October 27, 2021
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Teaching & Learning
3D printers, NASA partnership aid schools' STEM efforts
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Students at a Trenton, Ga., middle school are NASA's only official school-based printers of 3D materials for the International Space Station, and new 3D printers at Trenton's elementary school are broadening younger students' STEM lessons, career and technology innovation director Shenea Hill says The problem-solving opportunities and mastery of emerging technology techniques provide early preparation for students' future jobs, STEM teacher Brittany Koger says.
Full Story: WDEF-TV (Chattanooga, Tenn.) (10/25) 
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Consultants: Each student can be "agent of learning"
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Gradual Release of Responsibility should include a shared responsibility for learning between teachers and students, according to Sunday Cummins, an author, literacy consultant and former teacher, and Julie Webb, a consultant and former teacher. In this blog post, they share how to make GRR a part of classroom lessons, with teachers facilitating learning while each student takes on the role of "agent of learning."
Full Story: MiddleWeb (10/24) 
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Why Listening to Our Students Is So Important
Listen to a special conversation between Marilyn Burns and Lucy Calkins, who discuss the importance of listening and Marilyn's new digital math interview tool, Listening to Learn. Stream it now on the Heinemann Podcast.
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Curriculum
Are teachers using materials aligned with Common Core?
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More teachers reported using curriculum materials aligned with the Common Core State Standards between 2019 and 2020, but that growth flattened during the previous school year, according to a RAND Corp. report. The report found that teachers were more likely to use curriculum aligned with the standards in math classes than in English classrooms.
Full Story: Education Week (10/26),  The 74 (10/26) 
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Chicago teachers aim to meet students where they are
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Teachers in Chicago Public Schools are being asked to teach students at grade level this year despite pandemic disruptions. Patricia Orozco-Rosas, a second-grade teacher of dual-language students, says she's focusing on what students do know -- "not what they are deficient in" -- and gives students individual support and arranged seating, so they can help each other as well.
Full Story: WBEZ-FM (Chicago) (10/22) 
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Mathemagical Mindset: Free Webinars
There is no better feeling than watching your students come alive during math class. Join us for this free webinar series. We will explore fresh ideas that help you set the stage and let your elementary students experience the magic of learning math.
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STEM
Why Education Leaders Need Coaches, Too
Teachers and staff carry an ever greater responsibility for student success. And if there was ever a time when leader coaching and professional development were needed, it's now. Read this SmartFocus to make sure your leader PD and coaching has the potential for greatest impact.
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Policy & Legislation
Would an increased education budget help local districts?
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A 41% jump in the Education Department's discretionary budget would provide school districts with a regular infusion of money and more local control, says Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who is asking Congress for the increase. Some critics worry that schools may not spend the money wisely and others say the requested increase is not enough to make a difference.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (10/24) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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