January 24, 2022
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21st-Century Skills
Restoration project has 3rd-graders planting trees
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Third-grade science students from Incline Village, Calif., planted approximately 30 sugar pine trees as part of a conservation and restoration lesson. Teacher Debbie Kadziauskas said the students learned about the life cycle and planting needs of the trees before the outing, and will return to the area to monitor the growth of the trees.
Full Story: Sierra Sun (Truckee, Calif.) (1/23) 
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Teachers can help middle- and high-school students think critically to determine whether websites have credible information, writes Amie Weinberg, teacher-mentor program director. In this article, Weinberg shares questions to help students evaluate a website, determine its qualifications and identify its purpose.
Full Story: Edutopia (1/21) 
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STEM school supports students with autism
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Students with autism learn STEM skills such as coding and programming in an environment tailored to their needs at the Science Prep Academy in Arizona. The school, considered to be the first of its kind, is intended to nurture neurodiverse students and help them leverage their skills in fields such as physics, says educator and founder Kenneth Mims.
Full Story: The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (1/23) 
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Empowering Teachers to Empower Students
For students to master challenging content, become better problem-solvers, and effectively communicate and collaborate, teachers need to be prepared with strategies to support them. Download this SmartFocus to learn what you should look for in professional learning to equip teachers and benefit students.
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Gender Equity in STEM
Less than 4% of construction workers are women, according to federal data, but cement mason Liz Nichols and her colleagues are encouraging change through outreach efforts with a caucus of the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association. Women are an asset to construction crews, panelists noted in a recent World of Concrete session, but often find their level of expertise challenged by male coworkers.
Full Story: Las Vegas Review-Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/22) 
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Research & Funding
Scientists say they can determine a person's biological age by looking in their eyes and calculate their risk for early death by comparing their biological age and their chronological age. Researchers used a deep-learning model to examine images of the retinas of people and found that many participants had significant differences between their two ages, according to data in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
Full Story: Live Science (1/21) 
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Combating Digital Fatigue & Maximizing Focus
Is your school technology set up with student comfort, stamina, and mental wellness in mind? As schools prepare for students return to classrooms Read the SmartFocus to learn best practices on student workplaces and focus while using tech.
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Business & Industry
Pa. dairy farm embraces high-tech tools
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Fourth-generation Pennsylvania dairy farmer Brad Biehl is also president of robotic milking company AMS Galaxy, which he runs from his Corner View Farm. The company's Astrea 20.20 robotic milker is able to milk two cows at the same time, and the farm also boasts other high-tech innovations including a bedding robot and an automated feeder.
Full Story: American Agriculturist (1/20) 
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Narrowing Internet Disparities for Hybrid Learning
The pandemic has forced K-12 schools across the US to include more permanent online education options. Learn how Verizon is committed to helping schools continue to advance technology in classrooms to enable successful hybrid learning. Download the infographic.
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ACTE News
Cardona and Rep. Joe Courtney highlighted Conn. manufacturing programs
On Jan. 14, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., visited Ella T. Grasso Technical High School and Thames River Magnet School in Groton, Conn., to highlight each school's manufacturing program. Read more.
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ACTE Key Legislation Blog series: JOBS Act
This blog post explores the JOBS Act, one key piece of legislation that will be a focus of ACTE's 2022 advocacy efforts. Read more.
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