Only a Few Weeks Remain to SpeakUp for 2021-2022!

The Speak Up Research Project provides an easy and cost-efficient way for you to capture the authentic views of your students, parents, and staff about digital learning, new learning and school models, aspirations for education and perceptions of school climate. You can also gain a contextual understanding of how the views of your stakeholders compare to state and national data results . And Speak Up participation, as always, is 100% free to all K-12 schools and districts.

Surveys close on April 30th! Don’t miss your opportunity to SpeakUp!

Speak Up Classic & National Surveys open Wednesday, October 20, 2021!:
• K-12 students in English, Spanish and Group Format for K-5.
• Parents in English and Spanish
• Teachers
• School Site Administrators
• District administrators
• Technology leaders
• Communications officers

Register Now!

Visit the SpeakUp New Hampshire page!

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Future Genius Summer STEM for Middle Schools

Future Genius will be working with school administrators and teachers to elevate social and emotional learning at middle schools around the country with four diverse summer programs for schools to license:

  • Beta Masters (Video Game Design)
  • Earth Lab (Energy & Environment)
  • Launch Pad (Business & Innovation)
  • Team Elektra (Digital Media for Girls)

All are supportive learning environments flexible enough to accommodate any challenges districts may face in these unique times.

Aligned to the Common Core State Standards Initiative in both Mathematics and English Language Arts, as well as the ISTE Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, Future Genius enrichment programs provide middle school students with a well-rounded education like no other—summer experiences designed to boost academic achievement, foster social and emotional well-being, and kickstart civic engagement in 21st century sustainability. With a focus on personal development, Future Genius builds confidence and initiates exciting ideas for making a difference.

For middle school educators, Future Genius is an extraordinarily fun program to teach and a unique opportunity for professional development. What’s more, minimal experience is required. Our training resources ensure that Future Genius instructors deliver powerful enrichment to students ready to make a meaningful impact in their community.

You can also learn more at https://www.futuregenius.org/. If you are interested in reviewing overviews of any of our curricula, please contact:
 
Thomas Bacon
Executive Director
Future Genius, Inc.
https://www.futuregenius.org/
tbacon@futuregenius.org
c 802-999-7092

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SketchUp Webinar – Delivering Great Interiors on Architecture Projects

Join us on Wednesday, October 20, 12:00 PM for this webinar.

Delivering successful large-scale interiors requires a thorough understanding of the existing space, design clarity through iteration, client input and approval, and of course, working across different teams.
Join Associate Senior Interior Designer at HDR Architecture Ruby Thorp and in-house expert Josh Reilly to see how SketchUp can help you capture and present compelling ideas in 3D and get buy-in faster.

In this webinar, she covers how to:
• Get design clarity through iteration in 3D
• Bring spaces to life with high-quality entourage
• Easily get client input and approval
• Quickly create stunning renderings to suit your practice aesthetic and project needs

Register for this Webinar

The SketchUp Licensing Program is closing. Learn More.

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Granite Gambit Program Available through Partnership between the New Hampshire Department of Education and Chess in Schools

As a result of the popular Netflix series, The Queens Gambit, online chess has become massively popular with Generation Z. In response to this, and in partnership with Chess in Schools, the department has launched our own Granite Gambit program to bring chess to our students.

More than a game, chess can be a vehicle for introducing and reinforcing academic and 21st-century skills.

The program is fully funded, so there is no cost to NH schools. While some chess experience is helpful, it is not required. In fact, many if not most participating teachers in such programs start out with minimal chess knowledge.

Chess in Schools (CIS) specializes in preparing educators to play chess and use the game as an educational tool to teach academic and 21st-century skills. In addition to training, CIS provides chess supplies and equipment to schools along with chess training software licenses, online resources, and online support for the duration of the program.

Each school decides what kind of chess program works best for their students. Options include: using chess and chess-related activities during the day to teach curriculum standards; before- or after-school chess clubs; summer chess camps; or some combination of these programs. Schools can partner with community based organizations to help deliver their chess in school programs.

You can learn more about the Granite Gambit program and how it might work for your school by visiting the Granite Gambit Sign Up page.

Learn more about the Chess in Schools program.

Learn more about Chess in Education.

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Free Workshops for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October 26, 2021
School Safety Webinar Announcement – Bullying Awareness and Prevention: Creating Safer Schools
Please join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse on October 26 at 3:00 PM ET for an informational webinar on bullying awareness and prevention resources, tactics, and strategies to create safer school environments. This session will provide information and resources to the kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) school community.
The session will feature guest speaker and bullying prevention expert Melissa Mercado Crespo, Ph.D., MSc, MA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention. She will provide an overview of what bullying is and how to identify it, key strategies and actions schools and school personnel can implement to prevent and address it, and the tools and resources available from the government to support schools in these efforts. She will also describe the different types of bullying (including cyberbullying), their impact on school violence, and the relationship between bullying, suicide, and the well-being of school-age youth.
The discussion will also feature additional school safety-related resources on topics like school climate and mental health access and support and a Q&A session for participants to engage directly with Dr. Mercado Crespo.
• When: October 26, 2021, 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET
• Where: Adobe Connect (access link to be provided one day in advance of the event)
• For: K-12 School Superintendents and Principals; Counselors and Mental Health Practitioners; School and District Administrators; Teachers and School Staff; School Resource Officers; Parents and Guardians; Students
• Registration: https://schoolsafetybullyingpreventionwebinar.eventbrite.com

