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


Indeed, skeptics of online education cite studies suggesting that it “has failed to reduce costs and improve outcomes for students” and that “the gaps in student success across socioeconomic groups are larger in online than in classroom courses,” according to a 2019 paper written by researchers Spiros Protopsaltis and Sandy Baum , which argued against the weakened requirements for online courses that the Department of Education proposed this week.

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


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 in December, a study published by the U.S. These advocacy efforts in K-12 schools, she adds, may have influenced the new college campaign.

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University Scholars Plant Seeds In a New Field of Study: Early Childhood Policy


That’s what the initiative found when it commissioned research about how Black Studies, Women’s Studies and Environmental Studies proliferated in higher education. When Jessie Rasmussen ran for a seat in the Nebraska legislature, she prioritized serving children and families.

Advocacy of robo-readers hasn’t won the debate — it still misses the main point

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But the premise of the article is worth testing out — a research study borne of instructional technology use at the New Jersey Institute of Technology showed that robo-readers could be put to good use to help students see problems in their writing, in part because students are more willing to engage their writing over the computer rather than with a human teacher. The Hechinger Report has a recent article out about the potential of software in the realm of robograders.

Social Studies & Citizen Voice: Students Raising Their Voice on What Matters

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Olin made student voice a priority in her social studies blocks. She wants to weave this thread of citizen voice throughout the year as students study events in US history. Olin scheduled all 4 of her social studies classes to visit the library to kickoff this idea before they dive into US history. Two years ago, Ms. Shelley Olin and I collaborated on a student voice project at the very end of the year.

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Free school library advocacy packs from Bound to Stay Bound


ALA is offering free school library advocacy packs.Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), the packs contain tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning. They include 25 copies of a limited print edition of the digital magazine supplement AASL produced in collaboration with American Libraries , as well as an assortment of brochures from AASL’s School Library Programs Improve Student Learning advocacy series.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. Encourage schools to offer additional secondary-level computer science courses that will allow interested students to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the work force or college. 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.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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Many programs and products produce reams of “research,” but they’re just sales materials masquerading as effectiveness studies. based education reform advocacy group. The post School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend appeared first on The Hechinger Report. A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. Photo: Meghan E. Murphy.

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


Classroom libraries provide books selected to meet reading levels, student interests, and topics studied at a specific grade level. Certified school librarians are trained in selecting the best databases considering subjects studied, as well as age and reading-level appropriateness. Resources: Advocacy co-chair Deb Kachel’s LibGuide curates many of PSLA’s advocacy resources, as well as the media stories.

Let’s Show Our Work with the #PowerOfPublicSchools

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An Illustrator Study of Carson Ellis Advocacy #powerofpublicschools advocacy collaboration community facebook government Instagram libraries public school twitterCreated by Kristina Holzweiss. When I speak at conferences or lead workshops, one of the ideas that I try to stress to educators is the importance of showing our work. It’s something I’ve always believed in but my belief has strengthened each year.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

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S how students that human rights advocacy is a frame-of-mind by introducing them t o courageous activists from around the world and learn how to initiate the conversations that bring about real change. Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

Editorial: Screens Are NOT a Hoax


In fact, in the study that he links to, and you’re going to like this, the summary actually says: from My favorite part comes right after, when the study he is using to say educational technology is a hoax says, “particularly when there is regular and frequent use…” The study says we should be using tech regularly. EDITORIAL.

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


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Social studies teachers will adore these!

Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds

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Preschool is most likely to help low-income children if their classmates come from a range of family incomes, according to a new study. That approach is based on the results of many earlier studies that have found attending preschool helps kids from disadvantaged backgrounds start kindergarten on a stronger academic footing. The post Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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Ways to Celebrate 'Music in Our Schools Month'

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Since ancient Greece, music has been an important area of study. So allow me to step on my music advocacy soapbox (we call them conducting podiums) and illuminate both why and how you can support music in our schools. Advocacy for music in public education is important because it seems that in today’s society, where quality education is summarily evaluated by data from test scores, arts education is constantly threatened. March is Music in Our Schools Month.

Principals Need to Know Literacy

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This article serves as a closing post for our online study group Becoming a Literacy Leader by Jen Allen. Our engagement in this study serves as evidence that none of us believe we have all the answers, nor will we in the future. Advocacy classroom instruction Leadership Learning Literacy Reading Reflection Becoming a Literacy Leader Jennifer AllenWhen I first became a principal at an elementary school, I thought I had the requisite knowledge to be a literacy leader.

School Libraries Work! 2016


You’ll want to keep this important advocacy tool on hand and share copies with administrators, board members, teachers, parents, students. The downloadable document, builds on the 2008 edition, collecting and highlighting more than 30 separate national and state research studies pointing to the impact of school libraries and librarians on teaching and learning and proving that when school librarians are cut, student achievement suffers.

How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

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This report described all of the different studies on Accelerated Reader. Advocacy classroom instruction Community Leader as a Reader Leadership Literacy Metaphors PLCs principal as an advocate qualitative data quantitative data Reading Teaching Technology beliefs Biblionasium collective commitments kidblog Peter Johnston Regie Routman What Works ClearinghouseThis post describes how our school stopped using Accelerated Reader.

Homework: Helpful, Harmful, or Otherwise?

