Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. However, many surveys of teachers suggest that teachers rarely have access to the professional learning they need and want, as well as the kind that is most effective in helping them improve their teaching. Education policy issues must be addressed first.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

Unfortunately, many school districts’ filtering policies were developed before the rise of interactive web tools, social media, and mobile technologies. Therefore, we believe that schools should move from “acceptable use” to “responsible use” policies. Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) are typically written in such a manner that outlines everything a student (or employee) can’t do. These policies typically promote positive behaviors, expectations, and guidelines.


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New Education Policy Roadmap Aims to Ensure High School Graduates in Every State are ‘Future-Ready’

eSchool News

To address this need, Civic, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center have released a new report featuring a state policy roadmap for K-12 education that prepares students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

PROOF POINTS: Test-optional policies didn’t do much to diversify college student populations

The Hechinger Report

A study found that the policy boosted diversity on campuses by 1 percentage point, on average. But researchers are finding that the test-optional policy isn’t substantially raising the share of low-income students or students of color at colleges that have tried it.

Kids’ access to recess varies greatly

The Hechinger Report

And on a state level, the laws and policies addressing recess vary greatly and often have loopholes that still allow children to miss out: A handful of states have laws that establish a minimum number of minutes for recess each day or week, but those laws may not mention withholding recess.

Covid created family-friendly work policies—will they last?

The Hechinger Report

These are just a few of the efforts of a group of business leaders in the Fort Worth area to create family-friendly policies in the midst of the pandemic, a trend that experts hope will endure even after COVID subsides. The post Covid created family-friendly work policies—will they last?

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. Administrators and teachers, who want to help every child reach their potential, can’t afford to wait for new laws and policies. 5 steps we need to take to ensure accessibility and equality in education.

eBOARDsolutions Announces Major Update to Simbli Policy Module

eSchool News

today announced a major update to their online policy management software, the Simbli Policy Module. New enhancements allow subscribers to: Manage all types of policy or procedure manuals. View and print manuals and policies in multiple languages, on any device.

University Scholars Plant Seeds In a New Field of Study: Early Childhood Policy


What Rasmussen didn’t have at the beginning of her political career, however, was much knowledge about how to turn her ideas into effective policies. “I But most college programs that address early childhood education still focus on classroom teaching, not policy.

Untapped Promise in Charter School Policy


State policymakers can play a valuable role, too, especially in shaping charter school policy to meet new and unprecedented challenges. Policymakers can help states gain more high school graduates and higher wages for those employed by leveraging their charter school policies and adult education policies to support students’ development and earning potential. Goodwill has discovered a policy fusion that just makes sense.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

K-12 educational technology policy. educational technology policy should be over the coming four years (when the law will next come due to be reauthorized). provide students access to technology resources they may be lacking by virtue of being located in rural, remote or underserved areas. However, Congress sees this role as exactly like the role the federal government should or could play with respect to a whole lot of other education policy issues.

Racial segregation is one reason some families have internet access and others don’t, new research finds

The Hechinger Report

As online schooling plays an increasingly large role in education, researchers say more work needs to be done to understand and address why some families have a harder time accessing the internet. We want to put active ownership on these policies,” he said. “It’s

New Partnership Provides Texas Educators Easy Access to Critical Data

eSchool News

As a part of this initiative, MAP Growth data will transfer seamlessly into DMAC , enhancing this valuable tool used by Texas educators by providing quicker access to student data that supports instruction and student achievement. Portland, Ore.,

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New Education Policy 2020 – Highlights and Comparison With Other Educational Policies of the World


With the approval of the New Education Policy 2020 in July, India is all set to witness a much needed reformation in education, one that focuses on the essentials of learning in the present, while preparing students for a future they get to shape.

OPINION: How current policy hurts our youngest citizens

The Hechinger Report

And one of those key decisions is to promote policies that can ensure babies thrive, including quality early learning, child care, home visiting programs and comprehensive paid family leave. Two very different futures can grow from disparate access to opportunity early in life. Yet our current policies far too often overlook babies of color and babies from low-income families. . Myra Jones-Taylor is chief policy officer at ZERO TO THREE.

Texas 10% policy didn’t expand number of high schools feeding students to top universities

The Hechinger Report

Texas’s policy to automatically admit the top students in each high school to the state’s flagship universities didn’t expand the number of high schools that send students to Texas A&M University, College Station, pictured here. Research is showing that a policy that takes the top students from the state’s high schools didn’t increase diversity in Texas’s elite universities or increase the number of high schools that feed them.

5 policies to help rural students get ahead

eSchool News

Limited access to advanced coursework, medical care, food and employment opportunities continue to daunt students in many rural communities, according to the report released from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The Rural School and Community Trust. Next page: Five education policy recommendations to help rural students). News Policy

Chicago’s Pre-K Policy Has Important Lessons to Teach Us


Yet with all the research demonstrating the benefits of early education for those most in need—and there is plenty—access to quality preschool programs remains inequitable. The post-policy differences in academic grades for Black children corresponded to an improvement of nearly 0.10

Seeing Every Student and Providing Equitable Access for Each One


Instead, the goal is to make improvements for all students, as when her district improved access to algebra 1 classes, and participation by students of all ethnicities increased. The post Seeing Every Student and Providing Equitable Access for Each One appeared first on edWeb.

Data, Policies, and Plans for the Journey to Equity


Dr. Nuland began with an overview of equity studies, which have shown educational achievement is correlated with access to certified and experienced teachers, but students of color have less access to these types of teachers. Aligning Policies. By Robert Low.

