Survey: Online learning concerns parents | How educators can help students with reading trauma | Students' voices elevated through civic activism
October 30, 2020
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Survey: Online learning concerns parents
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Among parents of students who are learning online, 32% of parents say they are very concerned their children are falling behind in school, with 36% saying they are somewhat concerned, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Despite some concerns that students will contract the coronavirus, data shows that parents are more satisfied with in-person learning.
Full Story: U.S. News & World Report (10/29),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/29) 
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How educators can help students with reading trauma
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Book leveling, reading lists filled with "classics" and being shamed for reading choices are among the negative experiences that can turn students off to reading, asserts veteran teacher-librarian Julia Torres of Denver Public Schools. In this article, Torres and Julie Stivers, a teacher-librarian in North Carolina, suggest ways to heal reading trauma, such as by redefining reading to include audiobooks and creating an inclusive, diverse library.
Full Story: KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (10/29) 
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The case for audiobooks in the classroom
Would it surprise you to learn that using audiobooks in the classroom can improve reading scores? There are actually quite a few things you may not know about teaching with audiobooks. We explore some of the most pervasive myths in our latest infographic. Download Now
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Transformational Leadership
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted teaching and learning and put unprecedented burdens on teachers and other school staff. In this article, four school leaders share how they continue to motivate teachers and other staff members, such as Joe Sanfelippo, superintendent of a district in Wisconsin, who says he tries to ensure staffers take time for themselves and their families.
Full Story: Education Dive (10/29) 
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Teachers in California say they are avoiding talk of politics and next week's presidential election with each other and with students over concerns that the topic is too divisive. Erica Hodgin, co-director of the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California at Riverside Graduate School of Education, says research shows students want to learn more about the election, but teachers are concentrating on the process and less on particular candidates.
Full Story: EdSource (10/29) 
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Adapting Strategies for Discourse at Home
Grace Kelemanik and Amy Lucenta, authors of Ready® Classroom Mathematics, share how three essential strategies that support mathematical thinking and discourse in the classroom can be adapted for at-home learning. Read the article.
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Technology in the Classroom
Remote learning is expected to expand over the next three years, according to a survey of 1,200 teachers and school leaders by Promethean. Data shows diminished focus on robotics and coding.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (10/29) 
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Passion for Science Through Genius Hour
Having a genius hour encourages students to be active learners and gives them the opportunity to explore unique interests of their own. Students are pushed to be creative, innovative, and critical thinkers through research, experimentation and collaboration in or out of the classroom. Download the whitepaper to learn more
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Managing Budgets
Pennsylvania's poorest school districts have as much as $5,000 less to spend per student than more affluent districts, according to an analysis of data collected as part of a lawsuit on school funding in the state. While some say achievement gaps are widening and dropout rates are increasing, some state Education Department officials and elected leaders -- defendants in the court case -- argue against linking student performance and funding.
Full Story: The Philadelphia Inquirer (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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Policy Watch
Districts report fewer meal applications
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Some school district leaders say they are seeing a decline in applications for meal assistance programs, despite an uptick in need because of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. This worries the leaders, who say poverty-based aid is used to calculate funding that supports academics, after-school care and other resources.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/28) 
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Faculty Lounge
Nonpartisan nonprofit Rock the Vote and company Sid Lee are partnering with Minecraft to help educate students about voting. Officials say Build The Vote -- available online only this week -- is aimed at educating students about the process of voting and offering the opportunity for participants to "vote" on 10 issues, including gun control and student loans.
Full Story: National Public Radio (10/28) 
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New from ASCD
Support students struggling with trauma by creating rich communications environments in classrooms, with a focus on observations, feelings, needs, and requests.
This year's changes give educators the opportunity to reenvision what activities are truly necessary and what we can let go, writes teacher Christina Torres. Why not start with homework?
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