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

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Talk of education policy—or any policy, for that matter—can often be dry, divisive or both. 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. state has adopted at least one policy requiring, standardizing or funding computer science education in schools.

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. Administrators and teachers, who want to help every child reach their potential, can’t afford to wait for new laws and policies. Accessibility is the responsibility of all educators, staff, and administrators.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. This is a major investment that the country should make in terms of supporting early childhood and access to child care.”.

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. 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 I

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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. 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 I

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

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

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

The Hechinger Report

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

The Hechinger Report

In recent years, truancy policies have started shifting away from punitive measures to providing more support for students who are chronically absent. Hayden, typically an A or B student, has had difficulty making the transition from elementary school to middle school online.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia.

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

The Hechinger Report

Simón López, the Coordinator of Special Education at the Sarah Greenwood Elementary School for Dual Languages, is calling attention to the failure of Boston Public Schools’ dual language programs to accept students with certain types of disabilities – a violation of the spirit, at least, of state and federal laws. The district confirmed that they are denied any access to the bilingual instruction happening in the same building.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

It is not good policy to keep Puerto Rico economically on a downturn in what feels like an endless loop of economic underperformance. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It is not good policy to keep Puerto Rico economically on a downturn in what feels like an endless loop of economic underperformance,” said Aponte, who also served as U.S. How is it going to be accessible?

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Youth aren’t able to make the most healthy decisions when they don’t have access to safe schools, clothing and shelter,” she said.

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. Undergraduates, on average, end up taking 15 credits more than they need to get degrees — a full semester’s worth — according to the advocacy group Complete College America. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

Civic Responsibility

Reading By Example

This post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. You can access Rebell’s article at this URL: [link] ). Many American students who have basic literacy skills have yet to master the critical-reasoning and deliberation skills needed to appraise one-side or false information, assess policy alternatives, and enter into fruitful conversation with people who have opposing views.

‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

The Hechinger Report

Here, some of the nation’s poorest and blackest school districts struggle to recruit qualified and experienced teachers, expand access to learning experiences that can give students more opportunities to succeed in college, and raise the money needed to fix or replace run-down buildings. In the mornings, black kids like Clark rode on yellow school buses to Lexington Elementary; the white kids boarded blues ones that took them to private school.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

edWeb.net

All students need to have the same access to WiFi, and thus the ability to use the device, whether they are at school or not. Kelley, Superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District 97, IL, explained, this isn’t about deciding what technology a district uses. Equitable access should be a part of a larger discussion about how the schools are serving their students’ needs. For instance, one barrier to access was library cards.

Coronavirus means school food is free across the U.S. What if it stayed that way?

The Hechinger Report

Crystal FitzSimons, policy analyst at the Food Research & Action Center. That’s the best way to operate school nutrition programs,” said Crystal FitzSimons, a policy analyst for child nutrition at the Food Research & Action Center, a Washington, D.C.-based

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.

Parents are panicking, giving up their careers and spending thousands of dollars on piecemeal solutions for the school year

The Hechinger Report

Parents would be responsible for bringing kids on and off, on and off, on and off,” said Mancha-Sumners, the associate director for the Texas Center for Education Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. “I All locations will be added to the company’s liability policy.

Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

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SEL should be integrated into the materials; Develop inclusive discipline and dress code policies. Equitable Access to Resources: More than just culturally appropriate, rigorous curricula, district leaders also looked at how all staff, time, and money were being used to support all students.

What Shouldn’t Return to ‘Normal’ When Schools Reopen

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Kristi Wilson, Superintendent of Buckeye Elementary School District “Let’s not go back to the traditional way that we’ve ‘engaged’ with stakeholders in education,” says Marlon Styles, superintendent of Middletown City School District in Ohio.

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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Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Loud’s passions are technology integration in the elementary grades, along with teacher motivation.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

Edsurge

Institutions have access to more student data than ever before—but it's hard to really grasp what that means, since many of the digital tools that colleges use are from third parties or companies that keep their algorithms private. These days we do a lot of workshops and special projects around freedom of information and privacy issues and advocacy work because that act was passed back in 1992. That’s a lot of trouble to go through just to get access to your own personal data.

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Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help

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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. There are schools across the country that are putting in policies that are supportive for their transgender, non-conforming and LGBTQ students. If there's not, what are our policies?

What If Schools Viewed Outdoor Learning as ‘Plan A’?

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In May, as one school year ended and another began to loom large on the horizon, Danks and the leaders of a handful of other outdoor education advocacy groups— Ten Strands , the Lawrence Hall of Science museum in Berkeley, Calif.,

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

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools? Representative Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier) proposed a study to see when elementary schools should introduce computers, tablets and other technology to their students. It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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

Doug Levin

Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. " Tagged on: September 18, 2017 Too Much Technology in AR Elementary Schools? Representative Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier) proposed a study to see when elementary schools should introduce computers, tablets and other technology to their students. It’s not you, dear Twitter, it’s me.

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The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

Despite universal concerns about student data privacy, communicating school policies can quickly overwhelm school leaders. 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. But rather than the policy restating it, the policy should have the procedure teachers need to follow to get approval.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund follows the same formula as Title I, so it can be used to help bridge the digital divide for students from low-income families. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

The Hechinger Report

Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families, said that while schools aren’t viewed as child care providers in the traditional sense, elementary and middle school campuses do function as a “work support” for parents. Katherine Gallagher Robbins, child care and early education director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

The extreme scarcity of counselors in Arizona, especially in elementary schools, puts students there at particular risk. Just before this crisis began, Arizona was poised to spend millions more on boosting its thin roster of counselors, thanks in part to the advocacy of students like Kumar. Especially in states like Arizona, where families have little access to mental health care, students often turn to school counseling to triage their personal crises.

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. Two years ago, Isaac Paine Elementary won a competitive grant from the Rhode Island Office of Innovation to become a showcase “lighthouse school,” part of a statewide push to bring tech into education.