May, 2024

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The Never-ending Upgrade: Why Constant Growth is the Key to Success

A Principal's Reflections

While I enjoy keynoting and facilitating workshops, it is through a coaching lens that I get to see how teachers and administrators are implementing innovative learning strategies with fidelity. Through their actions, I can collect evidence to show efficacy while curating exemplars I can share in my presentations. No matter where I go, I get the same message from educators on their desire for practical strategies.

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Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Taught Them

TeachThought

15 Reflection Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Just Taught Them by Terry Heick Reflection is a natural part of learning. We all think about new experiences–the camping on the car ride home, the mistakes made in a game, or the emotions felt while finishing a long-term project that’s taken months to complete. Below I’ve shared 15 strategies for students to reflect on their learning.

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Is email feedback a waste of time?

A Psychology Teacher Writes

Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels.com Teacher chat on social media is at its best when there is healthy discussion around how best we can do our job, grounded in mutual respect. That doesn’t mean an echo-chamber in which we all congratulate each other on what a marvellous job we’re doing, rather that there is a discourse which pushes our thinking, makes us reflect on what we’re doing and how we might make it even better.

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Political Socialization

Passion for Social Studies

America is unique for many reasons. People can choose what they believe in, from cultures to religions. Additionally, people learn to compromise and work with others with different beliefs. All of this is part of political socialization. Essentially, this is the process where people develop their political knowledge, values, and ideology. This often begins in childhood and continues throughout one’s life.

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PROOF POINTS: AI essay grading is already as ‘good as an overburdened’ teacher, but researchers say it needs more work

The Hechinger Report

Grading papers is hard work. “I hate it,” a teacher friend confessed to me. And that’s a major reason why middle and high school teachers don’t assign more writing to their students. Even an efficient high school English teacher who can read and evaluate an essay in 20 minutes would spend 3,000 minutes, or 50 hours, grading if she’s teaching six classes of 25 students each.

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Teacher Well-Being Depends on Workload, School Climate and Feeling Supported

ED Surge

In the two decades that Jennifer Merriman has been in education, she’s seen a tendency in the field to solve problems by piling more tasks onto teachers who are already straining under the weight of their workloads. That ultimately works against what researchers say is one of the most important pillars of a school’s success: the well-being of its teachers.

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Unpacking the Backpack

A Principal's Reflections

The social media landscape has changed quite dramatically when I first arrived in the space back in 2009. To put things in perspective, Instagram and TikTok were years away from existing, and Facebook was the dominant tool of choice. At that time, Twitter was emerging as the preferred space for educators to connect, and blogs were the go-to source for relevant ideas and strategies.

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Attention Contagion

The Effortful Educator

As a teacher, you know about this phenomenon, but you probably didn’t know its name. Attention contagion. You’ve seen it in your classroom: one student is off task and that inattention seems to spread throughout the room. One student with their head down leads to three or four doing the same. One student off task on their laptop leads to a handful all doing the same.

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2024 Newcombe Fellows

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Twenty-two Fellows have been named to the 2024 class of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars.

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The story of how one college abruptly closed — and kept everyone in the dark

The Hechinger Report

The students were the last to know. On April 29 – just a week before finals – Wells College announced that it would close. The last-minute decision by the 156-year-old liberal arts college in upstate New York sent students rushing to find new colleges for the fall. And it threw newly accepted students, who had already put down deposits, into a frantic scramble to see if the colleges they had turned down would take them back.

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What Would It Take to Attract Gen Z to Teaching?

ED Surge

With interest in the teaching profession waning and enrollment in teacher preparation programs reaching historic lows, all eyes are on the next crop of students — tomorrow’s prospective educators — to make up the deficit. Today’s high school and college students are part of Generation Z, a group of people who range in age from 12 to 28, and have characteristics, attitudes and aspirations that distinguish them from prior generations.

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Quantifying Innovative Practices

A Principal's Reflections

Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to effectiveness, and this has been mirrored in my writing and work as a coach. Reflecting on my time as a principal at my previous school, I recall the successful shift towards digitalization and incorporating innovative practices. Our main goal was to demonstrate tangible improvements rather than just discuss them.

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ON THE PODCAST: Writing as Healing with Barry Lane

Heinemann Blog

Welcome to Writing as Healing, a Heinemann-podcast series focused on writing as a tool, to increase healing in students and teachers. We know that academic learning doesn't happen without social and emotional support, and writing as a key literacy, is uniquely positioned in every classroom to do both. How can writing help students see they are not alone?

