Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school.

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

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Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. You know, what do we say to ourselves?

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New Advocacy Campaign Calls for Banning Facial Recognition on College Campuses.

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A satirical student newspaper recently wrote that Stanford University installed facial recognition cameras in the front of some lecture halls to take attendance and analyze the expressions on students’ faces. Yet proof that these applications are effective is hard to come by.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

The Hechinger Report

On the Friday before spring break at Meigs Middle School, special education teacher Matt Coe was busy preparing new lessons for his students now that schools were set to close due to the coronavirus crisis. That’s really cool to know that you’re having a positive impact.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. How do we unleash the potential in every child?

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CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard and to advocate for students and technology last week in the nation’s capitol. Micah Studer described the event as “life-changing” as it has ignited a passion in him for advocacy for our students.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

See how Gradecam can save you time and speed up your grading. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Kyle: I mean, I was pretty shocked about how far these little humble notes have gone. How do you feel about that?

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

The Hechinger Report

He has lobbied principals, written letters to the revolving door of superintendents in the district, made his case to school board members and even contacted state education agency officials. All to no avail. I just don’t want to add another layer of challenge to my child.”.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e241. Vicki: Well, I have to tell you this, Pam.

Grandparents raising grandchildren under lockdown: When the protectors are the most vulnerable

The Hechinger Report

Clough takes her daughter, Diane Roznowski, 23, and granddaughter, Carter Gens, 4, to visit Clough’s brother near Juneau, Alaska, in March 2020. Clough swooped in to raise her granddaughter, Carter, then 9 months old. Here’s how to help them. Here’s what to do and not do.

Leadership as Process

Reading By Example

These systems are set up to shoot for just above the status quo instead of for the stars. Yet I don’t want to lower my expectations. We should have something tangible to strive for and know that we have a target to hit.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.

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The Many Formats of Book Club

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

For the first quarter of the year, I’ve been exploring how to start book clubs in our school in a variety of ways. I hoped that by offering a variety of ways to engage with a book, that we would support many different interests, availabilities, and format preferences.

ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. Deb describes the victory, attributing it largely to grassroots networking. After eight years without a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ESSA becomes law with references to school libraries and librarians. Don’t wait to be invited to this party.

Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

Instead of a Reader’s Digest version of this book, I’d like to highlight five of the articles I found that most impacted me as an elementary principal in a high-poverty public school. This article was perfectly positioned to end this anthology. Words to live by.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A few months ago I was alerted to an opportunity by one of my favorite collaborative partners, Gretchen Thomas. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. This honor, of course, came with rules to follow.

As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools

The Hechinger Report

Caught up in the tumult of Covid-19 and the struggles of sharing one computer with subpar internet, academics faded to an afterthought, Honani said. Related: How one Minnesota university more than doubled its native student graduation rate. Schools Slow To Close.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science. Relevance to Students. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

Going Beyond the Hour of Code

Digital Promise

Code.org has created a great compilation of resources for how students can continue learning. In this post, I’d like to suggest some ideas for how teachers who are new(ish) to CS can go beyond the Hour of Code. You don’t need to know CS in order to start a club.

A Teacher’s Guide to Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Waterford

Most students feel stressed at times in class, but some might be more vulnerable to stress than others. When stress builds up to severe levels for a child, they may be at risk to develop toxic stress—which can have lasting effects on their social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

These ready-to-use tools can support engagement and c onnection with students of diverse backgrounds and learning levels ; and help educators begin some of these challenging but necessary conversations. Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

A shocking number of young people can’t separate fact from fiction online

The Hechinger Report

The overwhelming majority of young people are unable to sift through online information and separate fact, fiction and opinion, according to a new study from Stanford University. They measured the ability of students to accurately gauge the validity of information they encounter online.

Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

NEW YORK — To Eva Santiago, her son’s education has always felt like an impossible dilemma. Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities.

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Vicki: Today we’re talking to Tom Loud @ loudlearning about unleashing the potential of students.

ExcelinEd Spends the Day with Our Future Workforce

ExcelinEd

Today we celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in our Tallahassee office with children from several members of our team. Raines Mosteller talks to Jessica Hammonds, National Director of Advocacy. Kinsey Pageau talks to Claire Voorhees, National Director of Policy.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

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As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. At Achieve3000®, we believe literacy is the key to unlocking student success.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. Finally, staff should talk with parents and students to get their perspectives as well.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. Normally, many rural districts work with local libraries and businesses to provide students with WiFi hotspots. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Promote Executive Functioning within School Culture

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the country struggle to move their brick-and-mortar classrooms to remote online learning environments. If nurtured in young children, the executive functions will allow students to act in a goal-directed manner.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

MindShift

NEW YORK — To Eva Santiago, her son’s education has always felt like an impossible dilemma. Before elementary school, the boy was diagnosed with autism, ADHD and anxiety, and in kindergarten he was placed in a small, self-contained class for kids with disabilities.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

A year into leading the March for Our Lives rallies in Arizona, where calls for stronger gun control fell mostly on deaf ears, Induja Kumar, 17, and her fellow student organizers decided to try something different. A lot of us became desensitized to really horrible things.

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The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum

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Her blog post shares: In 2019, SLSA approved re-imagining the ESIFC to adapt to the changing information, education, and technology environments, as well as the increasing diversity in our student populations. The answer is next to my broom, for the record.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

edWeb.net

Some are also becoming de facto internet service providers as they try to provide WiFi accessibility. With schools planning for potential shutdowns at later dates and with potential changes to learning overall, these costs must be considered immediately. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.