Tech and Philanthropic Leaders Launch Million Girls Moonshot to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage one million school-age girls in the U.S. in STEM learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences.

“When my father, Robert Noyce, and Gordon Moore founded Intel, they built upon the experiences of their youth, where they had opportunities to build, invent, engineer and experiment. These hands-on experiences gave them a sense of initiative, perseverance and a belief that they could create revolutionary new technologies,” said Dr. Penny Noyce, founding board chair, STEM Next Opportunity Fund. “The Million Girls Moonshot will help girls from diverse backgrounds develop

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Special school leaders fear staff shortage during Covid-19

Special school leaders fear they won’t have enough workers to stay open through Covid-19 if staff go off sick.

Last week a Belfast SEN school closed less than a fortnight into the phased return of pupils – because they didn’t have enough staff after two tested positive for coronavirus.

Paula Jordan, Principal of Sperrinview Special School in Dungannon, said staff are especially vulnerable because they can’t keep a distance from their students – many of whom need intimate care.

Ms Jordan, who is who is also the chair of the Special Schools Strategic Leadership Group, added: “Our vulnerability comes from the fact that social distancing is not possible in most of our schools.

“Most schools are concerned about the limited numbers of bank staff available to us.

“Schools have their own substitute staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who are familiar with how the school operates.

“However, if large numbers of

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How an unprecedented, indefinite crisis forced education leaders to change the ways school districts operate

Snowstorms. Hurricanes. Shootings. Educators and the students they serve have long been at the mercy of crises; most have some sort of plan for disasters.

But with coronavirus, a new national emergency forced districts to rewrite their playbooks. While it’s obvious how COVID-19 changed the structure of school, what’s less known is how districts had to overhaul their operations.

To continue working safely, they had to change, and fast: Lengthy in-person meetings went online, where districts had more control over interactions and public input. Transparency laws changed. Some districts, like Seattle Public Schools, enabled superintendents to spend large sums of money without bureaucracy through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. And many local districts did not let reporters observe their first days of classes, citing privacy concerns and technical issues.

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Schooling solutions amid COVID-19

This story was produced with support from the Education Writers Association

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Advocates Team Up to Help State Leaders Reinforce the Quality of Education and Training Options

Advocates Team Up to Help State Leaders Reinforce the Quality of Education and Training Options

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020

Credential Engine leads groundbreaking collaboration to help job-seekers make better informed decisions about their education investments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Credential Engine today announced the expansion of its quality assurance and state policy work to include National Skills Coalition, Education Quality Outcomes Standards (EQOS) Board, and Education Strategy Group (ESG), each of which is working with states to improve the ability to define and describe the quality and value of various credentials.

“As states continue down the road to recovery from the pandemic, building a more resilient economic future will include equipping learners, workers, and employers with the data they need to clearly identify which pathways will lead to the outcomes they seek,” said Scott Cheney, CEO of Credential Engine. “We’re excited to welcome the

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SC governor, education leaders announce ‘intermediate solution’ for virtual learning in rural areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – On Wednesday, state leaders unveiled a new education initiative called datacasting that will bring instructional content to students living in areas with limited or no broadband internet access.



a screen shot of a computer monitor sitting on top of a table: Datacasting technology supports the delivery of instructional content to students living in areas with limited or no broadband access.


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Datacasting technology supports the delivery of instructional content to students living in areas with limited or no broadband access.

Datacasting technology supports the delivery of instructional content to students living in areas with limited or no broadband access. SCETV said they plan to serve approximately 5,000 students across 34 school districts in the state.

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Governor Henry McMaster and State Superintendent Molly Spearman

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The 100 People Transforming Business series showcases leaders driving innovation in manufacturing

  • Robots, 3D printing, and drones are features of the new manufacturing world-order, which even a few years ago seemed experimental.
  • Financing these innovations can sometimes be challenging, however, as margins in manufacturing tend to be thin.
  • Innovation does cause concern over lost employment opportunities. Companies are looking at ways to reskill workers for a more automated future. 
  • 100 People Transforming Business is an annual list and series highlighting those across industries who are changing the way the world does business. Check out the full list for 2020.

The manufacturing industry is in the midst of a major shift to adopt next-generation technologies. “Digital twins” of aircraft and other assets enable companies to monitor parts for maintenance well before they break down, saving valuable time and money. Robots now routinely work alongside humans on factory floors handling mundane tasks, like transporting pallets.

Drones will soon start flying around large warehouses to

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Biopharma Leaders Unite to Stand With Science

— Nine CEOs sign historic pledge to continue to make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals the top priority in development of the first COVID-19 vaccines —

The CEOs of AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/NYSE: AZN), BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX), GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY), today announced a historic pledge, outlining a united commitment to uphold the integrity of the scientific process as they work towards potential global regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines.

Together, these nine companies have collectively developed more than 70 novel vaccines that have helped to eradicate some of the world’s most complex and deadly public health threats, underscoring their experience in clinical development and regulatory rigor, as well as their longstanding commitments to … Read More

Readout from the Vice President’s Briefing with Higher Education Leaders and State and Local Officials on Campus COVID-19 Considerations

Vice President Mike Pence today led a discussion with college presidents, state and local leaders, the Secretary of Education, and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force to brief them on the principles contained in the recently released “Recommendations for College Students.” These principles are intended to keep schools open while mitigating community spread.

The Vice President highlighted a number of states and institutions that have taken innovative and collaborative approaches to return students to their campuses. For example: Colorado State University is using surveillance testing to monitor the potential spread of COVID-19 and the University of Notre Dame quickly and efficiently dealt with an outbreak on campus. The Vice President also emphasized the importance of keeping our schools open and students on or near campus, and praised the efforts of all essential workers who have made school reopening possible, including teachers.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided remarks

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Levin, Education Leaders Say More Federal Funding Is ‘Urgent’ During Pandemic

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, said on Wednesday that now is not the time for leaders in Washington, D.C., to withhold federal funding for Michigan’s public schools.

“With the state government and local governments facing a huge budget deficit, it’s just a double whammy loss for our schools, and the federal government simply must step in,” Levin said during a press conference Wednesday with Michigan educational leaders.

COVID-19 continues to negatively impact Michigan’s state and local economies, and while the state budget over the next two years is estimated to be in better shape than what was predicted back in May, budget cuts are still expected if the state doesn’t receive more federal funding.

In May, U.S. House Democrats introduced the $3 trillion HEROES Act, which would provide more than $1 trillion for state and local governments, including more than

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School leaders plead for more federal, state funding – News – fosters.com

SOMERSWORTH — Area school leaders called for new state and federal funding dedicated to COVID-19 testing in schools, among other reopening assistance, during a session with U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas Wednesday afternoon.

Without widespread testing and more rapid test results, the officials said they expect it will be difficult to manage the spread of the coronavirus before it starts working through local schools. They also said they expect the lack of such testing to exacerbate the fact that the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting families and districts with fewer resources as well as families of color, based on national data and trends.

“They keep saying, ‘Oh, if you have symptoms, go get tested,’ which is kind of a little too late… Then they’ll say, ‘The good news is kids tend to really not get it, but if they do get it they’re asymptomatic,’” said Matt Hanlon, chair of the Somersworth School

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