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A Remarkable Discovery of a 450,000-Year-Old Tooth in Iran

Anthropology.net

Introduction: A Landmark Discovery in Qaleh Kurd Cave In a momentous archaeological breakthrough, French and Iranian researchers have unearthed compelling evidence of early human habitation in Iran's Central Plateau, pushing back the known timeline of human settlement in the region by an astonishing 300,000 years. This discovery, centered at Qaleh Kurd Cave in Qazvin, not only redefines our understanding of ancient human migrations but also sheds light on the strategic importance of this region

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People’s History of Memorial Day

Zinn Education Project

For Memorial Day, we feature an article by David Blight about the early origins of the holiday, led by African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, after the Civil War; an article by Howard Zinn urging us to never embark on mass slaughter again; and the documentary and companion oral history collection, Memorial Day Massacre: Workers Die, Film Buried.

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Kindergarten math is often too basic. Here’s why that’s a problem

The Hechinger Report

ASTON, Pa.— In Jodie Murphy’s kindergarten class, math lessons go beyond the basics of counting and recognizing numbers. On a recent morning, the children used plastic red and yellow dots for a counting exercise: One student tossed the coin-sized dots onto a cookie sheet while another hid her eyes. The second student then opened her eyes, counted up the dots and picked the corresponding number from a stack of cards.

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The Impact of Inclusive STEM Education

ED Surge

STEM identity can last a lifetime and help students thrive in school, future careers and life. Inclusive STEM programs widen job opportunities for the growing technology sector, support students in building digital literacy skills and empower young people to become creators — not just consumers — of technology. Educators face the challenge of engaging students in STEM amidst limited resources.

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Charting Your Course: Micro-credentials Can Support Personal and Professional Development

Digital Promise

Micro-credentials can expand your personal and professional development, be combined to create a custom learning path, and can even kickstart a lifelong learning experience.

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Unlocking Teacher Potential: 5 Secrets to Effective Professional Growth

Edthena

Instructional coaching has been a key component powering the professional growth of teachers for many years. However, the challenge has always been a numbers game, how can districts provide enough coaching when instructional coaching resources are limited? The Coordinator of Professional Learning and Leadership for Keller ISD , Valerie Minor, shared her secrets for tackling this challenge at the Learning Forward Texas conference.

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NEH Grantees: April 2024

Society for Classical Studies

NEH Grantees: April 2024 kskordal Mon, 05/06/2024 - 09:22 Image Congratulations to the following individuals and organizations announced as National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grantees in April 2024, for their projects in classical studies and adjacent fields: David Danzig, Paige Brevick (Save Ancient Studies Inc): Increasing Humanities Engagement through Archaeogaming Christy Schirmer: A Socioeconomic History of River Exploitation in the Roman Empire Joel Mann (St.

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The Enlightenment had its own internet: The Republic of Letters

Strange Maps

There was no internet during the Enlightenment, but something surprisingly similar did exist in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was the Republic of Letters: a virtual, global community of scientists and intellectuals who exchanged information using the fastest technology available at the time — the postal service. 15,000 letters The clue is in the name: letters tied this self-proclaimed, transnational society together.

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OPINION: Black principals play a key role in transforming education. We need more of them

The Hechinger Report

Although state and local leaders are building comprehensive plans to increase the number of Black teachers, few plans include the recruitment of more Black principals, who play a critical role in Black teachers’ development. Only 10 percent of public school principals nationwide are Black , which helps explain why hiring and retaining Black teachers has been so problematic.

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An Innovative Journey to Scalable Computer Science Programs

ED Surge

In a time when technological advancements shape our daily lives and drive economic growth, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in K-12 schools is not just a trend but a necessity. Initiatives like the U.S. Department of Education's YOU Belong in STEM and the National Science Foundation's vision for the STEM Education of the Future underscore a national commitment to equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a tech-centric world

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These 6 Core Tenets Power Inclusive Education R&D at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Learn more about the six core tenets of Inclusive Innovation R&D that are foundational for school and community-based innovation to emerge.

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The Face of a Neanderthal: Shanidar Z's Story Revealed

Anthropology.net

In the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan lies a cave that holds secrets from the depths of time. Among its ancient chambers, nestled in a gully, lay the remains of a 40-something woman, known as Shanidar Z. In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists have meticulously reconstructed her skull, offering a glimpse into the life of a Neanderthal who walked the Earth 75,000 years ago.

