In the Schools, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 16

New Jersey schools is incorporating climate change education in its K-12 public school curriculum beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. Guidelines were approved by the state Board of Education in June. Lessons will cover seven areas like 21st Century Life and Careers, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. The new standards require a variety of climate change related-lessons, including teaching students how climate change works, how climate change can impact personal and public health, and how to use art to address climate change and other universal themes.


 Beginning in the fall term, Florida A&M University (Tallahasse, FL) partnered with Cengage (Boston) t offer Cengage Unlimited ebook subscriptions to students. Students will be able to purchase a subscription from FAMU's bookstore for $123.36. The subscription will include course materials for many of the programs offered at the university.


 Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID) chose Akademos (Norwalk, CT) to launch its new online bookstore this fall, adding an online option for students to the on-campus NNU store .


Akademos also was the selection made by the University of Alaska at Anchorage to replace the on-campus bookstore, which had been running at a deficit and was closed this summer.


Amherst College (Amherst, MA) in July partnered with 2U (Lanham, MD) to work with Amherst faculty to reimagine larger, lecture-style courses into an online format to support a hybrid learning experience this fall. As part of its hybrid plan for the fall, Amherst said courses with more than 35 students will be held online while large lecture halls will be used for medium-sized classes, and medium-sized classrooms will be used for small class sizes. 


Also, 2U, in partnership with more than 30 non-profit universities nationwide, in June launched a $3 million Scholarship Fund designed to expand access to critical tech training boot camps for historically underrepresented candidates experiencing job loss or financial hardship. Scholarships of $2,500 each will be available to Black, Latino, and Indigenous learners, as well as women, demonstrating both need and merit. These scholarships, made possible through the commitment of 2U's partner network, can be applied to over 100 online tech boot camps, spanning fields including coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, fintech, digital marketing, and UX/UI. Participating programs include boot camps offered by Columbia Engineering, George Washington University, Penn LPS, Rice GSCS, UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center, UC Berkeley Extension, UCI Division of Continuing Education, UCLA Extension, Vanderbilt Engineering, and many others.


The Mississippi state Board of education in July named FastBridge from Illuminate Education (Irvine, CA) as an approved universal screener and diagnostic assessment solution and dyslexia screener.


 Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) in July selected the Brightspace platform from D2L (Kitchener, Waterloo, ON) as its campus learning platform.

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