Mich. 4th-graders get inventive in language arts | Facebook Live helps deliver lessons on snow day | Teacher: Young adult novels go beyond reading assignments
February 19, 2018
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Mich. 4th-graders get inventive in language arts
Mich. 4th-graders get inventive in language arts
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A Michigan school district has implemented the elementary curriculum Core Knowledge Language Arts that embeds literacy lessons into science and social studies subjects. In one recent lesson, fourth-graders became inventors as they designed and built models, and made presentations of trash-removal machines.
Cadillac News (Mich.) (2/17) 
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Facebook Live helps deliver lessons on snow day
Facebook Live helps deliver lessons on snow day
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Tennessee English teacher Candous Brown taught her students using Facebook Live during a recent snow day. In this Q&A, she shares how her students inspired her to do the live event and describes her teaching philosophy.
Chalkbeat/Tennessee (2/16) 
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Literacy Everywhere
Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools
Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools
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Educators at about 60 Ohio schools are using music to promote mindfulness among students. The Mindful Music Moments program uses symphony and orchestra music to help students focus on their breathing to help ease anxiety and improve behavior.
ThisWeek Community News (Lewis Center, Ohio) (2/14) 
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Making science stick
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Stories of Teaching and Learning
Fla. school holds geometry fashion show
Fla. school holds geometry fashion show
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Fourth- and fifth-graders at a Florida elementary school looked to geometry for clothing-creation inspiration during a recent lesson. Students modeled their designs during a fashion show, and the winner's outfit will be sewn into wearable pieces.
WMBB-TV (Panama City, Fla.) (2/16) 
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Leadership and Capacity Building
NYC schools find success with principal coaching
NYC schools find success with principal coaching
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New York City Public Schools' New Principal Support program is credited with reducing attrition and supporting school leaders, write Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson, who both have served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in NYC schools. In this commentary, they share why principal coaching should be part of school-leadership plans.
District Administration magazine online (2/19) 
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Professional Learning
Some Texas educators train on trauma-informed model
Counselors and teachers in a Texas school district are learning how to help students through a trauma-informed teaching model. School counselor Amanda Lopez, who conducts the training, says training can help teachers and children because students who act out in school are often hungry, homeless or otherwise troubled and suffering from trauma.
Odessa American (Texas) (2/18) 
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