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September 24, 2020
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Wash. district adds STEM to K-3 dual-language classes
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Puyallup School District in Washington is including kindergarten students in a program designed by a teacher, administrator and counselor that merges dual-language immersion with K-3 outdoor STEM experiences. "Having the STEM lessons in Spanish will enrich [students] in learning a new language and also help them build a strong foundation in their native language," counselor Eduardo Nunez says.
Full Story: SouthSoundTalk (Olympia, Wash.) (9/23) 
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[Webinar]: Boosting social-emotional learning through hands-on play
As the pandemic continues to change educational settings, social-emotional check-ins have become more important than ever. In this hour long webinar, three play-based SEL experts will discuss tangible ways to engage students in hands-on activities, even in remote settings. Register Now
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Technology & Trends
Teacher shares the perks of teaching online
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Teacher Susan Shapiro, a self-professed technophobe, shares the unexpected perks she discovered when the pandemic forced her to teach online. Asking her students how they are doing in an online environment serves both to improve class engagement and adds a personal touch even in-person classes sometimes lack, Shapiro says.
Full Story: Wired (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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School librarians, who have been instrumental in helping teachers and parents with online learning during the pandemic, have found that students often are lacking the "research and social-ethical skills" they need for remote learning. As a result, many librarians are working to improve students' digital literacy while providing the tools teachers need to maintain educational consistency.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (9/22) 
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Policy Watch
New dashboard tracks virus spread in US schools
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There are 230 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 students in the US and 490 cases per 100,000 staff members, according to the new COVID-19 School Response Dashboard. The dashboard, created by several education organizations, compiles data reported voluntarily by K-12 public, private and charter schools in 47 states.
Full Story: National Public Radio (9/23) 
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Global Competence
Hispanic Heritage Month, which started Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15, can be celebrated through the lens of several films available for free viewing via Kanopy with a library card. "Neruda," "Latinos Beyond Reel" and "I Dream in Another Language" are just a few of several suggestions in this article.
Full Story: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (9/22) 
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Research Notes
Report: Pandemic worsens summer learning loss
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The coronavirus pandemic could contribute to between two and fourth months of learning loss, particularly among students in kindergarten through second grade, according to a report from Illuminate Education. Data shows learning loss above the traditional "summer slide" in both reading and math.
Full Story: eSchool News (free registration) (9/22) 
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ACTFL News
New OPI Assessment Workshop date available
Due to high demand, and a sell-out of the first OPI Assessment Workshop, ACTFL's Center for Assessment, Research, and Development (CARD) has added an additional date to the Proficiency and Performance Fall Institute schedule. Registration is open now for the workshops. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early. Learn more and sign up now.
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Meet a Marine from Montana who employs language skills as a cryptologic linguist
Jamison had studied Spanish and French before learning Indonesian for his work as a Marine. Check out our Lead with Languages interview to learn what motivates him to keep going.
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