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Black Girls Code Adds Color to Tech Scene – Q&A with Kimberly Bryant

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The lack of diversity in Silicon Valley’s mostly white, mostly male workforce has attracted a lot of scrutiny and criticism in recent months. But even if criticism is warranted, the problem originates elsewhere – in early education. That realization has driven several tech companies to action.

Black Girls Code founder, Kimberly Bryant. (Curtis Jermany)

(Black Girls Code founder, Kimberly Bryant. photo: Curtis Jermany)

Among them is Google, whose $50 million Made with Code initiative seeks to challenge cultural stereotypes and teach girls coding at an early age. California-based startup Play-i, uses toy robots teach kids to code, and Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization, is working to bring minorities into the technology space.

Chatting with TECHtonics, Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant says she launched the non-profit organization in 2010 after she noticed a distinct absence of minorities in technology.

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College Goal Washington 2015 Financial Aid Events for Seniors

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Seattle Public Schools would like to invite all seniors to attend one of the many College Goal Washington Financial Aid Nights happening in January.

Financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be on hand at each event to walk students through the FAFSA process. The FAFSA is the first step in accessing college financial aid. It is required for most scholarships, grants and loans. College Bound Scholarship seniors must complete their FAFSA by February 1st in order to meet the priority funding date.

College Goal Washington Event dates and locations are:

Thursday, January 8th (6:00-8:30pm) @ Roosevelt HS
Monday, January 12th (5-7:30pm) at Franklin HS
Tuesday, January 13th (2:30-6:30pm) @ Cleveland HS
Thursday, January 15th (6:30-8:30pm) @ Chief Sealth HS
Thursday, January 15th (6-8pm) @ Nathan Hale HS
Tuesday, January 20th (6:30-8:30pm) @ West Seattle HS
Wednesday, January 21st (6-8pm) @ Garfield HS
Thursday, January 22nd (3-7pm) @ Rainier Beach HS

These events are open to all seniors in the district.

For additional details and a list of what to bring, visit http://www.roadmaptocollege.org
Dec. 5, 2014 | Career and College Readiness | Phone: (206) 252-007

Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning toolkit

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This toolkit provides leaders with a multi-step decision-making process, practical tools, and numerous examples for setting a trajectory of positive change, moving assertively toward achievement of student learning and improvement goals. The toolkit recognizes that improvements in student learning are related to improvements in educator practice and that strengthened practice is supported by research- and standards-based professional learning.

Navigate through the toolkit using the orange buttons below. You may choose to move linearly from one step to the next, or skip directly to a particular step. You may also access each tool directly from the sidebar.

Determine District Readiness
Go to Step 1

Assess Current Professional Learning
Go to Step 2

Refine Professional Learning
Go to Step 3

Implement Professional Learning
Go to Step 4

Measure Refined Professional Learning
Go to Step 5

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Department of Education: 21st Century Learning

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Published on Oct 21, 2014

Various officials in the Department of Education, as well as Superintendents, discuss the need for transitioning districts, schools, teachers, and classrooms to be prepared for 21st century learning. This includes equity in access to these 21st century learning necessities.

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Level Playing Field Institute

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Interview with the Level Playing Field Institute

Model View Culture talks to Dr. Jarvis Sulcer, Executive Director of the LPFI.

What is the Level Playing Field Institute? What are your goals and mission?

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The Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) is a non-profit with headquarters in Oakland, California. Our mission is to eliminate the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and foster their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

We focus on improving access and opportunity for underrepresented students of color in STEM. Specifically, we operate STEM-focused education programs, execute innovative computer science initiatives, and conduct research on STEM equity and opportunity.

Our main goal for 2014 is to find new ways to fill in the opportunity gaps through our middle- and high school STEM intervention programs. We are creating sustainable partnerships with a variety of partners including schools, non-profit organizations, for-profit companies and university faculty to expand our networks of support for underrepresented students of color pursuing STEM degrees and careers.

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About the Future Ready District Pledge

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United States Department of Education

Office of the Secretary

Dear Superintendent,

As one of more than 16,000 superintendents leading school districts across the nation, you are on the forefront of the transformation of public education. Technology now allows for personalized digital learning for every student in the nation so long as leaders have the technological infrastructure and human capacity in place to ensure success.

The Future Ready District Pledge is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve that success and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards our shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship. The U.S. Department of Education seeks to encourage and support superintendents who commit to taking a leadership role in this transition with recognition and resources to help facilitate this transition to digital learning.

In June of 2013, the President launched the ConnectED Initiative to provide 99% of students in the nation with access to high-speed Internet connectivity at the classroom level. Coupled with two billion dollars from the federal E-Rate program, increased flexibility in the use of federal funds, and billions of dollars in additional commitments from the private sector, progress towards improving the nation’s physical infrastructure has already been dramatically accelerated.

However, in order for these resources to leverage their maximum impact on student learning, schools and districts must develop the human capacity, digital materials, and device access to use the new bandwidth wisely and effectively. The Future Ready District Pledge establishes a framework for achieving those goals and will be followed by providing district leaders with additional implementation guidance, online resources, and other support they need to transition to effective digital learning and achieve tangible outcomes for the students they serve.

The U.S. Department of Education is calling on superintendents like you who lead district, charter, and private schools to join us in taking the Future Ready District Pledge and working to develop, implement, and share your technology plan with other districts so they can learn from your successes and challenges along the way.

Thank you for all you are already doing to improve the education for our nation’s students. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for support. We stand ready to help you become a Future Ready district.

Richard Culatta
Director, Office of Educational Technology
Office of the Secretary

Seth Andrew
Senior Advisor & Superintendent in Residence
Office of the Secretary

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National Education Technology Plan

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The digital transformation in education: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s remarks at the State Educational Technology Directors Association Education Forum.

The challenge for our education system is to leverage technology to create relevant learning experiences that mirror students’ daily lives and the reality of their futures.

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The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) recognizes that technology is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work, and we must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences and content, as well as resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete, authentic, and meaningful ways. The NETP presents a model of learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. The plan also identifies far-reaching “grand challenge” R&D problems that should be funded and coordinated at a national level.

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