Diversity and Equity

Seven Steps to Ensure English Learners Aren’t Left Out of STEM – Education Article

As demand for professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields continues to surge, a significant population of potential workers is being left out of these career opportunities: English learners. This population is large and fast-growing, representing 4.6 million students, or about 9.4 percent of the school-aged population, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Obstacles to English learners participating in STEM subjects and careers do not include lack of interest or ability,…

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Inside the Wraparound Model That Puts Student Voice Front and Center – Education Article

It was 2007, and Marietta High School, part of Marietta City Schools outside Atlanta, had just come off Georgia’s “needs improvement” list for low-performing schools. Student test scores and graduation rates in the school had also spiked, marking what all considered the start of a turnaround in the suburban district. Well, almost all. Leigh Colburn, then-principal of Marietta High School, the only high school in the district, was encouraged by the gains like anyone else. But she still wasn’t satisfied.…

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A Simple Switch at the College Board Could Mean More Equitable AP Exams – Education Article

The College Board will soon allow high school students to register for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the fall, rather than having them wait until spring—just before the exams are held. It’s a simple, seemingly inconsequential change, but in both the small- and large-scale studies the nonprofit conducted in U.S. schools, the option to register in the fall led to more underrepresented and low-income students taking the AP exams. The idea came straight from educators. More than half of U.S.…

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At the Top of Teachers’ Wish Lists? Tactile STEM Projects, Flexible Furniture and Books – Education Article

Last year, 274,000 classroom projects were imagined, funded and fulfilled because of an idea one teacher had almost two decades ago. That idea gave way to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit where teachers can create projects and request resources to help their students, and then donors come in to put up the funds. In 2018, it reached classrooms in 52,000 schools, or nearly half of all public schools in the U.S. Because so many educators turn to DonorsChoose to seek out classroom…

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Verizon Promises to #ReverseTheFee on Remind After Educators’ Outcry – Education Article

After an outcry from educators on social media, along with countless phone calls to Verizon customer service, the telecommunications company says it will not enforce the 11-fold fee increase that was slated to hit Remind, a messaging service used widely by teachers and parents in the U.S., come February. On Monday, Remind notified its users, 7 million of whom are Verizon Wireless customers, that with the new fee hike, it would no longer be able to absorb the cost of…

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One Teacher’s Plan to Close Culture Gaps in Schools – Education Article

For most of my teaching career, I was the only teacher of color in my building. I once expressed to the principal my hope that she would be considering teachers of color as candidates for an opening in our English department. “They just don’t apply,” she told me resolutely. I didn’t bring it up again. I had also been closeted for most of my teaching career. While other teachers in the staff room talked about their husbands’ dentist appointments and…

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What a New College Board President Means for Students – Education Article

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. But the shift at the top represents the first in a series of changes to come, Singer tells EdSurge. In his new position as president, Singer will have more…

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