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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. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect (just use the code COOLCAT ) and learn more about Urkund today.

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


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. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. 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. And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. 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?

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


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. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. The work of Denise Hardoy, middle school science teacher and CUE member, from San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood was highlighted.

How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

The Hechinger Report

And Shayla Savage, a middle school principal, said that when her students returned to in-person learning this spring, she noticed differences beyond just their math and reading progress compared to previous years. “We We go to PE now and they can barely run a lap,” she said.

Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

The Hechinger Report

In 2013, families at a Seattle high school raked in more than $100,000 for a raffle to win a Tesla Model S. Other schools in this tech-boom city rely on lavish galas to raise as much as $422,000 in a single night , and some spend almost as much as they haul in.

Reluctance to require suicide prevention education could cost lives, but it’s complicated

The Hechinger Report

It was clear to Soffy Anderson, 18, that the state needed to take action. She’d lost her sister to suicide and wished she’d known what signs to look for and how to intervene. The goal is to offer hope. Kids talking to kids. CODY, Wyo. —

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. But then they also said really poignant answers, such as, “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”. So it really became an opportunity for me to get to know my students better and to reach out to them and to build relationships.

PRINCIPAL VOICE: How Zoom features and bureaucracy kneecap distance learning

The Hechinger Report

But I know how to make the joke turn stale — if only those in power would listen to me. I understand that requiring cameras to be turned on can invade students’ privacy. Related: ‘I can’t do this anymore’: How four middle schoolers are struggling through the pandemic.

When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail

The Hechinger Report

Pep rallies are supposed to be joyful, loud and unabashed. We are using Alan’s middle name to protect his privacy.) His tics and shouts, all beyond his control, make him an easy target for bullies and, to some school staff, a problem student to be corrected.

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Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

Last March when teachers and students transitioned to remote instruction, Iraqi instructor Mohammad Hameed and his students in the Arbat Refugee Camp in the Iraqi Kurdistan region weren’t caught off guard. That interaction gave Hello Future insight into how students in the U.S.

OPINION: Creating better post-pandemic education for English learners

The Hechinger Report

As the winter turns to spring and pandemic learning reaches its one-year mark, something like a return to normal, in-person schooling is becoming a reality in communities across the country. It’s critical that we attend to the full range of lessons the pandemic offers.

OPINION: With many schools choosing online learning, how can we keep the music alive?

The Hechinger Report

this spring, educators have been faced with a challenge: How do we ensure that our students can safely engage in school this fall? How do we make school feel “normal” again? That’s what we are doing in my district, where students returned to classes that look much different.

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. Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e241. You don’t have to choose!

When the man behind the curtain is female: More women now hold key education policymaker jobs

The Hechinger Report

That meant that Kelley had to get him set up with schoolwork he could do alone, lay out Legos on the floor beside her chair for his 4-year-old brother and hope for the best as she joined Zoom discussions about what must be done for families grappling with school closures across California.

Forget civics class: Students want to make a difference in real life

The Hechinger Report

Vida Mendoza is only 14, but she hopes to vote in two years. Mendoza is a member of the student-led Oakland Youth Vote campaign, which advocates for giving 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote for school board representatives. Every year the group chooses an issue to focus on.

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If schools don’t overhaul discipline, ‘teachers will still be calling the police on our Black students’

The Hechinger Report

Angry and distraught over the injustice, Adams, then a high school sophomore, staged a walkout with hundreds of other students, who filled the state Capitol to protest Robinson’s death. To head that off, they began asking teachers to sign a “ Black Sanctuary Pledge ” in 2018.

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.”.

After-school programs have either been abandoned or overworked

The Hechinger Report

Her solution was to create physical kits containing all the supplies the girls would need. For low-income kids it’s really hard for programs to run in person,” said Jodi Grant, executive director of Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. “It

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

He did it because he wanted the teachers to understand the diversity of their students — from those living in half-million dollar homes to those from housing projects. He’s not going to be up in front of people talking about [how] we’re going to charge together.

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. My challenge with this annual exercise is how heavily we focus on a product while largely ignoring the process to get there. Maybe we are marching toward a specific destination, but are we taking the best pathway to get there?

Thousands of families in special education limbo

The Hechinger Report

Eli Clark has been waiting nearly a year for their high school to complete an evaluation that would determine special education services. The family waited for Eli’s school, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas, to start the evaluation process.

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? You have to be a great writer to work here, in every single position, because the majority of our communication is written, primarily because a lot of us work remotely but also because writing is quieter. 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.


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. My lunch book club met every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to chat about the book as well as listen to me read aloud. Nine other elementary schools in our district also read the book.

‘We just pick up the pieces’: As a new school year starts, this Mississippi Delta community is fighting for survival

The Hechinger Report

Since the pandemic, the district has used school buses as traveling mobile hotspots in an effort to provide families with reliable Internet. Francine Jefferson tries to be careful about small talk these days. She had to drive 40 miles to get tested for Covid-19.

ESSA learning more, doing more


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.

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.

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. Specifically, he finds that grades lower motivation for authentic tasks, creates a competitive learning culture, and misrepresents student success when teachers try to quantify achievement that should not be reduced to a number or letter. Words to live by.

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.

Coronavirus means school food is free across the U.S. What if it stayed that way?

The Hechinger Report

Yakima School District kitchen workers Tracy Renecker and Alma Rosa Cuevas prepare to load bags of food into a car in October at the drive-through distribution point set up outside Washington Middle School in Yakima, Wash. They are a lifeline to families, including her own.

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. Introduction to Programming with Scratch in Education from University of Northern Iowa (20-30 hours). A great way to build your knowledge and skills is doing exactly what students would do and go through curriculum yourself.