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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. Similarly, when vetting tech tools, the contracts should include the district’s accessibility requirements. Any upgrades should maintain, if not increase, a resource’s support for accessibility.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

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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. I am overwhelmed with joy for my students because I know now they each stand a better chance of being a successful student,” said Regina Trout, who teaches the second-year kindergarteners at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown. ” Regina Trout, kindergarten teacher at Maple Hill Elementary School in Middletown, N.Y. based education reform advocacy group.

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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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.

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

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 disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones. 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.”.

Civic Responsibility

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This post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. Schools are being called to action to reverse the trend of Americans not participating in civic duties, for example a decline in people voting. 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!

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. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. Much of the advocacy for net-zero buildings has focused on environmental and economic incentives. ARLINGTON, Va.

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

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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.

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. The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act , or ESSA, also provides increased access to funding for physical education by including the subject in its definition of a “well-rounded education.”. “At At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It

The messy reality of personalized learning

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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.

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As budgets get cut, special education advocacy must be paramount. SHOW LINK BIO: Rebecca’s dedication to exceptional learners started in elementary school when she was a “special friend” to the mainstream class. This work drove the importance of advocacy for education programs for all children. Join in each week to talk about some of the emerging trends and topics in education.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom. Basecamp schools then receive mentoring from and troubleshooting by Summit staff, as well as PLP access throughout the academic year.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. Students in Montclair State University’s dual certification program work on an assignment during class.

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Elementary Years ? Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. We have several sessions each day, with (lots) more coming ( and that could include you! ). A current list is below.

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

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The guide also noted that starting in elementary school, all students take Spanish, art and music classes. But many of the 747 charters have implemented policies that critics say make it difficult for lower-income families to access them. W]here do schools want to locate, who do they want to serve, what strategies are the schools going to put in place to make sure everyone has knowledge and access?” But if you look at the numbers, we’re trending in the right direction.”.

Could we improve America by treating 2-year-olds better?

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But next to nothing is done to provide access to child care for 2-year-olds or to regulate it. percent for the European Union, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , which tracks international economic trends. The result of our minimal investment in 2-year-olds is a stunning lack of access to affordable, high-quality care for families at every level of the socioeconomic ladder.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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The image above from Google Trends helps demonstrate how popular the phrase has become in the intervening months. A study by George Washington University’s Center on Education Policy found that between 2001 and 2007, 36 percent of districts decreased elementary classroom time spent on social studies, including civics – a drop that most affected underfunded schools serving working-class, poor, rural, and inner-city kids."