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

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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.

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

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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.

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Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

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Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia. Pam Moran on episode 236 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation

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Previous Shows Relating to This Topic Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning Making Music with iPads and #edtech Tiffany Kerns – Bio as submitted A common thread throughout Tiffany Kerns’ career has been her dedication to creating meaningful change and advocacy for nonprofit organizations.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

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I was over in one of the elementary schools the other day, and three years ago we were all in awe and kind of gaga about a high school student who was all in with drones, and sort of building and flying, and learning about aviation and drones with his high school peers. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Maker Movement Monday Motivation Policy Makers Project Based Learning STEM Teachers

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

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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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title I

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

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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. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title I

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislationAssembly Bill 2329, Computer Science Plan by Assemblywoman Bonilla was signed by Governor Brown September 27 th, 2016.

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

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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.,

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

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Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Education Innovation Monday Motivation Policy Makers STEM Students Teachers

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

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But for grandparents raising grandchildren, that’s not possible, said Jaia Peterson Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, a nonprofit advocacy group. Jaia Peterson Lent, deputy executive director of Generations United, a nonprofit advocacy group. Luckily, Roznowski has a job she can do remotely and a relevant skill set: She works for Generations United as policy and program coordinator. In their last trip before quarantining for coronavirus, Joanne H.

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

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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. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School Mississippi News Health and nutrition Mental health and trauma Mississippi newsletter poverty

‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

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In the mornings, black kids like Clark rode on yellow school buses to Lexington Elementary; the white kids boarded blues ones that took them to private school. Constructed in 1908, Durant Elementary in Durant, Miss. Rand took a job teaching fifth grade at Goodman-Pickens Elementary.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 system, the context for OER will vary across states and districts, across institutional types (regular public schools, charter schools, and private schools), across school levels (elementary, middle and high school), and across technological reliance and sophistication of schools (online/blended programs versus more traditional classrooms). Blog OER #GoOpen #OER2016 #OERBoat copyright ESSA open pedagogy open policy privacy textbooks

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Homework: Helpful, Harmful, or Otherwise?

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Four years ago, I shared my attempt at revising our homework policy at my former school. It was more policy than practice – we briefly discussed it, then moved on to something related to literacy, I’m sure. This seems to fly in the face of research, such as John Hattie’s meta-analysis that homework has a negligible effect in elementary school and a significant one at the secondary. These absolute policies also result in absolute thinking.

Teachers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

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were underfunded by $580 billion in federal dollars alone — money that was specifically targeted to support 30 million of our most vulnerable students,” says a new report published by the education advocacy nonprofit, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

Civic Responsibility

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This post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. Many American students who have basic literacy skills have yet to master the critical-reasoning and deliberation skills needed to appraise one-side or false information, assess policy alternatives, and enter into fruitful conversation with people who have opposing views. Advocacy Literacy newsletter principal as an advocate Reading media literacy Michael Rebell Phi Delta Kappan voting

How can being bilingual be an asset for white students and a deficit for immigrants?

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In 50 elementary schools, according to officials, these students now take classes in Spanish and English with an ultimate goal of achieving academic proficiency in both languages by middle school. Spanish is the most common and four elementary schools offer programs in Spanish and English that aim to make all students proficient in reading, writing and speaking both languages. Muñiz sophomore Patricia Cordero, 15, attended a dual-language elementary school in Washington, D.C.,

Betsy DeVos on Teacher Vouchers, Walkouts and Being Clickbait

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This represents change only for those people who want to make a change,” she said, adding that schools can choose between using that money to fund elementary, secondary or pre-K programs (though that last one is up for debate ). Do you support them in that advocacy as well?” She used the same argument for rolling back affirmative action guidelines last year that advised schools to consider race in enrollment—a policy that she said she was unfamiliar with as recently as last month.

To teach, protect and serve

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In a survey conducted by Educators for Excellence, a teacher-led advocacy group, gun violence ranked as teachers’ No. Lockdown instructions posted in Nivia Vizurraga’s elementary school classroom. She currently teaches K-5 special education at an elementary school in Reseda, California.

