New Advocacy Campaign Calls for Banning Facial Recognition on College Campuses.


Indeed, last week saw the launch of “ Ban Facial Recognition on Campus ,” a nationwide campaign from the nonprofit advocacy organizations Fight for the Future and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. This kind of technology has also already entered the world of education. These advocacy efforts in K-12 schools, she adds, may have influenced the new college campaign. Otherwise, though, institutions of higher education mostly haven’t adopted the technology.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran, superintendent in Albemarle County in Virginia, shares about some cool virtual reality in Virginia, some challenges with helping new teachers get started, and how she thinks education is entering a new Renaissance of creativity and innovation. Educating Kids for Life Not for Tests. Now, last time in episode 231 , we discussed education reform in Virginia and how they have been moving away from overtesting. The goal, the end in mind was educate kids for tests.

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


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

Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation

The CoolCatTeacher

Tiffany Kerns on Episode 489 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Music education helps students engage with learning and has many positive benefits. Related Resources Music education gives students an exciting and creative reason to be in the classroom. Established as the philanthropic arm to the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation has invested over $25 million into music education programs across all 50 states.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. This post is sponsored by TGR Foundation and Discovery Education. The new ( Re)Defining STEM learning module from TGR Foundation and Discovery Education is the first of several courses to support educators to integrate STEM in new and powerful ways.

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


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

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

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O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

I went into education for two reasons. And the second reason is that I could ensure that no child would ever experience the educational journey and experience that I did. Read or Listen to: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence with Billy Krakower 140 Twitter Tips for Educators An Easy guide to Gaining Followers and Being Followed on Twitter Vicki: (agrees) Tom: I don’t think enough teachers are on Twitter.

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OPINION: With many schools choosing online learning, how can we keep the music alive?

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this spring, educators have been faced with a challenge: How do we ensure that our students can safely engage in school this fall? We advocate for our programs to ensure that our students receive the highest quality music education, year in and year out. FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Connecting SEL with Academic Achievement to Achieve True Education Equity

Across the nation, district equity discussions include how schools must examine current biases from bus stops to classroom materials to educator and staff expectations. Recent experiences include serving as a research assistant under education faculty at Michigan State University.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. This bill was actively supported by CUE as well as most of the education associations potentially part of the Coalition mentioned in this article. The bill requires State Superintendent Torlakson to convene an advisory panel to prepare recommendations for a K-12 Computer Science Strategic Implementation (CCSSI) Plan to be adopted by the State Board of Education and implemented by the California Department of Education on or before July 1, 2018.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Thank you, Pam for your time and wisdom and I hope everyone has enjoyed this four-part series with a truly remarkable educator. And I was describing to them that, “We got here with a long-term commitment to stay on a course of — really, if you want to call it, progressive education, but trying to really stay focused on trying to educate kids for lifelong learning, not just simply to build a transcript to take some test and to be able to walk across a stage.”

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Kyle Schwartz @ kylemschwartz changed her life, the life of her students, and much of education when she asked her students a question: “What do you wish your teacher knew?”. But some educators criticize and say, “You shouldn’t have shared any of that.” You know, the advocacy is not lost on them. And remember, we have to relate before we can educate.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. I can’t even remember how long it’s been since you and I met, but just how much you shaped me and understanding that we can have educational excellence and less testing. You don’t have to choose — testing or education.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces. Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. jena.passut_7651. Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:13.

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Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax


We try to keep our ears to the ground here when it comes to the public buzzing around educational technology in schools. My favorite part comes right after, when the study he is using to say educational technology is a hoax says, “particularly when there is regular and frequent use…” The study says we should be using tech regularly. And it says it’s especially good for special education kids. Room 17, Powell Valley Elementary School.

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

The Hechinger Report

Simón López, the Coordinator of Special Education at the Sarah Greenwood Elementary School for Dual Languages, is calling attention to the failure of Boston Public Schools’ dual language programs to accept students with certain types of disabilities – a violation of the spirit, at least, of state and federal laws. You can’t just stick these kids in the corner,” said Elena Silva, director of PreK-12 for the Education Policy Program at New America, a Washington, D.C.,

The Importance of SEL to Education Success

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Students are telling us there’s a big missing piece in their education” –John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic. Today’s educators realize learning has as much to do with academics as how students get along with themselves and others. And with home advocacy, SEL will work better, faster, and more effectively. Stanislaus Elementary School with “Four at the Door.” Education reform SEL

Forget civics class: Students want to make a difference in real life

The Hechinger Report

Now they are demanding a greater role in school policy and the decisions that shape their educations. They are also seeking to use this moment to educate teens about elections and voting and turn them into lifelong voters. Andrew Brennen, National Geographic education fellow.

