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[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Teaching in 2020 vs. 2010

[Weekly EdNews Round Up] Teaching in 2020 vs. 2010

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. In Edmentum’s Weekly News Round Up, you’ll find the latest and most interesting education news, all in one place.

A lot has changed in the past decade, both inside and outside of the classroom, that have changed the landscape of education in more ways than one. Take a look back over some of the most impactful policy shifts and practices that have altered the teacher’s workday over the last 10 years, as well as stories on how to save a dying language, how ESSA has evolved since 2015, and more  in this week’s EdNews Round Up.

Teaching in 2020 vs. 2010: A Look Back at the Decade
As the 2010s draw to a close, teachers are left reeling from massive shifts in policy and practice that have affected their everyday work over the past decade, yet many say they're still cautiously optimistic about the direction the profession is heading.

How to Save a Dying Language
The Atlantic
The Hawaiian language nearly went extinct. Now it’s being taught in dozens of immersion schools.

ESSA Voices: The Every Student Succeeds Act, Four Years Later
When President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015, he called it a “Christmas miracle.” The law, which replaced the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act, represented years of negotiations, promising signs that fizzled, and eventual bipartisan agreement. Since then, the story about the law has become a lot more complicated.

Lawsuit Claims SAT And ACT Are Illegal In California Admissions
A lawsuit expected to be filed this week is challenging the University of California system's use of the SAT or ACT as a requirement for admission. A draft of the document obtained by NPR argues the tests — long used to measure aptitude for college — are deeply biased and provide no meaningful information about a student's ability to succeed, and therefore their requirement is unconstitutional. If the lawsuit moves forward and UC were to drop the test requirement, it could effect college admissions policies nationwide.

AI and Smart Campuses Are Among Higher Ed Tech to Watch in 2020
EdTech Magazine
Many of the most pressing trends in IT are playing out in the university space. Colleges are leveraging artificial intelligence to drive student outcomes and adopting smart technologies to enhance campus efficiencies. They’re adapting their data centers while becoming more proactive with student lifecycle management. On the defensive side, IT is battling a rising tide of phishing and ransomware. Here are five trends to watch in higher education IT in the coming year.

Teacher Shortage Sends Retired Teachers Back to the Classroom
This year, many retired educators may find themselves unretired, as school officials reach out to them to fill gaps in their classrooms, and lawmakers smooth the way with new laws protecting the retirees’ pensions.

Report: Nine cities named gold medal winners for early-learning efforts
Education Dive
Atlanta, Chicago and Oklahoma City are among the nine cities awarded gold medals for having high-quality preschool programs as part of an initiative of CityHealth and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).


Education policy is often a topic of conversation in state and federal legislatures. Stay in-the-know with this week’s top stories regarding education reform at the state and national level.

Trump Administration Rejects Financial Relief for Nearly All Defrauded Students
U.S. News
The first round of nearly 20,000 for-profit college students’ claims for debt forgiveness was overwhelmingly dismissed as ‘ineligible.’

35% of Colorado high schoolers are earning college credit as they study for their diplomas
Colorado Sun
Concurrent enrollment saves students from 173 Colorado school districts time and money -- and is helping to close the racial education gap.

Some States Move Toward Financial Aid Based on Need Rather Than Merit
State-funded merit scholarships are politically popular. But as college tuition rises, policymakers in some states are starting to rethink financial aid that disproportionately benefits white, wealthy students and often duplicates scholarships awarded by public universities.

Proposed Illinois School Rules Would Ban Secluded Timeouts
U.S. News
The Illinois State Board of Education has submitted its proposed rules for how schools can restrain students who exhibit dangerous behavior.

Democratic Bill Aims To Block Title IX Rule Changes Pushed By Trump Administration
A bill introduced in the House Tuesday aims to block Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from implementing changes she's seeking in Title IX rules.