Meet Digital Promise’s New President and CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Digital Promise

One thing we can do fundamentally for the future of education is to make sure we have the level of equity play that gives every young person access to an amazing education that’s not just focused on academic development, but on the whole child.

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. In order to ensure that all students know how to navigate both their high school careers and the sea of post-secondary options available, schools need to focus on filling these gaps.


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We used technology to increase attendance at PTA meetings

eSchool News

My first PTA meetings reassured me that we needed to find a way to improve the drastically low attendance. At the meetings, we typically see about 12 to 15 attendees, usually the executive board and a handful of parents. percent of parents were attending our five PTA meetings each year! The meeting went fine, but I wished I could recapture the volume that was there that night for the many professional development learning opportunities at our PTA meetings.

Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators: Understanding and Mitigating the Effects


The condition has numerous names: secondary traumatic stress (STS), vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue. How Schools Can Acknowledge Secondary Trauma. If possible, these meetings should be supported by a mental health professional, and teachers should get to share their experiences, learn strategies for understanding their stress responses, and gain skills to cope with STS.

Educator Voice Is Essential to Meeting Today’s Challenges. Here’s How We’re Highlighting It.


During a professional-development project designed to address complex trauma in students, every participating educator said they’ve experienced secondary traumatic stress as a result of the pandemic.

Today’s Meet is Closed. What are your Alternatives?

Ask a Tech Teacher

As of June 16, 2018, Today’s Meet closed (read the full details here ). It turns out, there are good options, depending upon whether you primarily use Today’s Meet for: backchannel and student response. Today’s Meet made it part of an easy-to-access classroom ecosystem that could be quickly shared (anonymously) with all students and intuitively used.

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


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.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access


The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap. Green Bay Area PS had a laptop cart model until 2017 when they established the Ninja Deployment initiative that resulted 1:1 devices at the secondary level and 1.5:1

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book. Department of Education’s #GoOpen initiative have spurred school districts across the country to incorporate quality open resources into their curricula, but initiatives like Central Valley’s are fairly rare among elementary and secondary institutions, University of Pittsburgh librarian and open educational resource advocate Paul Bond said.

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8 Easy and Fun Back-to-School Online Activities (Part 2)

Shake Up Learning

Meet the Teacher and Students Flipgrid. Especially in the secondary world, lockers are one of the most exciting (and underrated) parts of school. Canva has custom backgrounds for video calls , like Zoom and Google Meet.

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps


One district employee was smiling about how there were elementary and secondary teachers connecting and sharing: “Where else do you see this?” Even if you send out a group email for people to meet at a coffee shop on a particular afternoon, you’re technically starting an unconference. If you’re looking for something more formal, the same kind of gathering can take place at a school site, ideally one with Wi-Fi and at least a few accessible classrooms.

The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

With the ability to log into lessons online, students at the secondary level won’t have to miss instruction even if they’re suspended, says Superintendent L. The program also bolstered access to learning opportunities at times limited by availability and affordability.

Meet CORA (the Community of Online Research Assignments)


Meet CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments. The open access, collaborative portal facilitates the sharing and adapting of research assignments for faculty and librarians. While the primary audience is undergraduate and graduate educators, CORA offers a wealth of reliable and reproducible projects–instruction, handouts, scaffolds, rubrics and more–adaptable for secondary educators, particularly secondary librarians.

Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School


a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses. Students at participating schools may select from any VHS course, if the course has openings and students meet course prerequisites.

The Awkward Truth About ‘Free College’—It Isn’t Truly Free


With the movement for no-tuition community college gaining momentum in more states and earning top billing in President Biden’s education agenda , experts in college access and affordability advise caution about using that potent four-letter word: f-r-e-e.

Illustrative Mathematics Introduces IM Certification Program to Meet Demand for High-Quality, Job-Embedded Professional Development for Teachers


Our curricula are research-based, expert-authored, standards-aligned, and meet stringent quality benchmarks,” says Illustrative Mathematics CEO, Lisa O’Masta. To have an impact mathematics teaching and learning at scale and to close the achievement gap, teachers need access to both high-quality curriculum materials and complementary professional learning.

As admissions season descends, warning signs appear for low-income applicants

The Hechinger Report

Less-selective colleges and universities, which were desperate to fill seats as the pandemic began last spring, offered financial aid to students from higher-income families that didn’t meet the federal definition of having financial need.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

At Anastasis, we start every day with a whole-community meeting. In one email, families had access to all teacher’s plans for the day as well as a way to share feedback about what was going well or what they were struggling with.

How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

Given the educational and economic divide between rural and nonrural America, this may be the most important college access program you’ve never heard of. But when former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam urged a meeting with rootEd, “it opened our eyes.”