U.S K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

Doug Levin

What should the federal role be in promoting access to and use of technology for K-12 education (AKA ‘educational technology policy’)? This post is the first in a series on the topic of the federal role with respect to access to and use of technology in U.S. After all, the consensus appears to be that both of these federal programs and policy plans are widely supported by the education and public policy communities.

OPINION: Rethinking school choice policies, the ‘myth of meritocracy’

The Hechinger Report

Made more apparent in recent years with the widespread expansion of school-choice policies nationwide, the latest college admissions scandal may be the final nail in the coffin of the myth of meritocracy in U.S. It also laid the groundwork for a robust market of goods and services designed to help families learn the “hidden curriculum” of school-choice policies and engage in choice behaviors that yield desired school assignments.

SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers


Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning2019 was an action packed year for SETDA.

Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible

The CoolCatTeacher

She is a founding member of the Council on the Future of Education, President-Elect for the NCLA Executive Board, and serves on the Region V Policy Committee. Rachael Mann on Episode 492 The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the experts tell us. He or she could be in your classroom or mine.

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MIND Participates in SETDA and ECS Edtech Policy Discussions

MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a proud partner of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) – two of the most prominent and important venues for edtech policy discussion.

Making access and equity a reality for diverse students

eSchool News

Dr. Levett noted that the processes being used by the Utica and Savannah-Chatham districts are parallel in many respects, though a number of the specific policies reflect the unique circumstances and types of students in each district.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools. The 2010 request would continue the policy of permitting States to use up to 100 percent of their allocations for competitive grants to local educational agencies. Blog Policy Congress EETT ESEA ESSA IASA SETDA SSAEG TLCF U.S.

More Than Half of High Schools Offer Computer Science, But Access Isn’t Equal


The group has issued nine state-level policy recommendations aimed at increasing computer science offerings in schools. Data shows those policies are working, Hendrickson says, and states that adopt more of them see computer science programs growing.

Major equity gaps persist in access to AP science learning

eSchool News

Students who are ready and eager to take advanced placement courses at their schools shouldn’t be shut out because seats are not available or they don’t feel welcomed in these courses,” said Dr. Allison Socol, assistant director of P-12 policy at The Education Trust.

Early Childhood: Impoverished families with babies face uneven access to direct aid

The Hechinger Report

Low rates of TANF assistance are common in the South, said Ife Floyd, a policy analyst with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. The policies are meant to be harsh in order to get people back into work and get people off assistance,” Floyd said.

Why Grading Policies For Equity Matter More Than Ever


She also provides information such as where to access public WiFi so students can keep up with classes. Every other day, a McKinney-Vento program coordinator with San Leandro Unified School District travels to the marina on the district’s eastern boundary.

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

The Hechinger Report

This is a major investment that the country should make in terms of supporting early childhood and access to child care.”. Access to high-quality child care and education during the early stages of a child’s like should not be a privilege reserved for the children of the rich.”

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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.

How Congress and the FCC Could Help Millions of Students Access Remote Learning


With no guaranteed end in sight, we need Congress to take swift and decisive action to empower the federal E-rate funding program to support off-campus learning devices and connectivity, delivered via secure internet access. Education Technology Policy & Government Diversity and Equity

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How Gaggle Safety Management Fulfills Your Internet Safety Policy

Gaggle Speaks

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires the adoption and enforcement of an Internet Safety Policy. In conversations with schools and districts across the country, we’ve learned that some districts still don’t have a policy in place, while others struggle to keep them accurate and up to date. What is an Internet Safety Policy? An Internet Safety Policy is a set of measures taken to ensure the protection of students using online resources.

Ideas for Establishing & Revising Your School or District's BYOD Policies

The 21st Century Principal

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is a necessity in a 21st century school. I am not sure deciding whether or not to provide wireless Internet access to students is even optional anymore. Our school district recently updated our Bring Your Own Device Policy and Procedures ( Newton-Conover City Schools BYOD Policy ). This year, our BYOD policy expanded to include all our schools, but it is primarily just middle and high schools that are actually utilizing it.


OPINION: To succeed in tomorrow’s workforce, today’s students need equity-driven policy

The Hechinger Report

To prepare the workforce of tomorrow, lawmakers must ensure that all students can access and succeed in higher education. To do that, they must advance the use of high-quality data to develop equity-driven policy solutions. The need for equitable access to a college education and improved student outcomes is urgent. For communities like the Bronx, equitable access to college is not just a lofty ideal, it’s an economic necessity. Higher Ed Opinion Law and policy

Travel Series Travel and Medical Access


Welcome to part two of our travel series, where we cover a variety of topics on travel and access that will better prepare you for traveling with children with special needs. Travel and Physical Access. Travel and Communication Access.

Making Access and Equity a Reality for Diverse Students


Large school districts in different parts of the United States have now developed systematic ways to increase diverse students’ access to advanced courses, and the districts are also providing other important aspects of an equitable education that prepares the students for 21st century careers.

The Shake Up Learning ALL-ACCESS PASS!

Shake Up Learning

The post The Shake Up Learning ALL-ACCESS PASS! Shake Up Learning ALL-ACCESS PASS. With the ALL-ACCESS Pass, participants can access all of the Master Classes, Online Workshops, Podcast PD, and the Members-Only Library! (*excludes Google Certification Academies).