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Empowering Students to Use Data to Understand Equity and Justice

Data means so much more than numbers on a screen. The proximity, accessibility, and inclusivity of data helps drive change around the globe. Whether it be the impact of consumer decisions, the science behind voting, or the influence of social media algorithms, data drives our world.

That’s why it’s important for students to understand the power of data. Discover Data – an education initiative powered by the Nielsen Foundation in collaboration with Discovery Education and the Afterschool Alliance – provides no-cost dynamic digital resources for educators, students, and families to innovate the future through data.

Integrating data science in the

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Dozens of public schools still have names glorifying Confederate icons

Local activists have worked for decades to force school boards to change the names of schools that honor Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart, as well as Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, and other leaders in the South during the Civil War era.

And in many places, schools have been renamed. In Austin, for example, the school board has changed the names of more than five schools in the past several years, and in 2017, the school board in Virginia’s Fairfax County changed the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School to Justice High and is considering

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Where’s the Threat? School Resource Officers’ Views Differ Based on District Racial Makeup – Inside School Research

School resources view their jobs differently, depending on how diverse the students are in the districts they serve, some new research suggests.

In interviews, school resource officers in a largely white and affluent school district said they saw their role as protecting the students from outside threats, such as school shooters, and dealing with student behavior like sexting.

But their counterparts in an urban district with a higher representation of black and Hispanic students, saw threats as coming from a different source—the students themselves, who “create chaos” and create a tense and nearly unmanageable atmosphere. 

The findings come from a

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There Trump goes again bashing ‘bad government schools’

We’re renewing our call on Congress to finally enact school choice now. School choice is a big deal — (applause) — because access to education is the civil rights issue of our time. And I’ve heard that for the last, I would say, year. But it really is; it’s the civil rights issue of our time. When you can have children go to a school where their parents want them to go. And it creates competition. And other schools fight harder because, all of a sudden, they say, “Wow. We’re losing it. We have to fight hard.” It gets better

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In 8th Grade, Separate Algebra is Unequal Algebra for Black Students – Inside School Research

Algebra is considered the gateway to advanced mathematics, and school districts across the country have hoped to diversify access to college-preparatory math by increasing the number of students who take algebra by the end of 8th grade. But calling a course “Algebra” doesn’t guarantee black students are getting equal access to the math content they need to succeed in high school.

A study released this week in the journal Educational Researcher found teachers cover significantly less algebra material in those classes at predominately black schools than their peers in schools that are mostly white or have no racial majority.

“You

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How to achieve real diversity in higher education

But this post argues that eliminating those tests as admissions requirements doesn’t come close, by itself, to achieving a truly diverse college campus.

It was written by Osamudia James, a law professor at the University of Miami and a 2020 Public Voices Fellow. She last wrote on this blog about why America’s educational responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic will leave students of color further behind their white counterparts than they were before the crisis. (You can follow her on Twitter at @ProfOsamudiaJ.)

By Osamudia James

In a move that reverberated throughout American higher education, the University of California

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Marny Xiong, School Board Chair and Social Justice Champion, Dies at 31 of COVID-19

Marny Xiong, center, was the daughter of Hmong refugees and an activist in the large Hmong community in St. Paul, Minn.

—Courtesy of Amee Xiong

When Marny Xiong saw an injustice, she was usually among the first to act.

When the multicultural center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus was vandalized in 2006, she organized black, Asian, Latino, and LGBTQ students to convince administrators to conduct one of its first campus climate surveys and start a black studies degree program. She later got a minor in black studies.

In 2008, when Minneapolis’ police department rewarded officer Jason Anderson the medal

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Encourage Students to Discover the Infinite Possibilities for Innovation with “The Internet of Things,” a New Virtual Field Trip from Conservation Station – Now Available On-Demand

The Internet of Things refers to a collection of computing devices – such as smart phones and speakers, thermostats and sensors – which are connected to a network to allow for an improved real-time data to better manage two of the most critical resources to humanity: energy and water. This new Virtual Field Trip (VFT) from Conversation Station, developed in partnership with Itron, provides students with an exciting look at how the internet they use in their everyday lives can be used to conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, and create safer, more sustainable communities. 

Now available for students to

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Share Flexible, Hands-On STEM Activities for Summer Learning at Home from the STEM Careers Coalition

The STEM Careers Coalition features industry partners that have joined forces with Discovery Education to impact the culture of STEM education nationwide. As part of the Coalition’s mission to empower educators and foster equity and access to quality education, STEM lessons, classroom activities and an extensive careers portal are available in Discovery Education Experience and at STEMCareersCoalition.org.

In addition, in response to the expanded role of parents and guardians in student learning, new at-home learning activities are also now available. These ready-to-use, simple activities promote self-guided learning for students in grades K-8, while reinforcing development of key STEM skills

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