Toni Cornell Launches Education Initiative, Shares Letter About Addiction

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Toni Cornell knows how it feels to lose someone to addiction. And she wants to make sure its never a reality for others.

On Friday morning, Cornell — the daughter of legendary Soundgarden leader Chris Cornell — and her brother Christopher launched “Stop the Stigma: Tackling the Stigma of Addiction through Education,” a national education initiative in partnership with the Addiction Policy Forum and the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. Her mission: Make addiction a part of education for young people.

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The 16-year-old activist will be hosting guests on her forum at stopstigma.org, with her first being Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Nora Volkow. Listen here.

In addition to her announcement, Cornell shared a letter explaining the pain she felt losing her father in 2017, and touches on

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Ministry of Education rejects scathing New Zealand Initiative schooling report

Lipson, who has frequently written and talked about perceived flaws in the NCEA qualification system introduced in the early 2000s, said children have too much freedom in class in how they learn.

The report “exposes how parts of the research community confuse evidence with values. It uncovers how curriculum and assessment policy rest on a flawed philosophy,” she says. 

“Though we want [students] to be independent ultimately, the route to independence is not to practise being independent. The route to creativity and independence is to do things like learning your times tables, construct a sentence, grammar, do your spellings. We’ve just got the balance wrong.” 

The New Zealand Initiative wants “mandatory standardised national assessments” and charter schools brought back, the curriculum to focus on “disciplinary knowledge, not competencies”, and funding for “quantitative and generalisable research that rigorously tests properly formulated hypotheses about what might raise attainment”.

The Ministry of Education

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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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New Zealand Initiative calls for revamp of ‘unscientific’ curriculum and child-led philosophy

The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum

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The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum

A Wellington-based think tank has called for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum, describing the current system as unscientific and the cause of a decline in student achievement.

The New Zealand Initiative argues the curriculum should be evidence based rather than based on the “philosophy” of child-centred learning.

Author Briar Lipson said despite a rise in per-pupil spending, New Zealand’s international achievement rates had been falling.

According to the report, New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system, in the year 2000 the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), ranked New Zealand 15-year olds as third in the OECD for reading and maths, and sixth for science literacy.

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New Zealand Initiative calls for revamp of ‘unscientific’ curriculum

The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum

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The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum

A Wellington-based think tank has called for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum, describing the current system as unscientific and the cause of a decline in student achievement.

The New Zealand Initiative argues the curriculum should be evidence based rather than based on the “philosophy” of child-centred learning.

Author Briar Lipson said despite a rise in per-pupil spending, New Zealand’s international achievement rates had been falling.

According to the report, New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system, in the year 2000 the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), ranked New Zealand 15-year olds as third in the OECD for reading and maths, and sixth for science literacy.

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VSU’s ‘Blaze the Ballot’ initiative hopes to educate, encourage students to vote

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) – Valdosta State University is on a mission to encourage college students to vote and know why it’s important.



a man and a woman standing on a sidewalk: Valdosta State University launched the “Blaze the Ballot” initiative, which will last until the end of this month.


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Valdosta State University launched the “Blaze the Ballot” initiative, which will last until the end of this month.

They just launched the “Blaze the Ballot” initiative that will last until the end of this month.

“I think it’s so important because we are living in times of uncertainty. There are a lot of things surrounding the 2020 elections,” said Jalen Smith, a sophomore and student assistant with the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.



a group of people standing on a sidewalk: VSU is encouraging students to vote with its latest initiative.


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VSU is encouraging students to vote with its latest initiative.

Smith said college students from ages 18 to 29 fall at the bottom of voter turn out.

Their goal is to change that and connect students with information about voting and letting

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Community leaders launch initiative to promote diversity through art, education

This week marks the launch of Fort Bend County’s year-long “Diversity Over Division” initiative — an effort by local leaders to promote inclusiveness and social justice through art and education.

“Our goal is to celebrate our diversity,” said County Judge KP George, whose office spearheaded the initiative. “Fort Bend County is, if not the number one, then one of the most diverse counties in the country. We live in harmony.”

George made his remarks at a news conference at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. The initiative was launched in partnership with U of H, the Fort Bend County Libraries system and numerous community leaders.

“We’ve been in discussions about how UH can collaborate with the community,” said Jay Neal, associate vice president and chief operating officer for UH at Sugar Land. “Looking at the diversity of our student

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Aspiring to Educate Grant Supports Cabrini Diversity in Education Initiative | Mainlinesuburbanlife

RADNOR — Twenty-five Cabrini School of Education students will receive financial support and mentorship this fall thanks to $53,166 in funding from the Aspiring to Educate (A2E) program, a Cabrini partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Department of Education that aims to diversify the professional teacher workforce in the state.

“Cabrini has been at the forefront of the efforts to train more diverse and dynamic educators in Pennsylvania and beyond,” said Beverly R. Bryde, dean of the School of Education. “We are grateful to the state and School District of Philadelphia for their support and shared vision of cultivating professional educators who better represent the diverse communities they serve.”

According to the Commonwealth, 96 percent of Pennsylvania’s more than 120,000 educators are white, and the pipeline of professional educators has been shrinking with 65 percent fewer Pennsylvanians seeking teaching certificates since 2013. The A2E program complements Cabrini’s

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ExxonMobil, National Math and Science Initiative Expand Education Programs to Permian-Area Schools

IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) are bringing college readiness and foundational education programs to students in Permian-area schools in Midland Independent School District and Ector County Independent School District in Texas and the Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico.

Two core programs will come to the Permian region, including the College Readiness Program — a comprehensive, three-year program designed to increase student participation and performance in Advanced Placement® coursework in math, science, computer science and English.

The second program, called Laying the Foundation, provides educators of 3rd through 12th grade students with hands-on training, strategies and resources to raise academic rigor and prepare students for advanced critical and creative thinking. The programs will start in the 2020-21 academic year and can be implemented in both classroom-based and virtual settings.

“ExxonMobil is one of the largest oil and gas operators in

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Black American Music Association and Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative Align to Educate Minority Voters and Combat Voter Suppression

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Black American Music Association (BAM), has announced a partnership with the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative. The effort is specifically focused on protecting the vote in 14 swing states and 54 counties with high African American and Latino populations. 

BAM and the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative have aligned with several entertainment industry groups, community organizations, activists and former election commissioners. Together the coalition is focusing on three main initiatives – recruiting GenZ to help staff the polls; educating people on their legal rights so they can make sure their votes are counted and how to address voter suppression and intimidation. To accomplish this, they are recruiting and training poll workers; providing unique information from professional election administrators and providing information and tools to fight voter suppression tactics and intimidation. 

The first initiative, which is already underway, includes

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