Panel says LEAs need emergency plans in place as cyberattacks increase in public schools

Cybersecurity is in flux across the public sector, with traditional processes and tools proving inadequate for today’s global threats. Some school districts and county offices of education are at particular risk since they currently lack the internal resources, capacity or expertise to mount an effective […]

Fresno USD improving community relations with effective communication practices

A recent webinar hosted by ParentSquare featured Fresno Unified School District Chief Communications Officer Nikki Henry sharing information and tips about bringing recognizable faces and personality to district communications. In “K-12 Leaders Speak: Humanizing Your District,” Henry emphasized the importance of connecting school staff, parents […]

AAPI students grow their leadership skills during yearly conference

For more than 30 years, the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project (APYLP) has hosted a no-cost leadership conference for California high school juniors and seniors where students meet with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elected officials, community leaders and organizers to learn about the […]

2020–21 teacher supply report shows decrease in issued credentials

At its April 19-21 meeting, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved sending the annual report on the number of teachers who received credentials, certificates, permits, and waivers to teach in California public schools to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature. Teacher Supply in California, […]

Broadband access challenges in public housing

An April brief from Pew Charitable Trusts, “Broadband Challenges and Opportunities in Affordable Rental Housing,” shares insights from experts and internet service providers (ISPs) about the lack of adequate internet connections in federally subsidized multifamily housing and progress toward connecting these buildings affordably. “Many residents […]

Commission on Teacher Credentialing moves major initiatives forward

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing met April 19-21 to take action on items sent back for revision including the regulatory package for the PK-3 Early Childhood Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Teaching Performance Assessment standards for literacy instruction, and subject matter competence requirements. PK-3 credential […]

California attorney general issues guidance on school closures

California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a statewide guidance on April 11 related to the legal requirements and best practices for school closures, “Guidance on Laws Governing School Closures and Best Practices for Implementation in California.” The guidance focuses on Assembly Bill 1912, which became […]

No Child Left Behind revolutionized national student data collection

A new initiative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Future of Data, Assessments, and Accountability in K-12 Education initiative, is exploring the effectiveness of data and assessments in America’s K-12 public schools. The first phase of the project examines the impact of data-driven […]

Culturally relevant pedagogy supports the most marginalized students

Systemic inequities in the current educational system are holding back historically marginalized students from reaching their full potential — and one way to begin to even the playing field is through culturally responsive and sustainable education, according to experts in the webinar “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: […]