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June 7, 2019
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Mass. students learn multiple subjects in garden
Mass. students learn multiple subjects in garden
Students at a Massachusetts elementary school are working on a vegetable garden using lessons rooted in Native American history and agriculture, including using fish as fertilizer when planting. Teachers say the garden offers lessons in science, social studies and math as students learn about growing corn, beans, squash and other vegetables under the guidance of Kitty Hendricks Miller, educational coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
WFXT-TV (Dedham, Mass.) (6/6) 
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Policy Watch
Accountability timeline affects ESSA assessment
Schools that are held accountable from fall-to-spring instead of spring-to-spring see their test scores rise under the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to a report from NWEA. The analysis states that "more student growth is attributable to schools when summer loss is considered."
The 74 (6/3) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Report cites concerns about personalized learning
The expansion of personalized learning has been pushed by education-technology vendors and philanthropies, among others, according to a report from the National Education Policy Center. The report, which questions the efficacy of these initiatives, recommends schools establish independent entities that can supervise the programs to ensure the integrity of student data privacy and academic rigor.
T.H.E. Journal (6/4) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Strategies to engage students in historical events
Strategies to engage students in historical events
Educators can use different methods to delve deeper into lessons on historical conflicts as they mark the 75th anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6 and the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28. High-school teacher Ellen Resnek adds personal narratives to help students connect with the lessons and middle-school teacher Christian Scott incorporates artifacts into his instruction.
Education Dive (6/5) 
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8th-graders win recycling grant for middle school
8th-graders win recycling grant for middle school
Three eighth-grade students who belong to the Culture Club at Jefferson Middle School in Midland, Mich., won a $2,000 grant for their school through the Dow-sponsored We Are Innovators challenge. The students came up with a plan to redesign the school's waste and recycling system through composting and recycling.
Midland Daily News (Mich.) (6/5) 
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NCSS Updates
NCSS Summer Institute -- Woodstock at 50: The 1960s & the Transformation of American Society
In collaboration with Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, participants will garner classroom-ready techniques, concepts and free curriculum resources for further use. Historian, author, and longtime Grateful Dead publicist, Dennis McNally, will serve as Scholar in Residence, sharing from his deep research of the post-war Bay Area "Beat" and "Hippy" scenes, as well as his work connecting race and popular culture from Mark Twain to the present. Educators will also have an opportunity to earn credit through Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Department of History. Learn more.
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