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July 12, 2018
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High-schoolers learn about activism in workshop
High-schoolers learn about activism in workshop
A group of student activists rally in New York City to mark the anniversary of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School mass shooting. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Two New York teachers have helped organize a summer workshop on social activism and human rights for 75 high-school students. English teacher Thea MacFawn said the program allows students to think critically and dig deeper into topics of interest that may receive only limited attention during the school year.
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (7/10) 
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Pa. district preps students for kindergarten
A Pennsylvania school district has enrolled about 14% of its incoming kindergartners in a summer program that teaches basic skills to get the students ready for school in the fall. An official said data from one school show that 90% of kindergarten and first-grade students who participated in past summer programs were reading on grade level.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (7/10) 
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Literacy Everywhere
What can students learn from community service?
Service learning often can spark students' passions outside of the classroom and help them prepare for college or a career, writes Jill Stafford, a school principal in Texas. In this blog post, she shares why community service is -- and should be -- a focus in education.
SmartBrief/Education (7/12) 
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Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning
Researchers: Social media may reveal how to engage students
Teens' social networks may reveal how their brains work, according to studies by University of Pennsylvania neuroscience researchers. In this commentary, Emily Falk director of the Penn Communication Neuroscience Lab, and Michael Platt, director of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative, note that by better understanding how students make connections, they can learn more about how to engage students.
Scientific American online (7/9) 
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Study considers increased tech use in classrooms
Study considers increased tech use in classrooms
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A study shows the majority of kindergarten through grade 12 students are using technology to complete assignments, with only 42% primarily using pencil and paper. The data also show that 66% of teachers say technology increases student productivity while 60% say it's intellectually stimulating for students.
T.H.E. Journal (7/10) 
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Professional Development and Leadership
How schools can work to retain new teachers
Education leaders should proactively reach out to new teachers to help them avoid feeling isolated, suggests Matthew Johnson, an English teacher and author. In a recent interview, Johnson offered ideas for improving retention, such as a properly utilized induction program for new teachers.
SmartBrief/Education (7/11) 
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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.
Frederick Douglass,
orator, writer and abolitionist
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