How school reopening, closing plans affect mental health | Hybrid learning brings out teachers' creativity | How one white educator used anti-racist teaching
October 30, 2020
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How school reopening, closing plans affect mental health
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School reopenings and subsequent closures because of the pandemic may take a toll on students' mental health, affecting their performance, writes social worker Amanda Fialk, who also is an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work. A reliable and consistent environment fosters feelings of security and helps prepare students to withstand life's challenges later on, Fialk writes.
Full Story: Fast Company online (10/29) 
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Focus on Practice
Hybrid learning brings out teachers' creativity
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Teachers in New York are innovating to deliver lessons to two groups of students at the same time: some who are learning in the classroom and others on computer screens who are learning from home. This article offers a gallery of photographs of teachers improvising to reach students, such as by working with individual students in a hallway and maintaining distance by teaching in the cafeteria and auditorium.
Full Story: The Associated Press (10/29) 
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How one white educator used anti-racist teaching
University of South Florida students Makyla Burks, left, and Eithne Silva engage in a protest calling on the university to increase enrollment of Black students and hire more Black faculty and staff members. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
Students need to understand that the civil rights movement spans more than Brown v. Board of Education and the Voting Rights Act, says Robert Roth, a retired US history and ethnic studies teacher. In this interview, Roth discusses anti-racist teaching as a white male ally and describes his approach, such as teaching that history comes from "masses of people" -- not just a few leaders -- so students will see themselves as having a voice in the world.
Full Story: The Atlantic (tiered subscription model) (10/28) 
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Schools Today
Survey reveals parents are worried about online learning
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Among parents of students who are learning online, 32% of parents say they are very concerned their children are falling behind in school, with 36% saying they are somewhat concerned, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Despite some concerns that students will contract the coronavirus, data shows that parents are more satisfied with in-person learning.
Full Story: U.S. News & World Report (10/29),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/29) 
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Developing Leaders
Professional development is key to teachers learning how to create effective videos to use when teaching online and in-person lessons, writes educator Matthew Joseph. With the help of author and educator Christine Ravesi-Weinstein, Joseph offers six tips for creating PD programs that help boost the skills teachers need, such as having teachers create a video trailer for one of their classes.
Full Story: Edutopia (10/28) 
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Policy News
Decline in meal applications causes concern in districts
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Some school district leaders say they are seeing a decline in applications for meal assistance programs, despite an uptick in need because of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. This worries the leaders, who say poverty-based aid is used to calculate funding that supports academics, after-school care and other resources.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/28) 
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National Board Update
From NBCT to Time magazine
Ever wondered what it's like being on the cover of a major magazine? NaShonda Cooke, NBCT, can tell you all about it. Cooke starts with the moment she learned she achieved National Board certification and details the events and opportunities she has encountered. Read on to feel inspired.
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"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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