Digital education is officially a priority in Wyoming. The state Department of Education on Tuesday announced that it is launching a statewide Future Ready Initiative, through Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C. Laurel Ballard, the department’s student and teacher resources team supervisor, said, “One of the major commitments that we make is that we will put together a strategic plan around digital learning. By joining this, what it’s going to allow us to do is provide us access to resources and professional development at the state level, as well as at the district level.”
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In mid-August, the Val Verde (California) Unified School District began the 2020–2021 school year with all 20,000 students engaged in high-quality distance learning. Like districts nationwide, Val Verde implemented full distance learning in the spring and again this school year to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic….
Ready or not, here they come. It’s that time again. It’s time for the students to return, and with that it’s time for the infamous back-to-school district kickoff meeting. It’s no secret that this year is so, so different than the kickoffs of years prior. Most years, administrators, teachers, and support staff return rested, having…