The academic unit of the nonprofit Cyber Innovation Center has released a first-of-its-kind roadmap for K–12 cybersecurity learning. The K–12 cybersecurity learning standardsare an effort to align criteria nationwide and support the development of a strong, diverse talent pipeline in the high-demand STEM fields. The optional standards are built around the themes representing the three fundamental areas of cybersecurity education: computing systems, digital citizenship, and security. Each area covers relevant topics, such as the Internet of Things and threat actors. Each core concept includes subconcepts and topics, with standards arranged by grade bands that define understandings for K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The document also includes eight approaches to implementation for teachers, school districts, state departments of education, and informal education partners. States will have the option of adopting the standards ahead of the 2022–23 school year.
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down school districts nationwide. The U.S. shifted into a state of loss and then grief. Loss of what we thought was stable including income, job security, and daily routines. Loss of over a year’s worth of social plans we had for ourselves including graduation parties, family reunions, and weddings. Plans have been put on hold repeatedly and hearts have felt the heaviness of disappointment non-stop.
The Online Teaching and Learning in Actionworkshop offered by Harvard Graduate Schoolof Education serves as an action-oriented space where classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators can engage in conversation, participate in a supportive community, give and receive feedback from peers, and iterate on work in a flexible environment.
For the third consecutive school year, the rhythms of our schools are being disrupted by a global pandemic that has laid bare existing inequities across almost every relevant metric. On September 22, 2021,educators can join a gathering of Harvard University education experts to surface key challenges and concerns—and concrete ideas for addressing them.