Nonprofits

What a New College Board President Means for Students

Change is afoot at the College Board.At first glance—and as of Thursday—the nonprofit is just reorganizing its leadership team: The president and chief executive, David Coleman, is now just CEO of the College Board, creating a vacancy so his chief operating officer, Jeremy Singer, can fill the position of president.

GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down.

Since the days of “Oregon Trail,” educational games have teased at the possibility that learning in school can be freed from the doldrum of textbooks and tests. So if games are fun, and learning should be fun, doesn’t it behoove the education and gaming industries to join forces?

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The Gates Foundation Spent $200M+ Trying to Improve Teacher Performance, and All It Got Was This Report

In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested hundreds of millions to see whether “value-added” models could be used to evaluate, inform and improve teachers’ effectiveness in improving student outcomes. The most valuable thing it learned may have come from a report offering a blunt answer: no.

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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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New Media Consortium Unexpectedly Shuts Down, Citing ‘Errors and Omissions’ by CFO

A nonprofit known for its annual “Horizon Reports” on the future of technology at K-12 schools, universities, and museums abruptly shut down this month after officials discovered the organization was out of money.“The New Media Consortium (NMC) regrets to announce that because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer, the organization finds itself insolvent,” the group said in an email message sent to its members on Monday afternoon. “Consequently, NMC must cease operations immediately.”

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Coding and Maker Nonprofits Merge, Expanding Influence in the Computer Science Space

Today Code/Interactive, a New York City-based nonprofit known for their work training coders and teacher professional development, announced its merger with another New York City nonprofit, Mouse, a youth technology and engineering organization, popular for its middle school makerspaces.

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What Bill Gates Learned About U.S. Education in 17 Years—and Why He’s Investing $1.7B More

Bill and Melinda Gates have poured billions of dollars into efforts to shape U.S. K-12 education over the past 17 years. So what’s $1.7 billion more? In his keynote address at the Council of the Great City Schools conference in Cleveland this week, the Microsoft co-founder reflected on some lessons learned about education reform, along with plans to “invest close to $1.7 billion in U.S. public education over the next five years.”

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How ‘Gameheads’ Bring Joy to Tackling Tech’s Serious Diversity Problem

Kai Drayton-Yee says she didn’t play too many video games when she was a kid, and focused more on “STEM and engineering and math.”

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EDUCAUSE Adds Emerging Edtech Membership for Small Companies, Hints at Overhaul

EDUCAUSE, the nonprofit that runs one of the largest higher-ed communities of universities and service providers, is opening its doors (and dropping its prices) for small companies looking to join its ranks.

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Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet.

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