CDC: Schools should curb face-mask bullying | Ideas on assessing literacy skills to start the year | School leaders face new student data challenges
August 13, 2020
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CDC: Schools should curb face-mask bullying
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The CDC has released new guidance for schools on the use of cloth face masks for students. Recommendations call for wearing cloth face masks, and schools are advised to establish plans to curb bullying and discrimination among students for wearing or not wearing masks.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (8/12) 
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Ideas on assessing literacy skills to start the year
Eighth-grade teacher Kasey Short in this blog post offers ideas for starting the school year with literacy preassessments to determine where students are in areas such as writing, grammar and reading. Short also notes that she is gathering information from seventh-grade teachers to see where students left off last year and what challenges they faced during remote learning in the spring.
Full Story: Edutopia (8/7) 
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New Insights Into How Trauma Impacts Students’ Learning
New research is shedding light on how childhood trauma can lead to learning challenges, behavioral issues, and higher dropout rates. This free whitepaper outlines how schools and districts are finding better ways to support these students in school and online. Read the study today!
Transformational Leadership
As schools prepare for the upcoming year, they are facing enhanced focus on safeguarding student data, such as sensitive medical information -- coronavirus test results or daily temperature checks, for example -- or videos of online lessons that include students' faces. Consortium for School Networking CEO Keith Krueger said school leaders will need to balance "state reporting requirements and privacy laws" while taking anti-discrimination laws, labor laws and other matters into consideration.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/11) 
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Strategic Classroom Design is more important now than ever.
When students make their own decisions about where they learn best engagement increases, behavioral issues reduce, and students are given autonomy over their learning. Create a physical environment that empowers learners.
Technology in the Classroom
US students lag in online learning, report shows
Students from more affluent households are logging on to study more than their poorer counterparts, Quizlet reports, likely as a result of differing access. The company also says US students were less engaged when the pandemic hit, while counterparts in Brazil, South Korea and Poland showed eagerness to learn online.
Full Story: ZDNet (8/12) 
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Getting to September, Part II: The First Four Weeks
As students and teachers prepare to begin the 2020-2021 school year, questions linger. What will instruction look like this year? Will learning be fully online, in person or a mix of both? Tune in August 18th to hear a panel of educators discuss strategies for navigating the first few weeks successfully. Register Now
The Whole Child
In lieu of ACT and SAT scores and some high-school grades, some colleges say they are turning to evaluating student applications based on character skills, such as creativity, intellectual curiosity and problem-solving. On its application, Bowdoin College recently added an app that pops up a question and students have to film themselves answering the question in two minutes after having 30 seconds to think of an answer.
Full Story: National Public Radio (8/12) 
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Policy Watch
White House event centers on school reopening
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President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held an event at the White House Wednesday focused on reopening schools to in-person instruction. A special-education teacher who has asthma stated she felt safe resuming in-class learning, given her district's safety practices, and an education researcher warned about the learning losses that can come from closed campuses.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (8/12) 
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Students in Beverly, Mass., are protesting the school district's decision to have seventh- through 12th-grade students participate in distance learning. The protesting students want to attend school in person at least one day per week.
Full Story: The Salem News (Mass.) (8/11) 
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Faculty Lounge
Some young children with special needs in Los Angeles County and other areas of the country have seen lapses in critical services provided through school systems during the pandemic, parents and advocates say. Barriers to support and access for children under 5 have included inadequate internet connections for telehealth and therapies and language difficulties.
Full Story: Disability Scoop/California Health Report (8/12) 
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New from ASCD
Despite all the time-management tips out there, the truth is that we cannot control the uncontrollable construct that is time. In this pep-talk-like piece, coach and speaker PJ Caposey gives thoughtful suggestions about ways we can prioritize our time to make room for the things we truly value. Read more in Educational Leadership.
As an educator, you have a tough job ahead of you: Promote the long-term development and success of each and every student in your care. That's the ASCD Whole Child approach to education. Be a part of ASCD's mission of educating the whole child by joining the ASCD Whole Child Network(TM), a global network of schools focused on the same goals; engaged in the same processes; and with whose educators you can discuss issues, share insights, and exchange support.
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