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In this informative guide presented by DA and FETC, academic esports leaders highlight strategies and best practices for establishing and maintaining a successful esports program and offer advice and guidance on many different aspects of collegiate esports. Download now>>

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What does future-ready learning look like today, tomorrow and beyond? Featuring keynote sessions with Professor Sugata Mitra and Catlin Tucker as well as breakout sessions with educators and industry partners. Register now>>

Steven Blackburn
At FETC 2020, the numerous sessions of the Future of Ed Tech Library Media Specialist track explored ways that schools can improve collaboration, personalization and learning creation. Read more>>

Ray Bendici
As special education needs continue to increase, a challenge for district leaders is identifying and then managing accommodations and supports for gifted students who have learning difficulties, also known as twice-exceptional (2E) students. Read more>>

Michael Niehoff, DA PD columnist
Taking a student-centered approach increases learning (and buy-in), says Michael Niehoff, DA PD columnist. Read more>>

Top News

Across the country, governors are delivering State of the State addresses filled with proposals for education. Here are the highlights. Read more>>

Lexington Herald Leader
With many foster children struggling in state schools, a General Assembly leader has filed a bill with new requirements for foster parents, social workers and educators so that kids don’t lose academically as they make frequent moves to new homes and schools. Read more>>

Tampa Bay Times
The state’s new Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking Standards will have students reading more classical literature, learning math differently, and being taught American history and civics at all grade levels, according to summary documents. They will also reduce testing. Read more>>

Legislation by state Sen. Bill Dodd would help schools make up instructional time lost to climate-driven emergencies, such as wildfires and public safety power shut-offs, by funding “disaster relief” summer schools. This school year alone, emergency closures have affected more than 800,000 kids in more than 1,500 public schools across 34 counties. Read more>>

CBS 19 News
The #GoOpenVA platform allows educators and schools to access and share teacher-created digital open educational resources. The Department of Education is offering $10,000 competitive grants for up to 10 school divisions to support teams of teachers as they create or adapt OER supporting state academic standards and the goals of the Virginia is for Learners initiative. Read more>>

The Wall Street Journal
Reusable model frogs (and cats), complete with man-made internal organs, have become the humane answer to classroom dissections and an antidote for squeamish students. But some teachers ask: Are we protecting students too much from the messiness of real life and real science? Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue could represent a sharp turn to the right for the freedom of religion in America. If the Supreme Court decides that Montana has violated the U.S. Constitution, it could mean that all states that provide benefits (here tuition assistance) to secular schools must also provide the same benefits to religious schools. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
While presenting positive women role models can spark a young girl’s interest in a career as an aerospace engineer, biochemist, coder or artificial intelligence engineer, seeing is only the first step to believing when it comes to getting more girls to follow through in their pursuit of STEM studies and professions. Read more>>

Industry News

Varsity Esports Foundation/
FightSong! has partnered with the Varsity Esports Foundation to extend the FightSong! app to more schools, equipping students with anti-bullying resources, strategies for coping with anxiety and stress, and a secure portal to receive support. Read more>>

Golden Poppy Inc
Golden Poppy Inc debuted an immersive, educational, augmented reality gaming system that accelerates girl’s higher-order engineering, English language arts, social and emotional development in a play-based mobile outdoor fairy tale. Read more>>