The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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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

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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.

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

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A lot of our kids don’t have internet access,” said Coe, who knows students who routinely head to the library or the town’s McDonald’s to get online. For students who don’t have online access, we’re happy to be able to provide this,” said Seeta Pai, executive director of education at WGBH.

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. Wybrant cites the North Dakota Access Pipeline as an example. The people who had the problem didn’t have access to solve it.” Amesse Elementary.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

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Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

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The professional development on TGR Edu: Explore provides everyone, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond.

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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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

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. [ 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.

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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

How to Unleash 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. Transcribed by Kymberli Mulford Biography as Submitted Tom Loud is a first-grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee. Loud’s passions are technology integration in the elementary grades, along with teacher motivation.

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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. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislation

Sent home early: Lost learning in special education

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Experts say that’s common, and parents often don’t realize what rights their children have when it comes to accessing a full day of school. One Oregon advocacy organization reported receiving calls from nearly 280 parents about shortened school days from September 2016 to December 2018.

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.

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

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Samantha Tran, senior managing director of education policy at Children Now, a nonpartisan research, policy and advocacy organization, noticed. “I I find the process more accessible. Elementary to High School News Solutions Funding Law and policy Politics

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.

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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OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

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Schools’ struggles to engage English learners’ families during the pandemic partly stem from another pre-pandemic inequity — gaps in access to digital learning devices and the internet. Elementary to High School Opinion English language learners online learning Parents Personalized Learning

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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While some districts have prioritized the mental health of their students, Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, the director of policy and advocacy for the National Association of School Psychologists, said such districts are the exception.

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

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Research repeatedly indicates that schools and students with access to high quality music education perform better in a multitude of academic, social and emotional ways. Music teachers need your advocacy and your help. FRANKLIN, Tenn. Since the onset of the coronavirus in the U.S.

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

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The district confirmed that they are denied any access to the bilingual instruction happening in the same building. At Sarah Greenwood, school leaders have resisted López’s advocacy for years. Elementary to High School News Civil rights English language learners Special education

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

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During a pandemic, when there’s no uniform way of counting attendance, Hedy Chang, director of the advocacy group Attendance Works, has seen districts rethinking some of these rules, with their ability to do so varying on state flexibility.

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

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It remains unclear what powers the board would have if it finds an educator called 911 inappropriately, but students involved in the incident could access legal services if needed.

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.

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

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But I gravitated toward elementary education and once I started doing internship experiences in New Britain, it was sealed for me,” he said. I went from 25 kids to 600 at Hanover Elementary School … Now it’s over 530,000, but it’s still service to kids.”. FROM OUR PARTNER.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

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We recognize that our idea works best when every child has full-time access to a computer. During her early years in education she taught elementary and junior high school in New York City. Advocacy Common Core Standards Education Technology eLearning Strategies Symposium Category Page Technology in Education Uncategorized alternative testing computer based learning data data collection ESSA standardized testing

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.

‘We just pick up the pieces’: As a new school year starts, this Mississippi Delta community is fighting for survival

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The predicament is particularly pernicious for students who received the least in normal times, in a state where access to even the basics largely falls along the lines of race. Buses were parked outside of apartment complexes to provide Wi-Fi for families without reliable internet access.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

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Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

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

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DeVos “enthusiastically sent our taxpayer dollars to schools that explicitly and actively discriminate against LGBTQ+ students,” Eliza Byard, the executive director of the advocacy group GLSEN , said in a statement.

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. Rodrigo Chinchon changed his major two years into college and ended up 15 credits behind.

‘It’s very hard for us to get things we need’: Thousands of Mississippi teens face hunger and homelessness in pandemic

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Justin Lofton, director of Youth Engagement and Advocacy for the group, said a large percentage of applicants said their parents hadn’t yet received unemployment benefits after losing their jobs as a result of coronavirus closures, increasing the financial strain on their families.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C., School buses provide Wi-Fi access for downloading homework assignments, as well as lunches, at various locations in South Carolina. With everything shut down, the chronic issue of home internet access became an immense and acute challenge.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

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Now, some school districts are pushing this job exploration into middle and even elementary school, convinced that helping students connect what they are learning to careers will not only deepen their engagement but also help them make more informed decisions about their educational paths. “In South Carolina’s Charleston County School District is among the many school districts around the country now working to modify and extend those programs to its middle and elementary schools. “It’s

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide. How is it going to be accessible?