Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

EdTechSandyK

Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment. SB 6, if passed into law, would give local school districts in Texas more discretionary control over how they spend state monies designated for instructional materials. Everything I accessed was an instructional material with content relevant to my course of study.

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!

EdTechSandyK

The following is a legislative action alert I received today from Jennifer Bergland and TCEA Advocacy. Inform them that HB 6 will be voted on by the House on Wednesday (April 6th) Ask them to vote for HB 6 and Oppose any amendment that might delay the implementation of the Instructional Materials Allotment. HB 6 deletes the word ''''textbook'''' from current education law and updates it to the phrase ''''instructional materials''''.

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SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

SETDA Says

Today, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. Digital Learning Equity of Access FCC instructional materialsThese rules were. read more.

SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Advocacy With a new federal administration in 2017, […]. 2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology.

OPINION: It’s time. Let’s use different ways of teaching children to read

The Hechinger Report

Over the last several months, public discourse about learning to read and reading instruction has significantly increased. There is growing recognition that reading instruction must be done differently. There is growing recognition that reading instruction must be done differently.

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Engaging and Differentiated Summer Lessons

N2Y

Searching for standards‑based academic instruction for the summer? Keep students excited about learning with innovative instructional materials, including embedded differentiation to support the needs of unique learners. Engaging Topics and Differentiated Instruction.

Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron Appointed to the Association of Test Publishers’ CEO Council

eSchool News

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools.

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

Doug Levin

Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade. I’ve been engaged in thinking deeply about the promise and opportunity afforded the U.S.

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PROOF POINTS: $1.5 billion in recovery funds go to afterschool

The Hechinger Report

This figure makes after-school programs the fourth most popular way to spend federal funds to address learning loss, behind summer school, software and instructional materials. Based on the spending patterns of more than 3,000 school districts , U.S.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

These are purchasing programs in which “institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually.” While everyone wants educational materials to be less expensive, lower costs are the least interesting thing about digital, networked learning. Errors in materials cannot be corrected in a timely manner.

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School Superintendents of Alabama and Curriculum Associates Recognize Students and Educators with $12,000 in Scholarships

eSchool News

The recipients are: Mindy Blankenship, a teacher at Ariton High School in the Dale County School District, who is pursuing a Master’s in Instructional Leadership at the University of West Alabama. degree in Instructional Leadership at the University of Montevallo. “It

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

Despite popular rhetoric along the lines of “you can’t learn from materials you can’t afford,” their rather ingenious experiment showed that increasing access to learning materials by adopting OER instead of traditionally copyrighted resources (TCM) will almost never measurably improve learning. Regardless of the format of the materials students are reading, actively engaging in online interactive practice is more effective than simply reading.

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Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

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.

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

No longer relegated to using textbooks as their core instructional materials, teachers look to their institutions for help selecting, aggregating, and then delivering relevant content to their pupils. In most cases, schools are turning to third parties for help building out their core and non-core content right now, said Allison Powell, VP for new learning models at iNACOL , the nonprofit blended learning advocacy group. “We’re

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Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year. I am very honored to serve as one of the two national advisors for Future Ready Schools , representing the Instructional Coach strand. And so, yes, I’ve kind of started very quickly after accepting the award for Instructional Technologist of the Year, then TCEA – as many of our state affiliates has a strong advocacy arm for educational opportunities here in Texas.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide. Méndez-Cupey, and together they’ve adopted a public elementary school that was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria, with plans to provide teacher training and instructional materials.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

” The Gates Foundation is perhaps the best known organization for furthering political advocacy through its funding mechanisms. The College Board also boasted about its partnership with Khan Academy, which would make SAT test prep materials freely available online. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.