February 22, 2021
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Studies show benefits of PBL for all students
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Project-based learning could improve outcomes for all students, according to two studies by researchers from the University of Southern California and Michigan State University. The studies found that half of students who engaged in project-based learning passed Advanced Placement exams -- higher than the rate in traditional classrooms -- and that students from low-income households made similar progress as peers from wealthier ones.
Full Story: Edutopia (2/21) 
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Transformational Leadership
CTE school adopts 5th Day Experience schedule
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Butler Tech, a career and technical education school in Ohio, adopted a schedule roughly a year ago that gives students most Fridays off to engage in activities of their choice. The 5th Day Experience schedule allows students time to work a job, explore college and career programming, visit colleges and take additional courses.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (2/19) 
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The nonprofit Stand for Children has launched the Center for Antiracist Education to help support anti-racism education in schools. The initiative offers professional development for teachers and other resources aligned with anti-racist principles, including affirming the dignity and humanity of all people, embracing historical truths and creating just systems.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (2/18) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Questioning via Socratic seminars can drive learning and help students explore new ideas and engage in rigorous discussions, writes Suzanne Caines, a high-school English teacher. In this blog post, Caines shares strategies to help facilitate Socratic seminars -- both in person and remotely.
Full Story: Edutopia (2/19) 
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Policy Watch
Teachers strike balance with discipline during pandemic
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The landscape of student discipline has changed as teachers consider how to enforce rules with remote students, while offering adequate support, and ensure in-person students are adhering to pandemic-related rules. Rosamund Looney, a teacher in Louisiana, said it's challenging to discipline students for things out of their control at home, adding that she's had to put restorative practices on hold because "right now there are a lot of nonnegotiables in the classrooms."
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (2/20) 
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the state would reserve 75,000 coronavirus vaccines a week for the state's teachers and school staff. The move comes as the state considers how to safely reopen schools, and the Long Beach Unified School District has announced it would reopen some schools in March after all teachers who want a vaccine have received one.
Full Story: EdSource (2/20) 
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Faculty Lounge
Applications for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid dropped 9.4% in February from one year ago. The applications are viewed as an indicator of future college enrollment, and data shows 39% of the class of 2021 have completed FAFSA -- about 150,000 fewer students than typically would have applied at this point.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (2/22) 
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Youths with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have reported experiencing boredom and motivation issues, difficulties participating in online learning and problems with social isolation, which have increased during the pandemic, researchers reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. The findings were based on data involving 134 adolescents and young adults with ADHD.
Full Story: HealthDay News (2/19) 
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New from ASCD
Colorblind ideology deflects important conversations away from race and suppresses a group's ability to address racial issues. Author Vernita Mayfield spells out how to do PD on racism and equity without getting sidetracked by colorblindness in the February 2021 issue of Educational Leadership.
Instructional researcher Jim Knight explains how school leaders or coaches can support teachers as they move through the stages of adapting to change. Read his strategies in Educational Leadership.
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