Equity Issues in Education


SXSW EDU Unveils First Half of Lineup for 2023; Emphases Include Diversity, Equity, Student Agency, Teacher Retention

SXSW EDU has unveiled nearly half of the lineup for the 2023 event scheduled for March 6–9, 2023, in Austin, featuring topics considered the most pressing in education, the organization said, after more than 1,200 proposals were whittled down by conference organizers and voting through PanelPicker.

Two Nonprofits Merge in Push for More Evidence of Impact in Ed Tech Decisions

Two national nonprofits, EdTech Evidence Exchange and InnovateEDU, are merging in hopes of accelerating their work to improve outcomes and efficiencies in the usage of technology K–12 education, the organizations announced.

New Leaders Named at Tools 4 Reading, Newsela, ParentSquare, Age of Learning, DreamBox Learning, GoGuardian, PLTW, City Fund

October 2022 People on the Move for K-12 education include Judi Dodson at Tools 4 Reading, Camila Franco at Newsela, Sashangar “Sash” Sreetharan at ParentSquare, Ty West at Age of Learning, Andrew Poggio at DreamBox Learning, Dionna Smith and Ya Xu at GoGuardian, David Dimmett at Project Lead The Way, Marlon Marshall at City Fund, and dozens of leadership awards recipients at the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents annual conference.

Digital Promise Launches New Prioritizing Racial Equity in AI Design Product Certification

A new ed tech product certification, Prioritizing Racial Equity in AI Design, from nonprofit Digital Promise and the Edtech Equity Project that takes aim at racial bias in AI-powered learning software is now accepting applications from ed tech providers that intentionally promote equity in their product design.

IBM, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Providing Free SkillsBuild Tech Courses to Latino Students

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has partnered with IBM Education to provide IBM's SkillsBuild education program to Latino high school students free of charge, giving them skills they need to meet workforce demands.

Apple Expands Community Education Initiative to Over 600 Communities

Launched in 2019, Apple’s Community Education Initiative (CEI) has been expanded to 150 partners in 600 communities in 99 countries and regions, and all 50 states, the company announced. CEI provides access to coding, creativity, and job opportunities to students of all ages and from all backgrounds, with special focus on communities that are traditionally underrepresented in technology.

Video: How YouScience's Aptitude Assessments Help Educators and Students Match Their Strengths with Course Selections and Career Paths

Aptitude assessments are helpful both at the upper levels of curriculum decision-making and at the granular level with students. Educators and guidance counselors can see the gaps in so-called “career exposure” — for example where students have innate talents or aptitudes but no career interest indicates they may need more information about career possibilities — and the assessments help schools better tailor courses and programs in high school to the career paths that students show talents in and wish to explore as a possible future job.

National Education Equity Lab Expanding No-Cost College Algebra Course to Any Title I School in Spring 2023

Khan Academy and the nonprofit National Education Equity Lab today announced the expansion of its pilot program to allow high school students in historically underserved communities to take college-level Algebra I and earn college credit from Howard University at no cost, the organizations said.

How Aptitude Assessments Provide Data-Driven Direction to Educators and Help Students See Brighter Futures

Aptitude assessments are helpful both at the upper levels of curriculum decision-making and at the granular level with students. Educators and guidance counselors can see the gaps in so-called “career exposure” — for example where students have innate talents or aptitudes but no career interest indicates they may need more information about career possibilities — and the assessments help schools better tailor courses and programs in high school to the career paths that students show talents in and wish to explore as a possible future job.

New Data: Nearly Half of Schools Providing Home Internet Access to Students Who Need It This School Year

Survey results released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows that as of the start of the 2022–23 school year, almost half of K–12 public schools reported providing internet access to students who need it at their homes, and almost three quarters are providing training on digital literacy for their students.

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