Students paint images of 6 Va. civil rights icons | Educator: How to teach students to advocate for their rights | Court maintains ban on unvaccinated students from school
March 15, 2019
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Students paint images of 6 Va. civil rights icons
Students paint images of 6 Va. civil rights icons
A class of Virginia elementary-school students worked with an artist to produce images of six civil rights activists in the state, including tennis champion Arthur Ashe and Douglas Wilder, the state's first African-American governor. Students studied the history of each person before painting portraits on plywood to be assembled in a mural display.
Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (3/14) 
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Court maintains ban on unvaccinated students from school
District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti refused to issue a temporary injunction that would permit 44 unvaccinated students back into a school, pointing to an "unprecedented measles outbreak" to support his decision. The ruling was issued in relation to a lawsuit filed against the Rockland County Health Department by parents of the students at the Chestnut Ridge school.
USA Today (3/12) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Off-campus space designed to support students
Off-campus space designed to support students
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Middle- and high-school students in an Illinois community have access to a space designed to help them complete homework and study after school. In this blog post, Robert Dillon describes how "The House" is designed to meet students' needs, including through the use of assistive technology.
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Stock market game teaches students real-world math
Stock market game teaches students real-world math
Fifth-graders in one Maryland school are investing imaginary money in the stock market, but are using daily financial figures to calculate their success. Teaching finance is a way to "disrupt the cycle of poverty," says Michael Crispens, the school system's coordinator of elementary social studies.
The Baltimore Sun (3/11) 
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Students receive immersive lessons about disabilities
Students at an Indiana middle school learned about the challenges of having special needs in a weeklong Ability Awareness event. Students went through immersive exercises, such as walking with a blindfold, and they listened to guest speakers as well as learned about adaptive techniques, such as Braille writing and sign language.
Greenfield Daily Reporter (Ind.) (3/13) 
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