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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorCongress is moving ahead on moving its Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bills forward. While The House is making cuts to domestic spending levels, they are taking a much more moderate approach than the one proposed by the President in his FY 2018 budget request. The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its draft spending bill on Thursday. It appropriated $66 billion for the Department of Education, a reduction of $2.4 billion from FY 2017. Cuts are never easy to accept, though this is a better deal than the more than $9 billion the President wanted to cut. The bigger problem is that most of that $2.4 billion comes from the elimination of ESSA's Supporting Effective Instruction program (Title II) much of which is used by districts to fund teacher professional development.

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Meet the EdNET 2017 Keynote Speakers

EdNET is your chance to get out of the office to experience the “best of the best” in education insight, industry trends, and business intelligence. In this industry it’s hard to keep up with every shift, relevant trend, and big new idea. In Scottsdale this September, listen to our esteemed keynote speakers to spark your thinking about the ever changing education landscape and the future of your business.

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamIt is most definitely July in Houston—not the best time to visit here. "Hot town, summer in the city...." But you know you can count on me for the hot scoops of the week so please read on now....

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Future Ready Schools Announces New Program for School Principals

Today, Future Ready Schools® (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education—announced FRS Principals, the latest expansion of the FRS initiative that empowers principals to implement a vision for personalized learning and create a culture of innovation bringing together students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community. Sponsored by Pearson, FRS Principals helps school leaders develop the necessary skills to lead a successful FRS school; build an in-depth understanding of change management; and showcase leadership culture necessary for success. Through eight FRS institutes planned for 2017, FRS Principals will tap an active network of like-minded educators beyond their own school, district, and state for help and advice when challenges arise.

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11,000 Girls Participate in International Mobile App Competition

This year, 11,000 girls from all over the world worked in teams to address the internationally agreed upon UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). In partnership with UN Women, their projects had to address at least one issue within the overall SDG focus areas: poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality. The Technovation Challenge is a global initiative from STEM education nonprofit Iridescent that invites girls ages 10-18 to learn and apply technology to solve problems in their communities. Working in teams of 1-5, girls build mobile applications and use business planning to launch these apps. Teams were supported by over 2,000 mentors, including 85 Google Made with Code volunteers.

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