Strategies to boost computer science education | How to merge standards with student choice | 21st-century learning tops N.M. education chief's to-do list
June 23, 2017
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Strategies to boost computer science education
Strategies to boost computer science education
Seven states have adopted computer science education standards, and eight states are drafting such standards, according to a report by a group of computer science education organizations. The report offers recommendations for state leaders to help improve computer science education.
eSchool News (free registration) (6/23) 
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How to merge standards with student choice
How to merge standards with student choice
Educator and author Matthew Farber in this blog post describes how he aligns Genius Hour projects with Common Core State Standards for middle-school social studies. He shares how he helps students manage projects and the makerspace-style work that students produce.
Edutopia online (6/22) 
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Transformational Leadership
21st-century learning tops N.M. education chief's to-do list
Christopher Ruszkowski, acting secretary of New Mexico's Public Education Department, says one of his top priorities will be improving teacher-preparation programs so that students receive instruction that prepares them for a modern, global economy. Expected actions include a report-card system for teacher-training programs.
The Associated Press (6/23) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Elementary teacher shares favorite technologies
Elementary teacher shares favorite technologies
First-grade teacher Bretta Loeffler in this interview says she uses various education-technology tools to create interactive, blended-learning lessons. Loeffler, who was named a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, says she uses tools, such as Blendspaces, Echo Dot and interactive whiteboards.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (6/22) 
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Managing Budgets
What could Senate health care bill mean for schools?
The US Senate has released a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill would result in cuts to Medicaid, a change that could affect funding for students with disabilities and students in poverty, said Sasha Pudelski, assistant director of policy and advocacy at AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Policy Watch
Education Dept. shares progress on regulation cuts
Education Dept. shares progress on regulation cuts
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a progress report about the department's efforts to eliminate unnecessary regulations. The progress report shows that the department is evaluating 150 regulations and 1,677 pieces of policy guidance.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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DeVos suggests abandoning Higher Education Act
DeVos suggests scrapping Higher Education Act
DeVos (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week suggested scrapping the Higher Education Act of 1965 during a speech to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says reauthorization of the act is a top priority for him, but DeVos said, "Real change is needed."
The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (6/21) 
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Faculty Lounge
Negative body image may increase substance use among adolescents
Teen girls who thought they were too fat had increased odds of alcohol and tobacco use, while boys who considered themselves too skinny or fat had a higher risk of smoking or binge drinking, respectively, than peers with a positive body image. The findings in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse also showed a higher likelihood of smoking among girls who perceived themselves as unattractive and binge drinking among girls who perceived themselves as very attractive.
Psych Central (6/22) 
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Teaching digital natives
Today's students are growing into adulthood in a totally different reality than that experienced by their teachers, and in order to provide an engaging environment, it is time to adjust. Cell phones present a huge research resource at the tip of our fingertips, yet are a constant power struggle in the classroom. So how do we balance? How do we meet the needs of today's students and provide them the tools they need to be successful for jobs that don't yet exist? Read now.
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Investigating the world through the standards in K-2
Children are born into a global society, yet K-2 curriculum tends to stagnate on provincial themes. A veteran literacy coach suggests Social Studies C3 and ELA Common Core-standards aligned units that provide a gateway to rigorous global education in the early grades. Use these ideas for unit themes and key concepts to bust the three big myths about literacy instruction in kindergarten through second grade. Read now.
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