CDC warns schools about outbreak of coronavirus | How teachers can marry art, STEM through theater | Teacher creates lessons to highlight black history
February 26, 2020
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CDC warns schools about outbreak of coronavirus
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A coronavirus outbreak is expected to affect the US, and schools should begin preparations if they have not already, said Nancy Messonnier, a CDC director. While other administration officials downplayed concerns, Messonnier said schools should consider virtual options to help prevent disruptions in learning and maintain the health of students.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/25) 
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Effective conversations have the power to grow minds and hearts.
Next Steps with Academic Conversations by Jeff Zwiers is your practical guide for strengthening the quality and quantity of your classroom conversations allowing students to solve problems, build ideas, and understand each other and the world around them. Get started!
Focus on Practice
How teachers can marry art, STEM through theater
The theater is full of magic -- and for teachers, a potential STEAM lesson in action, according to former educator Anne Jolly. In this blog post, she shares lesson plans that marry arts and STEM, including asking students to act out scientific ideas through music and dance.
Full Story: MiddleWeb (2/25) 
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Schools Today
Teacher creates lessons to highlight black history
Tamar LaSure-Owens, who teaches first grade at a school in New Jersey, has created a lesson plan that incorporates black history into social studies and other subjects according to the state's Amistad law, which mandates that black history be incorporated into K-12 level lessons. The teacher, whose lesson plan is used by three other first-grade teachers at the school, recently taught students about the animals of Africa, including elephants and giraffes.
Full Story: The Philadelphia Inquirer (tiered subscription model) (2/25) 
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Developing Leaders
Ind. district uses partnerships, funds for K-12 STEM
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A $50,000 STEM grant will be used by an Indiana school district to incorporate STEM into the traditional curriculum to prepare students for college and careers. The district's efforts will include other grants as well as partnerships such as one with Indiana State University's cybersecurity program and another with Project Lead the Way to support K-12 teacher training.
Full Story: The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.) (2/26) 
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The majority -- 99% -- of faculty members of a Nebraska high school have completed a free professional development program from Apple called Apple Teacher that certifies their knowledge of Macbook programs such as Keynote, iMovie and Numbers. Once they earn the Apple certification, teachers gain access to teaching tools and templates shared by other Apple Teachers to use with the company's technology in their classrooms.
Full Story: Gretna Breeze (Neb.) (2/25) 
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Policy News
A $50 million settlement in California over the quality of reading instruction could have implications for students in Detroit. A similar lawsuit there alleges that students' civil rights are being violated because their schools lack resources to ensure proper reading instruction.
Full Story: Chalkbeat/Detroit (2/25) 
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National Board Update
"Why are you still in the classroom?"
A traumatic first year in teaching has led to an amazing career as an educator for Laura Bradley, NBCT. The veteran educator explains why she is still in the classroom and why she intends to stay there. Read on.
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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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I don't have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I'm as good as anybody, but no better.
Katherine Johnson,
mathematician, NASA scientist, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
February is Black History Month
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