California Unveils Plans for K-12 Anti-Racism Curriculum

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California has decided to swipe left on y’all’s president’s threats to withhold funding from the state if it implements antiracism courses into its school curricula. On Monday, the Golden State unveiled plans to offer antiracist training to public school officials and students as well as mandatory ethnic studies courses for public schools.

Newsweek reports that California’s Department of Education defines the “Education to End Hate” initiative as a training program that aims to “empower educators and students to confront the hate, bigotry, and racism rising in communities across the state and nation.”

From Newsweek:

The initiative will offer educators $200,000 annually in mini-grants for receiving antiracism and bias training; allow students, educators, and families to attend a “virtual classroom series” to address modern-day discrimination and how to end it; and roundtable discussions between lawmakers, educators and prominent racial and social justice organizations

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S.D. education secretary holds pandemic calls each week with K-12 school superintendents

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Weekly talks with heads of South Dakota’s K-12 districts about COVID-19 are open to a state panel that sets regulations for the school systems, the state education secretary said Monday.

Ben Jones told the state Board of Education Standards at its meeting in Aberdeen that approximately 140 to 190 superintendents and others participate in the calls each Thursday. He said the calls had been daily last spring.

The board’s president, former teacher Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City, said board members would like to be able to answer more than “I don’t know” when people ask about South Dakota schools during the pandemic.

“We can certainly do that,” Jones said. He said it was good to have students back in the classrooms taking courses face to face with teachers this fall semester. Classrooms shut down in March and schools switched to online courses to finish spring semester.

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Tyson K-12 Awards $25,000 in Grant Funds to Seven School Foodservice Teams through its Great Grant Giveaway

Tyson K-12 is pleased to announce seven K-12 school foodservice teams were awarded a piece of $25,000 in grant funding through the company’s Great Grant Giveaway program. Since its inception in 2015, Tyson K-12 has awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to schools.

Grant recipients can use the funds to purchase equipment or materials that can help enhance their foodservice operations. Diane Drooger of David Douglas School in Oregon said their $2,500 grant funds will likely be used to purchase additional bakers’ racks to support to-go meals for students.

“Earlier this month, we realized we would need tall bakers’ racks for our kitchen since our school district will be doing online learning through December, possibly longer. We will have meal pick-up areas for families at our schools, in addition to bus stops – the additional racks will really help our staff,” said Drooger.

$5,000 Great Grant Giveaway recipients include:

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EVERFI Reveals $100 Million Commitment For Addressing Systemic Social Injustice With Free Digital Education For K-12 Schools

  • EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country

EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country. The three-year initiative — which bolsters the company’s founding mission to close education gaps that lead to long-term inequalities — is going to focus on reaching students in the most at-risk high-poverty areas of the U.S. And EVERFI will offer courses in topic areas that address 12 of the most important critical life skills in an effort to create an ecosystem of change. The company’s large catalog of digital learning content on critical life skills is and will

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CYBER.ORG Kicks Off National K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Development

New initiative aimed at bolstering cybersecurity education and increasing the pipeline of cybersecurity talent kicks off with partners from education, government, and industry

CYBER.ORG today announced the kickoff of the development of the K-12 cybersecurity learning standards that can be used in schools and districts around the country. When complete, the standards will help ensure that students not only have a foundational understanding of cybersecurity, but the skills and knowledge they need to pursue cybersecurity careers in greater numbers. CYBER.ORG is convening key stakeholders across education, government and industry to collect input that will increase the relevance and value of the standards. CYBER.ORG plans to release the final standards to the public at the start of the 2021-22 school year, with voluntary adoption likely to begin in states the following year.

State standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade

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China’s Largest K12 Online Education Platform Zuoyebang Showcased Its AI-Powered Education Solutions at 2020 CIFTIS

BEIJING, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 4, Zuoyebang, China’s largest online education startup providing K12 tutoring, attended the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing. During CIFITS, Zuoyebang presented its cutting-edge suite of online education solutions including livestreaming courses, the latest Cocos-courseware for primary education, and Paperang P3 series miniature printer.

 “For Zuoyebang, 2020 has been a year of development and expansion,” said Su Jing, Executive President of Zuoyebang. “Zuoyebang is committed to creating effective digital classrooms and tools for online learners. We are focused on providing quality alternatives to in-person teaching using cutting-edge AI and big data technology.”

Showcased at CIFTIS 2020 was Zuoyebang’s Cocos-courseware, an AI-assisted learning platform that pairs students with teachers via livestreaming. Designed for primary school students that may struggle with concentrating and processing information, it uses gesture recognition, facial recognition, facial expression recognition and

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