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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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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.

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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.

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

CUE

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.

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 ?, a group. 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.

CUE

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.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

CUE

Civil rights advocates, conservatives, and assorted other groups formed an alliance during the drafting of the new bill that worked to preserve the requirement that children be tested in third through eighth grades and once in high school.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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.

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. The students came to the library in small groups to decorate a box to put their books in.

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. The students came to the library in small groups to decorate a box to put their books in.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. He’d create a study group to go over the terms with classmates or make flashcards.

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. Nearby, a group of seniors exhibit souvenirs they designed and fabricated a week earlier, using a computer-assisted drafting program and the lab’s 3-D printer.

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

Digital Promise

Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science. From this group, we’ve gathered insights on what the computer science movement looks like in these districts. VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. Some groups are trying to spread access to private evaluations to low-income families.

Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

EdNews Daily

1. Access to challenging curriculum and instruction. In elementary school, the classroom teacher often serves that function. In many middle and high schools, an advisory or advocacy program is often included. Typically, the program consists of a small group of students assigned to one teacher who monitors their progress in school and talks with them about academic and social issues. By Barbara Blackburn and Ron Williamson.

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.

2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills

MindShift

Now the advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety is joining with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association — the nation’s largest education unions, with several million members — in calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon.

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From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam: One of the things that’s pretty interesting since the last time we talked, Vicki, is that I was part of a group originally in 2010 that started lobbying of superintendents.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

MindShift

Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities. Some groups are trying to spread access to private evaluations to low-income families.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

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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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 22, 2017 Open Educational Resources | Babson Survey Research Group → Over three-quarters of K-12 districts have made at least one full-course curricula adoption decision over the past three years, with the need to meet changing standards driving most of these decisions, according to the results of a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG). " 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)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: September 22, 2017 Open Educational Resources | Babson Survey Research Group → Over three-quarters of K-12 districts have made at least one full-course curricula adoption decision over the past three years, with the need to meet changing standards driving most of these decisions, according to the results of a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG). " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools?

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help

Edsurge

In March, at ASCD Empower, which is a conference for educators with a focus on equity, she presented with Becca Mui, an education manager at GLSEN , an LGBTQ advocacy group focused on schools. A gender-neutral bathroom is a really critical bathroom that students should have access to.

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

The Hechinger Report

The building is not completely ADA accessible. These negotiated sales make up the bulk of money in municipal bond sales, according to data from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a trade group for broker-dealers and investment bankers.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

When writing policies, rather than restating the laws and all the legal jargon, administrators need to ask themselves what each group needs to know, and what do they need to do. Then, write policies that help each group enact the laws.

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

The Hechinger Report

Pro-reform teacher organizations , civil rights groups , women’s rights activists , students , centrist think tanks , reform leaders , evangelical Christians , special education advocates and even some choice proponents have lined up against her.

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

Edsurge

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

The Hechinger Report

During a group science lab in Giebel and Jolma’s class, Anna Wang, 13, sat on one of the wobbly chairs the school purchased for classrooms this year. “It A student leaps during a game at Horizons Elementary School. APPLETON, Wisc.

The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in India

The Hechinger Report

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.”.