Trainings help educators respond to immigrant families' deportation concerns

Educationdive | February 10, 2019

With educators dealing with rising absenteeism and witnessing students' struggles surrounding fears of deportation, New Mexico teachers and administrators in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque are learning what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers show up at their schools, according to The Hechinger Report. Rebekah Wolf, immigration lawyer with the New Mexico Immigration Law Center, offers sessions on what ICE can and cannot do in schools. In the "know your rights" sessions, teachers are taught that they have the right to not answer ICE agents' questions and to talk about their presence, but it's illegal to lie to them or to hide students from immigration officials. Wolf also says districts should consider resources such as school immigration liaisons in supporting immigrant families.In addition, schools are among the labeled "sensitive locations" that ICE is supposed to avoid under an existing Obama-era policy, The Hechinger Report notes, and certain municipalities — including Santa Fe — hold sanctuary status that bars its employees from giving information to ICE unless legally mandated to with a judicial warrant. Many undocumented students and their families are living in fear of deportation. Schools, and especially teachers and administrators, are in unique positions to help, and as Wolf described to The Hechinger Report, administrators have the power to ramp up services to support these groups.

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As a result of my post earlier this week on gamification trends for 2018, someone asked me what my predictions were for the gamification of learning in the coming year.In learning, in the past year, we saw the emerging title of learning experience designers, instead of instructional or learning designers. The people behind these terms often draw on both the fields of user experience and game design as well as learning design.

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As a result of my post earlier this week on gamification trends for 2018, someone asked me what my predictions were for the gamification of learning in the coming year.In learning, in the past year, we saw the emerging title of learning experience designers, instead of instructional or learning designers. The people behind these terms often draw on both the fields of user experience and game design as well as learning design.

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Schneider Electric Creates Professional Education Platform to Address the Data Center Talent Shortage

Schneider Electric | July 13, 2022

Schneider Electric™, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced a series of updates to its vendor-agnostic and CPD-accredited digital education platform, Schneider Electric University. Available in 14 languages and accessible globally for free online, the dedicated professional development platform directly addresses the data center sector skills gap, helping industry stakeholders to upskill and stay up to date with the latest technology, sustainability, and energy efficiency initiatives affecting the sector.To-date, Schneider Electric University has delivered more than one million courses to over 650,000 data center users, with +180 countries represented by its global user-base. The new updates to the Schneider Electric University Data Center Certified Associate (DCCA) qualification include fundamentals of power, cooling, racks, and physical security, and guidance on how to optimize data center designs to drive resilience, energy efficiency and sustainability. It’s newest courses, for example, include Optimizing Cooling Layouts for the Data Center; Fundamental Cabling Strategies in the Data Center; Examining Fire Protection Methods in the Data Center; and Fundamentals of Cooling II – Humidity in the Data Center. Furthermore, its curriculum addresses key focal points for the industry such as Data Center Site Selection and Planning, which offers guidance on how to select brown and greenfield sites for access to renewable energy; Alternative Power Generation Technologies, which helps drive the implementation of renewable energy strategies, on-site power generation and use of technologies such as microgrids; and Battery Technology for Data Centers, which evaluates the sustainability impact of different types of UPS batteries, the benefits of Lithium-Ion technology, and offers an analysis of the associated lifecycle costs. Addressing the industry skills gap Research in the Uptime Institute Annual Data Center Survey 2021 estimates staff requirements will grow globally to nearly 2.3 million in 2025. Further, 32% of respondents reported difficulty in retaining staff, with 47% having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open jobs. Attracting and retaining talent within the industry, which is the heart of the digital economy, is now reaching a critical mass. By encouraging individuals to upskill and continue their professional development for free, the Schneider Electric University is directly addressing the data center industry skills gap and talent shortage, helping businesses to attract, retrain both new and existing talent, and providing access to specialized technical education, everywhere. “In the last few years data center capacity demands have grown exponentially, reaching record new highs as digitization and cloud adoption accelerates. The sector skills shortage, however, remains a significant challenge and has potential implications for other connected industries, By providing guidance on the latest technology and sustainability initiatives, we believe the Schneider Electric University offers an invaluable resource to help bridge the skills gap by empowering business ecosystems, reskilling the workforce, and training the next generation of professionals to build the data centers of the future.” -Pankaj Sharma, EVP Secure Power Division Long-term commitment to education Prior to its acquisition by Schneider Electric in 2006, members of the Data Center Science Center at APC™, Schneider Electric’s flagship brand of battery back-up power, surge protection, and IT physical infrastructure for data centers and edge computing environments, created the ‘Data Center University’ as a free resource to help train and upskill the next generation of industry professionals. Their vision was to create a CPD-accredited training curriculum that would support the professional development of industry stakeholders and prepare them to build the data centers of the future. As ‘Schneider Electric University’, the platform has grown to offer more than 200 data center, energy efficiency and sustainability courses via two dedicated colleges, the Professional Energy Manager (PEM), and the DCCA qualification. All courses are available as self-paced, one-hour modules, in 14 different languages, offering free access to energy education, everywhere. Further, the university is recognized by 25 different industry CPD bodies including BICSI, the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), Engineers Ireland, and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). As one of the industry’s-first dedicated professional development platforms for data centers and energy management, Schneider Electric University has remained completely impartial with all courses maintaining 100% vendor-neutrality. To-date it has delivered over 1,000,000 courses to more than 650,000+ users globally and offers a crucial lifeline for industry professionals seeking to advance their skillsets. About Schneider Electric Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

