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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…

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…

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…

Creating cultures of accessibility, compliance, and equity
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Creating Cultures of Accessibility, Compliance, and Equity

By Cheryl Spittler “The one argument for accessibility that doesn’t get made nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some people’s lives. How many opportunities do we have to dramatically improve people’s lives just by doing our job a little better?” ― Steve Krug In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Elementary Read More…

7 Steps to Smartphone-Based Education for Refugees
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7 Steps to Smartphone-Based Education for Refugees

When a San Diego nonprofit added adult education to its after-school program, its first step was to offer 24/7 access via a mobile app.   By Vinod Lobo Helping refugees learn English and math presents unique challenges. The learners may not be literate in any language, and they may not have access to computers, home Read More…