In the Schools, April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 9

The Texas state Board of Education in April gave final approval to an elective African American studies course, which allows high schools in the state to begin offering the course as soon as fall 2020. The course is the second statewide ethnic studies course in Texas. A course focused on Mexican American studies gained approval in 2018. The approved African American studies course is modeled after one taught this year in the Dallas Independent School district.


The Utah Education Network (Salt Lake City), which provides broadband connectivity and resources to public education, higher education, and libraries, in April fast-tracked an agreement with Nearpod (Fort Lauderdale, FL), which provides an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences, to give Utah school districts and their 658,000 K-12 students and teachers access to Nearpod’s resources until 2024. Schools in Utah’s 41 districts will be closed for the remainder of the current school year and students and teachers will have access to Nearpod's interactive learning platform, library of 7,500+ premade, standards-aligned lessons and some of Nearpod's premium curriculum packages, including Digital Citizenship, College and Career Exploration, and Social-Emotional Learning.

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