Calif. students reflect on year of civic action | N.Y. district's program yields positive results | Technique teaches students to ask questions
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May 21, 2018
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Calif. students reflect on year of civic action
Calif. students reflect on year of civic action
The March for our Lives in Los Angeles. (Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
California school district seniors who this year became involved in causes such as March for Our Lives and the National School Walkout recently reflected on their civic participation, saying they plan to continue their activism after high school. Some students also became involved in other ways, such as registering peers to vote, and say they were inspired to pursue their interests in politics and social causes.
Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free content) (5/18) 
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N.Y. district's program yields positive results
Educators in Rochester, N.Y., say their district's Victorious Minds Academy has helped improve student achievement and behavior in schools. The program is based on an anti-racism and cultural competency pedagogy and includes teacher professional development to boost nurturing relationships with students.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (5/19) 
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Standards & Assessments
Technique teaches students to ask questions
Technique teaches students to ask questions
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Educators in some classrooms are adopting the Question Formulation Technique, which empowers students to ask better questions and gather different information. High-school science teacher Regina Donour adopted QFT to teach lessons under the Next Generation Science Standards and says the method helps engage students.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (5/21) 
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Research supports benefits of service learning
Research supports benefits of service learning
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Connecting service learning to school-based lessons can help boost retention and build social and emotional skills, says Laura Walker, a professor at Brigham Young University. Walker and two other researchers also have connected the approach to improved student behavior.
Education Dive (5/16) 
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Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
 
Technology in the Classroom
Teacher: 5 VR, AR teaching strategies
Teacher: 5 VR, AR teaching strategies
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Virtual reality and augmented reality offer more than entertainment and can be useful teaching tools, educator Jaime Donally asserts. In this blog post, she offers five tips to help teachers use the technology, such as setting learning goals and using age-appropriate tools.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
MIT chaplain on the ethics of tech development
MIT chaplain on the ethics of tech development
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Engaging students in conversations about the ethics of technology and what they need to consider as they pursue careers in this field is the goal of MIT's humanist chaplain, Greg Epstein. In this interview, he says he will encourage students to consider the "broader community" and not make decisions in isolation.
The Atlantic online (5/16) 
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Black history poetry book published by students
Black history poetry book published by students
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A group of 20 juniors and seniors at a Florida high school recently published an anthology of poems they wrote for Black History Month titled, "Rhyme, Rhythm, Refrain." The students conducted research for the project and recently presented their work during a celebration of the book, which also will be distributed to other area middle and high schools for use by English and history teachers.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (5/20) 
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