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6 Ways Educators Can Begin to Improve Educational Equity Today

In the course of developing the recently launched Discovery Education Experience, I had the opportunity to connect with educators and learn not only what features and enhancements they wanted to see in our newly launched digital service, but also new strategies for improving equity in the classroom.  Here are six of the best strategies I Read More…

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An Interview With Dr. Gregory Firn, Chief Operating Officer of Robokind

Dr. Gregory Firn serves as the Chief Operating Officer for RoboKind. With over 33 years of experience in education, Greg has done everything from teaching to running entire school districts. Greg’s deep experience and passion for helping under-served children has been instrumental in helping RoboKind develop the products and strategies that will successfully serve the Read More…

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Driving Equity by Helping English Learners Achieve Reclassification

By Claudia Salinas The Oak Grove School District (OGSD) in San Jose, California has an enrollment of 10,000 students, with nearly a quarter of the student body classified as an English Learner (EL). The majority speak Spanish at home, but 60 languages are represented and, like many districts across the state of California and nationwide, Read More…

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From ‘Something Wasn’t Working’ to Number One in the State

By Jane Harrison (Sponsored Content) – An assistant superintendent of instruction shares how special education students made the highest gains in state reading scores she has seen in her 20 years of work. In education, and especially in special education, lessons are never one-size-fits-all. My district learned that the hard way when we faced concerns Read More…

Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney
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An Interview With Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education

In April, 2019, our publisher Larry Jacobs had a wonderful chat with Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education, Scott Kinney. Read the transcript below. Scott, educational equity is a term that has a lot of meanings for a lot of people. Can you tell me what equity means for Discovery Education? Great question to start Read More…

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Robot Teaches Social Skills to Children With Autism

By Lisa Raiford, Ed.D. “Why would you use a robot to teach social skills to children with autism?” That was the question I heard from the start.  It was a question I pondered after having the opportunity to implement a social skills robotic program for children with autism for the state of South Carolina.  And Read More…

Getting Started With Digital Accessibility
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Getting Started With Digital Accessibility

By Tracy Gray and Alise Crossland What is Digital Accessibility? A growing number of teachers, administrators and policymakers recognize that digital accessibility is essential in their efforts to provide equal educational opportunity for all students, particularly those with disabilities. The concept of digital accessibility includes the design of materials (e.g., curricula, tests and resources), hardware Read More…

4 Ways to Give Students with Dyslexia Remediation and Accommodation
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4 Ways to Give Students with Dyslexia Remediation and Accommodation

By Shantell Thaxton Berrett With 20% of students showing signs of dyslexia, new California guidelines advise teachers and administrators on how to identify and support this population. In California, around 220,000 students with dyslexia are being served in special education, but that’s only a fraction of the estimated one million students in the state who Read More…

Challenging Mental Models to Move Districts from “Good” to “Great”
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Challenging Mental Models to Move Districts from “Good” to “Great”

A former superintendent shares his model for creating a school environment that serves all students. By Greg Firn Stepping back from of my current role as chief operating officer at RoboKind LLC to my former career as a superintendent of schools with 35 years in public education, I’d like to offer a few thoughts and Read More…

Promoting Accessibility in the Context of 21st-Century Higher Education
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Promoting Accessibility in the Context of 21st-Century Higher Education

By Evan Silberman This article was originally published as “Promoting Accessibility in the Context of 21st-Century Higher Education,” in Transforming Higher Ed, an EDUCAUSE Review blog, on March 9, 2018. One of the emerging frontiers in postsecondary education is digital education. In 2015, President Obama announced America’s College Promise (ACP), a program aimed at providing two free years of college Read More…