Enrollment dropped at community colleges last year defying expectations that it would increase as people affected by the pandemic returned to school to learn new skills. But educators and advocates are hopeful that powerful allies in first lady Jill Biden, a community-college professor, and President Joe Biden will provide financial and policy momentum to help this critical sector of higher education growing.
The Senate confirmed Dr. Miguel Cardona as the next U.S. Secretary of Education on March 1. The confirmation, which had been expected since Cardona's nomination, became official when the Senate voted 64-33 in his favor. In addition to Democrats, fourteen Republicans voted to confirm him. Cardona is the 12th person to be confirmed as Secretary of Education, and has made it clear that his priority will be to help schools across the country resume full-time in-person classes.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities recently partnered with Understood to release a distance learning toolkit for educators to support students who learn differently during the pandemic. "We felt like in the current context of Covid, there were new considerations we wanted to bring to light," says Meghan Whittaker, a contributor to the toolkit and the director of Policy & Advocacy for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The toolkit builds on the lessons of a 2019 report, "Forward Together: Helping Educators Unlock the Power of Students Who Learn Differently."
As the month designated Women's History Month, March is a great time to dive deeply into women's struggle for equal rights and triumphs in every arena. The lessons and resources below are an excellent way to investigate and understand women as changemakers, activists, and heroines--worthy of becoming an integral part of the curriculum all year long.
WeVideo is a powerful, yet intuitive, video editing tool that is cloud-based, making it ideal for education as it will work on most computers and is optimized for Chromebooks. Featuring a simple beginner-style layout as well as a more complex version, WeVideo can help student video editor wannabes learn and progress. But video editing is just one aspect, and using the tool in the right way can make all the difference for education.
Tech & Learning is launching a new event series to address the age-old question: "Can the marriage of technology and curriculum be saved?" The new Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summits will bring together instructional and technology district leaders in a relaxed virtual setting in which attendees can talk candidly about how collaboration between these departments is key to developing effective district strategic plans. Each summit focuses on the unique needs of specific regions to give attendees the valuable insight they need to develop action plans.
Erin Shevlin, worked as an events and project manager at Georgetown University and as a program manager at Boston College before becoming the program manager for university partnerships at online program management company Emeritus. In this Q&A, Shevlin suggests that periodically switching between higher ed and the edtech industry may help professionals achieve career goals and job satisfaction.
Despite predictions that many more colleges would close because of the pandemic, only 10 had closed or merged with other schools by the end of January, writes Rebecca Natow, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at Hofstra University. The survival of some institutions is credited to a pivot to online learning and a refocusing of curricula to professional degree offerings, Natow writes.
In 16 Southern states, the cost of college is rising, state assistance is declining and low-income families are paying from 19 to 46% of their income for public university tuition, a report from the Southern Regional Education Board found. The report showed that, on average, families pay 17% of their annual income to send a student to a two-year school full time, and 29 to 31% of their income for a four-year school.
The Bloomberg Center for Cities will be established at Harvard University with a $150 million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation of the former New York City mayor. The program is an expansion of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and will include professional development, internships and best practices.
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