Calif. students film Holocaust survivor's story | How 2 teachers use PBL for all students | House Democrats oppose Title II, Pell Grant cuts
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July 21, 2017
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Calif. students film Holocaust survivor's story
Calif. students film Holocaust survivor's story
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High-school students participating in the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust's Voices of History program recently documented 79-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Trenk's memories for a film project. Students, who oversaw the film's production and conducted the interview with Trenk, will also produce other artistic works that showcase what they have learned about the Holocaust.
Los Angeles Daily News (7/21) 
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How 2 teachers use PBL for all students
How 2 teachers use PBL for all students
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Project-based learning allows students to push their limits academically and creatively, according to Jamie Kumiega, a middle-school special education teacher, and Brandi Zivilik, a sixth-grade social studies teacher. In this commentary, they share how PBL benefits students of all ability levels.
T.H.E. Journal (7/19) 
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Policy Watch
House Democrats oppose Title II, Pell Grant cuts
House Democrats oppose Title II, Pell Grant cuts
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A group of 120 House Democrats, in two letters to the House Committee on Appropriations, said they oppose proposed cuts to Title II funding and the federal Pell Grant program. "This proposed cut imperils the affordability of college for low-income students both now and in the future," the lawmakers wrote concerning Pell Grants.
U.S. News & World Report (7/19) 
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DeVos speech focuses on school choice
DeVos speech focuses on school choice
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos advocated for a diminished federal role in education during remarks at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Conference. "The time of inefficient, top-down, one-size-fits-all mandates is over," DeVos said. "This approach does not work, it has not worked, and it will never work."
U.S. News & World Report (7/20),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/20),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Amazon releases library of free, open resources
Amazon releases library of free, open resources
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Amazon's free library of open-education resources is now available. A feature that would allow educators to share the resources and lesson plans is not yet available on Amazon Inspire, but is expected in the next few weeks, according to a statement from Amazon.
EdSurge (7/18) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Students lead school's sustainability efforts
Student members of an Oregon middle school's "Green Team" coordinate their school's efforts to utilize sustainable practices, which recently earned the school recognition from the nonprofit Oregon Green Schools. Students process the school's weekly recycling, collecting items that can be redeemed for money, and have created a walking trail around the school to be used by next year's science classes.
Portland Tribune (Ore.) (7/18) 
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Interest growing in agricultural education
Interest growing in agricultural education
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A growing number of middle and high schools are adopting agricultural education programs -- driven in part by student interest and industry demand. The National Teach Ag Campaign launched in 2009 and is dedicated to increasing the ranks of agriculture teachers in schools through professional development and other supports.
Education Dive (7/18) 
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