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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. 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.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

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

The Hechinger Report

Ultimately, by offering the poorest families insufficient financial assistance to access excellent child care and by denying help to millions more low-income families who can’t afford such care, the federal government is effectively lowering the quality of child care available to a huge segment of the American public. billion to that fund, an amount advocates say is far too little to meet current need.

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations

Edsurge

Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs. Through these deals, colleges become digital book brokers , selling students access codes for packaged digital texts and online homework systems created by commercial publishers. And in February, nonprofit advocacy organization U.S.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that about 21 million Americans lack broadband access, with an independent research group indicating the actual number is twice as high. 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.

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 IV

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 IV

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

CUE Advocacy Update. Defining computer science education principles to meet needs of K-12 students. 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.

Digital Equity After the Pandemic

edWeb.net

Smartphones don’t equal home access: Students may have a phone, but that doesn’t mean they have home WiFi, unlimited data, or live in an area with a strong signal. Teachers have access issues too: Not all teachers have high-speed internet or unlimited data either. Adjust access and support accordingly. Today, Ann is based in Los Angeles working as a public speaker, writer, and education consultant focused on leadership and planning to meet the needs of today’s students.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

Our students are granted the opportunity to flourish with access to knowledge, resources, the world of literature and the creation of school community. Approximately 50 schools have libraries with catalog systems, and all schools have a subscription to PA Power Library, which makes libraries virtually accessible to all schools. Students, particularly those from homes where books are not readily available, need access to books in every room of the school.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. Praise – It is beyond awesome that the Smithsonian is making efforts to provide access to their images. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. Praise – It is beyond awesome that the Smithsonian is making efforts to provide access to their images. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

Do We Over-Complicate Reading Instruction?

Reading By Example

Lots of reading aloud plus time to read and access at home to books have been two of our most promising strategies. For sure our efforts to meet the needs of every student from early on shouldn’t be trivialized. But we are also talking about a small group of kids that can be supported with early effective intervention if all kids have access to authentic and effective literacy experiences.

Students sick of ‘lip service’ from universities over racism

The Hechinger Report

They say that, despite endless commissions and study groups, the monuments of Confederate and pro-segregation leaders remain lodged on their campuses. We’ve had town halls and meetings, but no actual consequences for the students who committed racist acts,” said Brandon Lewis, a master’s degree student in atmospheric science at N.C. Troy Alim, Midwest engagement manager for the Young Invincibles youth advocacy group.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

Edsurge

Senate introduced a bill that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. Most Americans who cannot access the internet on a daily basis come from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities, including individuals with disabilities, from low-income backgrounds and those living in rural areas. Education Technology Policy & Government Access and Affordability School Infrastructure

Lawsuits Over Tuition Refunds Inspire New Student Consumer ‘Bill of Rights’

Edsurge

It’s restructuring the relationship between a student and his or her institution,” says James Toscano, president of Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust , the nonprofit advocacy organization that is taking the lead in promoting the bill of rights.

With a degree no longer enough, job candidates are told to prove their skills in tests

The Hechinger Report

As the number of candidates balloons while health risks make it hard for hiring managers to meet with them in person, a trend toward “pre-hiring assessments” — already under way before Covid-19 — is getting a huge new push. Department of Education, for reasons including cost and access. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

As diagnoses rise, more colleges add services for students with autism

The Hechinger Report

Colleges have created special support programs because other campus disability services, to which students with autism are often referred, don’t always meet all their needs, advocates and parents say. They’ll meet you halfway,” said Uri, who is now a software engineer at Microsoft. Resident assistants in the dorms get special training, and Mosaic staff will sit in on meetings between Mosaic students and their roommates when necessary. Jared Jellicorse with his mother, Marla.

Can a college completion crisis be solved by students sharing their struggles?

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — Countless ideas about getting students to and through college have come from policymakers, lawmakers and any number of advocacy groups. An accompanying curriculum and hashtag encourages students to share stories about times when they questioned whether they belonged in college or struggled to stay there, and touches on a key issue for The Hechinger Report: how to equalize access to higher education, at a time of rising costs and unmanageable student debt.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

The Hechinger Report

A Latinx student group that Contreras advises, ALMA, has also withered, he said, with only a handful of active members now, compared to perhaps two dozen in the 1990s. Román-Lagunas said she has noticed that “the Latino student groups used to be stronger.” based advocacy group Excelencia in Education, said universities need to go beyond that sort of passive outreach, especially for students who may be hesitant to seek out help. “We

