Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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Effective Advocacy. The data in the [Linux Foundation’s] Kernel Development report shatter this illusion. The report goes on to explain that contributions to the open source Linux kernel were accepted at a rate of 8.5 contributions per hour over the 400 days covered by the report. Preface. Here’s a trivia question for you: which American organization has produced the largest number of open textbooks?

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

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On April 1, the same day the council launched, the Department of Education announced proposed rules that would make it easier for colleges to offer new models for online programs, and also allow more kinds of higher education providers access to aid money, reports the Washington Post. 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.

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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. and abroad, largely for purposes of surveillance and security, as the Financial Times reported last fall. These advocacy efforts in K-12 schools, she adds, may have influenced the new college campaign.

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. The report says, according to Will Bredderman of Observer/News, that charter schools have not filled the seats left vacant by students who leave during the year.

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. Report of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Those are the findings of a report recently released by researchers at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a nonprofit advocacy group, said many apps have been “falsely marketed as educational” for years, even though there is no evidence that the apps actually help children learn.

Is This Video App Safe? Mozilla Privacy Report Offers a Look

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She is the vice president of advocacy and engagement at the Mozilla Foundation, which today released a new report examining the privacy and security policies of 15 commonly used video-conferencing apps. The report looks at 15 popular video-conferencing apps, some of which have been adopted for use by companies and schools, including Zoom, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams. In essence, the Mozilla report distills legalese and technical jargon into plain language.

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Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW!

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And to build on the momentum, and perhaps to help fashion a wider advocacy plan that we can all support. We’ll report it. we’ll report on how many signatures TOGETHER WE drive to the petition. I haven''t heard from @librarytalker yet during all this week of Advocacy Tweeting & Re-Tweeting but I am hoping our Geek Tribe & friends can mobilize to get this pushed forward!"

New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

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A new report says the state of Pennsylvania ought to be doing more to oversee such facilities serving foster and delinquent children. Photo: Caroline Preston for The Hechinger Report/HuffPost. Residential facilities in Pennsylvania are doing an inadequate job of educating foster children in their care, according to a new report from Children’s Rights and the Education Law Center.

Report: The 4 models of blended learning in action

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New report explores main blended models and their use. 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. Drawing from research from Clayton Christensen, the report outlines four blended learning models: rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and/or Enriched Virtual.

Iowa school poverty and report card rankings

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Today the Iowa Department of Education issued its first-ever school report cards. Ames High School didn’t do as well this time, only managing an overall ranking of Commendable , which is the third-highest report card category. Here are the number of Iowa schools in each of the six possible report card categories: For this first year, the Department of Education distributed schools along a normal curve.

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

Resource: iNACOL’s Reports on Next-Generation Learning

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It does this through: Advocacy. Creating knowledge (through research and reports). Materials include reports to help shape vision, such as: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? Other reports dig into the specifics of competency-based education , blended learning and personalized learning as well as how to implement those learning models. Additionally, a section of reports address policy issues.

Online charter schools slammed in pro-charter report

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Report finds “disturbingly low” performance among online charter schools. Stakeholders should be “outraged” by the low performance and profit-seeking of some states’ internet charter schools, according to a new report from a national pro-charter organization. The report marked more than a distancing of the charter school movement from its e-school counterparts, reading more like an all-out attack.

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. Here, the report highlights various states’ progress when it comes to upgrading infrastructure and connectivity for students.

New report gives Mississippi an F in regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges

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A new report says the state of Mississippi does not do enough to regulate for-profit colleges. Photo: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report. Mississippi’s regulatory oversight of for-profit colleges is weak, and the state does not do enough to protect students from these sometimes predatory institutions, according to a new national report by the Children’s Advocacy Institute. Check out the full report and details on Mississippi’s scores here.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

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A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources.

Digital Equity to Be Addressed in 2019 by U.S. Senate

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Emily Tate, reporter at EdSurge, recently highlighted the Digital Equity Act – a bill that the U.S. News CUE Spark legislation Legislative AdvocacySenate introduced that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand broadband access in communities that currently lack it. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 is taking on the task of closing our nation’s “homework gap.” ” This […]. The post Digital Equity to Be Addressed in 2019 by U.S.

Stanford Report Touts Benefits of Visual Element to Math Education

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Researchers at Stanford University have released a report titled “Seeing As Understanding: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning” that aims to dispel the notion that visual math, such as pictures, finger-counting, and diagrams, are only for lower-level tasks, and that higher-level math deals exclusively in symbols, notations, and words. Stanford’s new study reaffirms these groups’ advocacy and urges the necessity of fostering visual thinking.

Head Start centers have ‘outsized role’ in rural Mississippi, report finds

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Head Start centers make up one-third of the center-based child care programs available in some of Mississippi’s most rural areas, providing critical child care services, access to health care, and early intervention services that children may not otherwise get, according to a new report. Despite the reported benefits provided to children who enroll in Head Start, the academic effectiveness of the program has been debated for years.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. Comments Section : Students examine a post from a newspaper comment section and explain whether they would use it in a research report.