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

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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. gadoeteachertakeover #spelling #spellingbee #writing #english #competition #googlehangout #google #community #librariesofinstagram #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #elementary. Follow any local policies on posting to social media.

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.

Parents are panicking, giving up their careers and spending thousands of dollars on piecemeal solutions for the school year

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Parents would be responsible for bringing kids on and off, on and off, on and off,” said Mancha-Sumners, the associate director for the Texas Center for Education Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. “I There’s always an equity issue in the United States, even in non-Covid times,” said Elizabeth Bartholet, professor of law at Harvard Law School and faculty director of Harvard’s Child Advocacy Program. All locations will be added to the company’s liability policy.

ExcelinEd Spends the Day with Our Future Workforce

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Raines Mosteller talks to Jessica Hammonds, National Director of Advocacy. Raines is in fifth grade and the son of James Mosteller, Advocacy Associate. Today I met Jessica Hammonds who helps manage the advocacy team and has worked here for almost two years. Kinsey Pageau talks to Claire Voorhees, National Director of Policy. ” She told me that she would be Cari Miller because Cari is an expert at helping states with their reading policies.

OPINION: Parents, here’s why your most important partner may be your child’s teacher (and vice versa)

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Particularly for educators in early and elementary education, they have a chance to set the course for how families imagine school and family connections. Similar to a doctor with a bedside manner that fosters respect and trust when working with patients and their families, teachers can design initial and subsequent interactions with families that demonstrate trust, collaboration and advocacy, giving them a better chance of effectively meeting the needs of students.

?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

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Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families, said that while schools aren’t viewed as child care providers in the traditional sense, elementary and middle school campuses do function as a “work support” for parents.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

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Tom Loud is first grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee. In addition, Loud was one of 50 Teachers in Tennessee selected to participate in an Educator Fellowship through SCORE, (The State Collaborative on Reforming Education), an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution that drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

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. Formed in 1992, CoSN works to provide its members with the management, community building, and advocacy tools to be technology leaders in today’s schools.

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Transgender Students Are Still at Risk, But Schools Can Help

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In March, at ASCD Empower, which is a conference for educators with a focus on equity, she presented with Becca Mui, an education manager at GLSEN , an LGBTQ advocacy group focused on schools. One of the things that administrators or teachers can say to a parent who is upset by this policy is that there is a gender-neutral bathroom available to their child should their child feel that they need a private space. If there's not, what are our policies?

Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials

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Keya Wondwossen, the director of advocacy and public partnerships at DonorsChoose, drew on personal experiences to explain to reporters why this campaign is so important to her. Wondwossen is a former elementary school ESL teacher, and when she was in the classroom, she used to tell her students they were “language superheroes.” “The

Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior

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The reality is that instructional practices and policies tend to emerge from an inherently racist foundation. While some may argue that these are unconscious acts not based in racism, Dr. Tonia Durden emphasized that in fact, because certain practices are based in policy, they are deliberate. “We Such questioning, urged Dr. Escayg, moves discussions beyond individual prejudice and bias to examining and critiquing systems and policies along with their historical underpinnings.

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

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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. Rose, who teaches first and second grade special education at Los Cerritos Elementary School in South San Francisco, felt like she was “was drowning.” According to a 2014 report by the Alliance For Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization, roughly half a million U.S.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data

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These days we do a lot of workshops and special projects around freedom of information and privacy issues and advocacy work because that act was passed back in 1992. You had some experience in research and advocacy for privacy before you started there, while you were a student. I was proposing the creation of a bill of rights around student data, a policy at the university [for using student data].

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The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

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Despite universal concerns about student data privacy, communicating school policies can quickly overwhelm school leaders. When writing policies, rather than restating the laws and all the legal jargon, administrators need to ask themselves what each group needs to know, and what do they need to do. Then, write policies that help each group enact the laws. But rather than the policy restating it, the policy should have the procedure teachers need to follow to get approval.

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

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When COVID-19 disrupted the traditional model , Commissioner Mike Morath and his team quickly created policies to help ensure students would not fall through the cracks. . 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.? ? . With 5.4 million?students students to?