A Studio At Your Fingertips: 5 Apps Teachers Are Using To Make Student Podcasts

Karen Keating’s eighth-grade English students at Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, Pa., fire up their laptops and gather a bundle of snowball microphones. With the click of a mouse, their laptops become studios, and they’re ready to record. Keating’s class is writing, producing and editing podcasts that they’ll submit to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and, like many teachers, Keating is using apps to help them make it happen. As teachers and students around the Read More

Mike Bloomberg Pledges to Eliminate Legacy Preference in College Admissions

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged Tuesday to eliminate legacy preferences in college and university admissions if elected president. “I will make the application process fairer, by working to end legacy preference in admissions, so that genes no longer take precedence over grades,” Bloomberg said in a statement. The pitch – though just one line in a much more comprehensive college affordability plan – sets Bloomberg apart from the rest of the Read More

Millennials: A Pro-Union Generation

Younger workers are joining unions at a historic rate. A whopping three-quarters of people who joined labor unions in 2017— the most recent year for which data is available—were under the age of 35, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a significant change. In the past, younger workers have been less likely to join unions than older members, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) reports. So what’s causing this seismic shift? “Millennials [those born Read More

Report: Special education in California an ‘urgent priority’

One in eight students in California receives special education services, but the state’s schools are often “ill-equipped” to serve them, and funding for students with disabilities has not “kept pace with district costs,” according to a collection of research papers released Tuesday by Policy Analysis for California Education. In California, only about a third of young children receive developmental screenings, the state has a lower rate of including students with disabilities in regular classrooms than other states, Read More

10 factors that help determine ed tech success or failure

The EdTech Genome Project is the first of its kind. It was partly inspired by Pearson’s Law, which states “that which is measured improves,” and “that which is measured and reported improves exponentially,” according to Bart Epstein, president and CEO of the Jefferson Education Exchange and research associate at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, in a press statement. The idea is that well-implemented technology can make dramatic improvements on student achievement, said Read More

SchoolSafety.gov Launches to Help Educators, Administrators, Parents, and Law Enforcement Prepare for Threats

The Trump Administration today launched the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse website: SchoolSafety.gov. This website is a one-stop-shop of resources for K-12 administrators, educators, parents, and law enforcement to use to prepare for and address various threats related to safety, security, and support in schools. President Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. “School safety is the number one Read More

White, Affluent Parents Like the Idea of Integrated Schools – But Not for Their Kids

THE VAST MAJORITY OF parents – regardless of political affiliation, race, class and where they live – strongly favor schools that are racially and economically integrated. But when it comes time to enroll their children, white, affluent parents who actually have a choice often choose schools based on the number of white, affluent students enrolled. “Despite parents’ espoused support for integration, in districts where parents are actually given greater opportunities to choose schools, schools appear to Read More

California Report Gives Boost to College Admissions Tests, For Now

THE LONG-AWAITED REPORT from a task force that assessed the University of California system’s admissions policies recommended that its schools continue to require applicants to submit a test score while also outlining a nearly decade-long path to replacing the current admission testing choices. The findings and recommendations dealt an immediate blow to opponents of admissions policies that require students to submit an SAT or ACT score – a process that they’ve long argued disadvantages poor students Read More

College Board: AP participation and performance grow ‘in tandem’

More than 1.2 million high school students in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement course in 2019, an increase of 57% over the past decade. And the number scoring high enough to earn college credit on at least one AP exam has increased 60% over that time, College Board officials announced Thursday. The number of high schools offering AP courses has also grown, from 17,374 schools in 2009 to 22,678 in 2019. Higher education systems in Read More

Following Rally, Virginia Educators Push to Restore Collective Bargaining

Thousands of educators from across Virginia stood up on Monday to exercising their choice to join a union. In front of the Capitol building in Richmond, they lobbied their legislators to fund their public schools, fight for increased pay, and support their freedom to collectively bargain. After decades of draconian laws forcing teachers out of the profession, educators in Virginia now enjoy a pro-public education majority in the General Assembly for the first time in Read More