.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

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India’s education system has long lagged behind others, despite the country’s enactment of the 2009 Right to Education (RTE) ACT , which was supposed to give every child in the country the right to a full-time elementary education “of satisfactory and equitable quality.”.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.

Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

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This fall, students at Enterprise Attendance Center in the small city of Brookhaven may get to draw, paint and make crafts in an elementary art class — the first the school has had in 12 years. billion on elementary and secondary education.

Schools Embracing Data, Metrics to Improve Effectiveness

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Riverside Elementary School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin is a school that embraces data analysis across operations, Motoko Rich writes for the NY Times.

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School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. ” Regina Trout, kindergarten teacher at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown, N.Y. based education reform advocacy group.

Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Launch National Event that Connects Students with Real-World Stories of Loss, Triumph and Learning at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

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Operation Prevention efforts have expanded through the Operation Prevention Pledge – which brings together educators, advocacy organizations, businesses, think-tanks, and social impact groups – to encourage millions more young people to learn about the science behind addiction. Students invited to participate in ‘Opioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science.’

A new test that no student would dread — one that leads to citizenship

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He is a member of the Latino education advocacy group Nuestra Voz and a student at Cohen College Prep in New Orleans. Students need access to quality high schools, citizenship and real pathways to gainful employment, he added. A 2014 protest for immigrant rights in New York. Photo: U.