What Your School Needs to Know About Trauma-Informed Practices


Then, we’ll discuss the importance of implementing trauma-informed practices in all schools. 14] Because of the way childhood trauma affects the brain, it can seriously inhibit a child’s well-being—especially if the child has no access to support. How Trauma-Informed Practice in Schools Can Help Students Heal. Because there are many children at every school who have experienced trauma, it’s important for districts to implement trauma-informed practices.[5]

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On information privilege and information equity


Access to an effective school library program is one example of information privilege. The absence of access is one symptom of information poverty. Beyond access to a robust and effective library program, some students come to school with knapsacks fully packed. In this particular case, for their four years in high school, those students did not have access to resources made freely available to them by our state.

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Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

Educational Technology Guy

Accessibility is an important topic in education and encompasses the classroom space, digital tools and resources and much more. Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Classroom Environment Is the classroom bursting with patterned borders on the bulletin boards and bright colorful posters/word walls/anchor charts? accessibility digital equity Google for Educators Microsoft

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

How Liberty 53 Integrates Trauma-Informed Practices

Digital Promise

To support these students, education professionals are turning to trauma-informed practices. One district thoughtfully embedding trauma-informed practices into their everyday work is Liberty 53 School District in Missouri. In addition to providing access to counselors and social workers in all district buildings and referring students and families to community resources, the district’s strategy consists of staff training, community learning, and a new approach to student discipline.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Educators and district leaders can use data to make informed decisions. Outside of keeping track of test scores, educators can use technology to get helpful insights and more effectively make data-informed decisions.

5 steps to ensure accessibility

eSchool News

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. To ensure accessibility, educators need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Beyond Finding Information

The Principal of Change

This is a short and funny video to help discussion on the type of learning we are seeing in our world today: What I stress about the video is that it is less about finding information and more about what you do with it. The idea that technology gets rid of the “basics” is ridiculous; it is more about going beyond those basics and doing more than you could without access to endless information.


3 ways to help give all students “information privilege”

eSchool News

Access to an effective school library program is one example of information privilege. The absence of access is one symptom of information poverty.”— Joyce Valenza, On information privilege and infomation equity , December 9, 2018. I had not heard of the concept of “ information privilege ” before reading Joyce Valenza’s thoughtful and comprehensive post last month. Keep our internet access as open as possible to all learners.

How One School Is Delivering Trauma-Informed Care From Afar.


It’s not ideal, but staff at Valley Day have tried to make the most of the tools available to transfer elements of the school’s trauma-informed approach to a virtual environment. Ron Hall, executive director of Valley Day, introduced the Sanctuary Model and other trauma-informed practices after joining the school eight years ago. That's when we started bringing in the trauma-informed care,” Hall says. “We Those are the tenets and hallmarks of trauma-informed intervention.”

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. What does accessibility mean?

Using Your Strategic Plan to Keep Your Stakeholders Informed and Engaged During Times of Change

Education Elements

We may not know if all of our students are safe and accounted for, let alone if they have access to a device and broadband connection. One of our favorite expressions is that the only constant thing in life is change, which today’s global crisis affirms for us each day.

3 Websites Where You Can Find Complex Informational Texts

Catlin Tucker

As many teachers shift to the Common Core Standards, they are attempting to incorporate more complex texts and more informational/nonfiction texts into their curriculum. Many teachers are discovering that there are a range of websites that offer informational texts available at various Lexile levels. It’s free to access and read the articles at any Lexile level; however, teachers who want to annotate articles or track student progress need to pay for the Pro version.

6 resources to help students with information literacy

eSchool News

Information literacy skills top many lists of must-have abilities, especially in the age of fake news. Children have access to devices at younger ages, which underscores the importance of teaching them how to look at news with a critical eye and to evaluate the information’s origin.

How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses


Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. After all, “it's not just enough to put materials in Blackboard if it's not going to be accessible,” says Jennifer Albat, instructional designer at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

Even more troubling are the profound gaps between rich and poor students’ access to mentors in general: according to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, nearly two thirds of affluent children have some mentoring beyond their extended family, whereas nearly two thirds of low-income children do not. There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools. However, when students went home there was no way to guarantee they’d have any access to high-speed internet when they got there.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students


Undoubtedly eye-gaze technology has created the greatest advance in access for people with serious immobility such as those suffering paralysis or ALS. EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students. Analyzing eye-gaze data is deeply informative.

