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7/1/2020

Students who qualify for reduced-price meals in North Carolina will have the meals covered by the state under a coronavirus relief bill passed by state lawmakers, pending Gov. Roy Cooper's signature. The legislation also includes a provision for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to analyze the amount of unpaid meal debt accrued in schools statewide.

7/1/2020

The superintendent of a North Carolina district responded to recent racist social media posts by students, calling them "disturbing." Matt Stover said there was no tolerance for such posts and said the district planned to adopt "additional education programs regarding cultural and racial sensitivity when our students return."

6/30/2020

Educators are faced with the challenge of the "COVID slide," according to Samantha McGill, an elementary-school media specialist in Florida. In this blog post, McGill shares how she is keeping students engaged in reading by using interactive technology, such as Bitmoji Classrooms.

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6/30/2020

Technology can help support students' digital-leadership skills -- not just digital citizenship -- according to Andy Plemmons, media specialist at an elementary school in Georgia. He shares how he defines digital leadership and how he models digital leadership for students at his school's library.

6/29/2020

School segregation by income is worsening in the US, according to research by Sean Reardon, a sociologist at Stanford University. Reardon asserts that efforts to develop "high-quality schools at scale under conditions of concentrated poverty" have been ineffective, so the "implication is that you have got to address segregation."

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6/29/2020

Some school districts are preparing to reopen for at least some in-person instruction in the fall, while others are structuring 100% remote experiences for students who may have medical or other reasons to stay home. Options include assigning students to teachers who are working from home, livestream classrooms or full-time online schools.

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6/29/2020

National surveys of teachers, parents, students and others reveal obstacles of prolonged remote instruction. Among them are inequities that put Black and Hispanic students at a disadvantage and diminished engagement among all students.

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6/29/2020

While the interactions may look different, it is possible for new teachers to continue being mentored virtually, according to Amie Weinberg, teacher-mentor program director. In this blog post, she shares six strategies for distance mentoring, including maintaining a consistent schedule and meeting in real time.

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6/29/2020

The University of Cambridge is launching the Accelerate Program for Scientific Discovery initiative to train researchers in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The program is being funded with a grant from the foundation of billionaires Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

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6/26/2020

Fewer than half of K-12 students in the US are learning about cybersecurity, according to a survey by the nonprofit Education Week Research Center of 912 teachers in 50 states and Washington, D.C. Kevin Nolten, academic outreach director for the nonprofit Cyber.org, which commissioned the survey, said the findings highlight potential challenges for the future of the country's cybersecurity workforce.