April 20, 2021
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Teaching & Learning in a Connected World
Hungary grapples with inequities in remote learning
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Roma students in Hungary have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and in many cases lack digital devices to help them access remote instruction. Hungary began a phased-in reopening of schools this week.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/20) 
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How to squeeze PBL into math classes
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Creating a project-based learning structure in a math class isn't always intuitive, and worrying about the pacing needed to cover standards often is a roadblock, according to retired math and engineering teacher Chris Fanche and high-school math teacher Telannia Norfa in this Q&A from Larry Ferlazzo. They and PBL advocate and author Suzie Boss share how to incorporate PBL and recommend planning for such projects at least twice a year by a work-revise-reflect model and leveraging issues that concern students.
Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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A group of students in Boulder, Colo., have embraced their Latino heritage while also celebrating diversity within cultures for a student-suggested shadow box storytelling project created for a museum. Teacher Joseph Barbour divided the museum-donated boxes, pins, wire and string into kits for delivery to students' homes, where they chose objects to display, such as chile-flavored candy or images of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Full Story: Chalkbeat/Colorado (4/12) 
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Globally Minded Leadership
Teachers report challenges of online instruction
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Teachers in the US and UK are eager to return to in-person instruction, according to a report by UserTesting, a human insights platform. In this commentary, the company's Janelle Estes writes that the findings show the challenges teachers have faced amid virtual instruction, including distractions during learning and the lack of human connection.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (4/14) 
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Education News from Around the World
Global Education Policy & Research
A study in BMJ Open found that screen time at age 5 was linked to an increased risk for multiple psychosocial symptoms. The findings, based on data involving parents of 699 preschool-aged children in Finland, 95% of whom surpassed the maximum screen time recommended by the World Health Organization for children ages 2 to 4, also showed that "high-dose use" of electronic games at age 5 appeared to be linked to fewer risks for psychological well-being, compared with program viewing.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (4/15) 
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Verto Education aims to make international study opportunities more accessible to a more diverse group of students. Grants and scholarships are available to help cover the costs that range from $15,000 to $25,000 a semester.
Full Story: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (4/16) 
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New from ASCD
What supports & strategies can keep principals empowered, affirmed, and refreshed? Read ideas in the new issue of EL magazine, then join us this Wednesday, April 21, at 8:00 p.m. for our Twitter #ELMagChat on "The Empowered Principal."
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School staff is a major part of every school budget and have one of the biggest impacts on student achievement, so hiring and retaining talent is key. Get specific actions and approaches for how to strategically manage teacher talent to reach your school goals in the April 2021 issue of Educational Leadership.
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