To increase access to higher education and to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), our friends at Edwards Lifesciences have established the Edwards Lifesciences Scholarship Program. Through this program, 10 Orange County, CA and Salt Lake County, UT high school seniors pursuing STEM bachelor’s degrees will be selected to receive a four-year scholarship totaling $10,000 ($2,500 per year) from Edwards Lifesciences Foundation. In addition, the scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to visit the campus in Irvine or Draper and apply for internship opportunities with the company.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a current high school senior who is a resident of Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah
- Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the 2016-2017 academic year, pursuing a major in a STEM field
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
- Demonstrate financial need
- Note: Children of Edwards Lifesciences employees are eligible to apply
- March 1, 2016 – Scholarship application available for 2016 -2017 academic year
- April 11, 2016 – Application deadline
- May 23, 2016 – Scholarship recipients announced
- July 12, 2016 – Scholarship Award Ceremony at Edwards’ corporate headquarters in Irvine
- August 30, 2016 – First half of year one scholarship mailed to students ($1,250)
- December 15, 2016 – Second half of year one scholarship mailed to students ($1,250)
To learn more about the scholarship program, click here.
Join our longtime friend of Speak Up, Ann McMullan (Education Consultant), for a FREE webinar on Tuesday, February 23 about leadership. Check out the details below:
Life Lessons in Leadership
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Ann McMullan, Education Consultant
Hosted by Kathy Hurley, CEO, and Deb deVries, President, Girls Thinking Global
In the fast-changing world of the 21st century, it is a given that at some point in your life – as a child, young adult or professional – the opportunity or responsibility of leading others will fall on your shoulders. Whatever leadership role you find yourself in, there are basic principles of leadership that will strengthen your abilities and help assure your success. Those principles, and how to cultivate them will be shared in this webinar. This webinar will be of interest to anyone at any age who is serving as a leader or hopes to serve in a leadership position in the future.
Ann McMullan is an education consultant who works throughout the United States and internationally as a public speaker, writer, and consultant focused on leadership, professional development and curriculum. Ann is a frequent speaker at state and national education conferences. She is also a contributor to several educational publications, including eSchoolNews, EdNET Insight and CoSN. Previously, Ann served sixteen years as Executive Director for Educational Technology in Klein ISD, outside Houston, serving nearly 50,000 students.
Girls Thinking Global (GTG), a global community of organizations serving girls and young women by leveraging technology to create a collaborative space that connects best practices, knowledge, and expertise.
Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Teacher Preparation
Top 5 technology skills principals* want new teachers to acquire during their pre-service program:
- How to source, evaluate and use digital content within instruction (64%)
- How to develop and implement online assessments (61%)
- How to manage a classroom where every student has a mobile device (53%)
- How to use social media tools within instruction (53%)
- How to set up a blended model class (50%)
*Data from 2,868 principals
Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and College/Career Readiness
Top 5 college and career ready skills administrators* think students need for future success:
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills (91%)
- Ability to work with a diverse group of people (90%)
- Teamwork and collaboration skills (87%)
- Independent learning skills (81%)
- Technology skills (76%)
*Data from 662 district administrators and 2,868 school administrators.
Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Instructional Quality
45% of parents* say that their top concern regarding technology use at their child’s school is how much the use of technology within instruction varies from teacher to teacher.
Top 5 things that teachers** say they need to more effectively use digital content, tools and resources within instruction in their classroom:
- Classroom set of laptops, tablets or Chromebooks for student use (59%)
- Planning time with colleagues (57%)
- Professional development (52%)
- Confidence that students have consistent, safe Internet access outside of school (51%)
- Funds to purchase/license digital content and apps (51%)
*Data from 37,655 parents
**Data from 35,903 teachers
Happy Digital Learning Day! We’re celebrating this special day by releasing sneak peeks of our Speak Up 2015 data – check out our digital equity and access data below:
Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Leadership
Leadership in changing school culture often means understanding what the current culture is and then identifying those areas in which you think the greatest change or impact is possible.
Teachers still do not value the effective use of technology as highly as administrators (and parents). Just 36% of teachers* said the effective use of instructional technology is extremely important to students’ success compared with 67% of district administrators**.
Top 5 educational approaches district administrators** say have the greatest potential to enhance student achievement in their districts:
- Enhancing teacher effectiveness through professional development (62%)
- Leveraging technology more effectively (51%)
- Integrating college and career ready skill development into instruction (44%)
- Enhancing the leadership skills of administrators (39%)
- Increasing STEM learning opportunities for students (34%)
*Data from 35,903 teachers
**Data from 662 district administrators
Happy Digital Learning Day! We’re celebrating this special day by releasing sneak peeks of our Speak Up 2015 data – check out our digital equity and access data below:Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Access
68% of teachers* say that they are reluctant to assign digital homework or Internet dependent assignments or projects since some students may not have safe, consistent access to the Internet outside of school.
Top 5 ways that district administrators** say they are currently addressing this issue:
- Allowing students on campus before and after school to access school network (68%)
- Encouraging libraries and other public Internet locations to give students priority (52%)
- Telling students to download assignments and resources to USB sticks (45%)
- Discouraging assignments of homework that is Internet dependent (37%)
- Providing wifi access in school parking lots of student access (34%)
*Data from 35,903 teachers
**Data from 662 district administrators
Digital Learning and Technology Trends at Private Schools
Wed, Feb 17, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Private School Leaders are invited to watch Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow present the latest Speak Up survey findings from the fall of 2015.
Join us for the latest information on the following topics:
- Use of technology for learning and teaching
- Use of mobile devices
- Online and blended learning classes
- Professional Development
- College and career readiness
Registration is free to hear Julie’s expert analysis of the data to help you discover the unique digital learning aspirations of your students, parents, staff, and community members.
Calling all Educators Rising California members! In a collaboration between Participant Media and the Malala Fund, the Students Stand #withMalala campaign is providing free HE NAMED ME MALALA DVDs and screening licenses to teachers and educators who want to bring Malala’s story into their curriculum. These will be provided on a first come, first serve basis (while supplies last).
Happy Wednesday! Our friends at DreamBox Learning are hosting a special webinar about blended and competency-based schooling. Check out the details below:
The Evolution of Blended and Competency-Based Schooling: What Lies Beyond the Horizon?
Presented by Dr. Tim Hudson, Vice President of Learning, DreamBox Learning
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
3pm – 4pm ET
Even when we believe we’re thinking “outside the box,” we’re often limited in our capacity to envision new school models that are more personalized, leverage technology effectively, and ultimately improve learning. When designing schools and classrooms, we often don’t realize how heavily our ideas are influenced by the assumptions and mental models we have about learning and education. In this this webinar, Dr. Tim Hudson will explore some of these hidden assumptions and help us imagine the full implications of blended learning that ensures high achievement for all students. He will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive session. This webinar will useful for superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, curriculum coordinators, and IT professionals.
Math offers a groundbreaking combination of intelligent adaptive learning, rigorous elementary mathematics curriculum, and motivating learning environment. The innovative DreamBox platform captures every decision a student makes while working in the program and adjusts the student’s learning path appropriately, providing millions of individualized learning paths, each one tailored to a student’s unique needs.