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7/30/2021

Incorporating "hope theory" and hopefulness in lessons can help improve students' outlook and well-being, according to National Board Certified Teacher Laura Bradley. In this article, Bradley, a veteran middle-school teacher, shares strategies to promote hope and optimism through classroom activities, such as designing a computer game or writing a story about how someone achieved a goal.

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Edutopia
7/30/2021

Students are set to learn science and nutrition, the origins of the foods they eat as well as teamwork among other skills in their Wilmington, Del., school's Project Learning Garden. Known to students as Ujima or "collective work and responsibility," the garden at Kuumba Academy Charter School was designed by former students and fits into the K-8 school's philosophy of working together, says Principal Ayanna Johnson.

7/30/2021

Students in Virginia public schools this fall will learn more about Black history with the implementation of changes brought by the recommendations of the commonwealth's African American History Education Commission. While the effort will incorporate Black history across the curriculum, electives -- like one offered in the spring at Granby High School in Norfolk -- provide students with deeper dives into the contributions of Black Americans.

7/30/2021

Education will require a new approach once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, writes Josh Thomases, executive vice president of the Great Oaks Foundation. In this commentary, Thomases shares potential causes for alarm -- including attendance and enrollment figures -- and a potential path forward.

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7/30/2021

Schools and pharmacies should prioritize children for coronavirus vaccination, President Joe Biden said Thursday. Biden encouraged school districts to hold pop-up vaccination clinics, and for pharmacies to prioritize children 12 and older for vaccines as well as to partner with districts to expand vaccination efforts.

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Education Week
7/30/2021

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and preparations for the upcoming school year are within close reach. With the impending return to in-person learning for many, continued online learning for others, and even dual audience learning for some, now is the perfect time to re-imagine, re-envision, and re-think how we leverage edtech for teaching and learning in our new educational landscapes. Dozens of interesting edtech books offer useful content that we can all leverage in some capacity. To support your professional learning journey, start with this list of fantastic edtech books that every new and seasoned K-12 teacher, from all academic subject areas and grade levels, should read.

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Tech & Learning
7/30/2021

The North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is expanding its presence to India by partnering with Eduent Catalysts Pvt. Ltd. "By the end of the year, India will have 628 million gamers, and it is the fastest-growing esports market in the world," says Ravneet Gill, founder and CEO of Eduent, an India-based organization that works with schools to build an educational foundation for esports. "Of the next 1 billion new internet users that will come on stream, 62 million of those will be in India. So you have a young population, you have internet connectivity that's going through the roof, and you have youngsters who are technologically very comfortable."

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Tech & Learning
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7/30/2021

The best Chromebooks for schools help digitize the classroom without overcomplicating it. A Chromebook can make education better for students and teachers by keeping everything simple while also being priced affordably for school and district. Chromebooks do the data crunching and storage mostly in the cloud, so the devices are lightweight and have batteries that will keep going right to that last bell. It's also part of why the prices can be kept so low when compared to a traditional laptop.

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Tech & Learning
7/30/2021

Students with disabilities from Madisonville, Texas, recently completed a five-week internship with local businesses that taught them work and life skills. Teacher Suzanne Smith says the program creates a support network for students with special needs within the community, all while preparing students to find employment after graduation.

7/30/2021

Irshad Manji has developed the Moral Courage Method, which empowers students to hear rather than fear different perspectives. In this blog post, Manji shares tips to help students communicate across differences.

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