With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the USDepartment of Homeland Security is offering freeonline training for educators and first responders to prepare for such a disaster—right on their computers. The training is explained in “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” a video on the department’s website. This freecomputer-based training tool includes a virtual school environment for multiagency training for active shooter incidents. The simulation takes place in a large school, which has an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and several classrooms. The training will allow schools and law enforcement to train to respond without disrupting students and to be able to train repeatedly.
In July, Big Deal Media hosted its inaugural well-being and leadership summit Power Trip™ for women district leaders. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning, outlined five major themes for more effective leadership and personal growth in her keynote, “A Vision for You.”
Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and genderequitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM.
The 1619 Project,inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.