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 . CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. The post Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts appeared first on edWeb.

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 neutralSo often, when children attempt to advocate for something they believe in at school, adults make the mistake of getting defensive and worse, stand by the mantra that “This is the way things are,” without ever examining why they are the way they are. Last spring, as the weather warmed in New Jersey, we announced and reposted our dress code.


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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. The FCC rules that were repealed did not step-on the FTC guidelines; rather, they finally gave some definition for how ISPs need to protect consumer information. Advocacy ISTE Technology in Education Uncategorized advocacy internet privacy lawmaking

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

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A Dozen Essential Guidelines for Educators ( [link] , October 2013). Advocacy Leadership Literacy Reading Alfie Kohn Heinemann Schooling Beyond MeasureI imagine the beginnings of this book idea came about from a conversation between Thomas Newkirk, editor at Heinemann, and Alfie Kohn, frequent commentator on education, that sounded somewhat like the following: Thomas Newkirk: Hey Alfie, what are your thoughts on writing another book for Heinemann?

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

Critical guidelines that can lead to successful and sustainable professional learning include specific content areas focus, opportunities for teachers to engage in hands-on learning, and professional learning experiences connected daily with classrooms. By Eileen Belastock.

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.” 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.

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. Along with objections to that, many complaints arose that the state provided no clear guidelines for the transition. Personalized learning lets Champlain Valley Union High School sophomore Bella Curtis study toward a certificate in horse management. Photo: Austin Haeberle.

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. State Advocacy for Federal Support of Broadband.

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

The priorities included having multiple scenarios for school openings and closings, based on evolving CDC guidelines and COVID infection rates, and continued development of the district infrastructure needed to handle them. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

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. I am proud to see many of my teachers now understand content standards are a set of guidelines, but not rigid restrictions that limit imagination and innovation for lessons. Innovation has become an omnipresent buzzword in educational technology circles.

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. Kim shared that she and her colleagues often describe advocacy in the context of the neverending burden of Sysyphus. It’s always been my personal philosophy, whenever possible, to walk into tricky situations with solutions.

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. Waterford’s program does track with the AAP’s guidelines , which recommend no more than an hour of high-quality screen time per day for kids aged 2 to 5. In the world of education, some debates rage eternal. How much testing is too much?

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

Working with the district leadership team, finance officials should identify the top priorities and “binding constraints” such as facility space, transportation costs, PPE pricing, and state guidelines. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Hampered by pandemic restrictions, campus organizers are working overtime to make student voting easier

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Edwards is a fellow with Rise , a national nonprofit that builds student advocacy campaigns, through which she learned how to mobilize new, diverse voters. At the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the UC College Republicans group is canvassing in person, while following the school’s coronavirus guidelines. Aiyana Edwards, a student at Spelman College in Atlanta, is part of a national effort to improve voting rates among young people.

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. In order to take this class, you will need to pay out of pocket. Jimmieka Mills was familiar with that feeling.

PRINCIPAL VOICE: Returning students to school safely is top priority, but let’s not forget to treat them fairly

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The Obama-era guidelines helped us understand how our own implicit biases impact our Black and Hispanic students in harmful ways, and how to counter these biases to create more equitable schools.

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.

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

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.

Column: As Betsy DeVos steps down, critics hope it is time to put the public back in public education

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DeVos “enthusiastically sent our taxpayer dollars to schools that explicitly and actively discriminate against LGBTQ+ students,” Eliza Byard, the executive director of the advocacy group GLSEN , said in a statement.

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. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software.

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. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like.


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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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.

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. A working group met in November to come up with guidelines for how California’s community colleges must revamp their approach to remedial education.

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 the first weeks of shutdowns, many districts followed state guidelines and offered only optional learning resources — things like practice sheets, educational videos and recommended reading — without teacher-led instruction or feedback or the expectation that the work would “count” in any way.

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. Middle school students at Kaleidoscope Academy, a district charter school in Appleton, Wisconsin, are constantly moving. Everyone has a physical education class, called “phy-ed” here, at least twice a week.

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.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


CODE.ORG ADVOCACY COALITION ( ) Since January 2018, 20 states have passed legislation and funded $49 million to expand access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the Advocacy Coalition, a group of over 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education.

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. Families who earn more than poverty-level wages but still live on a subsistence budget account for about 33 million American households, according to Laura Bruno, a spokesperson for United for ALICE , a research and advocacy organization focused on America’s working poor.

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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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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. Nancy Loome, executive director of the Parents’ Campaign, a public-school advocacy group based in Jackson, told the Jackson Free Press in January that the schools cannot be wholly blamed for inadequate care of special-needs students.

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. For years, voters from all political parties have been telling pollsters at the First Five Years Fund, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on early learning, that they are in favor of more funding for early childhood education.

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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. Meanwhile, even textbooks that are designed to be sold in states that follow the 2013 guidelines, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, have been slow to catch up.