US Dept of Education Supports Initiative to Give Educators More Power in Edtech Decision-Making

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LearnPlatform, which is now used by schools and districts serving more than 4 million students to organize, streamline and analyze their edtech, today announced that it has received a second federal grant to expand a program that helps educators share information, and make better-informed decisions, about the education technology tools they use in their classrooms.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, through the research-focused Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has awarded $874,803 to the Learn – Implementation in Context (Learn-IXC) initiative, a project led by LearnPlatform, to understand the context in which technologies work best. LearnPlatform, whose edtech effectiveness system is widely adopted by educators, districts and states, is a for-benefit research organization committed to expanding equitable access for all students to the teaching and technology that works best for them.

This is the second time IES

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TN CM inaugurates new projects of Higher Education dept

Chennai, Oct 5 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday inaugurated completed projects of the Higher Education Department at various places.

He also laid the foundation for establishing infrastructure facilities of the higher education department, an official press release said.

Buildings and hostels constructed for students at a cost of Rs 58.21 crore at government arts and science colleges, government engineering colleges, government polytechnic colleges in various districts and Manonmaniam Sundaranar University were inaugurated by the chief minister.

He also laid the foundation through video conferencing from the secretariat here for postgraduate and research wings for new departments of Computer Science, Physics and Commerce, hostels for students and residences for the Vice Chancellor on premises of Thiruvalluvar University, Katpadi to come up at a total cost of Rs 25.25 crore, the release said.

In the last nine years, 66 government arts and science colleges / affiliated arts and

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Maine Dept. of Education launches online learning platform ‘MOOSE’ for teachers, students, and families

The platform is open access and does not require users to register.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Education announced Tuesday the official launch of MOOSE (Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education), which is intended to be a learning platform for teachers, students, and families across Maine. MOOSE is now live and available as a resource to anyone who is interested.

MOOSE features an online library of asynchronous, interdisciplinary, project-based modules aligned to the Maine Learning Results for grades PK-12. Over the summer, more than 200 Maine educators from across the state developed nearly 100 modules to populate the first quarter of content.

Embedded in the modules are elements of social, emotional, and behavioral learning as well as considerations for all learning styles. It is not a curriculum, but a library to choose from, based on interests, content standards, or topics. MOOSE was designed as an optional, educational resource

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Education dept. hit with subpoena over remote learning data

NEW YORK CITY — The New York City Department of Education was slapped with a subpoena by the City Council Friday, demanding attendance records for remote learning from March to June — when public schools were shut down due to coronavirus.

“It’s critically important that we know the attendance on the school-by-school basis, and also we’re also asking for how many New York City school children have received live remote instruction,” said Councilmember Mark Treyger. He chairs the education committee.

Black and Brown children make up 64% of the student population in New York City, and the City Council wants to make sure kids who are in need are not left behind.

Attendance is a big indicator of school culture and student wellness, and without the data broken down by school district, school and race, education advocates say you can’t tell the quality of the education.

The Department of Education

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5 Orange County Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon By Dept. Of Education

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Five Orange County schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Thursday, an honor bestowed on campuses based on their overall academic achievement or success in closing achievement gaps among group of students. Nine schools in Los Angeles County received the same honor.

Nearly 370 schools earned the recognition nationally, including 36 in California.

The honor “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” according to the U.S. Department of Education, which presents the honors.

Honorees are normally recognized during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., but due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually Nov. 12-13.

The Southern California honorees are:

Orange County:

  • Fountain Valley, Ethan B. Allen Elementary School, Garden Grove Unified School District

  • Fullerton, Laguna Road Elementary School, Fullerton Elementary School District

  • Costa Mesa, Mariners Christian School,

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Gurugram: Higher education dept to initiate academic guidance visits in colleges – cities


The state higher education department has proposed that colleges may allow students to visit their premises in a staggered manner to seek guidance from teachers.

In a communication sent to the principals of all colleges on Tuesday, the department shared a tentative protocol with colleges for conducting these sessions and sought feedback on it by Friday.

According to the tentative protocol, students from different courses have been allotted different days of the week for the guidance sessions. Students will be permitted to visit their college twice a week for a duration of three hours in a particular day, says the tentative schedule shared by the department.

Hemant Verma, deputy director (coordination), higher education department, has told principals that universities and colleges could prepare their own timetable, taking a cue from the proposed timetable.

Verma said online classes will continue to take place along with these interactive in-person sessions. Colleges

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