Why teachers should tap into their entrepreneurial spirits | TNTP official speaks out against Title II cuts | Nonprofit helps girls cope with online threats
July 18, 2017
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Program promotes global peace-building skills
A group of middle- and high-school teachers have been taking part in an online initiative called the Peace Teachers program, which seeks to promote strategies to reduce violent conflict in the world. The program, sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, provides mentoring and virtual meetings to help teachers prepare lessons to promote peace.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Future Ready Leaders
Why teachers should tap into their entrepreneurial spirits
When faced with a challenge to improve professional development, high-school teacher Ashley Lamb-Sinclair created a mobile application. In this post, Lamb-Sinclair, the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, challenges other teachers to tap their entrepreneurial spirit to help drive change and solutions in education.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/15) 
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TNTP official speaks out against Title II cuts
Dan Weisberg, president of TNTP -- previously called The New Teacher Project -- is speaking out against the Trump administration's proposed cuts to Title II funding. He and others made the case on Capitol Hill this week to "mend not end" Title II funding, which some school districts use to fund teacher training.
Chalkbeat (7/12) 
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Connecting Classrooms
Educator: Going digital benefits journaling
Educator: Going digital benefits journaling
Digital journaling can generate more meaningful responses and personalized goals, asserts fifth-grade teacher Francesca Perrone-Britt. In this blog post, she shares the positive outcomes after her school's transition to the digital format.
SmartBrief/Education (7/18) 
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Tech Tools & Trends
What are the top online learning trends?
Videos, gamification and two-way communication will be some of the biggest trends in online education during the 2017-18 school year, according to research conducted by ProProfs. Other trends include a surge in bring-your-own-device policies as well as an increased use in social media tools, the study found.
eCampus News (free registration) (7/17) 
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VR energizes lessons, has limits
Educators have access to a growing number of tools and resources designed to use virtual reality to improve teaching and learning, including in science and history classes where VR can help bring lessons to life. Fifth-grade teacher Corey Engstrom says that in-person lessons, including field trips, are still optimal.
Edutopia online (7/14) 
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