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

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Education Technology Policy & Government Higher EducationTo 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.

New Advocacy Campaign Calls for Banning Facial Recognition on College Campuses.

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Indeed, last week saw the launch of “ Ban Facial Recognition on Campus ,” a nationwide campaign from the nonprofit advocacy organizations Fight for the Future and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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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.

Understanding Dyslexia: Research, policy, practice and public debate by Dr. Rachael Gabriel #wsra2020

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Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Research wsraRachael Gabriel led a session on the topic of dyslexia , specifically on what we currently know and how schools should respond. How did we arrive at this point? What is research telling us? What are suggested next steps in ensuring all students receive an appropriate education? Click here to read my notes summarizing this session at the 2020 Wisconsin State Reading Association Conference. Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash.

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

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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

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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. Tori Bell, Senior Policy Analyst. “I Many of our organizations are in the weeds of these issues every day, navigating different policies, strategies and more. Ryan Mahoney, Senior Regional Advocacy Director. Nathan Hoffman, Regional Advocacy Director. “I

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. 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.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel

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We can''t make it happen with state policy. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could. For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle. Members of Panel: Representative Scott Hochberg - Houston, TX Representative Mark Strama - Austin, TX Mr. Thomas Ratliff, State Board of Education - Mt.

CUE Legislative Update – June 2020

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Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant Current Legislation Priority: As reported in the last update, legislation related to educational technology addresses closing the digital divide and related homework gap by increasing home access to broadband internet–especially in underserved and rural homes. Legislative Advocacy

CUE Legislative Update – July 2018

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California Senate votes to establish net neutrality State Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 822 to establish California net neutrality rules and policies to take the place of the repealed Federal net neutrality rules. News advocacy Legislative Advocacy net neutrality

CUE Legislative Update – June 2018

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State Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 822 to establish California net neutrality rules and policies to take the place of the repealed Federal net neutrality rules. News advocacy Legislative Advocacy Legislative Updates net neutralityCalifornia Senate votes to establish net neutrality Current Status of SB 822: On May 30th the California State Senate voted 22 to 12 to approve SB 822.

New Federal Bills to Help Close the Digital Divide and Homework Gap

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Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant Current Legislation Priority: The current focus of legislation related to educational technology is on Federal funding to address closing the digital divide and related homework gap by increasing home access to broadband internet–especially in underserved and rural homes. Legislative Advocacy

New Federal Bills to Fund Wi-Fi Hotspots to Schools to Help Close the Homework Gap

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Prepared by John Cradler, CUE Legislation and Policy Consultant According to FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, Living with the Coronavirus is going to reveal hard truths about the digital divide. Legislative AdvocacyThis is especially true for students, who are being told in record numbers to use online for education at home due to Coronavirus related school closures. […].

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

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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

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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. Other state policies also take a toll on low-income students, researchers and advocates contend. Such policies leave fewer seats and less money for lower-income, in-state students.

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

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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

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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.

7 Valuable Roles for STEM Teacher Leaders

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STEM By Design STEM Teacher Development advocacy anne jolly equity ethics PD planning policy STEM teacher leader teacher leaderAnne Jolly deeply believes that well-informed and skilled teacher leaders are the most valuable assets we have at all levels. In the STEM education arena, teacher leaders are particularly crucial. How to provide leadership? She fills in the picture.

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The Rise and Fall of Educational Technology Support in California

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In preparing information for the 40th Anniversary of CUE (Computer Using Educators) and to document the history of legislation, policy, and funding from 1982 until 2014, it became clear that during the […]. News Education Technology Legislative AdvocacyOver the past 40 years in California, there was a major increase, and then a recent and sudden decline, in support for educational technology.

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

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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

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

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CUE Advocacy Update. John Cradler is a legislative policy consultant with CUE and works with the CUE board, staff, and Legislative Advocacy Committee to advise on policy, legislation, and other public initiatives to support CUE’s mission and vision. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislationAssembly Bill 2329, Computer Science Plan by Assemblywoman Bonilla was signed by Governor Brown September 27 th, 2016.

The importance of watching and naming

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Whether it’s anti-union rhetorics or pro-voucher rhetorics or grade-level retention rhetorics or ‘no excuses’ discipline rhetorics or statistically-invalid ‘accountability’ rhetorics or any of several dozen other antithetical rhetorics, we see firsthand that the end result of educators’ inability to substantively impact high-level conversations is policy that harms children and schools. Law, Policy, and Ethics Leadership and Vision leadership policy vision

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

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To compile data on how educators can use technology to improve learning outcomes, GoGuardian has invested in a Research and Insights team , composed of psychology, advocacy, and education research specialists.

SETDA Highlights from 2017

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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.

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 BranstadLike Kansas with its poor , Governor Terry Branstad wants Iowa schools to be more accountable for their spending of state dollars.

7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

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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. Roark is correct about our tone but I will also note that educators’ current policy advocacy is not working. My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2).

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

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Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia. Pam Moran on episode 236 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

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Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Education Innovation Monday Motivation Policy Makers STEM Students Teachers

Girls Who Code Helps Draft ‘Landmark’ Legislation Aimed at Closing the Gender Gap

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In the 10 months since Girls Who Code announced a set of policy recommendations aimed at closing the gender gap in K-12 computer science, the national nonprofit has been working with states to promote legislation that would help measure the extent of the gender disparity in U.S. On Wednesday, Washington became the first state to get on board with Girls Who Code’s policy agenda when Gov. Education Technology Computer Science Policy & Government Diversity and Equity

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

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Dr. Moran has appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” for her advocacy of a curricular digital integration model, which will be featured in an upcoming profile by Edutopia. Administrators All Grades All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Maker Movement Monday Motivation Policy Makers Project Based Learning STEM Teachers

Why the ‘Best’ Ideas in Education Technology and Reform Don’t Win

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Education Technology Entrepreneurship Community Policy & GovernmentEducation reformers and technologists often lament that the best ideas or tools don’t win.

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

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In July, Secretary DeVos met privately with victims of sexual assault, representatives of educational institutions, as well as students accused of sexual assault and their families to reexamine policies to combat sexual assault on campus. This policy has not worked in too many ways and too many places,” she said after the meeting, adding, “We need to get it right.”. Higher Ed Opinion Civil rights Law and policyBetsy DeVos Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Notes from the UNI Education Summit

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University research and policy in an era of advocacy philanthropists and agenda-setting organizations. Foundations such as Gates and Lumina are bigger, more influential, more strategic, and directly involved in shaping federal and state education policy (K-16). Law, Policy, and Ethics News and Events Jonathan Kozol policy poverty schoolingNotes from the UNI Education Summit in Cedar Falls, Iowa a couple of weeks ago… Website. Schedule.

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 policy that ignores neighborhood conditions misses the point of why we ultimately go to school — to improve our community. Warren’s plan, A Great Public School Education for Every Student , is one of the most comprehensive education policy proposals by a presidential candidate I’ve ever seen.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

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Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. China’s Education Modernization 2030 Policy and Ten Year Development Plan for ICT and Education 2010-2020 are among government initiatives named that intend to improve the country’s education in the long run. Education Technology Policy & Government Interoperability Startups