Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

Discussing CoSN’s Five Critical Guidelines for Ensuring Data Privacy in Your Use of Technology, the speakers told attendees that when it comes to data privacy, the word “done” isn’t in their vocabulary. Five Critical Guidelines .

One small, shy child changed my school’s dress code

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First, it listed disciplinary action before the guidelines. District Management Featured on eSchool News advocacy dress code gender neutral

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How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

Reading By Example

They serve as concrete guidelines, manifested from our school’s mission and vision, as well as from current thinking we find effective for education. This post describes how our school stopped using Accelerated Reader.

Your Internet History is Now For Sale


Republicans that voted in favor of overturning the FCC online privacy rules argued that the privacy regulations would stifle innovation by forcing Internet providers to abide by unreasonably strict guidelines.

Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

A Dozen Essential Guidelines for Educators ( [link] , October 2013). Advocacy Leadership Literacy Reading Alfie Kohn Heinemann Schooling Beyond Measure

On the importance of making a (reopening) plan


Library programming services can continue to be provided in a safe manner for both library staff and students following CDC, PA DOH guidelines and our locally developed Health & Safety Plan.

Betsy DeVos on Teacher Vouchers, Walkouts and Being Clickbait


Do you support them in that advocacy as well?” Later, DeVos justified rolling back Obama-era guidelines designed to provide more flexibility for transgender students, calling it an “overreach.”

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

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We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers.

Empowering and Encouraging a Culture of Innovation in School


Students know when they come to the Collaboratory, they are able to exercise autonomy and agency which both are empowering and great keys to building self-advocacy in learners. Innovation has become an omnipresent buzzword in educational technology circles.

Waterford Gets $20M+ Grant for Online Preschool. Its Critics Are Not Happy.


Early Concerns Even before the news was officially announced, word about Waterford’s grant had already reached advocacy groups Defending the Early Years and the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, two critics of online preschool services.

A Faculty-Led Fund Gets Cash to Struggling Students, Fast


One guideline: The funds are not intended to reward students who earn the best grades. The committee spread word of the resources within the developmental learning and student advocacy departments. The email arrived like a punch in the gut. You have exhausted your Pell Grant funds.

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. State Advocacy for Federal Support of Broadband.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Using CoSN’s blueprint for smart IT decisions as a guideline, the three superintendents explained how to align priorities, and balance choice with cost and outcomes to creative sustainable programs.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

On the school side, the students need to become responsible stewards of the tech as well and should be involved in setting guidelines for responsible use. Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like.


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

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And the eligibility guidelines are so tight that millions of families who could benefit from assistance get nothing.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Step 2: Develop and communicate a district-wide policy for accessibility including guidelines for accessible purchasing.

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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said Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has been critical of the state’s academic standards in social studies. Texas is not alone in its lowering of history standards; other states have confusing or obtuse state guidelines.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

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of the Aurora Institute, formerly known as iNACOL, an advocacy organization promoting competency-based education. In some cities, school buses now deliver daily paper packets of schoolwork, along with bagged breakfasts and lunches.

MIA in School: Instilling a Sense of Purpose in Students


Whether it was updating guidelines for early learners to encourage active co-viewing of media with adults, or advocating for personalized learning systems to be more attuned to the interests of the students they were designed to serve, we encouraged leaders and educators to put the learner at the center of the active use of digital tools. “Dad, I want a narwhal cake for my birthday.” “A A narwhal cake?” “Yes, Yes, a narwhal cake.” I have a ten year old who knows exactly what he wants. “So

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

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At least we’re at the table now,” said Carly Wright, advocacy director for SHAPE. “It But older children need movement too — at least an hour a day according to federal guidelines — and they are getting a lot less of it. APPLETON, Wisc.

The community college “segregation machine”

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The California Acceleration Project, an advocacy group founded by faculty, reported that pass rates for underprepared students at Cuyamaca in college-level math jumped to 67 percent last year, up from 10 percent the year before.

NYC-Area Yeshivas Face Criticism Over Curricula

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Brooklyn-based advocacy organization Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, has released a letter suggesting that the secular education in 39 yeshivas in the area is not up to standards and are possibly even illegal, causing New York’s Orthodox Jewish community to respond.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


iKeepSafe conducted a thorough manual and technical review of ClassFlow to assess its compliance with iKeepSafe Privacy Assessment guidelines.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy


Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. An ideal data literacy program provides teachers with tools to organize their data and guidelines on how to understand and analyze it to help teachers make the connection of the data to their practice. Josh Parker is an instructional coach at District of Columbia Public Schools.

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Unmet Needs: Children with disabilities caught in the voucher crossfire

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Grant Callen, president of “school choice” advocacy group Empower Mississippi, speaks before a crowd at the Capitiol at the beginning of National School Choice Week in February.

Why Mindfulness And Trauma-Informed Teaching Don’t Always Go Together


Himelstein also offers these guidelines for teachers using mindfulness: Don’t force it. Advocacy: everything from learning to say “No” (set boundaries), to working at a higher level to impact policy or structural change. Mindfulness is a fast growing trend both in the world generally and in schools. Teachers are turning to the practice as a simple way to restore calm to the classroom , help students find some quiet space, and build self-regulation skills.

Are we ready? How we are teaching – and not teaching – kids about climate change

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Texas, which because of its market size plays an influential role in shaping the content of textbooks even beyond its borders, is one of six states that develops its own curriculum standards, while 20 follow the national guidelines and another 24 have adopted modified versions.

The CARE Framework

Iterating Toward Openness

The framework provides an objective set of guidelines people and organizations, including companies, can follow in order to be judged “good” OER stewards. Speaking as someone who has been engaged in OER advocacy with faculty and providing direct support for OER adoption to faculty for many years – as several of you have – it’s difficult enough to help faculty find the time and energy necessary to simply adopt OER.

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Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds

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Cascio found that universal and targeted state public programs cost about the same per student and met many of the same quality guidelines. Lillian Renfro, 5, “roasts” a “marshmallow” during free-play time in her preschool classroom in Clinton, Oklahoma.

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Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

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But, while Alabama earned an A after revamping its standards, eighth-ranked Mississippi earned a C from the advocacy group, which rates state standards for inclusion of leaders, groups, events, history, opposition and tactics.

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Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

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Games, apps, and tools Best Government and Civics Websites and Games (by Common Sense Education): These resources are perfect for showing students the history of social justice struggles, and connecting them to modern opportunities for advocacy.

College and career readiness activities

Kathy Schrock

In addition, besides the informational infographic they can create, they can also make an advocacy infographic for promoting this career. The activities in this book were mapped to the National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) to help students achieve these goals.

Put more gender studies in schools’ sex ed courses

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It was the most ever recorded, according to the advocacy group. Let’s be clear: President Donald Trump’s rescinding of federal guidelines permitting transgender students to use public school bathrooms that match their chosen gender identity wasn’t about protecting women.

OPINION: It’s not too late for DeVos to make informed changes to current Title IX policies

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Mary Haviland is the executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, an umbrella organization of the New York City rape crisis programs that strives to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Education Week also reported in February that the State Educational Technology Directors Association had released a new website that offered guidelines on purchasing digital materials. This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report.