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How an Alternative School Helped One Student Find His Way From Suspension to Graduation

“When I come to school I got hella things on my mind. Sometimes I don’t even sleep at night. I go hungry on purpose, cause I lose my appetite. I get to school and make myself angry. I was raised to live a lie. My older brother raised me, but he was doing drugs. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to talk it out. I hit myself. I may hit my best friend. It’s very confusing. Gang violence, drug violence, drug dealing. When my parents would fight, I wouldn’t eat. I started stealing and selling drugs. I felt none of them cared about me.

Esports Scholarships Are Growing. Do They Leave Some Students Behind?

Maybe you’ve heard of esports? It’s a $900 million industry with nearly 400 million viewers worldwide that is growing by leaps and bounds every year. You may have seen the photos of stadiums packed to the gills with crazed fans or photos of young high school- and college-aged players hoisting sparkling trophies high into the air as they pull in million-dollar prize purses.

How to Tame the ‘Interoperability Beast’ and Reduce Your Data Integration Burden

Data integration baffles even the most edtech-savvy districts.Translating and sharing data between your student information system (SIS) and a multitude of tech applications is complex, costly and time-consuming. But with easy access to data comes visibility into students’ successes, struggles and—most importantly—their needs.

Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. They’ve rolled out bundles of courses called ‘Specializations’ or ‘Nanodegrees.’ And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online.

How a Prescription Pill Emergency Woke up Our School Community to a Mental Health Crisis

When four ambulances arrived at school in 2015 to transport middle school students who had taken prescription drugs in the classroom, it was a career first for me. We had made so much progress as a school community to improve student behavior in the classroom that year, having reduced disciplinary referrals by 25 percent. However, as the sirens blared that morning, I realized classroom behavior was just the tip of the iceberg. If we really wanted to improve student behavior, we needed to take a deeper look at what was happening in their lives.

Chief Privacy Officers: The Unicorns of K-12 Education

Last month, the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) published a report arguing schools and districts should go the way of other industries and hire a Chief Privacy Officer to oversee their organization’s privacy policies and practices.Page by page, the report explains what a CPO is, why the role is necessary and even provides a two-page sample job description districts can use to begin the hiring process for a CPO.

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Can Edtech Behind Bars Help Keep People Out?

A shockingly high rate of recidivism stands out as one of the worst problems facing America’s criminal justice system. A recent federal study that tracked over 400,000 prisoners after their release found that over half were put behind bars again within five years.

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Are We Preparing Students for the Creative Work of the Future?

Experts have predicted that artificial intelligence will replace nearly half the world’s workforce within the next fifteen years. They often follow that warning with the reassurance that leaving the automated tasks to machines will free up human labor for more creative projects. Yet, if we keep sidelining creativity in education, will the workers of tomorrow be prepared for that kind of work?

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow

Jennifer Wolochow majored in philosophy and religion at Stanford, hoping to become a high school teacher.“I just really enjoyed learning about why people believe different things around the world and how that informs their actions everyday,” she said.But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world.

Report Aims to Pin Down What the Coding Bootcamp Market Really Looks Like

There’s a not-so-secret issue with coding bootcamps: accurate data on the industry is sparse.“Despite the impact this emerging industry has made on higher education over the past 6 years, the size and scope of the sector and its impact remain unclear,” a new report published in RTI International finds. “Until now, the only data on these programs and outcomes of attendees have come from industry affiliated groups.”

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