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Meazure Learning Acquires Scranton’s Certification and Licensure Business

Meazure Learning | June 29, 2022

Meazure Learning, the industry leader in high-stakes online testing services for professional and higher education testing markets, announced today that it has acquired the Certification and Licensure business of Scantron Corporation. The test center network, associated assessment software, exam development, psychometric, and client services and solutions specialist teams are all included in the acquisition of the Certification and Licensure business. By enhancing its best-in-class remote proctoring with a scalable, worldwide test center network and increased exam production capabilities, the purchase enables Meazure Learning for continued expansion and expands its product line for the professional certification and licensing testing market. When test centers had to close as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Meazure Learning experienced a spike in demand for its industry-leading online proctoring platform. Program administrators aim to give test-takers the option of taking exams safely in distant locations or in a conventional testing facility today. The convenience and flexibility of a multi-modal distribution solution allows test-takers to take a test whenever and wherever they want. Meazure Learning is expanding its existing network of 300 test centers in Canada to over 1,600 test sites globally by incorporating Scantron's Certification and Licensure test center network in order to fulfill the growing market demand. The acquisition will boost Meazure Learning's exam development and psychometric capabilities in addition to extending its secure delivery options. More significantly, the combined experience of the two firms will give clients access to greater capacity, thought leadership, research, and new best practices. The exam creation and psychometric team will more than double in size. "The acquisition of Scantron's Certification and Licensure business aligns with Meazure Learning's purpose of helping move people forward in their educational and professional pursuits. The combination of our best-in-class remote proctoring platform and newly expanded global test center network provides our customers and partners with the flexibility, reach, and innovative technology to deliver an exceptional candidate experience and superior outcomes for test-takers." - Tim McClinton, CEO of Meazure Learning

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Victor Valley College Implements BibliU’s Universal Learning Platform, Ensuring Every Student Has Access to Courseware on Day One of Class

BibliU | September 20, 2022

BibliU, the EdTech innovator democratizing content accessibility, today announced that Victor Valley College, located in Victorville, Calif., is implementing its Universal Learning solution to ensure students have access to course content on day one of class.Universal Learning is a procurement and provisioning model that packages content with enrollment in a class and distributes it via an institution's Learning Management System (LMS). Offered campus-wide, Universal Learning will enable Victor Valley to lower textbook costs by 30% to 50% while guaranteeing all students have access to the content and courseware they need as soon as classes begin. The College leadership's intent is to ensure course materials are ready on the first day of class while providing a better and more satisfying experience for faculty and students during content acquisition. In addition, Victor Valley College wants to secure content cost savings for its students. With today’s announcement, BibliU furthers its charge of improving the process of discovering, ordering and supplying students with digital textbook content. Because it offers a more agile response to content delivery, the BibliU platform will also enable Victor Valley to consider a more flexible school schedule for the benefit of students. “Victor Valley College is the first school in California to implement BibliU’s Universal Learning model to reduce the cost of course materials for students The school is a trailblazer in this business model and is proud to lead the way. We’re sure other colleges and universities will follow suit as soon as they learn of the benefits we are realizing.” Dr. Daniel Walden, president of Victor Valley College Added Todd Scott, VP of Instruction at Victor Valley, “Our mission is to provide opportunities for student learning and success, as well as excellent experiences for our faculty. So far, onboarding BibliU’s platform has alleviated some of the frustrations felt by students and faculty around the process of buying and accessing textbooks.” About BibliU EdTech innovator BibliU is defining the future of higher education by democratizing content accessibility. Designed to address the unique requirements of students, faculty, libraries and publishers, BibliU is a learning enablement platform that empowers higher education institutions to streamline their textbook and courseware workflows to achieve greater student outcomes, affordability and social mobility. With BibliU, colleges and universities can finally deliver on the promise of digitalization, guaranteeing all students have first-day access to the learning content they need. More information is available at www.bibliu.com. About Victor Valley College The Victor Valley Community College District (VVCCD) is one of 73 community college districts within the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the world, which encompasses 116 community colleges. The VVCCD has for 60 years provided its communities and students with quality and affordable career training, certificates, associate’s degrees, and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges or universities through Victor Valley College. For additional information on the VVCCD, please contact Robert A

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