Month: October 2020

Two key questions teachers should ask students after election

Ben-Porath below wrote a piece about how teachers can approach the many issues that will arise after the polls close and votes are counted, which could take days or weeks. The graduate school gave me permission to publish the piece below.

By Sigal Ben-Porath

After more than a year of campaigning from President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, Election Day is almost here. But there’s a very real possibility we won’t know the winner the night of Nov. 3, or for days or weeks beyond. Between delays in counting mail-in ballots, close margins, or disputed results, the potential

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What school looks like now — in striking pictures from around the world

The pandemic has persisted, and, so in the United States and around the globe, students are going to school in ways they never did before until this year — in their homes; outside; in classrooms wearing masks or not wearing masks, and sitting apart from each other or very close; and sometimes behind plexiglass barriers.

Some kids are in school a few hours or a few days a week and spend the rest of the time home, while others never go in, or go in five days a week. Teachers sometimes work from otherwise empty classrooms, giving remote lessons to

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Empowering Students to Use Data to Understand Election Trends

COVID-19. Climate crisis. Economic inequality. Racial justice. Immigration.

These are just a few of the topics most important to voters in the United States leading up to the 2020 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. Every four years, we enter a new presidential election season that shapes the course of the country for decades to come. The election of a president means not only a new or re-elected person in the highest office in the nation, but also other political appointments.

For students in grades 6-12, learning about voting trends and election data can help them to

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Even Before Pandemic, National Test Finds Most Seniors Unready for College Reading, Math – Inside School Research

Little more than 1 in 3 American 12th graders read proficiently and fewer than 1 in 4 performed proficiently in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2019, marking widening gaps for struggling students in both subjects.

The results of the latest round of tests dubbed the Nation’s Report Card, which were administered before the start of the pandemic last spring, found the average math score has been Pflat since 2015, while the average reading score dropped 2 points on a 500-point scale. All told, while 61 percent of high school seniors who took NAEP last year

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’Media Manipulation Casebook’ from Harvard teaches how to detect misinformation campaigns

The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The Sift, which is published weekly during the school year, has more than 10,000 subscribers, most of them educators.

The News Literacy Project also offers a program called Checkology, a browser-based platform designed for students in grades six through 12 that helps prepare the next generation to easily identify misinformation. Checkology is available free to educators, students, school districts and parents. Since 2016, more than

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School Board Elections Are Often Overlooked. They Shouldn’t Be


—iStock/Getty Images

Don’t forget to vote for your school board


Charlie Wilson

While much of the media attention during this election cycle has been on the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and race relations, keep in mind that all three issues affect education. The combined crises we’re experiencing and the drastically different approaches taken by our political parties serve as a reminder that leadership matters and that your vote can shape every aspect of our children’s educational journeys.

Our civic duty should be exercised more than just every four years when the presidency hangs in the balance. There

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How the Fight for America’s Suburbs Started in Public Schools

—Jeffrey Smith for Education Week

A heated school board election in the fast-changing Atlanta suburbs pits Black Lives Matter vs. the ‘Suburban Lifestyle Dream’

Gwinnett County, Ga.

Tarece Johnson was starting to doubt herself. In March, just hours before the filing deadline, she’d declared her candidacy for the school board in suburban Gwinnett County, Ga. A month later, she still couldn’t afford a $4,000 mailer to introduce herself to voters. By early May, the lone debate of the primary season loomed.

“It was horrible,” she said. “I was not in a good space.”

Johnson is Black and Jewish. A decade

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This Week at DE: Week of October 25th

Good evening, and welcome to a very spooky edition of This Week at DE. My name is Rachel Barrachina and I’m a Digital Content Coordinator at Discovery Education. I’m stirring up a cauldron full of new resources and events for this week and thought I would share with you all…that is, if you’re not too afraid… 


Join me in the supernatural world as we explore videos from the Halloween channel in ExperienceLearn about the origins of Halloween and how it’s celebrated across the world, and find resources to support all subject areas, like the Goosebumps audiobooks for ELA,

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Helping Student Heroes Soar with Substance Misuse Prevention Skills 

October 23rd to 31st is Red Ribbon Week, and we’re super excited about this year’s theme: 

Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free. ™ 

Because not only do students deserve to live their best lives, they deserve to be BRAVE about it. It’s up to educators, families, and community members to remind students that doing what’s right isn’t a challenge, it’s a source of strength and pride! You are invited to join Discovery Education as we inspire K-12 students to turn practical substance misuse prevention skills into a secret superpower that they can use to emerge victorious in

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