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An Educator’s Guide to COPPA: Connecting Students to the Internet

This webinar will focus on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1998 to protect the online privacy of children.

More than fifteen years later, as digital learning constitutes a critical component of education both in and out of school, COPPA has become yet another hurdle between teachers and connecting students to digital learning opportunities. What do educators need to know about this law? How can educators and school administrators successfully navigate COPPA to ensure that students are afforded the full benefits of online and blended learning opportunities? Can teachers provide consent for students to register for online websites? May students who are under thirteen years old even use Web 2.0 resources without running afoul of the law? When do school districts assume the duty of COPPA compliance?

Categories: Data and Privacy, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Federal Legislation, Gear: Data & Assessment, Project 24

Recent Webinars & Events


Connecting Students to the World through High-Speed Broadband and Improved Technology

Schools are moving rapidly to embrace school models and supportive new technology that are better suited for success in today’s world. When modern technology is available it enables students to have a more individualized education and allows teachers to do their jobs more effectively. Today, learning can take place anywhere and anytime, and offers students new opportunities to succeed in the twenty-first century.

The next generation of teaching and learning requires high-speed broadband so that students in blended, competency-based learning environments can move at their own pace and in the best way for them to best succeed. Improved connectivity to the internet will help those students experience future success.

During this webinar, Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart and Alliance President Bob Wise will explore issues related to better connecting the nation’s schools to high-speed broadband, the current debate to expand E-Rate, modernizing federal and state policy, and other important initiatives that can improve or enhance learning for every student by providing better access to technology. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, E-Rate, Education Technology, Technology


Webinar: Rethinking Accountability to Support College and Career Readiness

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar focused on a broader vision for accountability to support higher and deeper levels of learning for all students and to provide greater flexibility for schools and districts.

Based on a new report, titled Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm, this discussion will concentrate on how states might construct new accountability systems that ensure a high-quality education for all students.

Charmaine Mercer will moderate a conversation with two of the report’s authors, Linda Darling-Hammond and Gene Wilhoit. Using an imaginary “51st state” as the model, the panelists will discuss principles for effective accountability systems, the ways in which these principles might be applied, and places where these principles are already being enacted in some states and communities.

Categories: Accountability, College & Career Readiness


Briefing: Rethinking Accountability to Support College and Career Readiness

Highly effective educators know what deeper learning is; it is rich core content, delivered in engaging ways that allow students to learn and apply their learning and enable them to graduate from high school ready for college, a career, and life. To empower this kind of learning and teaching, systems of accountability that will support and assess deeper learning for every child need to be developed.

A new report, whose authors include Linda Darling-Hammond and Gene Wilhoit, titled Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm, focuses on how states might construct accountability systems that are well-aligned and that assure a high-quality education for all students. Using an imaginary “51st state” as the model, Dr. Darling-Hammond and Mr. Wilhoit will set out some principles for effective accountability systems that are better able to “foster a culture of inquiry and continuous improvement at all levels of the system.”

Categories: Accountability, College & Career Readiness, Deeper Learning


Disruptive Innovations in Education: Classrooms Without Walls

This webinar will explore the concept of “classrooms without walls” and ways to address the needs of the nation’s current learning culture in which a variety of fundamental challenges exist, including the following: Many students understand how to use technology for online game play and social networking, but very few understand how to use the virtual world for learning; Students view much of their schooling as irrelevant, including content, context, and method of learning; Many teaching methods and styles today are text-based, yet what students experience outside of school is almost all digital in nature and therefore, the issue of trans-literacy arises.
This webinar will focus on resolving the disjuncture between in-school and out-of-school learning experiences for students. Michael King, principal of Dodge City Middle School, will reconcile the language of school and youth through the use of disruptive innovations and how disruptive forms of technology have provided ways to create and interact with digital content.

Categories: Blended Learning, Digital Learning, Digital Learning Series, Education Technology, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Gear: Curriculum & Instruction, Project 24


Beyond High School: Efforts to Improve Postsecondary Transitions Through Linked Learning

Evidence suggests that Linked Learning students are more likely than their peers at traditional high schools to graduate and enter postsecondary education. Panelists will describe how Linked Learning strengthens the transition from high school to postsecondary education; highlight findings from studies of Linked Learning implementation sites; and discuss how state and federal policy can support Linked Learning and similar efforts.

Categories: California, Career & Technical Education, College & Career Readiness, Linked Learning


Advancing a Research Agenda for “Hard-to-Measure” 21st Century Competencies

You are cordially invited to a special webinar hosted by the Alliance for the Hewlett Foundation as a follow-up to the February 3, 2014 White House Workshop on “Hard-to-Measure” 21st Century Competencies, which was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Participants for the webinar include Marc Chun of the Hewlett […]

Categories: Deeper Learning
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A New Era: The Consortia Assessments Go Live

After four years of development and extensive field testing involving thousands of educators and testing experts, the new assessments that measure student performance against the Common Core State Standards go live this year. Millions of students will take the tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. What will these assessments look like? What did the consortia learn from the field tests? How will the consortia continue in the future?

Categories: Assessment Webinar Series, Assessments, Common Core State Standards


Branding Your School: Effectively Communicating Your School’s Story to the Community (Project 24 Digital Leadership Series)

This Google Hangout will explore why branding schools is important; discuss the benefits of branding a school; and provide leaders with an action plan for branding. Branding is a way for leaders to make students’ learning visible to the entire education community in order to share best practices, celebrate achievements, and make sure that the education community is focused on the most important person: the student.

Categories: Digital Learning Series, Gear: Academic Supports, Project 24, Teachers & Leaders, Technology
ConnectED Linked Learning Technology


Linked Learning: Using Learning Time Creatively to Prepare Students for College and a Career

California recently made significant strides in promoting a college- and career-ready agenda through a $250 million investment that encourages regional partnerships among K–12 schools, higher education institutions, and businesses to implement promising strategies for creating a well-equipped twenty-first-century workforce, and the state is poised to double that investment. Much of this work is spearheaded through Linked Learning, which is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school experience by blending core academic content with career-based learning in the classroom and real-world workplace experiences. This approach benefits from additional time for effective implementation of its strategies.

Categories: California, College & Career Readiness, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Linked Learning
Time and Learning Technology


Leading with a Vision: Using Time Differently to Provide New and Better Student Learning Experiences

Schools and school systems throughout the country have been creating innovative models to transform the learning experience for young people, particularly those who have been poorly served by the education system. While these innovations differ in important ways, they share at least one element in common: a commitment to rethinking the use of time.

In putting these new models into place, their architects recognized that the traditional seven-hour day and nine-month structure of schools impeded their ability to develop stronger learning environments. In response, they restructured the clock and calendar to provide more and better learning time for students. By doing so, these innovative educators are achieving their goal of enhancing the learning environment for all young people. Panelists will discuss how technology has supported increasing the amount of time students are engaged inside and outside of the classroom. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Categories: California, Colorado, Digital Learning, Education Technology, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Gear: Use of Time, Kentucky, Linked Learning, Technology, Virginia
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