Policy Watch: Educators Can Teach Lawmakers What Our Students Need

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As a former teacher with 23 years in the classroom myself, I understand that educating young students leaves little time for legislative advocacy. The first thing educators can do to positively affect education policy may not be the most practical from a nuts-and-bolts perspective.

Virtual charter schools need “bold action” for change, says national charter school advocacy group

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The major advocacy group for public charter schools is concerned that failing online charter schools may be hurting the credibility of the movement as a whole. What we’ve seen, in terms of the research, is that there’s a lot more self-directed learning,” Ziebarth said.

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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.

Advocacy Group: Charters Under Pressure to Fill Empty Seats

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Members of a charter school advocacy group, the Democracy Builders, rallied outside New York City’s City Hall as they touted their report claiming that privately-operated, publicly-funded learning institutions are not playing fair.

Reflections from AFC’s Policy Summit


This week at the American Federation for Children’s Annual Policy Summit , my Excel in Ed colleagues and I heard from an array of speakers and leaders across the educational opportunity movement. AFC recently launched Voices for Choice , where you can learn about the real students and families that have benefited from school choice programs in their states. Tori Bell, Senior Policy Analyst. “I Ryan Mahoney, Senior Regional Advocacy Director.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Melanie Pritchett - Compass Learning, Austin, TX Dr. Frances McArthur - Superintendent, Lexington, TX We are on the cusp of exciting times in Texas, using digital content in the classroom. In Strama''s Sylvan learning centers, they run diagnostics on the students, identify their needs, and individualze their instruction. We can''t make it happen with state policy. Universal, ubiquitous formats.State textbook fund should become state learning materials fund.(Side

Policies to help students pay for college continue to shift toward favoring the rich

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Only after he finally got one did he learn he couldn’t use it to cover the $6,500 he owed Cornell from last year, including late fees. Other state policies also take a toll on low-income students, researchers and advocates contend.

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


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. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

Resources: Data Quality Campaign and Policy


Using data well “ensures that students aren’t just counted but that each student counts,” says Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that works for changes in policy and practice around data flow. But DQC has a healthy resource bank that provides ways to support and join its advocacy efforts. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Your Internet History is Now For Sale


John Fleischman is CUE’s Sacramento-based Legislative Policy Consultant and former Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). Learns, a comprehensive online program for teaching English to older adolescents and adults.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

The CoolCatTeacher

What does Virtual Reality have to offer to the learning process? If you want to learn more about Virtual Reality check out. And our teachers, in terms of being able to exercise that creative juice, that it lets them really explore learning in a way that gets at passions of teachers.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina


Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. Source: KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Resources.

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

Veteran teachers and school leaders have seen wave after wave of pedagogical, curricular, and policy fads wash over the education landscape with little lasting effect. Given this history, could blended learning be just the latest educational fad to follow this same pattern?

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


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. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation

The CoolCatTeacher

Tiffany Kerns on Episode 489 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Music education helps students engage with learning and has many positive benefits. There is significant data proving the positive impact music has on a student’s ability to retain, learn, and articulate information.

SETDA Highlights from 2017


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, […]. Best Practices Digital Learning Personalized Learning Policy Uncategorized2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

From Testing to Triumphant Learning with Pam Moran. You can change the dominant pedagogy from teaching at the teaching wall to more project based work or activity based and inquiry focused learning.

It’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that you don’t spend it wisely

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State department educational policy advocacy: “Evidence-based” or puffery? Law, Policy, and Ethics ed reform iowa policy Terry Branstad

7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

Dangerously Irrelevant

I discussed how we won’t see desired changes in student learning outcomes until we change what students experience in their schools on a day-to-day basis. I talked about how investment in deeper learning also is workforce development. Budgets reflect policy priorities.

Learn how the Alliance for Excellent Education can help you and your students! | @All4ed


The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington based advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are ready for success in college. Show Topics * The Alliance for Excellent Education * 4th Annual Digital Learning Day * What is Future Ready?

Resource: iNACOL’s Reports on Next-Generation Learning


The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) aims “to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.” It does this through: Advocacy. Identifying models of next-generation learning. Materials include reports to help shape vision, such as: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning?

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data


That didn’t stop Bryan Short, who was a student at the University of British Columbia in 2016 when he got curious to know what information the learning management system at his university had collected on him and how it was being used. Learn more here.

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Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

On Tuesday, September 12th, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST, join author and long time educator, Kristin Ziemke and me as we discuss: Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom ! Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. Kristin Ziemke , Learning Innovation Specialist, Big Shoulders Fund ; Author, Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. Blog Amplify Digital Learning Future Ready Schools Kristin Ziemke

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

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Ragan Toppan, a junior at Deering High School, took part in a walkout last fall to protest a change in the school’s grading policy. In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle.

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

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“Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Elizabeth Warren shows she understands education in ways charter advocates did not

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Elizabeth Warren released a federal education policy proposal that recognizes a fundamental truth about students: Kids don’t live in schools, they live in communities. Education advocacy nonprofit Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools found that “[b]etween 2005 and 2017, public schools in the U.S.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. million in grant money to 47 Georgia school districts in order to provide high-speed broadband access and to strengthen blended learning in the state. These are encouraging signals that states are getting serious about investing in laying the foundation for next generation learning models.

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

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning lets Champlain Valley Union High School sophomore Bella Curtis study toward a certificate in horse management. New ways of teaching and learning are needed to make sure students prove they’ve mastered topics before earning a diploma, they say.

Digital Equity Act Would Provide $250M Annually to Address Digital Divide


Proponents of digital learning, as well as those committed to closing the nation's “homework gap,” rejoiced on Thursday when the U.S. Education Technology Policy & Government Access and Affordability School Infrastructure

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll


Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. As Larry Cuban referenced in a recent post , the core idea of personalized learning is far from new. Learning is social. Blog Featured Personalized Learning Tom Driscoll

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

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The think tank New America and the student advocacy organization uAspire found that colleges they studied used 136 different terms for “unsubsidized student loan” — in two dozen cases, without actually including the word “loan.” College graduates in the academic year just ended.

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Education Playbook spotlights teaching and learning

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Resource from KnowledgeWorks aims to highlight the importance of teaching and learning as presidential debates continue. Amid a heated presidential contest, KnowledgeWorks has released an Education Playbook to put the spotlight on teaching and learning in the U.S.

‘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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About 76,000 black students learn in schools where they account for 90 percent or more of the enrollment. Related : Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?