Makerspace project features math, literacy | Some schools focus on middle-skill job training | Ahead of March for Science, experts reflect on climate science education
April 21, 2017
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Makerspace project features math, literacy
Makerspace project features math, literacy
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Makerspace teacher Sam Patterson in this blog post shares insights from a recent makerspace project. He notes that the cardboard-armor lesson supported skills such as reading, writing, math, communication and character education.
Edutopia.org (4/20) 
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Some schools focus on middle-skill job training
Some schools focus on middle-skill job training
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Schools and businesses in some states are working together to prepare graduates for a predicted middle-skill jobs gap. Programs to help fill the gap include onsite internships with local businesses, some of which yield college credits.
District Administration magazine online (4/21) 
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Go from assessment to action
Learn how your peers use assessment tools from NWEA in their classrooms. In this webinar, two educators discuss how they use data to solve instructional challenges and personalize learning. Get practical tips for how you can translate data into action and impact growth. Reserve your spot.
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Transformational Leadership
Teacher of the Year calls education "tool for social justice"
National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee is the Council of Chief State School Officers' 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Chaffee, who helped craft the eighth-grade English language arts curricula, teaches ninth-grade ELA and social studies. "For me, education is a tool for social justice," Chaffee said.
The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (4/20),  The Associated Press (4/20),  CBS News (4/20) 
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Focus on decisions that impact readers’ skill development
Your students are telling you what they need next, you just need to know what to look and listen for. Two renowned educators show you how to mine what readers write and say for clues that guide follow up lessons. Use this guide to engage students in fiction read alouds.
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Technology in the Classroom
Survey reveals trends in teens' social media use
Survey reveals trends in teens' social media use
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Instagram and Snapchat may be the social media platforms of choice for a majority of teenagers, according to a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey also reveals social media use trends related to race and class.
The Associated Press (4/20) 
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4 ideas to jump-start learning with tech
4 ideas to jump-start learning with tech
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Teachers can play an important role in teaching students about positive uses of technology, digital learning specialist Kerry Gallagher writes in this blog post. She shares several ideas for using technology to help jump-start learning.
SmartBrief/Education (4/20) 
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Managing Budgets
Should Title II funding be eliminated?
President Donald Trump's proposed elimination of Title II funding, which supports professional development, has drawn concern from some. Eric Hanushek, with the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, says that, rather than eliminating the funds, states and district could find ways to use them more effectively.
U.S. News & World Report (4/21) 
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Policy Watch
FCC: E-Rate application process flawed
FCC: E-Rate application process flawed
Pai (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is calling for an overhaul of the E-Rate application process. Pai outlined issues with the online application portal, which has caused delays for some applicants, in a letter sent this week to the CEO of the Universal Service Administrative Company that manages the process.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Other News
"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
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Faculty Lounge
Tips to help school gardens thrive
Tips to help school gardens thrive
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There are four steps to help schools install successful on-campus gardens, according to a new resource guide based on lessons learned from 21 school gardens. Components critical to success include establishing a garden committee and connecting gardens to learning.
Reuters (4/20) 
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ASCD News
7 reasons why differentiated instruction works
Differentiated instruction (DI) begins with an accurate understanding of what DI is -- and is not. You may be surprised how easy it is to incorporate into your classrooms. Read now.
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Classroom-tested Strategies to Build Students' Mathematical Understanding
Unpacking Fractions provides teachers with concrete strategies for achieving that reality -- helping all students gain the knowledge they need to feel at ease with fractions. Monica Neagoy offers three fundamental reasons why it's imperative for us to take a closer look at how we teach fractions, (1) fractions play a key role in students' feelings about mathematics, (2) fractions are fundamental to school math and daily life and (3) fractions are foundational to success in algebra. Learn more.
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