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.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

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On the school side, the students need to become responsible stewards of the tech as well and should be involved in setting guidelines for responsible use. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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The community college “segregation machine”

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The California Acceleration Project, an advocacy group founded by faculty, reported that pass rates for underprepared students at Cuyamaca in college-level math jumped to 67 percent last year, up from 10 percent the year before.

California Schools to Add LGBT Contributions to Curricula

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Second grade students in California will soon be learning about how some families have two moms or two dads due to new public school curriculum guidelines that address LGBT history in public schools. (Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons).

Waterford Gets $20M+ Grant for Online Preschool. Its Critics Are Not Happy.

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Despite the momentum recently to expand early learning opportunities to children, there are still millions of people who face barriers to that access, specifically in rural and low-income areas,” she says. In the world of education, some debates rage eternal. How much testing is too much?

Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds

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Cascio found that universal and targeted state public programs cost about the same per student and met many of the same quality guidelines. Lillian Renfro, 5, “roasts” a “marshmallow” during free-play time in her preschool classroom in Clinton, Oklahoma.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

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A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. Lack of broadband access remains a challenge for many Americans–40 percent of those in rural areas and tribal lands lack access to high-speed broadband.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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COLLABORATE Space provides persistent space to store messages, documents, whiteboards, recordings, meeting minutes, or anything else exchanged on a specific topic or project during a call or meeting at anytime, and is accessible from any device, whether it be a mobile, desktop, or room appliance.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

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Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. At the Data Quality Campaign, we define a data-literate educator as someone who has the knowledge and skills to access, interpret, act on, and communicate about data to support student success. Teachers have essential access to data, but they need greater understanding of data interpretation and analysis.

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

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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 APPLETON, Wisc.

Why Mindfulness And Trauma-Informed Teaching Don’t Always Go Together

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Himelstein says building an authentic relationship is key to accessing the trust required to make mindfulness effective. Himelstein also offers these guidelines for teachers using mindfulness: Don’t force it. Advocacy: everything from learning to say “No” (set boundaries), to working at a higher level to impact policy or structural change. Mindfulness is a fast growing trend both in the world generally and in schools.

The CARE Framework

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It makes sense to define clear group boundaries – to determine who is allowed to access and benefit from resources and who is not – in order to prevent this outcome. The framework provides an objective set of guidelines people and organizations, including companies, can follow in order to be judged “good” OER stewards. and some other things involving accessibility and “non-traditional voices” that you honestly don’t follow fully.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. ” Edsurge points to new guidelines for education companies participating in Y Combinator ’s startup accelerator program. Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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Google’s motto , remember, is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Facebook said it would work with the ed-tech advocacy group Digital Promise to teach digital skills.

Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

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International Indigenous Youth Council : Started during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock, this organization fights to protect the natural world and indigenous culture while encouraging young people to become leaders in their communities.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Education Week also reported in February that the State Educational Technology Directors Association had released a new website that offered guidelines on purchasing digital materials. “My kids have access to awesome things that, as a district, we could never afford,” teacher Nick Provenzano tells The NYT in justifying his relationship with a 3D printer company.