Diversity and Equity

Girls Who Code Helps Draft ‘Landmark’ Legislation Aimed at Closing the Gender Gap

In the 10 months since Girls Who Code announced a set of policy recommendations aimed at closing the gender gap in K-12 computer science, the national nonprofit has been working with states to promote legislation that would help measure the extent of the gender disparity in U.S. classrooms.

Hip-Hop Gave Me Purpose — Now It Helps My Students Find Their Voice

Some time ago, I began wondering what the point of life was. Looking inward was something I struggled with, and I didn’t feel well supported. When I sat in my chair, bumping hip-hop music, feeling depression while my child cried, I believed at the time my life was going to be mediocre.

Admissions Scandal, Painful Pivots and Other Themes From ASU GSV

With more than 4,700 attendees and hundreds of sessions, the sheer scale of ASU GSV can leave attendants with a case of information overload. But several themes continually emerged on stage. Here’s what’s buzzing across an expanding education industry whose focus now spans from early childhood learners to adults throughout their careers.

We Need to Humanize Education More Than We Need to Personalize Learning

Over the last ten years, my privilege has allowed me to participate in a number of educational arenas. I’ve co-founded both a charter school and an education technology company, and I provide consulting and coaching support to schools and leaders related to personalized learning.

Tips and Scoops from ASU GSV That You Won’t Find on the Agenda

What was once a sleepy conference at Arizona State University that charged $50 for attendance has now become ground zero for dealmaking in the education technology industry. (A ticket for this year costs nearly $3,200.)

Tech Company Drops Conference Swag in Favor of 13,000 School Donations

Ten schools in the San Francisco Unified School District had their wishes granted this week—13,746 wishes, to be exact. That’s the number of items and school supplies recently donated by the San Francisco-based tech company Okta.

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Art Exhibit Lets High School Immigrants Share Stories of Hardship and Hope

Moving to a new home and starting a new school would be intimidating—even terrifying—for most teenagers. But for Lian and Lisbet, who moved to a home they did not choose in a place they did not know and needed to communicate in a language they did not speak, these transitions have led to freedom for them and their families.

U.S. Education Dept. Starts Investigation of 8 Colleges Named in Admissions Scandal

In the latest fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal, the U.S. Education Department this week notified eight universities that they are under investigation for possible violations of federal financial-aid laws.

When Zero-Tolerance Was Failing Students, This School Turned to Restorative Justice

AUSTIN, Texas — Even in elementary school, Luz Annette got into a lot of fights with other girls. In the hallways, in the cafeteria, in the girls’ restroom. Just about every day brought another confrontation.These were not just shouting matches. Luz, who is now in eighth grade, was getting into physical altercations with her classmates. “When you get in an argument, you just straight up go and fight,” the 14-year-old says, describing a lesson that was ingrained in her at a young age.

In These Divisive Times, Program Pairs Students with Refugees Around the World

In Jill Armstrong’s social studies classes, when students learn about other countries, they don’t just learn from textbooks and news articles, which she says can seem abstract and elusive to teenagers. Armstrong, who teaches at a high school in Eastern Kentucky, likes to weave in “that human aspect, because it makes it more real,” she says.

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