The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. are giving a $500,000 in-kind donation to an Akron, Ohio, school district to expand its science, technology, engineering and math programs. The money will be used to buy teaching materials and construction improvements, and the Cavaliers also pledge support with speakers, presentations and field trips.
Some college presidents are using digital tools to better connect with students, according to a report from the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania. Twitter feeds and web portals where students can schedule one-on-one chats are among the strategies listed in the report.
School districts should embrace learning management systems for elementary schools to help develop young students' technology skills and prepare them for blended learning, writes Schoology's Kara Gann. Gann offers three ways districts would benefit from an LMS, including parental engagement and student independence, plus teacher collaboration and personalized learning.
Teachers, parents and students in Puerto Rico are bracing for the school year as a $300 million budget shortfall and school consolidations further complicate the ongoing recovery effort. Puerto Rico has closed 266 public schools and implemented an online management system to help organize chaotic enrollment, but teachers say they worry that confusion and lack of money will hinder their efforts to lead classrooms.
Education leaders should borrow a page from LeBron James' education playbook, which challenges traditional approaches to school reform, writes Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute. Previous reforms emphasized academic standards, but James' school will focus on dismantling the poverty barriers that tend to impede student achievement, Fisher writes in this commentary.
More than 560 middle- and high-school girls took part in a weekend science, technology, engineering and math workshop held at Google's Sunnyvale, Calif., offices. The Google Girls Robotics Workshop aims to increase girls' interest in robotics competitions and STEM careers.
An 11-year-old girl took just 10 minutes to successfully hack into a replica of the Florida secretary of state's website and change the results of the 2016 presidential vote at this year's DEFCON hacker conference. The secretary of state said changing the website does not represent switching actual votes, but experts say the hack reveals security flaws in the system.
Remote proctoring systems can help schools keep pace with online education and preserve academic integrity and rigor, writes PSI's Rory McCorkle in this commentary. McCorkle outlines steps schools can take to guard against cheating and protect student privacy.
A new study from the Center for an Urban Future found that 38% of students receiving free college tuition under New York state's Excelsior program are currently enrolled in college, with 21% attending City University of New York schools. State officials noted that many students already receive enough financial aid to cover tuition and may not need the program.
The Trump administration announced Friday its plans to repeal the gainful employment rule that penalized mainly for-profit colleges and universities that graduated students with debts they were unable to pay. In place of the Obama-era rule, the Education Department plans to expand outcomes data in the federal College Scorecard but not impose penalties on schools.