How metacognition improves reading comprehension | District's program lets students intern at school | Gates: Chicago's Network for College Success is improving outcomes
March 8, 2019
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How metacognition improves reading comprehension
How metacognition improves reading comprehension
Students who use metacognition while reading can monitor their comprehension of text and make adjustments as needed, writes Brooke MacKenzie, a reading specialist. MacKenzie shares tools she uses to help students understand what monitoring comprehension means and chart their work.
Edutopia online (3/7) 
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District's program lets students intern at school
A Virginia school district has developed an internship program in which students can receive paid on-the-job training while working in on-campus positions. The internship opportunities include school cafeteria positions, where the school's nutrition manager, Sheila Stodder, says students are learning about responsibility.
WSLS-TV (Roanoke, Va.) (3/7) 
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Other News
Discover a better way to assess early readers
MAP Reading Fluency measures oral reading fluency, comprehension, and foundational skills for K-3 students in about 20 minutes. And that's not just for one student—it's for an entire class. Join the March 14 webinar—and discover this remarkable new approach to reading fluency assessment.
Transformational Leadership
How parents can support students with learning differences
Helping students with learning differences build confidence is key to their academic and emotional well-being, write Deborah Ross-Swain, a speech-language pathologist, and Elaine Fogel Schneider of TouchTime International. The writers outline four ways parents can support their children and help them experience confidence and success.
SmartBrief/Education (3/7) 
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5 Things You May Not Know About English Learners
English Learners are often thought of as a homogenous group, but in reality, they are extremely diverse. Although you likely know the common facts about ELs, you may not be as familiar with the underlying complexities of this often misunderstood student population. TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
Technology in the Classroom
Report finds growth in teacher microcredentials
Microcredentials, which are growing in acceptance among educators, should be backed by rigorous research, according to a white paper from Digital Promise. The white paper includes questions organizations should ask to help define their vision, plus a template they can use for drafting the credentials.
eSchool News (3/8) 
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Managing Budgets
Educators gather in D.C. to advocate for edtech
Dozens of educators were in Washington, D.C., Thursday to advocate for education-technology policies, including those related to student data privacy, E-rate and Title II, IV funding. The effort was led by the Consortium for School Networking, the International Society for Technology in Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association.
EdScoop (3/7) 
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Policy Watch
Unstructured play coming back into favor
Unstructured play coming back into favor
Some states are beginning to reverse cuts to time for unstructured play in response to research finding that time for recess helps support development and academic achievement. About five states -- including Missouri and Rhode Island -- now have adopted policies that require some time for recess.
Edutopia online (3/7) 
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Faculty Lounge
CDC: Higher illness risk, lower absenteeism among low-income youths
CDC researchers found that children from households with annual incomes below $35,000 or who lived below the federal poverty level had a higher risk of developing gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, but they had reduced odds of missing school, compared with those from higher-income households. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, based on 2010 to 2016 survey data involving youths ages 5 to 17, also showed that among those who did miss school, children from low-income families had longer absences than children from higher-income households.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (3/7),  Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/7) 
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Many students who have ADHD lack proper school support
One-third of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder do not receive proper school interventions or classroom-management support, researchers reported in the Journal of Attention Disorders. The findings, based on National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and Tourette Syndrome data involving 2,495 youths with ADHD ages 4 to 17, also showed that school interventions were significantly less likely to be received by adolescents and students from non-English-speaking and low-income homes.
Psych Central (3/8) 
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New from ASCD
How to Create and Sustain an Attendance Campaign
Tackling schoolwide attendance requires a shift away from purely reactionary and punitive approaches to building a positive culture of attendance. In this white paper, we describe a simple strategy that schools have used to build a culture of attendance: an attendance campaign.
Teacher Leadership for Equity
Small groups of committed teachers can drive change, says Adam Alvarez in the latest Confronting Inequity column in Educational Leadership. Teacher leaders not only are able to support overburdened administrators, but also have insight into their colleagues' concerns and are well positioned to respond to students' varied needs.
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