Equity Issues in Education


Survey Finds Teacher Shortage Crisis Exacerbated By Push to Ban Classroom Discussions of Race and Gender

Education-equity advocacy nonprofit Stand for Children has released a new national survey of teachers that finds that 3 in 10 teachers are considering leaving the profession at the end of this school year, and more than a third of the 2,000 K–12 educators surveyed cited as a reason new state laws restricting classroom discussions on race, gender, and sexuality.

CodeSpark Academy Adds New Adventure Game Design Tools

CodeSpark Academy, a popular learn-to-code app for kids ages 5–10, announced today the launch of “Adventure Game,” a powerful new set of design tools that allows users to use code to create open-ended role-playing games, inspired by classic hit games like “The Legend of Zelda” and “Animal Crossing.”

Literacy and Accessibility Software Firm Texthelp Acquiring Don Johnston Inc. Edtech Division

Literacy and accessibility technology company Texthelp said this week it is acquiring the edtech division of Don Johnston Inc., adding DJI’s Snap&Read, Co:Writer, Word Bank, Quizbot, and uPAR tools to its suite of products, while the DJI products ReadTopia and First Author will be folded into the new spin-off company, to be called Building Wings.

GSV Unveils 2022 Edition of EdTech150 List of Leading Companies in Digital Learning

GSV Ventures, a female-led venture capital firm focused on the education sector, has unveiled the 2022 edition of GSV EdTech 150, its annual list of the world’s “leading, most transformational growth companies in digital learning.”

13 Predictions for K–12 and Technology in 2022

THE Journal reached out to district technology and IT leaders, school leaders and teachers to find out what they expect to see in the new year.

McGovern Foundation Awards $6M to Groups Expanding Access to Tech Education

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation on Tuesday announced more than $6 million in grants to expand access to tech education and build an inclusive workforce, part of the organization’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and creating sustainable solutions for better preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.

How Shell Approaches STEM and Diversity Outreach

For Shell, a multi-prong approach works on multiple fronts and in partnerships with community nonprofits, schools, local civic and government organizations, and universities, through a broad variety of programs led by Shell’s Workforce Development and Diversity Outreach division.

Bridging the Skills Gap: STEM and Diversity Advocate Carolina Diaz

Carolina Diaz, a project engineer at Shell, was recently recognized with a Luminary Award at the Great Minds in STEM’s 2021 Conference and Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards event for her contributions to bringing STEM education to underserved students.

ED to Award $5M to Organizations Working With Families and Schools to Boost Academic Recovery

The U.S. Department of Education has released the 2022 application for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers grant program, which will award $5 million in grants to organizations working with state educational agencies and schools to implement family engagement programs to help improve student achievement and pandemic recovery.

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