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Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

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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5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces. Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Thomas School Dedicates Space to Bolster STEM Learning. jena.passut_7651. Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:13.

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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 .

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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. I use this tool when students are making Scratch video games for them to record their games and explain their scripts. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and mention Cool Cat Teacher for a Discount.

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.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

Juliet won’t finish high school before 2025, but the 11-year-old already has big plans: She wants to be a mechanical engineer. This year alone, Juliet has used 3D printers, servo motors and microcontrollers to build the parts needed to construct a therapeutic robotic dog that she hopes will help those afraid of canines overcome their fears, a project she did as part of a lesson in her English class. Related: How to build an engineer: Start young.

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.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

The Hechinger Report

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

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. Careers with STEM.

Let’s Support College Student Mothers During the Pandemic — and Beyond

Edsurge

Many were forced by school and day care closures to prioritize care and remote learning for their children over their own education and careers. As the primary caregivers in many families, mothers also found themselves responsible during the health crisis for tending to sick loved ones.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Creating authentic learning opportunities to equip a diverse body of students to identify and solve the world’s problems will require risk and change. Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools. Amesse Elementary.

Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget

edWeb.net

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. Edtech is no longer a one-time purchase or a luxury item—it’s integrated across every system in school districts from the central office to classrooms to school buses. Help them to understand the true bottom line for technology. By Stacey Pusey.

What If Schools Viewed Outdoor Learning as ‘Plan A’?

Edsurge

Over the summer, photos began to circulate of children, bundled in warm coats, mittens and thick hats, reading books at their desks, outside, in the New York City winter. But to many, the similarities in the situations then and now, more than 100 years later, are undeniable.

How One District Went All-in on a Tutoring Program to Catch Kids Up

MindShift

This story is a part of Lessons Learned , a series of stories exploring the evidence behind ideas to help children catch up and move ahead after the coronavirus pandemic. We go to PE now and they can barely run a lap,” she said. Lineberry, often asked how her tutoring was going.

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Better Evaluate Scientific Claims

MindShift

In fact, she works to equip seniors at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida with the skills to accurately evaluate those topics on their own. Students go beyond just learning about legitimate sources of information on the internet and delve into just how the information is put together in the first place. But teaching students those critical thinking skills only as they’re about to depart for college can be too little too late. “It’s

SEL: A Leadership Roundtable

techlearning

School leaders discuss their district approaches to Social Emotional Learning. One component of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school leaders to measure students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) in order to gauge school success. In T&L’s first Google+ Leader Community Hangout, we discussed how district leaders are implementing SEL initiatives. Then there is the challenge of changing behavior to adopt mindfulness and other SEL practices.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

Desirée Morales Díaz, who was accepted to American University but couldn’t afford to go there. “My I wouldn’t put my parents through this just to go to school in the United States.” SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Desirée Morales Díaz didn’t choke up when she recounted how her high school counselor hadn’t heard of the common application, the form widely used by college admission offices on the mainland. million , according to the Census Bureau. “It

What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?

MindShift

Juliet won’t finish high school before 2025, but the 11-year-old already has big plans: She wants to be a mechanical engineer. This year alone, Juliet has used 3D printers, servo motors and microcontrollers to build the parts needed to construct a therapeutic robotic dog that she hopes will help those afraid of canines overcome their fears, a project she did as part of a lesson in her English class. Other school districts say they present all possibilities to all children.

Learning Revolution Weekly Shows - Thrive in EDU, Teaching by Heart, Reinventing.School, The Connected Classroom, Exceptional Circumstances for Exceptional Children | #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

SHOW LINK BIO: Angela Maiers has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. As budgets get cut, special education advocacy must be paramount.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Sessions are free to watch for five days, then become part of the Home Learning Summit library. We have asked our speakers to answer this question in their presentations: "What do you know about learning that could dramatically help or change the lives of students, parents, teachers, librarians, or others at this moment?" Understanding when, where, and how learning takes place has never been more important. Elementary Years ? What Is It, How Does It Work?

GlobalEdCon 2013 - Day Three Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

To see the schedule in your own time zone, with the full session descriptions and a link to enter each session, go to [link]. To receive the daily conference schedule, be sure to join the Global Education Conference network. Our free conference runs all week and is open to anyone to attend--spread the word with Twitter hashtag # globaled13. Special Notes: Thanks to our GREAT volunteer group!

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The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Currently accepted regular sessions with links to their descriptions are immediately below. Go to [link] 4. There is still time to be a partner/sponsor.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! To get times for the keynotes or sessions, go to the conference " attending and schedule " page, which will also have the schedule in customized time zones starting early next week.

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Reading Role Models: Why They Matter for Boys

Fractus Learning

Advocating for 9–14-year-old boys and their reading lives is my passion and specialty, however, because I’m female, this hasn’t been an easy row to hoe. But I don’t see my advocacy as a zero-sum game. I see it as imperative for both genders to thrive, not just survive, in the global, knowledge-based, information/technology-driven world they’ll live and work in together as adults. Unfortunately, this lack of access usually leads to a lack of reading.

College and career readiness activities

Kathy Schrock

Students need time to research occupations, decide what career path they want to take, which things they are good at, and, most importantly, what they are passionate about. There are tons of sites on the Web to help students with this process. One publication I love to recommend to support this process is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. How does the occupation fit your skills and interests? How many jobs are there in the occupation currently?

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. And their cash-strapped school district has struggled to provide them with even the most basic digital tools. In November, the town put a referendum on the ballot asking voters to approve a tax increase to funnel $4.2