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10/28/2021

When a social media challenge called "devious licks" circulated on TikTok in September, daring students to record themselves vandalizing school property, some school administrators went on the offensive to shut it down. Administrators in Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut addressed incidents when they happened -- instead of ignoring them -- and enlisted students to share names of those participating in the challenge.

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K-12 Dive
10/28/2021

Flamingos will freshen up their pink feathers when the color starts to fade from sun exposure, a study in Ecology and Evolution suggests. The birds apply color secreted by a tail-area gland by rubbing their faces in it and then rubbing their feathers, making sure the color sticks by shaking their long necks.

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Science News
10/28/2021

NASA has shared the first photos taken by the Perseverance rover after its two-week break due to a solar conjunction communications blackout. The rover got back to work exploring the Jezero Crater, capturing images of two outcrops.

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Space
10/28/2021

Researchers have examined the genomes of mummies found exceptionally preserved in China's Tarim Basin and describe their findings in Nature. The tested mummies date back between 2,000 BCE and 200 CE and are the remains of the descendants of Ancient North Eurasians.

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Gizmodo
10/27/2021

K-12 schools in Arizona are partnering with the state's public universities to support teaching and learning, writes Kathy Hoffman, Arizona superintendent of public instruction. In this commentary, Hoffman writes that the partnership recently led to the formation of the Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute, a free, online professional development program for teachers statewide.

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10/27/2021

More teachers reported using curriculum materials aligned with the Common Core State Standards between 2019 and 2020, but that growth flattened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a RAND Corporation report. The report found that teachers were more likely to use curriculum aligned with the standards in math classes than in English classrooms.

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Education Week, The 74
10/27/2021

Students should be able to have discussions at school about race and racism, according to a guide from the Aspen Institute. The "United We Learn" guide highlights how engaging in such conversations may help improve outcomes for students, noting that among ninth- and 10th-graders in one district, those who took ethnic studies were more likely to pass state exams and graduate from high school.

10/27/2021

Student achievement at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in Beloit, Wis., fell 7% last fall amid remote instruction. By January, those losses rebounded, and by April, students were performing ahead of grade level, Principal Trevor Seivert said, adding that the school instituted changes to recover learning losses by providing more time with a counselor and hiring a teacher's aide to support struggling students.

10/27/2021

Using virtual escape-room design with grade-level standards grabbed the attention of fifth-grade history students, writes Marielle Burt, a former elementary-school teacher who is now focused on theater and arts education. In this first-person article, Burt writes about the lessons with teams of students working on their own game's story, aesthetics, puzzles, mechanics and technology, a process that helps increase their collaboration and problem-solving skills.

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Chalkbeat
10/27/2021

Science has "a glow of excitement" in a Virginia elementary-school science teacher's classroom where black lights and glow-in-the-dark gear make for a spooky science lab. Teacher Abigail Moody says she wants students to get a glow from the hands-on experiments -- such as adding popping candy to a bottle of soda.