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“My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia

Daily Edventures

My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world. Reflecting on the challenges of teaching today, Simkin sees the busyness of the curriculum and the lack of time to fully meet the timetables that most schools use as particularly difficult. Educational background: Secondary History and Geography teacher, now a qualified Teacher-Librarian working across our ELC-12 school. Margaret Simkin.

How one country with close parallels to the United States has made college free

The Hechinger Report

Fifteen percent of beneficiaries of free tuition in Chile would otherwise not have sought a college education, even if they had access to a scholarship or loan. He says money for free tuition would be better spent improving primary and secondary education, where inequalities develop.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. Each article lists the Common Core Standards it meets, and the grade levels it is appropriate for. There is also a paid account option that includes some additional features that would be ideal if you use Google Classroom and would like to access ready-made assignments on DOGO.

Facing uncertain futures, high school seniors weigh tough college options and alternate paths

The Hechinger Report

Liz Willen is editor-in-chief of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization that covers K-12 and post-secondary education. Coronavirus and Education Divided We Learn Higher Education News Higher education access Higher education affordability Parents

Just 13 percent of child care assistance goes to student parents

The Hechinger Report

The additional earning capacity that comes from having a post-secondary degree could make a big difference for a lot of families. Until there’s enough money to actually meet the need, making improvements in this area is likely to result in trade-offs somewhere else,” Adams said. Higher Ed K-12 News Higher education access Map to the Middle ClassTiffany McNitt, right, leans in to interact with the pig puppet her daughter Alexis, 2, is showing her.

Meet The Gates Foundation’s New Deputy Director in Higher Education


First and foremost, our goal with post-secondary success at the Gates Foundation is really around getting 11 million more credentials and certificates in the hands of folks who otherwise would not have gotten those kinds of credentials in their hands, by the year 2025. Our roles in the post-secondary group are going to change slightly, and we’re going to have to pay attention to some stuff maybe that we didn’t feel like we had to worry about.

Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

The Hechinger Report

The school has two full-time school counselors, but in 2012 laid off a staffer whose sole focus was guiding students to college or other post-secondary options. The shelves were once full of materials about colleges and scholarships as well as other post-secondary options, but the school laid off the center’s staffer amid budget cuts in 2012. Cayanne Korder, 18, studies in the Red Wing High library before heading to a local hospital for an internship.

From private to public school: A college counselor straddles an economic divide

The Hechinger Report

College counselor Brad Ward meets with school principal Katy Dunlap at Terra Linda High School. At a public school,” said Ward, “you might be lucky to meet with some students once for half an hour or 45 minutes.”. SAN RAFAEL, Calif.

A few silver linings emerge in a dark time of closed schools

The Hechinger Report

She’s seen signs that online learning may create more access to higher education for some students, and she’s also come across stories of colleges pitching in to offer emergency help.

From prison to dean’s list: How Danielle Metz got an education after incarceration

The Hechinger Report

And federal lawmakers from both parties are pushing to allow incarcerated people to access Pell Grants, financial aid that they’ve been barred from using since Metz first went to prison. Related: Will thousands of prison inmates lose access to college? By 1998, fewer than 4 percent of incarcerated people were taking post-secondary courses. Higher Ed News Adult learning Higher education access Higher education completionDanielle Metz grew up in Uptown New Orleans.

LA’s school counselors strike back

The Hechinger Report

California ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to counselor access: there’s an average of one counselor for every 682 students, far exceeding the recommended ratio of one to 250. Last year, I had meetings with all of the health and human services representatives to find out what their issues are,” she said. ” At 5:00, strikers huddled in meetings with their chapter chairs, dissecting the agreement before taking a vote. At 7 a.m.,

Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing

The Hechinger Report

Graduation rates at the schools top 97 percent — compared to about 91 percent statewide — and more than three-quarters of graduates continue on to college or other post-secondary education. Each of Tech’s programs has an advisory board made of industry members and Tech teaching staff, who meet regularly. K-12 News Data and research Higher education access Higher education affordability STEM

Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream?

The Hechinger Report

College admissions experts praise the changes, particularly as the Common App faces new competition from The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, an application system created last year to improve access for all students. Carla Shere, director of college guidance for New York City’s Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering, encourages students to gather in her office to work on their college applications.

As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

The Hechinger Report

Higher education has found itself under increasing pressure to change that, just as has happened in elementary and secondary schools, where a battery of standardized tests constantly check in on what students know. The National Survey of Student Engagement , or NSSE (pronounced “Nessie”), which McCormick now runs, was conceived in 2000 to track the ways students spend their time in college, including how and how much they study, meet with faculty and participate in class discussions.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

Really helpful when you are working to meet the needs of a lot of different students! The MobyMax tablet runs on Android which means in addition to all of the great MobyMax curriculum, your students also have access to all of the happiness that Android brings. The feedback you get is fantastic and auto-magically adjusts to meet each individuals needs for practice and support. It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review.