‘We just pick up the pieces’: As a new school year starts, this Mississippi Delta community is fighting for survival

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We look at our health issues, educational issues … all of this stuff comes back full force to poverty. We look at our health issues, educational issues … all of this stuff comes back full force to poverty,” Jefferson said. “We’ve

Grandparents raising grandchildren under lockdown: When the protectors are the most vulnerable

The Hechinger Report

With the coronavirus shuttering schools and forcing the nation into quarantine, these grandparents have shouldered extra duties feeding, caring for and educating their grandkids at a time when they are themselves especially vulnerable. But for grandparents raising grandchildren, that’s not possible, said Jaia Peterson Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, a nonprofit advocacy group. In their last trip before quarantining for coronavirus, Joanne H.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A photo posted by GA Department of Education (@georgiadeptofed) on Jan 18, 2016 at 4:39am PST. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. I would like to thank the Georgia State Department of Education for this opportunity.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach


On top of those issues, there have been seemingly endless attempts to perfect the standardized test itself, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and dividing educators and communities. The problem was sufficiently troubling that educators hoped Congress would abandon the requirement for such tests when it rewrote the No Child Left Behind law that mandated them in the first place.

Learning to Breathe: Educators Use Yoga and Meditation to Reduce Burnout


Rose picked up a couple of breathing strategies as a student in Breathe for Change, a 200-hour wellness and yoga teacher certification program for educators. She spent many of her weekends this past fall at an elementary school in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, alongside 83 other peers, including fellow classroom teachers and other educators. Breathe for Change was founded by former Pre-K teacher Ilana Nankin to improve the well-being of educators.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior

Anti-racist education in early childhood classrooms is far more than a multicultural lesson or two. It requires educators to deeply understand how institutional racism comes to be and manifests in environments where young students learn. The Construct of True Anti-Racist Education.

Graduate Programs Suspended Due to Cuts in Higher Education in Wisconsin

Reading By Example

Educators still in the program, such as myself, have three years left to complete our remaining coursework. This is but one of several graduate programs in the education department that are being suspended. I have repeatedly invited my representatives to come for a visit to our elementary school. Advocacy Assembly Bill 1 cuts funding government UW-System I have been a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, off and on, for the past ten years.

‘It’s very hard for us to get things we need’: Thousands of Mississippi teens face hunger and homelessness in pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Youth from each of Mississippi’s 82 counties applied for emergency aid from the nonprofit, which advocates for high-quality and evidence-based sex education and improved healthcare for teens in the state. Justin Lofton, director of Youth Engagement and Advocacy for the group, said a large percentage of applicants said their parents hadn’t yet received unemployment benefits after losing their jobs as a result of coronavirus closures, increasing the financial strain on their families.

Leadership as Process

Reading By Example

I aim too high, at least by educator evaluation standards. For example, when I arrived at my current elementary school, there was some interest in going schoolwide with the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for reading and for writing. This meant first revisiting our identities as educators. While I believe our teachers are special, there are great educators in every school. It is October, which means it is school learning objective time.

Principals Need to Know Literacy

Reading By Example

When I first became a principal at an elementary school, I thought I had the requisite knowledge to be a literacy leader. However, I was thankful that as a faculty we were learning about promising practices together and would be better educators for our students. Principals need to know literacy because it is at the heart of the educational experience. Read just about any educational resource that calls on strong leadership for sustained schoolwide improvement.

What to do when you have done everything you can

Reading By Example

That’s saying something, in the era of Governor Scott Walker and a very polarizing debate around public education. For K-12 schools, teachers may no longer be required to have a degree in education, or even a degree period, to teacher courses in secondary schools. For higher education, our legislators proposed a $250 million dollar cut and opened the doors for the University of Wisconsin system to get rid of tenure.

To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

It was a book I relied on when I taught elementary school. Educators feel the same way when we discover a new strategy or method and then think about all of the students we had in the past who did not have access to this better practice. MY STUDENTS ARE NOT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. At the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention, some Mineral Point Elementary School faculty heard children’s author Mem Fox speak about the importance of reading aloud.

#FactFriday: It’s Computer Science Education Week!


We’re celebrating Computer Science Education Week ! Computer science education offers students countless opportunities. Learn how your state can expand access to high-quality computer science education to unlock lifelong opportunities for students at and Advocacy/ Learn why Hadi Partovi, CEO of, believes every student must have access to computer science education.

OPINION: 3 reasons that career and technical education doesn’t preclude college

The Hechinger Report

A number of recent articles have highlighted the value of career and technical education (CTE) at the individual and system levels. However, it’s hard not to notice that many of these stories choose to emphasize a disconnect between career and technical education and “college,” positioning the former as a pathway for students not bound for college. million students in federally supported postsecondary career and technical education programs. Higher Education.

Civic Responsibility

Reading By Example

This post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. Public education receives many requests to implement initiatives within the school day. In an article for Phi Delta Kappan , educator Michael Rebell goes as far as to state that preparing students for capable citizenship is the school’s primary responsibility. Advocacy Literacy newsletter principal as an advocate Reading media literacy Michael Rebell Phi Delta Kappan voting

ESSA learning more, doing more


After eight years without a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ESSA becomes law with references to school libraries and librarians. We need to meet with the Departments of Education in our states to ensure we are part of the competitive grant programs to launch in 2017. activism advocacy ESSA technology