Jenny Abamu

This Accelerator Seeks To Scale Equity in Schools By Mixing the Start-Up Mentality With Social Justice

Caroline Hill is a firecracker. She keynoted the Blended Learning Conference in Rhode Island and iNACOL in Florida. At both events, she asked educators to challenge their notions of the use of technology in the classrooms and their conversations around equity.

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Secret ‘Fusion Centers’ and the Search for the Next School Shooter

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it is not.Since 2001, the Federal government has provided state and local law enforcement agencies with grants, training and other forms of assistance to create a national network of so-called “fusion centers”—buildings in locations not disclosed to the public where government officials gather, process, and disseminate information about terrorism, homeland security and criminal justice on a daily basis.Oh, and they’re highly secretive.

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Spanish-Speaking Parents Struggle to Learn How Well Schools Serve Their Children

This story is Part II of a two-part look at parents and school data.Goya Diaz can’t pretend that school data is the first concern that comes to mind when she thinks about issues ailing her community in southwest Detroit. With high poverty rates, overcrowded classrooms and fears over Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, she says many parents are just trying to survive.

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Teachers Unions Aren’t Going Away, But They Might Take a Hit After This SCOTUS Ruling

JANUS AND TEACHER SALARIES: This week, the Supreme Court’s ruling on the closely-watched Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees case is likely to leave public educators feeling uneasy.

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How Transparent Is School Data When Parents Can’t Find or Understand It?

When Mosi Zuberi learned that his 18-year-old son, Kaja, might not graduate from McClymonds High School in Oakland, he anguished over his parenting missteps, wondering where he had gone wrong. Yet, after seeing data from the California School Dashboard and learning that close to one-fifth of McClymonds’ students were not graduating, he mentally shifted some accountability to the school, seeing a systemic failure to meet the needs of all students.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

With the two last directors of the federal Office of Education Technology, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, at the helms of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), it is no surprise that the organization is seeking to expand and rebrand.ISTE is traditionally known for its annual edtech conference, which draws as many as 15,000 people each year. But for the new leaders of the nonprofit, the goal is to build a community of education-technology enthusiasts that interact year-round.

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The Dept. of Ed. Reorganization Plan is Out. Where Is the Office of EdTech?

The Trump Administration on Thursday announced a proposal to overhaul the organizational structure of federal departments. Among the ideas: merge the Department of Education with the Department of Labor to form a single Cabinet agency, which is being called the Department of Education and the Workforce.

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Can an AR and VR Pilot Program From Google Prepare Kids for Future Careers?

Virtual reality has been the driving force behind Google’s Expeditions app since it launched three years ago. And recently it’s added another layer of “reality” to the virtual field trip tool—AR, or augmented reality to be precise, which take the form of features such as narration, annotations, and a new “solo mode,” going on virtual trips without a guide.

This Isn’t the First Time the White House Attempted to Cut the Dept. of Ed. But Things Are Different Now.

When Betsy DeVos first took the helm at the United States Department of Education back in February 2017, pundits, researchers and even EdSurge weighed in on the event—wondering how the new leader would run the show. Yet few could forecast how tumultuous DeVos’ tenure would be, as her policies and responses to legislators and union leaders have garnered the education secretary a growing list of enemies.

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You Know Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now Meet Comedic Scientist Sophia Shrand.

There is an art to making science fun and entertaining. Bill Nye has done it, and so has Neil deGrasse Tyson. Maybe now it’s time for a woman? For this episode of the EdSurge On Air podcast, we’re joined Sophia Shrand, host of the comedic YouTube show, “Science with Sophie.”

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