Month: May 2020

Testing giants ACT and College Board struggle amid covid-19 pandemic

Both organizations, which are nonprofits essentially run like businesses, have had to cancel in-person administrations of their signature admissions tests during the pandemic. Facing the loss of millions of dollars in revenue, both promised online versions this fall if necessary. Meanwhile, students trying to register for future SAT and ACT tests ran into trouble online in recent days.

In Iowa City, ACT, Inc., chief executive Marten Roorda, who aggressively lobbied against the UC decision, is suddenly out of his job. The organization posted a news release on its website announcing Roorda’s departure without saying why he was leaving and introducing

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Growth Mindset in a Pandemic: Teachers Talk About Building Resilience in Students – Inside School Research

Students who believe they can learn and grow from challenges may be better able to weather this spring’s health concerns and academic disruptions, but encouraging students to build that kind of growth mindset in the middle of the pandemic can be a heavy lift for even the most committed teachers.

For a teacher who prides himself on building connections to students, Jose Clemente, a math teacher at Westbury High School in Houston, found the first few weeks of lockdown a scramble just to find students and convince them to tackle new technology and deal with disconnection from classmates—on top of

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Creative, Fun & Free: 3 Design Challenge Activities for Families

By Guest Blogger By Megan Skipworth, Chapin High School, El Paso Independent School District

As the summer approaches, students and their families need access to quality resources that are both engaging and fun – design challenges are a great example.

Design thinking helps learners solve real-world problems using creativity and critical thinking skills.

To help your students’ families stay busy during the summer, I’ve compiled three design challenge activities from TGR EDU: Explore that will allow your student to explore, design and test solutions at home.

First…

Design thinking requires learners to get creative and think critically. Getting inventive with

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School district fires wrestling coach over media post about George Floyd

The four officers have been fired but there have been calls around the country that they be arrested. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham on Thursday called officers’ actions were “nothing short of murder.”

Douglas Boyles, spokesman for the Bethel School District, said that officials had investigated social media posts by coach Dave Hollenbeck, which showed Hollenbeck lying on the ground with another person’s knee on his neck.

One of the posts (see below) said:

“Not dead yet I’m doing this for Are police officers the media is a race baiting machine and I’m tired of it I’m going to speak

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University of Minnesota limits ties to Minneapolis police

“Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” Gabel wrote. “As a community, we are outraged and grief-stricken. I do not have the words to fully express my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share those feelings, but also fear for their own safety. This will not stand.”

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired after a video became public showing a white police officer with his knee on Floyd’s neck outside a market where police responded to

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Instruction During COVID-19: Less Learning Time Drives Fears of Academic Erosion

Natasja Billiau’s two children, Victor, 8, and Anna Laura, 5, study at the kitchen table in their Seattle area home during the coronavirus school building shutdowns. Billiau devised a learning schedule for her children that closely matches what they would have done at school.

—Natasja Billiau via AP

The picture of instruction that has emerged since the coronavirus forced students and teachers into remote learning is clear and troubling: There’s less of it, and the children with the greatest need are getting the least. These dynamics carry serious implications as schools plan to reopen in the fall.

But even though

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Explore Virtual Professional Development Resources and Master the Art of Computational Teaching

Pete Delgado, Jenna Rosienski and Emy Aultman are all teachers with something in common – they recognize the positive impact of integrating computational thinking into their everyday cross-curricular lessons. Using resources from Ignite My Future in School, a program developed in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services to transform the way students across America learn through computational thinking, these educators have cracked the code and now they are sharing their learnings and best practices with all educators through an all new Master Class Series. 

In this series of videos, each teacher explains their approach to incorporat

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Los Angeles plans summer school like no other for its students

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest district in the country, is partnering with some big names in entertainment, sports, music, social media and business to provide unique online summer offerings.

Eighty percent of the more than half a million students in LAUSD live in low-income homes, and a recent district survey found that 75 percent of district families have at least one parent who lost a job during the pandemic. The district says it distributed a digital device to every students during the past two months and secured Internet access for all of them as well —

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‘The future of public education is at stake’ — 215 advocates write to Biden

Dear Vice President Biden:

As the Democratic Party presumptive nominee, you have the power to fight for the public schools and colleges and universities that our students deserve. We are concerned educators, public education advocates, union members, parents, and students, writing to request that you demonstrate your commitment to that agenda.

Over the past decade, politicians on both sides of the aisle have made devastating cuts to public education, while privatizing public schools, scapegoating educators, and providing massive tax breaks to corporations and the rich. These attacks have resulted in a national teacher shortage and reduced educational opportunities for many

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