November 22, 2021
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Pilot program taps TV signals to expand digital access
Eight families in Taos, N.M., are participating in a state pilot program that uses television signals to help schools send students digital files and -- hopefully -- bridge the K-12 digital divide. Similar pilot programs are being planned in other communities.
Full Story: The Associated Press (11/19) 
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Schools should think differently about tutoring to help improve outcomes for students, according to Blakely Meyers, vice president of Kelly Education's Tutoring Solutions. In this blog post, Meyers and others offer tips to establish effective tutoring programs, including focusing on human connection and overcoming shortages of tutors by enlisting current and former teachers and paraprofessionals.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (11/22) 
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Teachers are Education’s Most Critical Asset
Cambium Learning Group launched the Honest Conversations campaign to highlight the value and the professional respect that teachers deserve. This video showcases the challenges and opportunities that our teachers have faced over the past year.
Systems Management
Is automated proctoring here to stay?
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Automated proctoring has drawn many complaints from students, but 63% of colleges and universities indicate on their websites use of remote proctoring, an Educause study finds. Some proctoring programs no longer try to detect cheating and are confident about the future because colleges continue to use and add online courses.
Full Story: EdSurge (11/19) 
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The importance of air quality in our schools
Did you know that federal grants such as the CARES Act relief fund can go towards equipment designed to improve air quality in schools? Understanding how to spend those funds can be confusing to those not steeped in the air purification industry. Download the Executive Summary to read more now.
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Managing Budgets
The Build Back Better Act, passed by the US House, includes support for states to establish universal, free prekindergarten programs, as well as funding aimed at helping to ease teacher shortages and to develop and support school leadership. The legislation also includes $600 million for career and technical education programs.
Full Story: District Administration (11/19),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/19) 
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Schools and Social Media
School librarians voice concerns via Twitter
Some school librarians took over the #txlege Twitter hashtag on Nov. 4, discussing the importance of information and representation in young adult literature, to protest book-banning efforts in the state and elsewhere and to highlight the importance of libraries. "We've got some book deserts, so the school library is the only place some students can get the information or the pleasure reading they need," said organizer Becky Calzada, library coordinator for the Leander Independent School District.
Full Story: EdSurge (11/18) 
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Last Byte
A system from Microsoft and InfernoRed that allows voters to make sure their ballots are counted and an analyzer from PwC that pinpoints bias in automated decision-making processes are among the solutions using artificial intelligence highlighted in Fast Company's Next Big Things in Tech. Other innovations include a fraud-curbing puzzle developed by Arkose Labs and cryptographic login technology from Beyond Identity.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (11/18) 
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