Analysis: More US students' schools integrated | Teacher's classroom decor draws on "Harry Potter" | SEL instruction model piloted by Harvard
September 13, 2019
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Analysis: More US students' schools integrated
Analysis: More US students' schools integrated
About 10.8 million youths attended public schools that were highly integrated in 2017 -- up 83% from 1995 -- according to analysis by The Washington Post. Data show that in 2017, about 5.8 million of the 46.4 million public-school students in the US attended segregated schools.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Students who struggle with reading comprehension need more opportunities to engage with content. Digital tools can personalize reading -- boosting the chances of students learning to read for enjoyment. Download this SmartFocus on leveraging digital tools to improve reading comprehension.
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Teacher's classroom decor draws on "Harry Potter"
Teacher's classroom decor draws on "Harry Potter"
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The "Harry Potter" book series inspired the classroom design in Staci Lamb, a ninth-grade English teacher in Maryland. Lamb tweeted a video tour of her room, which has since gone viral, showing her sorting hat, a cart she uses to serve snacks and decorations inspired by the Hogwarts school attended by Potter and his friends.
HuffPost (9/12) 
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SEL instruction model piloted by Harvard
SEL instruction model piloted by Harvard
The Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning laboratory at Harvard University is testing the use of flexible, bite-sized lessons to teach social and emotional learning. The "kernels" are designed to be adaptable to students' interests and needs.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Schools Today
"Survivor" helps middle-schoolers tackle bullying
Students at Chilhowie Middle School in Virginia are learning how to face and combat bullying through a program inspired by the reality television show "Survivor." The anti-bullying program draws on the show's themes to help students work together for personal growth and to support their community.
SWVa Today (Wytheville, Va.) (9/12) 
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Developing Leaders
Neighborhood tours featured in teacher orientation
New teachers in a Tennessee school district were paired with mentors and visited students' neighborhoods as part of a summer orientation program. The program is aimed at addressing implicit bias and eliminating persistent achievement gaps.
District Administration magazine (10/2019) 
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Policy News
Education among topics at primary debate
Ten candidates participating in Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate expressed their support for resources for education. The candidates weighed in on charter schools, public school funding, teacher salaries but little time was spent talking about college-level reforms.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/12),  Vox (9/12),  The Atlantic (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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National Board Update
Accomplished teachers help create informed, engaged citizens
Teachers play a role in helping to create informed and engaged citizens who feel confident to participate in civil discourse, writes Elizabeth Schley, NBCT, in this blog post. Read on.
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The power of National Board resources in CTE
National Board Certification is open to all career and technical education teachers who are licensed by their state and have taught for three or more years. Learn how NBCTs and CTE intersect in this National Board blog post.
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