Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations

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On April 1, the same day the council launched, the Department of Education announced proposed rules that would make it easier for colleges to offer new models for online programs, and also allow more kinds of higher education providers access to aid money, reports the Washington Post.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

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The participation of younger voters will determine the outcomes of the upcoming elections. It’s ridiculous that the nonpartisan, voter participation advocacy group Democracy North Carolina had to fight to get 29,000 provisional ballots counted in the last presidential primary.

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The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

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A really good transition plan shows how each year of school is linked to the next and the final outcome that they’re looking for,” said Leslie Darrell, a speech pathologist in Maine who often works with transition-aged students. “If

Could more home visits improve outcomes for Mississippi moms and kids?

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Some home-visiting programs have been found to improve outcomes for babies and mothers. These programs “really change the future for the most vulnerable babies born into poverty,” said Sarah McGee, national director of advocacy at Nurse-Family Partnership.

Letters for Libraries: Advocacy & Action!

The Daring Librarian

These expanded funding streams will eliminate inefficiencies at the Federal, State and local levels, allowing grantees to focus on improving outcomes for students and allowing the Department to focus on providing strong support and directing funding to proven or promising practices."

‘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

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Almost 76,000 black students account for 90 percent or more of the enrollment in more than a fifth of the state’s schools, and the gulf in academic outcomes is indisputable. English teacher Samara Rand goes over a passage with a student in her class at Holmes County Central High School.

Michael Bloomberg unveils ‘progressive’ higher education plan

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Davis Jenkins, a senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center , Teachers College, Columbia University, likes the focus on more effective outcomes.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

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It just goes against everything we know about child development and what’s best for children,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Research shows that children who have access to high-quality preschool reap benefits.

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

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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. Victoria Dzindzichashvili attended college mostly part time and took 10 years to get her undergraduate degree.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. College graduates in the academic year just ended.

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Scrutiny of colleges that get billions in GI Bill money remains mired in bureaucracy

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It said this could put at risk the educational outcomes of more than 17,000 student veterans. An advocacy group called Veterans Education Success (VES) has collected 113 more from veterans and service members, many of which echo Baca’s criticisms about quality and cost. “I

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

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I had [seniors] coming in who had never been to the office and had never thought about career development and were in a massive panic,” said Alyssa Hammond, director of undergraduate career education and outcomes at Bentley University.

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

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Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion SolutionsGage Ramirez transferred twice in his college career. The first time, he lost almost all of his credits.

Senator Alexander: Here are the building blocks for your new accountability system in the HEA

The Christensen Institute

Although federal spending on higher education has expanded access, it has also had an unintended effect. While there are school rankings for some majors, these ranking systems are input driven, and say little about the outcomes students can expect to achieve.

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These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

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Candace Cortiella, the director of The Advocacy Institute. However, there is not much research on the life outcomes of students with disabilities who attain high school diplomas versus those who get alternative exit documents.

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

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For those that enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. The dismal outcomes aren’t because students with disabilities can’t handle the coursework. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special education

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

Instead, we tend to excuse inadequate or unsavory outcomes as necessary growing pains in the pursuit of “innovation.” In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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Like many students in the district, she has no access to the internet at home. Keith Krueger, chief executive officer of the Consortium for School Networking, a technology advocacy group, calls the digital divide in the US “the civil rights issue” of our time.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. We briefly describe the purpose for the professional learning and expected outcomes ( connect ).

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. We briefly describe the purpose for the professional learning and expected outcomes ( connect ).

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

However, many informal learning programs compound the privilege of those with access to them while traditionally underserved students are often denied the safe spaces and additional learning opportunities that OST learning experiences can provide.

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Guest Post: From Consumption to Creation: Future Ready Librarians Embrace Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy—when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

UNESCO’s canonical definition of OER does not require “free public access” to a resource for that resource to be an OER, as some have tried to argue it should. This is wonderful news in light of recent attempts to stuff a free public access requirement into OER definitions.

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Don’t discount the power of students’ acquaintances to expand supports and horizons

The Christensen Institute

And that, in fact, those people whom we don’t know as well may actually offer something that deep, enduring relationships can’t: access to new information, supports, and opportunities that our stronger-tie networks lack.

Learning Walks

A Principal's Reflections

The focus might have been on digital, and I was the initial catalyst that got the ball rolling, but it was the collective action of my teachers, students, and other administrators who embraced different and better while showing evidence of improvement that resulted in improved outcomes.

A Teacher’s Guide to Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Waterford

6] Students who are characterized as “difficult” or “bad-mannered” may be overwhelmed with toxic stress and unable to access the support they need because of the way others view them. The Science of Early Life Toxic Stress for Pediatric Practice and Advocacy.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

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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.

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As Republicans stress political fiction over facts, students’ math and reading scores fall

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But there are a few things that affect educational outcomes that GOP leaders fail to mention — such as the example their party sets for impressionable young minds when its members roundly deny climate change.

How rural families came to rely on Head Start for basic child care and so much more

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Nationwide, access to quality childcare is an issue that keeps parents out of work or puts children in subpar centers. It’s important that children have access to safe and quality childcare while their parents are working,” Schochet said. “We

Head Start centers have ‘outsized role’ in rural Mississippi, report finds

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Head Start centers make up one-third of the center-based child care programs available in some of Mississippi’s most rural areas, providing critical child care services, access to health care, and early intervention services that children may not otherwise get, according to a new report.

?Framework: Future Ready Schools’ Commitment and Dashboard

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This is one of the principles championed by Future Ready Schools (FRS), a project of the policy and advocacy organization, Alliance for Excellent Education. It provides schools and districts with resources to support teachers and leaders, empower students to take charge of their learning, and provides tools for a more personalized approach to successful outcomes.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

In our attempt to identify these youngsters, we hope to better serve them through our advocacy for a school-wide framework to support their learning needs. The following is a guest post by Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Dr. Maria G. Dove, and Dr. Audrey Cohan.

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

These systems are really just attempts by publishers to increase revenues by forcing students to buy access codes that can’t be resold.” Do fees for access to online materials disqualify a program?

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Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds

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To complete her analysis, Cascio compared the academic outcomes of preschoolers who qualified for federal free- or reduced-price lunch programs, a standard measure of poverty, in states that offered universal preschool to similar preschoolers in states that offered only targeted preschool.

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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.