1. Possible changes to career and technology education program could impact 300 teachers. There's concern among Shelby County Schools teachers that their jobs could be in jeopardy. This concern comes after a letter went out to teachers in the system's Career and Technical Education Program. Some 300 teachers could be impacted by changes to the CTE program.
2. Franklin county technology center to be honored at May conference. The Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center will be recognized Wednesday, May 16, at the PA Workforce Development Conference in Hershey, Pa. The award from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Career and Technical Education comes through the center's long-standing partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg, Pa. Classes have been developed where students learn systems such as KANBAN and the importance of Just-In-Time manufacturing in modern production — areas of instruction not otherwise introduced to high school-aged students.
3. Education report card shows Common Core still fails US students. The best that can be said about the 2017 scores is that they could be worse – but they’re generally not getting any better. Among the four categories tested by NAEP (4th-grade reading and math, and 8th-grade reading and math), three showed flat scores from the last assessment in 2015. The only category that showed a slight increase — one point, which according to NAEP is statistically significant — was 8th-grade reading.
4. Empowering education through technology hosts pilot train the trainer course. Recent Santa Fe College IT graduates, Ronald Mills and Meghan Gertsch, in collaboration with Santa Fe College Blount Center, East Gainesville Instruction (EGI), and Community Code Inc., have started a technical community outreach project titled Empowering Education Through Technology. This project was born from an already existing EGI community effort that delivered refurbished SF computers to local community centers and churches in Alachua and Bradford counties. Collectively, in contemplating how to enhance that effort, Empowering Education Through Technology was born. The main focus of Empowering Education Through Technology, styled E2T2, is the Train the Trainer program, which provides community members with important IT skills and empowers them to teach these skills in their local communities.
5. Panelists discuss the future of personalized learning. The education-technology experts discussed the challenges that exist in developing technology-based tools and systems at scale. Primary to the discussion was the notion of personalization, and how K-12 and higher education institutions can implement technology without losing the personalization that is integral to successful learning outcomes.
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