Weekly Education News Update!

This past week, EdSurge discussed the lack of female leadership and diversity on corporate boards, specifically among startup technology companies. “If, as a company, your goal is to make an impact in education, then you need representation in your leadership that can relate to the population you are trying to impact.”

The goal is not just to add a diverse group of leaders to your board because you think it’s the right thing to do, but there has to be real support and accountability on both ends for people trying to improve the pipeline and those coming through it.” The key is to promote diversity from the very beginning, making it easier to maintain a diverse work culture once the company starts growing and more people are hired.

US News reported earlier this week that students in Madison, Wisconsin were asking the Madison School District to hire more teachers of color. Many students from this school district used signs, speeches, and poetry to get their message across, the message being they wanted teachers who could relate to their experiences and connect with their identities.” Research shows that having diverse teachers can help students of all backgrounds and students of color to graduate.”

There was a recent discussion on KPCC Radio about an all-girls science camp and the power this one week of camp had on these middle school students. This camp specifically exposes underprivileged girls to fun science experiences with more one-on-one interactions.  For instance, the girls were taught how to make different types of makeup and perfumes, and learned that perfume chemists are one of the highest paid chemists in the science business.

One of the middle school girls at the camp stated, “The boys, they like being the leaders, but here, girls [have to] be the leaders and they’re telling us the girls are powerful to do whatever they want.” On the last day of camp, it seemed the efforts to sell these girls on science, math, technology, and engineering careers had worked. “How many of you think you might be a scientist?” one of the adult camp leaders asked. Almost all of the girls’ hands shot up.

Recently on Edscoop, it was reported that more educators are becoming more confident about the use of technology in the classroom. Edscoop examined a survey that consisted of more than 1,200 K-12 teachers and administrators. It was discovered that 65 percent of these educators are confident in their ability to use technology in the classroom, which is a seven percent increase from 2016.

This report came from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), which also “revealed that 98 percent of respondents use some form of educational technology to aid their work.” Technology continues to increase its impact on K-12 classrooms, so making the technology process for educators more straightforward is key to the proper use of technology in the classroom.

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