April 21, 2021
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Teaching & Learning
Students with disabilities unite for social justice
A lock is attached to the fencing that surrounds the building where a former police officer was tried and convicted in the killing of George Floyd. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Creating the "Social Justice League" was intended to connect students of color who have disabilities and help them advocate for themselves and their peers, says Francia Pinillos, a special education teacher in San Diego. Sparked by George Floyd's murder by the police in Minneapolis, the effort, Pinillos says, offers her young-adult students the chance to discuss racism, discrimination and social justice while sharing their own stories and tips, such as what to do during encounters with the police.
Full Story: The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Teachers tackle race in wake of Chauvin verdict
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Teachers nationwide are looking to discuss topics such as race and racism with students following recent racially charged incidents and the guilty verdict for former police officer Derek Chauvin. Abdul Wright, a Black eighth-grade English teacher in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, said he showed students footage of protests, rather than Chauvin's trial, and plans to discuss his experience attending Black Lives Matter protests.
Full Story: Education Week (4/20) 
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Wisconsin v. Yoder Homework Help Video
How are parents' fundamental right to freedom of religion balanced against a state's interest in educating their children? This was the fundamental question in the case of Wisconsin v. Yoder, explored in this all-new Homework Help video. Watch Here.
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Professional Development
Shift to online expected to alter teacher PD
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School superintendents can expect that professional development for teachers will be reimagined following the coronavirus pandemic, according to Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. He predicts several education-technology fueled changes, including more flexibility, online PD and heavier use of video observation and feedback.
Full Story: District Administration (4/19) 
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Black educator finds healing, purpose with colleagues
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Reba Hodge, vice principal of Van Duyn Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y., discusses some of the frustrations and trauma she has experienced during the past year as a Black education leader amid the pandemic and the realities of racial violence in the US. Hodge writes about finding a "tribe" of colleagues who share common goals for creating an environment in which students of color can thrive, and that working with these peers has led to a renewed "sense of purpose and urgency."
Full Story: Education Week (4/12) 
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Youth Summit: From Passion to Action
4/14. 4/21. 4/28.

A free virtual event for Gen Z students and educators, this summit will inspire young people to explore values, engage in difficult conversations and take action. Powerful speakers. Interactive sessions. Share this virtual experience with your students. April 14, 21 & 28. 7 p.m. ET. Register today.
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Technology in the Classroom
More schools issue devices to students
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Many schools adopted one-to-one device policies for students during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the EdWeek Research Center. That move to more school-issued devices is expected to have implications beyond the pandemic on areas including teaching, learning and school budgets.
Full Story: Education Week (4/20) 
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Recovering from COVID-19 Learning Loss
Learning loss in math and reading related to the COVID-19 pandemic is widespread and affects every school district, teacher and student. Join SmartBrief Education and Istation for an hour long webinar to hear more about the importance of progress monitoring, intervention options to help students catch up, and more. Register Now
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Four Memphis, Tenn., high-school students share their thoughts and feelings about Tuesday's conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, including a relieved Makhia Smith, an 11th-grader who says she wants to become a constitutional lawyer. Smith and three peers say more work is needed to address racism in the US and offer justice for others, who like Floyd, have been killed in acts of police violence.
Full Story: Chalkbeat/Tennessee (4/20) 
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Location of Tubman's teen-years Md. home discovered
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An 1808 coin uncovered last fall with a metal detector led archaeologist Julie Schablitsky to the nearby spot in Maryland's Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge where abolitionist Harriet Tubman spent her teens and early 20s. Officials say the discovery of the coin, a button, bricks, pieces of pottery and other items are evidence of the household headed by Tubman's father, Ben Ross.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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politician, lawyer, 42nd vice president of the United States
1928-2021
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