Teachers have been in "hypervigilance mode" since the pandemic brought the closure of schools, writes Katy Farber, an educator in Vermont. In this commentary, Farber describes the constant state of hypervigilance and stress while trying to balance teaching and learning with health and safety, as well as juggling additional roles as parents and caretakers.
Ninth-graders at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., have been learning how to use their news literacy skills across all subjects, including biology and geography. Students are being taught to read "laterally" by opening additional tabs to check sources and read left to right across tabs, explains Joel Breakstone, director of the Stanford History Education Group, developer of a news literacy pilot program at the school.
Teachers' displays of LGBTQ pride flags and Black Lives Matter symbols in classrooms are getting pushback in some schools. While opponents say displays of the symbols are a political statement, advocates counter that the visuals create a better sense of belonging and boost academic success among students of color and those who identify as LGBTQ.
Children have been largely spared from the worst direct health effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard University researchers say, but they found other effects on students' well-being stemming from schooling disruptions and remote learning. In this interview with two researchers, they share what their data shows about the effects on students' behavioral health.
The College Board's decision to move the SAT to an all-digital format does not fully address concerns about the exam's validity or equity, says Bob Schaeffer, executive director of the nonprofit FairTest, as well as other critics. "Shifting an unnecessary, biased, coachable, and poorly predictive multiple-choice exam that few schools currently require from pencil-and-paper delivery to an electronic format does not magically transform it into a more accurate, fairer or valid tool for assessing college readiness," Schaeffer said in a statement.
Jose Dotres was named the new superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools on Tuesday. Dotres is a veteran of the school district -- serving as a teacher, administrator and assistant superintendent -- and is a product of the district, crediting its schools with helping him to learn English as a child.
Two major issues are on the minds of E-rate applicants this year, says John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning, an E-rate compliance firm. First, Funds For Learning's most recent E-rate Trends Report revealed that many E-rate applicants would like to see E-rate funding expanded to include cybersecurity. Second, The FCC's has proposed changes to the E-rate competitive bidding process in a manner Harrington and others believe could hinder the administration of the program, which provides discounts of between 20 and 90 percent on broadband access cost for schools and libraries. "The E-rate program impacts every school district in America," Harrington says.
Educators should get their booster COVID shots, says Howard Forman, MD, MBA, from The Yale School of Public Health. "And if there is a medical reason to not get a booster at this time, I would encourage them to wear an N95 mask to protect themselves and the people around them," he says. "Even with a booster, wearing the N95 mask is helpful." The CDC now advises everyone 12 and older who received two doses of Pfizer vaccine to get a booster after at least 5 months and everyone 18 and older who received two doses of the Moderna vaccine to get a booster after at least 5 months as well. Adults who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine are advised to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster after at least two months.
At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Orlando, the editors named the winners of the new Tech & Learning Innovative Leader Awards. This honor recognizes exceptional administrators in select regions around the country who are leading innovation in their school districts.
The best drones for education make for a fun and engaging way to help teach students, not only about physical construction, but about coding. As part of a STEM learning project it's possible to use a build-you-own drone kit to allow even younger students to make their own flying machine. While that in itself is a rewarding task, the end result can be used to educate further. Many coding platforms now work with drones, allowing students to write code that dictates what the drone will do. This helps to bridge the virtual and real worlds to make coding a far more understandable resource for students.
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