October 27-28, 2021
Understanding and Preventing Youth Hate Crimes and Identity-based Bullying: A Virtual Symposium

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will host this exciting symposium. This symposium will address important topics including current trends and research on identity-based bullying, cyberbullying, youth-related hate crimes, and how hate groups use social media and technology to reach, recruit, and radicalize youth. It will also provide programs and best practices from experts in the field on how schools, families, law enforcement, and communities can work together to build protective factors in youth and help youth resist and disengage from extremist hate groups.
Register for this symposium at
https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/events/virtual-symposium-understanding-and-preventing-youth-hate-crimes-and-identity-based-bullying

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ECF Application Window Countdown: 8 Days to Window Close

The second Emergency Connectivity Fund Program application filing window is open for schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year.  The second application filing window opened on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 and will close on October 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  During this window, eligible schools and libraries, in addition to consortia of eligible schools and libraries, can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 to meet the remote learning needs of students, school staff and library patrons with unmet needs.  The FCC’s announcement of the second application filing window is available on their website .

Please note that the FCC released a public notice directing USAC to review and process applications filed after the close of the ECF Program’s initial application filing window with those filed in the second application filing window.  Applicants who certified and submitted their ECF FCC Forms 471 after the close of the initial filing window on August 13, 2021 will not be required to resubmit their applications during the second application filing window, nor will they need to file a request for waiver of the initial 45-day application filing deadline with the Commission.


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FCC announces over $5 billion in funding requests for the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program and opens a second application window

FCC emergency connectivity fund image

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it has received requests for $5.137 billion to fund 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband connections as part of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. The first filing window, which closed August 13, 2021, attracted applications from all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia – including schools and libraries in both rural and urban communities https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-375210A1.pdf seeking funding for eligible equipment and services received or delivered between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the FCC will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year

Read the FCC Press Release for more information.
Visit the Emergency Connectivity Fund page on the FCC website.

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Speak Up 2021-22 opens October 20, 2021 to April 30, 2022!

The Speak Up Research Project provides an easy and cost-efficient way for you to capture the authentic views of your students, parents, and staff about digital learning, new learning and school models, aspirations for education and perceptions of school climate. You can also gain a contextual understanding of how the views of your stakeholders compare to state and national data results . And Speak Up participation, as always, is 100% free to all K-12 schools and districts.

Speak Up Classic & National Surveys open Wednesday, October 20, 2021!:
• K-12 students in English, Spanish and Group Format for K-5.
• Parents in English and Spanish
• Teachers
• School Site Administrators
• District administrators
• Technology leaders
• Communications officers

Register Now!

Visit the SpeakUp New Hampshire page!

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Back to School Campaign from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is kicking off its 2021 Back to School campaign to help students, parents, teachers, and administrators remain safe from cybersecurity threats as they return to school. The campaign will run from August 9 until August 30.

In response to the rise in malicious cyber activity against K-12 and higher education institutions and the increase in remote learning, CISA is planning a comprehensive back to school cybersecurity awareness campaign to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and to build awareness of cyber risks in the school setting.

During this campaign, CISA will highlight ways students, parents, teachers and school administrators can stay safe online, avoid becoming victims of a cyberattack, and learn best practices to improve cyber hygiene. CISA has seen an increase in ransomware attacks against K-12 educational institutions. Malicious cyber actors target school computer systems, which can slow access to systems — rendering the systems inaccessible to basic functions, including remote learning.

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect machines with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals use these attacks to entice users to click on a link or open an attachment that can then infect their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Our Phishing Tip Sheet has additional information on combating phishing.

We encourage everyone – students, parents, teachers, administrators and chief information security officers of school districts to review our recently released stopransomware.gov – a new website designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. The website contains special resources for K-12 to assist institutions with their unique cybersecurity needs and has a number of resources for schools to explore and reference to learn how to stay safe online.

We also encourage you to read a special blog from Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, which highlights why cyber hygiene for educational institutions is so vital.

Our world relies more heavily on technology for work and play and it is increasingly important that schools and academia prepare for potential threats from bad actors.

Check our social media accounts, @CISAgov and @Cyber, during the campaign for more cybersecurity tips.

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Defend Today Secure Tomorrow

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Return to School Roadmap from US Department of Education

The Department of Education launched the “Return to School Roadmap” which includes a fact sheet for schools, families, and communities, a guide for schools and districts outlining what schools can do to protect the health and safety of students, and a checklist for parents.

U.S. Department of Education Return to School Roadmap

FACT SHEET: Reopening Schools and Rebuilding With Equity | The White House

A Resource for Parents on Returning to In-Person Learning | U.S. Department of Education

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