Equity Issues in Education


More Teachers Spending Out of Pocket on Basic Resources for Their Classrooms

More K–12 educators are spending their own money on classroom essentials like books and other learning materials, according to a new survey. At the same time, most are not being given a say in how American Rescue Plan funds are being allocated.

More Students of Color at Risk in Reading After Pandemic

More K–3 students are at risk in reading as a result of learning losses related to the public policy response to the pandemic. Black and Latinx students are particularly affected. The good news: "Many students have begun to recover from lost literacy instruction," according to a new report.

Report: The Pandemic 'Grossly Exacerbated' Disparities in Education

A new report noted that students on the whole did make gains during the 2020–2021 school year. However, those gains were lower than seen in previous years. Underrepresented groups and students in high-poverty areas were disproportionately impacted negatively by the public policy response to the pandemic.

Instructional Materials Have Greater Impact When They Incorporate Caregivers into Learning

A new report finds that high-quality instructional materials that incorporate technology, that are culturally relevant and that bring caregivers into student learning helped remote students meet or even exceed expectations during school shutdowns.

Lexia Adds Auto-Placement to English Language Development Program

Lexia has rebranded its K–6 instructional tool Rosetta Stone English to Lexia English Language Development and brought in new tools to help English language learners gain proficiency in English.

$10,000 Award to Be Given to Aspiring Black School Leader

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) has launched a new award aimed at improving representation of black leaders in schools. The 2021 award, sponsored by ed tech firm Curriculum Associates, will be given to one black educator "pursuing an advanced degree in educational leadership."

Data Supports Social-Emotional and Equity Curricula for 'Whole Child' K– 12 Education

Parents and educators know that academic excellence depends considerably on students’ holistic development and a strong, positive learning environment. Unfortunately, many schools lack access to the tools needed to support students’ personal growth and to measure and reflect on their climate for learning.

Wireless Roaming Network Expands with Support for K–12 Schools at State and Regional Levels

Nonprofit Internet2 has been working with state and regional agencies to help accelerate the spread of eduroam into K–12 schools, libraries and museums, resulting in the launch of eduroam Support Organizations.

ALAS Creates Leadership Academy for Women Superintendents

Applications are now open for a new leadership academy being offered through the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

Education Technology Must Be Accessible For All Students

We’ve seen the use of education technology become more prevalent this past year. We’ve also seen an additional disruption in education as COVID-19 impacted student achievement, particularly in diverse student populations with accessibility needs. Aside from the overarching challenges of learning from home, the nation’s nearly 7 million students with disabilities had additional obstacles to overcome during the pandemic. For these students, the move to Zoom wasn’t a fixall solution for remote learning.

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