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  • New CISA K-12 Cyber Report: Leaders – Not Just IT Staff – Must Be Involved in Security Strategy

    The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency this week released its long-awaited K–12 report and guide for public schools, “Partnering to Safeguard K–12 Organizations from Cybersecurity Threats,” and an accompanying toolkit — both in response to Congress’ demand for an overview of the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and for recommendations that include cybersecurity guidelines designed to help schools face these risks.

  • LG Unveils CreateBoard, New Ed Tech Solutions, and Expanded Training Programs

    LG Business Solutions unveiled its newest product, CreateBoard, along with other ed tech, and announced expanded training programs through its LG Academy at the 2023 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in New Orleans. The academy includes a new course on using the CreateBoard, which will be followed by more comprehensive courses.

  • Scribbles Software Launches New Features for K–12 School District Enrollment and Records

    Online school records management company Scribbles Software has upgraded its system with several new features to make it easier for K–12 schools, districts, and families to manage enrollment, transfers, school choice and other data. They have also streamlined the system to be faster and more responsive, the company said in a release.

  • Young Scientist Challenge Program Applications Open

    3M and Discovery Education have announced open applications for the annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a new Alumni Network and Alumni Grants Program.

  • $690K in Grants to Be Awarded to Help Schools Support LGBT Youth

    The LGBT-focused nonprofit It Gets Better Project has opened its grant program that will award $10,000 grants to 50 schools in the United States, as well as additional grants to schools in Canada, to help support LGBT youth. The deadline is March 15.

  • ParentSquare Launches Smart Sites, Acquires Gabbart Comm

    School-home communications provider ParentSquare has acquired Gabbart Communications, the developer of the Harmony content management system and the Campus Life app for parent and community engagement.

  • Latino Educators' Group Gears Up for Virtual National Career Fair

    The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents is set to hold its virtual National Career Fair for the third consecutive year on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 from noon to 5 p.m. EST, the nonprofit said in a news release.

  • Schools Must Adopt the Science of Math

    With so-called learning loss from the pandemic continuing to harm students, schools can't just return to normal methods of teaching math. Fortunately, researchers have a strong understanding of how people learn math, just as they did with the now widely accepted science of reading. However, that understanding is taking too long to filter into classroom instruction.

  • K–12 Grants & Upcoming Events

    Upcoming funding opportunities, conferences, and webinars for K–12 schools, teachers, IT practitioners, and leaders (updated semi-weekly)

  • Study: Music Education Benefits Adolescents’ Wellbeing

    A study published in January 2023 by the University of Southern California (USC) in the journal “Frontiers in Psychology” on the impact of music education showed that middle school students gained not only cognitive benefits, but a greater sense of wellbeing in the five key areas of Positive Youth Development (PYD). The study’s findings come at a time when California voters have recently approved Proposition 28, to increase funding for arts and music education in the state’s public schools.

  • New CISA K-12 Cyber Report: Leaders – Not Just IT Staff – Must Be Involved in Security Strategy

    The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency this week released its long-awaited K–12 report and guide for public schools, “Partnering to Safeguard K–12 Organizations from Cybersecurity Threats,” and an accompanying toolkit — both in response to Congress’ demand for an overview of the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and for recommendations that include cybersecurity guidelines designed to help schools face these risks. Read Full Article

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