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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.

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. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. 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. .

Reluctance to require suicide prevention education could cost lives, but it’s complicated

The Hechinger Report

When she took a break from class at Cody High School to testify to the Wyoming State Legislature, via Zoom, in favor of a bill that would have mandated suicide prevention education in schools, she was prepared for an easy win. Ryan Fuhrman, chairman of the Wyoming State Board of Education.

How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out

The Hechinger Report

Several times a week, Ericka Santiago-Diaz can be found driving around her low-income, underserved school community in New Jersey’s Asbury Park with bags of school supplies, replacement technology, food and donated clothing in the back seat to deliver to students.

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.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. In the contexts of job preparedness and everyday engagement, many educators consider proficiency in computer science and computational thinking as valuable for students. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

Students Are Slipping Through the Cracks of Special Education. Schools Must Do Better.


The teacher reached out to me, an education consultant recently hired by the school district to support struggling learners. As an educator, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day “administrivia” of making hundreds of decisions a week.

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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How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

The Hechinger Report

When the kids showed up, educators could see even more clearly how uneven their learning has been during the pandemic. “It’s So, we’ve spent several months traveling the country learning from schools applying best practices and from researchers and educators who have studied what works.

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. We run camps and conferences and professional development centered around the idea of using technology well in the classroom. And while he cites data that claims technology hurts scores, it’s not hard to find data that says technology helps scores and student learning. uploads/pdf/The_Impact_of_Digital_Technologies_on_Learning_(2012).pdf.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

Hameed’s students are participants in various programs through Hello Future , a nonprofit organization that works with teen refugees to bridge the education gap by teaching digital and financial literacy, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.

After-school programs have either been abandoned or overworked

The Hechinger Report

“I like building stuff,” said 11-year-old Isabella Lagunas, describing the appeal of her science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) after-school program, Girlstart. “In

They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

The Hechinger Report

Some of Hayden’s homework hadn’t been reaching his teachers due to apparent technological glitches on the school’s online platform, or in some cases because he hadn’t handed it in ? There have been more than a handful of instances, too, when technology simply failed him.

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. There is no one-size-fits-all with technology. jena.passut_7651. Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:13.

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Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning. Technology allows teachers to expand their lessons outside of the classroom and make connections beyond their communities.

The Importance of SEL to Education Success

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.” Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. Education reform SEL

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.

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. Here a student shows off his robot that he built and programmed for the technology fair.

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.

How much will it take to reopen, catch up kids, and save public schooling long term?

The Hechinger Report

Technology costs have been the greatest, but PPE and safety expenses have played a part as well. last spring, public schools across the country were forced to grapple with how best to educate their students while still protecting lives. billion for K-12 education.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning


About a decade ago, leaders in this public school district nearly 70 miles northwest of New York City decided to radically change the way they provide education to its diverse and academically challenged student body. They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. And it would not be possible, Trout said, without small-group instruction and the assistance of classroom technology that helps her deliver a custom-fit lesson for each student.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

The Hechinger Report

Jaime Aquino, left, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction with Los Angeles Unified School District gives a”high five” to Hillcrest Elementary School teacher Rhonda Marie Smith on her new iPad as teachers attend a training class after being issued an Apple iPad as The Los Angeles Unified School District began to hand out the iPad’s to teachers from various schools in the district at Theodore Roosevelt High School in 2013. Digital Education K-12 News

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

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

In fairness, startups weren’t the only education companies experiencing this sort of upheaval this year: Amplify, News Corps’ education division, continued to sell off various parts of its failed business. DeVry Education Group got a new CEO." You can find stock market data about publicly-traded education companies at I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors.

Foreign tech workers are getting fed up. Can better education for U.S. students fill the gap?

The Hechinger Report

The man had been educated in the United States and living in the country on a renewable three-year visa, but he’d waited so long for permanent residency that he finally gave up. We’ve got to start early, in the elementary schools and middle schools, and say, ‘Math is not hard.’ ”.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director.

What Shouldn’t Return to ‘Normal’ When Schools Reopen


Speaking at a virtual event hosted by Paper, an education technology company, Enfield was joined by two other superintendents who all expressed cautious optimism that reopening school doors will not mean entirely returning to business-as-usual.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking. But I wanted to consider too why the stories we repeatedly tell about education and education technology were so fanciful – stories about impending disruptions and revolutions and robot teachers and brain zappers and so on.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?


Talk of education policy—or any policy, for that matter—can often be dry, divisive or both. But when it comes to policy that expands access to computer science education, legislators tend to be interested and in agreement. That, plus rapid tech adoption by schools and a major push from advocacy organizations, explains why nearly every U.S. state has adopted at least one policy requiring, standardizing or funding computer science education in schools.