New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap

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Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide

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Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. students without home internet access, many of whom are now expected to use digital learning every day to access class materials and complete homework assignments. and Puerto Rico, create and implement digital equity plans , launch digital inclusion projects and support evidence-based research to measure the effectiveness of both.

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CUE Legislative Update – June 2020

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New Federal Bills to Fund Wi-Fi Hotspots to Schools to Help Close the Homework Gap

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Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant According to FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, Living with the Coronavirus is going to reveal hard truths about the digital divide. Legislative Advocacy

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. . Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. . Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

While a striking amount of uncertainty remains, experts largely agree on one thing: Pandemic education has exacted the greatest tolls from the children of historically marginalized groups.

A Tale of Two American Education Systems: An Edtech Investor’s Perspective

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She has her own computer, educational software and high-speed internet. But it’s not just Maria who is falling behind due to her lack of access to educational technology and resources. And it means funding companies and founders who are committed to closing the digital divide.

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Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

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Rita Green, the Washington state education chair for the NAACP, volunteered on the parent-teacher group at Rainier Beach High from 2007 to 2016. The real issue is Washington state just needs to fully fund education. In 2013-14, average per-pupil spending on public education in the U.S.

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

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Unfortunately, many schools and districts are still relying on individuals or looking for that magic program rather than developing educational systems that provide a high-quality, modern education for all students. Another aspect of the digital divide includes teachers.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

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Jordan Teacher representative of WE, the Caucus of Working Educators, Jessica Way Former Philadelphia school librarian and leader in APPS, the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, Debbie Grill Masterman High School senior Kayla Johnson. He discussed the digital divide with them.

OPINION: School leaders must come forward to help Latino students after the pandemic set back long-awaited progress

The Hechinger Report

Before the pandemic hit our Latino community, we were making slow but steady progress in closing the equity gaps that prevent Latino students from truly thriving in our education system and workforce. Related: Survey reveals stark rich-poor divide in how U.S.

8 ways schools can become truly Future Ready

eSchool News

Advice for districts seeking to become better at digital teaching and learning. It’s about taking measurable, sometimes scary, steps toward a digital future that is still very much uncertain, according to speakers at a recent ISTE panel discussion on the topic, “ Is Your District Future Ready? “Signing the pledge does not mean that you have made it,” said Katrina Stevens, a senior adviser in the Office of Educational Technology.

Coronavirus is the practice run for schools. But soon comes climate change

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How Schools Are preparing – and Not Preparing – Children for Climate Change,” reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. But more work needs to be done to shrink the digital divide.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

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During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. The organizations referenced in this post are also leaders in the field of educational technology. URL: www.christenseninstitute.org/education. The Education Program at the Christensen Institute examines K–12 and higher education issues through the lens of disruptive innovation. Organization: Digital Promise.

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State Spotlight: Texas’ Student-Centered Response to COVID-19

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serve , the Texas Education Agency? Last week , Excel in Ed hosted Commissioner Morat h and Jennifer Esterline , founder and director of Educate Texas’ Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium , for a deep dive into about the state’s COVID-19 strategy and approach.? ? . We cannot allow this public health crisis to become a generational education crisis.” – Commissioner Morath . Too much education innovation has happened for us to go back.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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Faced with fast-changing instructional models, varying infection rates, decreasing revenue sources, and a variety of natural disasters, how can education finance officials meet the short-term needs of their districts as well as longer-term requirements? By Robert Low.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

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As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. Similarly, in Massachusetts, the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant is a competitive, matching state grant program to bridge the digital divide that exists in some schools across the Commonwealth and strengthen 21 st -century teaching and learning.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

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Just before this crisis began, Arizona was poised to spend millions more on boosting its thin roster of counselors, thanks in part to the advocacy of students like Kumar. Amanda Nolasco, school counselor specialist, Arizona Department of Education.

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Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Higher Education. The nonprofit launched in 2012, and when it explored school connectivity data the following year, it found that just 30 percent of school districts had sufficient bandwidth to support digital learning, or 100 kbps per student.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. But America’s persistent digital divide has greatly hampered efforts toward this goal. Related: Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

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. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. This kind of connectivity is necessary, the authors note, to help connect students to high-quality digital learning opportunities.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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an edtech specialist at Abshire Consulting, explained that the E-Rate program is administered by the Federal Communications Commission specifically to help schools with connectivity and internet access, and the US Department of Education does not provide funding for this purpose. a managing member of the Broadband Law Group, said there is “a lot going on at the state level with digital equity and getting the right connectivity.” edWeb Blog E-rate E-rate Funding education funding

"Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - Registrations and Call for Proposals Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy. Her current research involves the deployment and study of emerging information technologies supportive of digital inclusion and resiliency.

Call for Proposals Now Open - "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy. Her current research involves the deployment and study of emerging information technologies supportive of digital inclusion and resiliency.

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, as the next head of civil rights at the Department of Education.” ” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Sessions’ Justice Dept. Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” Department of Education.”

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Announcing October 21st Mini-Conference: "Libraries as Community Anchors"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy. Her current research involves the deployment and study of emerging information technologies supportive of digital inclusion and resiliency.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities. Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, in his classroom with students at William J.

The Politics of Education Technology

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The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. One of the flaws, I think, of much of the reporting on education technology is that it treats “ed-tech” as a product without a politics and without a practice. Already a key part of many people’s information consumption, Facebook explicitly wants to become an education company, working with a charter school chain to develop education software.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. ” Via The Chicago Sun Times : “A private foundation started by the late Walmart mogul Sam Walton and his wife has contributed heavily to the Illinois State Charter School Commission and to two charter operators whose schools the state agency has blocked the Chicago Board of Education from closing over poor student performance , records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Gov.

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. It’s about helping students with limited tech skills be prepared for a global economy that is becoming increasingly digitized. The school district is working to raise money for more computers and technology training, hoping to better prepare its students for an increasingly digitized economy. Nor is he the only one on a digital crusade.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” Altius Education.