There are steps that schools in California can take to help close the digital divide and ensure students have access to broadband internet by the fall, according to Ryan Smith, chief external officer of a nonprofit that operates 19 schools in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this commentary, Smith writes that relevant data should be gathered so that schools can sponsor broadband for students who need it, as done in a program called Students Connected.
The success of India-based company Byju shows that the marketplace for education technology is becoming "borderless," according to Isabelle Hau, a global impact education funder. Rather than edtech growth originating largely in the US, Hau and others say international firms, such as Byju, as well as TAL and New Oriental in China are making inroads in the US and globally.
Teachers are pressed for time, according to Josiah Torvik, a teacher at St. Cloud Area School District 742 in Minnesota. In this commentary, Torvik shares six technology tools that can help teachers save time, such as choosing a learning management system and using websites like Quizlet that auto-grade assignments.
Twenty percent of teachers studied by Lora Bartlett, associate professor of education at the University of California at Santa Cruz, have left or are considering leaving the teaching profession -- up from the usual 8% of teachers who leave the profession annually. In this opinion piece, Bartlett writes that among those considering leaving the profession, many report feeling overwhelmed and that their professional judgment is not appreciated.
The "Back to School for All" campaign, started by the American Federation of Teachers and members of the Florida Education Association, includes teachers in 30 states. The union-led initiative includes digital education, aimed at encouraging students to return to classrooms in the next school year, as well as phone banks and home visits.
Bosch continues to struggle to find enough workers for its South Carolina manufacturing facility, tapping temporary workers and apprenticeships to fill the gap. The apprenticeship program has its roots in Germany, where the company originated, and the Charleston facility is welcoming its 36th apprenticeship class while also partnering with local high schools and a community college on a youth apprenticeship program.
Insurance policies, available through companies such as GradGuard, provide insurance for college students to cover tuition, school fees and room and board in the event a student leaves school for illness or injury. Such policies can be bought directly by the student or sold through a school and now are available at more than 400 schools.
Civics education will be required for all N.J. middle-school students starting next year under a new state law. Lawmakers cite the January attack on the US Capitol as a key impetus for the mandate.
Bigelow Laboratory, a marine science institution based in Maine, has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund to examine whether feeding cows food made from seaweed helps cut down on methane produced by their digestive processes. The lab has been working on the project since 2019 and scientists say the new funding will help them see if their research can work on a more global scope.
School leaders have faced myriad challenges during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, writes David Title, professor of educational leadership at the Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University. In this opinion piece, Title writes that this experience has reinforced the need for school leaders to remain "flexible, agile and creative."
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