Choosing pass/fail grades may help college students now, but could cost them later

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. That’s one of the biggest reasons students who get bachelor’s degrees end up having paid for an average of 15 credits that didn’t count by the time they graduate, or a full semester’s worth, the advocacy group Complete College America has calculated. Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

While focus is on fall, students? choices about college will have a far longer impact

The Hechinger Report

Some low-income prospective students now are working to help their families, said Yolanda Watson Spiva, president of the advocacy group Complete College America; others are seeing record unemployment rates and wondering whether there will be any jobs for them, even with degrees. “It’s When she thinks about a student going through college, Kristen Renn imagines a seedling growing into a tree: There are a lot of things that could go wrong along the way.

What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian?

The Hechinger Report

Several recent surveys show that employers need multilingual workers; a study by New American Economy, a bipartisan immigration policy group, found that the number of job postings seeking bilingual employees doubled from 2010 to 2015. That feeds messaging about how students can test out of the classes or most easily meet requirements. (At She said students like that they meet just once a week. “We I can’t take a five-credit Spanish class that meets every day.”.

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

Later that day, she planned to study for her summer session classes, English and public speaking, and to meet with an advisor. This support is available to Mayes because she’s part of a select group of Western Michigan students known as the Seita Scholars. Jennifer Pokempner, director of child welfare policy at Juvenile Law Center, a legal advocacy group in Philadelphia, said the Seita program is “seen as a model.”

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.”. 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?

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

The Hechinger Report

Institutions including the California Institute of the Arts have begun what CalArts associate provost for student success Anna Jablonski calls “metaphorical hand-holding,” in which students who are starting to slip get pulled in for face-to-face meetings with advisers and faculty mentors rather than being allowed to drift away and drop out. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

The Hechinger Report

Colleges and states are realizing that they won’t meet their enrollment targets or improve the proportion of their residents with higher educations if they don’t pay more attention to this part of the student population. But not every student can make the leap to full-time status, said Karen Stout, president of the nonprofit advocacy group Achieving the Dream; many have neither the money nor the time.

Eligible for job and college aid, half of Tennesseans with disabilities get nothing

The Hechinger Report

It’s disheartening to families, and it fosters the ‘check mentality,’ ” said Carrie Guiden, executive director of The Arc of Tennessee, a nonprofit disability advocacy group, referring to government checks. They need more counselors to efficiently meet the demand for services.”. She had spent 12 years as a senior education advocate at the Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee, advising other parents on how to get through the system. More advocacy.”.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Elsewhere, teachers hold daily virtual office hours to check on the academic and emotional well-being of students they can no longer meet face to face. 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. Some also record those lessons for students who can’t meet at the appointed hour.

I’m a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I’m always looking for opportunities to increase access to resources and experiences for all of the members of our library. In December, I got the email with an invitation to come to ALA Midwinter in Boston for the photo shoot and first time meeting several of the 2016 Movers and Shakers. Luckily, I did have a meeting to talk about transforming libraries with Miguel Figueroa, so I had that to talk about.

Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

The Hechinger Report

It was the final day of first-year orientation at Grinnell College, with classes scheduled to start the next morning, and these new students were still finding their way around the campus, meeting neighbors in the dorms and waiting to hear whether they got into the courses they wanted. First-year students at Grinnell College in a mandatory meeting with career advisor Megan Crawford on the day before their classes start. Grinnell College, halfway between Des Moines and Iowa City.

Educators Take Action in the Afterschool for All Challenge

Educator Innovator

on May 22, to meet face to face with Members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Afterschool for America’s Children Act —legislation supporting the innovative advances occurring between schools and community-based organizations during the out-of-school hours. To amplify their voices, the Afterschool Alliance encourages interested groups to Call Congress now to support afterschool programs.

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

The Hechinger Report

More than two-thirds of four-year university and college admissions officers said in a survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling that transfer students had become “significantly important” in meeting enrollment goals. ’ Or when I needed to talk to a counselor, I’d finally meet with somebody and they’d say, ‘Sorry we were supposed to send you to somebody else.'” Gage Ramirez transferred twice in his college career.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

based education advocacy group. “It Teaming up with Skyview’s instructional technology facilitator and early-adopting teachers, Chun frequently demonstrates new tech tools at the school’s teacher-led professional development meetings. Columnists K-12 Tech Smart online learning Technology accessTraci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, and junior Ulises Santillano Tlaseca troubleshoot a 3D printing job in the library’s maker space.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. 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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