Teacher: Writers need support, encouragement for success | Why media literacy is critical for students | Chicago district drops hybrid plan in favor of remote reopening
August 6, 2020
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Teacher: Writers need support, encouragement for success
Young writers will succeed when given the right environment to learn and practice, writes teacher Regie Routman. In this article, Routman stresses that the focus should be on the writer instead of the writing, and offers 10 "attitudes and actions" to help create a safe place that honors students' learning, offers encouragement and builds confidence.
Full Story: MiddleWeb (8/5) 
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Students are spending more time online and on social media amid the pandemic, making it more important than ever to help them identify rumors, lies and hoaxes, according to Sarah Brandt, vice president of News Literacy Programs at the nonpartisan NewsGuard. In this article, Brandt writes about recent efforts to boost media literacy and shares why students need to become media literate.
Full Story: Chicago Sun-Times (tiered subscription model) (8/3) 
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Literacy Everywhere
Students in Kern County, Calif., will be able to see stories in the Books in Motion program in which texts are choreographed and narrated in a digital format. The performances are of books for K-3 students, who can also receive a free book and crafting kits at library locations.
Full Story: KBAK-TV/KBFX-TV (Bakersfield, Calif.) (8/5) 
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Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning
Study: Education budget cuts affect test scores
Budget cuts to education during the previous recession worsened academic outcomes for students, particularly students from lower-income households and those who are Black and Latino, according to a report published in Education Next. Data shows that for every $1,000 a school district's budget declined by, test scores in math and reading were reduced by 1.6 percentage points, with a 6 percentage-point gap between white students and their Black and Latino peers.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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Can a brain scan predict student math success?
Cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Ansari is using brain imaging and behavioral methods to pinpoint the best predictors of K-12 math success. Because poor math skills often correlate to diminished success in life, Ansari wants to develop a screening tool to identify those at risk and connect it to new ways of teaching math.
Full Story: St. Thomas Times-Journal (Ontario) (7/29) 
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Some school districts are using time and resources this summer to train teachers to administer lessons online as some schools prepare to start the school year virtually. Richard Ferdig, an education technology researcher at Kent State University, says teachers in these districts perform well, while teachers without access to such training will be at a disadvantage.
Full Story: The Associated Press (8/1) 
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