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The Week That Was In 505

Moler's Musing

As educators, it is our responsibility to make history come alive for our students. By employing a variety of teaching strategies and resources, we can help them develop a deep understanding and appreciation for the past. In this blog post, I will share my experience teaching the Civil War to my students, highlighting the activities and projects that proved most effective in engaging them and fostering their learning.

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Eduprotocols Field Guide: Elementary Edition

Catlin Tucker

In the newest episode of The Balance , I chat with Ben Cogswell and Jenn Dean about their new book, EduProtocol Field Guide: Primary Edition. These two are a powerhouse of passion when it comes to educating young learners! Ben is a kindergarten teacher in Salinas, California. He was awarded Teacher of the Year, Computer Using Educators (CUE) Blended and Online Educator of the Year, CUE’s Gold Disk Award, and KSBW’s Crystal Apple Award.

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Four cities of FAFSA chaos: Students tell how they grappled with the mess, stress

The Hechinger Report

By Liz Willen For many high school seniors and others hoping to attend college next year, the last few months have become a stress-filled struggle to complete the trouble-plagued, much-maligned FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The rollout of this updated and supposedly simplified form was so delayed, error-ridden and confusing that it has derailed or severely complicated college decisions for millions of students throughout the U.S., especially those from low-income, first-gen

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Professors Try ‘Restrained AI’ Approach to Help Teach Writing

ED Surge

When ChatGPT emerged a year and half ago, many professors immediately worried that their students would use it as a substitute for doing their own written assignments — that they’d click a button on a chatbot instead of doing the thinking involved in responding to an essay prompt themselves. But two English professors at Carnegie Mellon University had a different first reaction: They saw in this new technology a way to show students how to improve their writing skills.

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How Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Improved Its Educators’ Job Satisfaction and Career Trajectories

Digital Promise

The post How Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Improved Its Educators’ Job Satisfaction and Career Trajectories appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Ancient Viruses in the Human Genome Linked to Mental Health Conditions

Anthropology.net

Ancient viruses that integrated into the human genome millions of years ago may influence the risk of mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. These viruses, remnants of retroviruses known as human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), can exhibit abnormal activity levels in individuals genetically predisposed to these disorders, according to a recent study.

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Announcing the 2024 Erich S. Gruen Prize

Society for Classical Studies

Announcing the 2024 Erich S. Gruen Prize kskordal Tue, 05/07/2024 - 08:44 Image On behalf of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), the Erich S. Gruen Prize Committee invites all graduate students in North America to enter the fifth annual competition for the best graduate research paper on multiculturalism in the ancient Mediterranean. This year the prize will be a cash award of $1,000.

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Where Do We Stand Today in the Struggle to Save Public Schools?

Diane Ravitch

A few days ago, I joined a discussion with Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci about the current state of public education. It was aired on their show “Busted Pencils,” which is dedicated to teachers, students, and public schools. We talked about charters, vouchers, testing, and how to get involved. Everyone can stand up for what they believe.

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PROOF POINTS: 5 takeaways about segregation 70 years after the Brown decision

The Hechinger Report

It was one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. On May 17, 1954, the nine justices unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that schools segregated by race did not provide an equal education. Students could no longer be barred from a school because of the color of their skin. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Brown decision, I wanted to look at how far we’ve come in integrating our schools and how far we still have to go.

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Teachers Are Introducing Young Learners to Climate Consciousness. Hope Is Key, They Say.

ED Surge

Extreme weather events are on the rise around the globe, from historic floods to unseasonable heat waves and raging wildfires. One doesn’t have to reach far to find fuel for climate-related fear and anxiety. Heidi Rose, an elementary school teacher in Denver, Colorado, knows that all too well. She experienced years of what she describes as “pretty intense” climate anxiety, beginning around 2015, as she watched natural disasters unfold in the news and up close.

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Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Amplify Grant Recipients

Digital Promise

The post Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Amplify Grant Recipients appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Neanderthal Art: The 130,000-Year-Old Bear Bone Enigma

Anthropology.net

A bone, meticulously carved with 17 parallel incisions, offers a window into the ancient world of the Neanderthals. Discovered in Poland, this artifact challenges our understanding of their cognitive abilities and symbolic culture. Different views of a roughly 4-inches-long (10.6 centimeters) bear bone that has Neanderthal-made cut marks on it. (Image credit: T.