Data and analytics help make informed decisions

eSchool News

This new tool is part of the PowerSchool Unified Insights family of products and brings together data from PowerSchool’s Student Information System (SIS) and Schoology Learning Management System (LMS) to help users of these solutions better understand a whole view of their students. The analytics will help educators make informed decisions about broader gaps districtwide as well as giv e teachers the help they need to support individual student learning paths.

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Adobe Offers Free K-12 At-Home Access

eSchool News

Adobe is offering Creative Cloud application access at no additional charge to all students and teachers from August 24, 2020 through January 31, 2021 for current U.S. More information on this offer can be found here. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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Communicating in the Information Age

A Principal's Reflections

Now don''t get me wrong, this service is great, but like anything in life it is not full-proof or the preferred way to receive the information. To some this might seem a bit redundant, but in reality I am covering all of my bases to ensure that my stakeholders get the information. In my opinion the "Information Age" demands this now. We now live in the " Information Age " where access is 24/7.

Access to Ed-Tech Tools Has Jumped 90 Percent Since School Closures

Marketplace K-12

The post Access to Ed-Tech Tools Has Jumped 90 Percent Since School Closures appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing COVID-19 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Learning Management / Student Information Systems

How to create accessible e-learning design


In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else. If you pay attention to accessibility principles when designing online courses, healthy students won’t even notice it, while this could mean the world to someone living with a physical disability.

Free access to Chinese reading practice app

eSchool News

Du Chinese giving students and teachers free access to all premium content. What you need to know: Du Chinese, the premier Chinese reading practice app, is temporarily granting free access to their premium lessons.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

Yet as this crisis has demonstrated, millions of children live in homes without reliable access to an internet-connected laptop or tablet that can be used for schoolwork. Eighth-grade students without access to computers or the internet were already more than two years behind their classmates, according to the Urban Institute. Today, more than 99% of districts have fiber connections , and 42 million more students have access to the broadband they need for digital learning.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

For me, that often came in the form of Google Docs with information my students were responsible for and a website for pointing students [.]. Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

The Christensen Institute

In turn, we risk leaving out a critical ingredient: not just students’ ability to interact and develop as social creatures, but also young people’s access to relationships and networks in the first place. Slim but troubling data suggests that access to relationships is not altogether equal. For example, low-income young people report significantly fewer informal mentors—particularly beyond their family and neighborhood—than their wealthier peers.

Introducing The Idealis, An Open-Access Journal for Library and Information Science Research


There’s a new resource for librarians looking for high-quality, open-access library and information science research, The Idealis. Started by Stacy Konkiel, Lily Troia, & Nicky Agate, the website is : …a new kind of open access overlay journal, powered by PressForward and curated by librarian-experts working in the arena of scholarly communication. Profession open access scholarly communication scholarly publishing

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

A small division that has served as a conduit for sharing information and best practices among the mastery-based schools is now down to a two-person staff, as department resources have shifted to more publicized efforts like a $23 million-dollar anti-bias training program for teachers. The post Access does not equal equity appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Maker Academy teacher Gerry Irrizary assisting students in his Design Principles class.

Developing Our MathMINDs—Week 3: Informative Feedback

MIND Research Institute

In week three, Brandon and Nina explain informative feedback, how it's built into the ST Math learning model, and also how to infuse it into any learning activity. The following videos feature a couple of our ST Math families demonstrating activities that provide informative feedback: And this one involves using coordinates: We Want to Hear From You! This week : We'd love for you to share your own examples of activities that involve informative feedback!

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6 Informal Assessments to Engage Introverted Students


Create a more accessible classroom, online or in person, with these alternative, inclusive informal assessments for introverted students

Pinna launches “Time for Kids Explains”, a timely, informative weekly news podcast for kids

eSchool News

teachers six months’ free access to Pinna’s entire collection of podcasts, audiobooks and music. Today’s announcement furthers our commitment to providing teachers with access to resources proven to enhance learning on multiple fronts,” said Maggie McGuire, CEO of Pinna. “By

Data-Informed Instruction for Literacy


Whether classroom resources are digital or not, educators can collect data every day to inform their instruction. In the presentation “ Authentic Learning Starts with Informed Instruction” Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic Education, and Suzanne Lucas, Vice President of Product Marketing for Scholastic Education Digital Solutions, discussed how teachers can use formal and informal data to guide ELA lessons and make sure all students are receiving the education they need.

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Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. Reach all learners with Google’s accessibility tools on ep.

Instant Access to Data Gives Schools New Power

eSchool News

Coupled with drastic funding cuts and an uncertain future for the return to in-person learning, the need for quick-access information is more critical than ever. It’s not enough for districts to simply have detailed information about their students.

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