Data: States' postsecondary reporting mixed | Remote-learning transition reveals 3 concerns | Teacher: Abandon the "serious voice"
April 3, 2020
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Data: States' postsecondary reporting mixed
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The Every Student Succeeds Act requires schools to report certain postsecondary data publicly -- to the extent possible -- but states are interpreting that guidance differently. For example, 32 states include college-enrollment rates on school report cards, and 16 of these states break down data by student subgroup.
Full Story: Education Dive (4/1) 
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Remote-learning transition reveals 3 concerns
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The rapid shift to remote learning has revealed three key concerns that need to be resolved, writes Torrey Trust, an associate professor of learning technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this commentary, she shares concerns over accessibility, the digital divide as well as privacy and student data.
Full Story: EdSurge (4/2) 
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Equity is not a buzzword. It’s a commitment.
To keep up with the communities they serve, educators need to make a transformational shift in how they approach equity. Download this eBook, filled with practical advice and easy-to-use tips to promote authentic equity and inclusion efforts in your school community.
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Transformational Leadership
David Greenslade, an artist, teacher and writer, writes that he spent the first decade of his career as a teacher developing and using a "serious voice." In this blog post, he shares how he adjusted his approach to classroom management to focus more on empathy and communicating with students about how their actions make him feel.
Full Story: Edutopia (4/2) 
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Boost student performance with honor codes
In today's highly competitive world, honor sometimes takes a back seat to "winning". Some schools are trying to regain some of that integrity with the use of an academic honor code. Download this SmartFocus to learn why an honor code is essential and to help your school put an effective one in place.
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Technology in the Classroom
Students at a St. Paul, Minn., high school say they miss their friends after two weeks of online school, but they like the looser schedules and later start times. Teachers have been finding ways to bring students together using Google Hangouts and Google Meet.
Full Story: Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (4/1) 
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Free remote learning with Amplify Reading
Manage COVID's impact on classrooms with free access to a remote learning version of Amplify Reading, a K–5 digital, adaptive reading program that provides students with evidence-based instruction and practice in phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and close reading. Get started
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Managing Budgets
During prolonged closures, many school buildings are being used to provide emergency child care for health care workers. However, school districts say the unbudgeted costs of sanitizing the facilities and other expenses are starting to add up -- with some estimating it could cost some districts millions of dollars.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/2) 
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Meet the new face of STEAM education
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Policy Watch
US waives all testing requirements
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Every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education, have received waivers from the US Department of Education from statewide testing this year. The department will send formal waiver approval notices to the states.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/2) 
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Education officials in California are letting parents and students know that the school year is ongoing despite campus closures. While adaptations are being made to requirements for passing grades and graduation, the education curriculum has shifted to a remote, largely online delivery system as school closures are now expected to extend longer than originally anticipated.
Full Story: EdSource (4/2) 
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Broaden your idea of what it means to compose.
In her new book, Writing, Redefined, Shawna Coppola challenges us to think outside the traditions of writing to go beyond pen and paper. By allowing ourselves and our students to redefine writing, we redefine what it means to be a writer.
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Faculty Lounge
National Financial Literacy Month offers lessons as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, writes Annamaria Lusardi, professor at George Washington University School of Business. In this opinion article, Lusardi writes about the importance of having an emergency fund and understanding the assistance available through the government.
Full Story: CNBC (4/1) 
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New from ASCD
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC) underlines schools' and communities' roles in ensuring the health and safety of students and staff before learning can take place. The current coronavirus outbreak has made these issues all the more pressing. WSCC offers a framework to create closer alignment between children's education and health in the weeks ahead.
The need for social-emotional learning is clear. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced its budget, which includes a $1.3 billion increase in education funding, and sets aside dedicated funds for education initiatives that support social-emotional learning programs. We've gathered some useful resources from our archives and recent releases to help you understand the importance of social-emotional learning and how to build your students' skills.
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