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Some of the work students bring home can make for an interesting study. The typical fare is worksheets , reading logs , and studying spelling words for Friday’s test. Advocacy Leadership principal as an advocate Reflection Teaching genius hour homework john hattieAs I write this, I am out on our back patio. My kids are in the neighbor’s backyard, flying a kite with friends. They had recently recovered the kite from a tree.

Building Collective Knowledge Through Conversation #engaginglitminds

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As educators, we are part of a collective , responsible to arm our students with tools of agency and self-advocacy. This post is part of our 2020 Summer Book Study. book study Patrice Barton The Invisible BoyWe are born curious beings. The essence of our lives is threaded with the ultimate desire to know more and do more. Traditionally, children have gone to school as a place to accomplish this goal.

Lead Like a Coach: A Consistent Presence

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In comparison, after this instructional walk, I had a desire to get back into this classroom soon, to see where this unit of study would go. Advocacy classroom instruction Coaching Leadership Literacy professional development Teaching book clubs Instructional Walks Little House in the Big WoodsWhen school leaders make instructional walks a daily habit, we start to discover patterns and trends. Some of them are particular to a teacher and some are schoolwide.

Do no Harm

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It should also be noted that none of the studies listed took a look at the long term effects of using Accelerated Reader on independent reading. That would make for an interesting study. Advocacy Assessment classroom instruction Leader as a Reader Literacy quantitative data Reading Uncategorized Accelerated Reader MillionsWhen used casually, AR helps students’ reading abilities grow.

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Teaching is More Than Just a Degree – It is a Profession

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It takes years of study, experience, reflection, and collaboration to get to a point of excellence. Advocacy classroom instruction Leadership governor of wisconsin joint finance committee teaching licenseLast night, several members of Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee voted poorly on many issues related to K-12 public education.

Bring an Author to Your School

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Skype chats with authors work well for individual classrooms or grade levels who might want to chat with an author in which they did a study of their books. It might also work as an entry event into a genre study in which the author’s work would apply. Advocacy Appreciation Leader as a Reader Literacy Reading Writing author visits Johnathan Rand Lisl H. One of the best ways to increase enthusiasm for reading and writing in your school is by bringing an author on-site.

Civic Responsibility

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No doubt we teach social studies. For example, are the “3 R’s” – reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – mutually exclusive from social studies? Advocacy Literacy newsletter principal as an advocate Reading media literacy Michael Rebell Phi Delta Kappan votingThis post is a newsletter I am sending home to our elementary school families. Let me know what you think in the comments! It is hard to believe that November is already here!

Boys Will Be Boys

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This could lead to a more robust performance task for a unit of study. 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. At one point in the school year, I was in my office with two different students, both males. A primary student was sent out of class because he refused to complete his math work.

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Tweeting response to the NEA Opportunity Dashboard


She shares an assortment of possible tweets to help us get the word out: Multiple research studies show a clear link between school libraries & increased student achievement. aasl advocacy NEA Opportunity DashboardGreetings from Hershey and #PSLA15 where AASL President Terri Grief shared a plan for responding to the omission of school libraries from the NEA Opportunity Dashboard literature. Terri urges NEA members to contact local and state officials.

#getESEAright: Make some noise for school library funding on Thursday night


Studies show test scores trend higher in schools with full-time, certified school librarians. activism advocacy twitter Using the hashtag #getESEAright, ALA joins forces with NEA’s planned Twitter storm on Thursday, April 9 th from 7:00 till 8:00 PM Eastern.

Put more gender studies in schools’ sex ed courses

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It was the most ever recorded, according to the advocacy group. To infuse gender studies in sex ed courses, classes must become more inclusive of information and materials relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. The post Put more gender studies in schools’ sex ed courses appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Seeing RED at ISTE : The Latest Edtech Findings


Project RED, a national research and advocacy plan, is seeking to answer this question through its large-scale national studies. How can technology help re-engineer our education system? Techlearning Resources

#WhyNCTE15: Because we all need to know literacy

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This goes for math teachers, science teachers, social studies teachers, specials teachers, administrators, and all other professionals working in education. Advocacy Leadership Literacy Principalship Reading Soapbox Writing NCTE wsraAs #ncte15 nears the end, tell us #whyncte15 ! We can’t wait to hear your reasons! NCTE (@ncte) November 22, 2015.

The Power of Choice

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She found a slice of time at the end of each day for genius hour to be facilitated (she integrated her content studies and writing instruction). Advocacy classroom instruction engagement Learning principal as an advocate Technology choice genius hour makerspacesThe lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening. The standardization of our assessments has led to a narrowing of our curriculum and instruction.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

She found a slice of time at the end of each day for genius hour to be facilitated (she integrated her content studies and writing instruction). Advocacy classroom instruction engagement Learning principal as an advocate Technology choice genius hour makerspacesThe lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening. The standardization of our assessments has led to a narrowing of our curriculum and instruction.

New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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Public school students in Texas will be using a new textbook for their social studies class when they begin school again in the fall — and the controversial contents of the text will be based on state academic standards that skirt the issue of racial segregation and leave out information about the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws. said Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has been critical of the state’s academic standards in social studies.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment


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. First, the time when textbooks encompassed the sum of all knowledge needed in a course of study has passed us by. Everything I accessed was an instructional material with content relevant to my course of study. advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget