Teachers use game design across the curriculum | 4 ideas for teaching close reading, writing skills | Fab lab gives Wis. students space to explore STEM
November 22, 2017
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Teachers use game design across the curriculum
Teachers use game design across the curriculum
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Game design can help students engage in learning to expand and demonstrate their knowledge of academic content from science to language arts, some teachers say. North Carolina English teacher Thomas Garrou's students created board games based on epic characters from literature, including "Beowulf."
School Library Journal (11/21) 
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Literacy Everywhere
Fab lab gives Wis. students space to explore STEM
Fab lab gives Wis. students space to explore STEM
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A Wisconsin high school's fabrication laboratory is allowing students to put what they learn in engineering class into hands-on projects. A recent project involved students using VEX Robotics kits to build a hydrogen-powered vehicle that is about the size of a shoebox.
La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (11/20) 
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Education Policy
Active-shooter scenarios addressed in US schools
Active-shooter scenarios addressed in US schools
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The Government Accountability Office reports that a majority of all school districts in the country -- about two-thirds -- have taken steps to address active-shooter scenarios. Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said such preparation helped ensure students at an elementary school in California went home safely after a recent threat.
National Public Radio (11/17) 
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Leadership and Capacity Building
Miss. could relax some requirements for teachers
A shortage of qualified teachers in Mississippi has prompted the state's board of education to take steps to modify some requirements for classroom teachers. The changes could allow for one-year licenses for educators who have a bachelor's degree in the subject they intend to teach in schools.
The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (11/20) 
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Professional Learning
Partnership helps build teacher pipeline
Partnership helps build teacher pipeline
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Education students from the University of Northern Colorado's Center for Urban Education can earn money -- and experience -- working as paraprofessionals in a local school district. The partnership this year placed three such students in one elementary school.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (11/20) 
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ELA SmartBrief will not publish Nov. 23
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, ELA SmartBrief will not publish Thursday, Nov. 23. Publication will resume Monday, Nov. 27.
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