March 2, 2021
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Remote learning reduces race-related stress for some
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Some Black students who faced bullying and other race-related stresses at school are finding remote learning a welcome relief, says psychologist Valerie Adams-Bass. Josh Secrett, who is in the eighth grade in Portland, Ore., says virtual education allows him to relax and focus on his studies.
Full Story: National Public Radio (3/1) 
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Teacher: 5 tips to improve breakout rooms
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Breakout rooms during virtual lessons can be a powerful teaching tool, but require a strong action plan for success, writes Samantha Shane, an English-language arts teacher. In this blog post, Shane shares five tips that she says have helped her with breakout rooms, such as assigning individual tasks before group tasks and promoting more student ownership of the breakout rooms.
Full Story: Edutopia (3/1) 
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Cardona confirmed as US education secretary
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The US Senate on Monday voted to confirm Miguel Cardona, a former public-school teacher, as secretary of education. Cardona, who most recently served as Connecticut's education chief, has said his top priority will be to reopen schools.
Full Story: The Associated Press (3/1),  National Public Radio (3/1),  CNN (3/1) 
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The past year has included many challenges in education, but also opportunities to acquire skills and improve as teachers, writes Billie Jo Lamoureaux, math tech specialist at Morningside Community School in Massachusetts. In this blog post, Lamoureaux reflects on opportunities that have accompanied teaching during the coronavirus pandemic, such as being more thoughtful about planning ahead and "building a culture of empathy."
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (3/2) 
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Managing Budgets
Funding at the state and federal levels have made it possible for many US schools to invest in HVAC maintenance, repairs and upgrades. When working with building officials, contractors should determine current operating conditions before recommending next steps based on the school district's budget and priorities, experts say.
Full Story: Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News (tiered subscription) (2/27) 
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Schools and Social Media
YouTube has added eight new children's shows, with 25 others in development, as part of $100 million set aside to pay for family and educational shows instead of relying on targeted advertising to fund children's programming. The shows will be available in several languages.
Full Story: Social Media Today (2/23) 
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Poetry has benefits for children's mental health
Poetry gives children an outlet for their emotions, reminds them they have choices and gives them an opportunity to feel in control, says Nicholas Mazza, dean emeritus of the Florida State University College of Social Work. Expressing vulnerability through poetry can promote mindfulness, and having someone read the work and validate the emotions expressed within it can reduce feelings of shame and loneliness, mental health professionals say.
Full Story: National Geographic (tiered subscription model) (2/24) 
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