Brain science supports movement, recess in school | Teachers elevate computational thinking | D.C. schools leader reflects on first 100 days
May 22, 2019
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Teaching and Learning
Brain science supports movement, recess in school
Brain science supports movement, recess in school
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Movement and exercise can help transform the brain and improve student learning, according to neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. She says research shows that recess and movement breaks can nurture deeper learning and boost students' attention, focus and mood.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (5/21) 
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Teachers elevate computational thinking
Teachers elevate computational thinking
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Educators are developing an approach to learning that combines computational thinking with data visualization tools -- an approach, they say, that could be used across the curriculum. The goal, educators say, is for students to learn to question data and take more control over their own learning.
EdSurge (5/21) 
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Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey on PLCs’ Impact on Learning
"…[W]e have a confession to make. We feel guilty when we encourage groups to talk about instruction and the impact of specific moves on student learning. That's powerful, but at times not enough. Sometimes, teams need to discuss the best evidence they can find…"
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Transformational Leadership
D.C. schools leader reflects on first 100 days
Lewis Ferebee, the new chancellor of Washington, D.C.,'s public schools and former head of Indianapolis Public Schools, has earned a reputation as a "Zen-like" leader. Ferebee, in this interview, shares lessons he's learned, reflects on his first 100 days in his position, and discusses his plans to regain the public's trust in the district's schools.
Education Dive (5/21) 
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What does equity-based literacy instruction look like?
Learn strategies to help students crack the written code, deepen background knowledge, and tackle complex, grade-level texts. Discover the 4 pillars of equity today with our free e-brief. Download now.
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Technology in the Classroom
Why has efficacy been a challenge in education?
Why has efficacy been a challenge in education?
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The education sector has long struggled to integrate efficacy in education-technology decision-making, write Jennifer Carolan of Reach Capital and Molly Zielezinski of MBZ Labs. Carolan and Zielezinski share several strategies to foster research-backed purchasing.
EdSurge (5/21) 
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Study questions benefits of online learning
Taking high-school courses online may help students graduate, but it may not help them learn, according to a study of students at 18 Milwaukee schools. The Milwaukee district operates the courses through a partnership with Edgenuity.
Chalkbeat (5/20) 
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Digital Tools Boost Reading Comprehension
Students who struggle with reading comprehension need more opportunities to engage with content. Digital tools can personalize reading -- boosting the chances of students learning to read for enjoyment. Download this SmartFocus on leveraging digital tools to improve reading comprehension.
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Managing Budgets
Feds set to expand work-study, Pell Grants
Feds set to expand work-study, Pell Grants
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Under a new federal pilot program, colleges and universities will be able to provide off-campus employment for students using Federal Work-Study benefits. The US Education Department also has announced its intention to expand Second Chance Pell Grants given to incarcerated students.
Inside Higher Ed (5/21) 
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How to Advance as an Educator
Educators with advanced degrees and certifications have better access to in-demand careers, particularly in fields like science, math, special education and leadership. Learn how to advance as an educator and fill demands in the field.
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Policy Watch
States receive guidance on special-education rule
The US Department of Education is advising states to follow guidance for addressing racial bias in special education that was adopted during President Barack Obama's administration. The decision is a switch for the department, which has been challenging the regulation in court.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/21),  Disability Scoop (5/22) 
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Welcome to Writing Workshop
Experience writing workshop for the first time or in a new light with Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman's Welcome to the Writing Workshop. Discover routines, tips, and resources that first-year and veteran teachers can use to create a thriving writing workshop in their K–6 classrooms.
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Faculty Lounge
Study considers effect of "education deserts"
Research shows that the further one lives from a public college or university, the less likely the person is to pursue a degree, a fact that disproportionately affects black and Hispanic students and those from low-income households. University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Nick Hillman says a boost in Pell Grants to cover transportation costs could improve enrollment numbers.
U.S. News & World Report (5/20) 
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3 Reasons You Should Monitor App Security
Every year, new digital learning applications are introduced into today's classrooms. It's imperative that these apps meet the requirements of a school district's student data privacy policies. Download this guide to learn more.
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Model G20 vs. Model UN: What's The Difference?
Curious how Model G20 summits compare to traditional Model UN events? This detailed whitepaper breaks down how the two programs are different -- and why it's not an either/or decision. Learn why Model G20 has been recognized as the world's leading youth leadership program and how it complements the Model UN experience.
When Character Is Center Stage, Teens Rise Up
For teens to commit to purposeful action in school or in the community, they first must feel a sense of belonging. Teenagers need school to be a place where they learn and practice being a good person, not just being a smart person.
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