Just 36 teachers across U.S. graduated in 2016 ready to teach CS

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That’s the picture offered in “2018 State of Computer Science Education: Policy and Implementation,” a new report produced by the Code.org Advocacy Coalition and the Computer Science Teachers Association. Uncategorized Code.org computer science CS report Teacher preparednessForty-one states didn’t graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach CS.

Literacy…toward what?

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” “So we can write a good research report.” Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Reflection best practice Instructional WalksDuring a classroom visit to 4th grade, students were talking in pairs. “What are you doing?” ” I asked one student. He thought about it for a moment, then replied, “Language arts-ing.” ” The teacher, walking by, looked at him with a sideways glance. I laughed. Of course there was a purpose to the lesson.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

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Television coverage included this report by NBC10’s Stephanía Jiménez: For me, one of the most powerful moments was Kayla Johnson’s poignant recognition of her privilege , as a student who attended Philadelphia schools that still had librarians through her whole K12 experience. Resources: Advocacy co-chair Deb Kachel’s LibGuide curates many of PSLA’s advocacy resources, as well as the media stories.

Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax

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Here, we see a report that’s sixteen years old. Advocacy Connected Educator Education Technology Technology in Education Uncategorized edtech hoax response TIMEEDITORIAL. We try to keep our ears to the ground here when it comes to the public buzzing around educational technology in schools. To be properly responsive and timely, we should know what people are saying about the various tools and techniques out in the world.

Leadership as Process

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Great for reporting out. Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Literacy professional development qualitative data Reflection beliefs evaluation identity Lucy Calkins Units of StudyIt is October, which means it is school learning objective time. Principals are diligently crafting statements that are S.M.A.R.T. “By the end of the school year,…” and then we make a prediction about the future. In April, we revisit these statements and see if our crystal balls were correct.

How to Create a Twitter List of Reliable Media Sources

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Find people on Twitter who are reporting information and offering commentary (versus simply stating opinions on a topic). News reports can become all consuming, even when the sources are valid. Advocacy Communication Community engagement Soapbox Technology flipboard lists twitterTwitter has been the primary medium for sharing news regarding the presidential election and transition. This social media tool can be effective for gaining multiple perspectives on a topic or cause.

How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

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Around that time, I discovered a summary report from the What Works Clearinghouse, a part of the Institute of Educational Sciences within the Department of Education. This report described all of the different studies on Accelerated Reader. I shared this summary report with our leadership team. I also shared the report with Renaissance Learning, the maker of Accelerated Reader. This post describes how our school stopped using Accelerated Reader.

Data-Driven Decision Making: Who’s the decider?

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After I shared out my previous post , describing my confusion about making sense of certain types of data, the International Literacy Association (ILA) replied with a link to a recent report on this topic: This is perfect timing for our #ILAchat this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Advocacy Assessment classroom instruction Communication data qualitative data quantitative data RtI Technology Amanda Datnow digital portfolios Genesis Cratsenberg ILA Samantha Mosher Vicki Park

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Boys Will Be Boys

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A multimedia presentation, such as an interactive video, doesn’t have to replace the traditional report. In fact, the report could be a prerequisite for the digital-based task which could complement the original writing project. Advocacy Learning Literacy principal as an advocate Reading Reflection Technology Writing behaviors boys engagement literacyMy son, appreciating the view of the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania.

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If public education is ever going to meet the needs of low-income students, ideas for change must get beyond the constant war of words fueled by advocacy journalism, partisan blogging and fake news. When I transitioned from managing schools to writing about them, I learned the value of independent journalistic reporting and writing, detached from an institution. The Hechinger Report enables me to freely pursue truth. The Hechinger Report enables me to freely pursue truth.

North Carolina New Schools Shuts Down, Cites Rapid Growth

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While that funding eventually came to an end, New Schools was able to continue its work with funding from various other sources, including federal and private foundation grants as well as state money, reports Lynn Bonner for The News And Observer. K-12 Schools Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Education Advocacy Education Reform North Carolina Education North Carolina New Schools(Image: North Carolina New School Foundation).

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

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Jennifer Bergland has written about the companion bill in the House, HB 6, at the TCEA Advocacy blog here and here if you would like more detailed information. According to the TEA Progress Report on the 2006-2020 Long Range Plan for Technology, released in December 2010, 59.3% advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

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As a bonus, families have appreciated knowing how their students are progressing throughout the school year, instead of waiting for report cards and conferences. Advocacy engagement Leadership Learning Literacy principal as an advocate Reflection Writing ASCD collaborative learning cycle education week Kimberlee Everson Regie Routman

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

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As a bonus, families have appreciated knowing how their students are progressing throughout the school year, instead of waiting for report cards and conferences. Advocacy engagement Leadership Learning Literacy principal as an advocate Reflection Writing ASCD collaborative learning cycle education week Kimberlee Everson Regie Routman