April 21, 2021
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Academic Excellence
Va. Catholic schools focus on health, wellness
Catholic schools in Virginia will receive support from a new diocesan school health and wellness coordinator. Beth Bostwick says part of her work will focus on supporting social and emotional learning for students.
Full Story: Arlington Catholic Herald (Va.) (4/20) 
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Teachers can tap students' interest in social media to encourage independent reading, asserts Lorraine Radice, director of literacy at Long Beach Public Schools in New York. In this blog post, Radice shares several potential strategies, such as asking students to blog or vlog as they read or create a Bitmoji of a character.
Full Story: Edutopia (4/20) 
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IB is Education for a Better World
International Baccalaureate moves beyond exam results to develop the whole learner. Combine IB programs with your faith-based mission to help build your students' critical thinking skills, unlock their curiosity, and forge a deeper understanding of the world around them. Learn more.
Leadership and Innovation
Teachers report challenges of online instruction
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Teachers in the US and UK are eager to return to in-person instruction, according to a report by UserTesting, a human insights platform. In this commentary, the company's Janelle Estes writes that the findings show the challenges teachers have faced amid virtual instruction, including distractions during learning and the lack of human connection.
Full Story: T.H.E. Journal (4/14) 
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More than 6 in 10 students are attending schools that offer daily, in-person learning, according to data from school calendar tracking website Burbio. Yet, separate data from the Institute of Education Sciences shows attendance challenges with Black and Indigenous students -- who are more likely in areas most affected by the coronavirus -- with absenteeism rates higher than 10%.
Full Story: The 74 (4/19) 
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The coronavirus pandemic has altered education in the US -- and highlighted inequities -- according to several data points shared in this article. Points include more students learning remotely, some parents saying they prefer remote instruction and evidence of a digital divide that affects students in every state.
Full Story: Politico (4/15) 
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Mission and Catholic Identity
Students' project aims to make global impact
Students at a Catholic school in New York state recently started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 to support students at a school in Ghana. English teacher Mimi Suh said her students traditionally are assigned community service projects that focus on making an impact locally as well as outside the US.
Full Story: WICZ-TV (Binghamton, N.Y.) (4/19) 
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NCEA Resources
Your next opportunity to serve awaits
The NCEA Career Center is the place to go to find the newest job postings, professional resources, and tips and tricks to help align your passion with the opportunity to help change the lives of the 1.5 million students in Catholic schools in the United States. Post your resume, apply for jobs, get job alerts, and do more as a part of our free service to prospective and current Catholic school educators!
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Look what's new for spring
The NCEA Bookstore has new titles just in time for spring and beyond. New topics include practical prayers for educators, a look at microschools, a guide to retreats, a study of backward design, useful research for educating Hispanic/Latino high school students and other must-have titles. Written by in-the-field experts, campus ministers and Catholic school leaders, there's a title you've been looking for in the NCEA Bookstore.
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