Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations


To advocate for and on behalf of effective online teaching and learning practices, four organizations are joining forces to establish the National Council for Online Education. Department of Education about distance learning regulations.

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. For legislative and policy movement specific to literacy, the National Summer Literacy Association and International Literacy Association are also fantastic resources.

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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.

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.

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. It is not only backfilling, but enrollment policies, suspension and expulsion practices, and services to students with special needs that have come into question as key issues with charter advocates nationwide.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. In a report released Thursday, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools called on state policy makers to rethink the way virtual charter schools are governed, and to move quickly to close those that perform poorly. Read more about Blended Learning.

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

Education Superhighway

This broadband leader has always had a passion for policy – especially when it came to funding for technology in schools. As a former teacher, tech coordinator, and chief technology officer, Jennifer Bergland now leads advocacy efforts as the Director of Governmental Relations at Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). Do you have any advocacy advice for CIOs, technology leaders, and educators trying to increase funding for technology in schools?

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Nor has there been much support for an idea floated by a coalition of advocacy groups that would block the tax credits from being applied against tuition paid to colleges and universities with low graduation rates, small numbers of low-income students and high levels of student debt.

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. 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

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

Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

Digital Promise

In the last month, our teaching and learning environment has been upended. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, districts and educators have been tasked with shifting teaching and learning online, and many are seeking resources to support learning in this new environment.

GoGuardian Finds Three Factors That influence K-12 Student Engagement Online and In-Person

eSchool News

The GoGuardian Research and Insights team today announced its comprehensive findings on the factors that create an engaging learning experience in K-12 schools, both online and in-person, in its 2020 State of Engagement Report. Developing students’ metacognitive skills required for learning.

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. 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

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. I think it’s going to open doors for teachers to explore learning in ways that we haven’t seen since probably the late 70’s or 80’s in the United States, where there was a lot more freedom on the part of teachers to be able to be the creatives that they are. I think we like to learn together.

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.

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? During the last decade, we’ve documented how online learning—often in the form of blended learning —is an innovation with disruptive potential to transform our antiquated, seat-time-based education system.

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. It’s about empowering students to communicate, to collaborate, to learn critical thinking skills. 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.

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. Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more.

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

Dangerously Irrelevant

Citing years of ‘across-the-board money with no accountability [while] Iowa kind of stagnated, ’ he decided to teach our schools a lesson and took some of their money away so that they will learn how to operate more efficiently under austerity conditions, much like Greece and its European Union creditors. State department educational policy advocacy: “Evidence-based” or puffery? Law, Policy, and Ethics ed reform iowa policy Terry Branstad

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. 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.

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

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. I don’t know what the answer is, particularly since educators in Iowa can’t strike and don’t want to put policy interests above the day-to-day needs of their students.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

From Testing to Triumphant Learning with Pam Moran. That really changes the game for the state, not just in terms of the state assessments, but also how curriculum and standards, opportunities for multidisciplinary learning, for the localities in Virginia to be able to really take some risk that it’s been difficult to take under No Child Left Behind as it’s evolved into where we are today.

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. She oversees advocacy efforts for the CMA Foundation at the state and federal level, which includes working with more than a dozen community partners to elevate the cause.

Education Playbook spotlights teaching and learning

eSchool News

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. It’s time to raise the level of education debate in the country,” KnowledgeWorks Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Matt Williams said. “As

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.

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. Jeff sits down with Terri Schwartzbeck and Sam Patterson to discuss the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day and how you can have a Future Ready School. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

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.

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?

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

Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action

eSchool News

A new paper by advocacy and policy org iNacol explores how blended learning is being used in practice and traces its history from 2008 to today. According to iNacol, the paper also delves into the evolution of blended learning, the use of digital content and curricula, and the engagement of students toward higher levels of academic success. Flipped learning might also be used to help students rotate. New report explores main blended models and their use.

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

The Hechinger Report

“Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. A few have begun giving students more control over what they learn, believing that this will get them more engaged in their studies. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. It makes personalized learning a strategy for equity.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. The result today is a patchwork of local policies, with pockets of proficiency-based grading surrounded by schools that have stuck with traditional methods of evaluating students — or reverted to them recently. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs.

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. 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. Learn more here.

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What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology


Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. But what may surprise some readers of the report, released Monday, is what the United States can learn from developing nations when it comes to bringing together all parties interested in edtech. Education Technology Policy & Government Interoperability Startups