Month: November 2020

This Week at DE: Week of November 29

Hi everyone! My name is Maria Truitt, and I’m the Senior Video Producer and Editor on the Global Marketing team at Discovery Education.  I produce create videos for our marketing campaigns, along with some virtual field trips and other content pieces. 

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and are ready to start the last month of the year! Have you already had your holiday decorations up or did you wait until after Thanksgiving? Reply to the tweet and let me know! 

Speaking of the holidays…we have some pretty awesome resources in Discovery Education Experience to kick off

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The fate of Ruby Bridges’ historic school in New Orleans

Bridges eventually graduated from high school, worked and became a civil rights activist, forming the Ruby Bridges Foundation in 1999 to fight racism and promote tolerance. She lives with her husband and four sons in New Orleans.

But what happened to William Frantz Elementary School? That’s what this post details, written by Connie L. Schaffer, associate professor of teacher education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Martha Graham Viator, associate professor emeritus of education at Rowan University; and Meg White, associate professor of education at Stockton University.

This appeared on the Conversation website, a nonprofit, independent news

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Connecting Students to the Real World Through Project-Based Learning

A project-based learning approach to teaching means connecting students to the real-world through thought-provoking activities designed to challenge and inspire by doing. It’s an effective way to introduce students to multiple subjects while helping them build critical thinking skills.

As defined by PBLWorks, project-based learning “is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.”

Learning comes alive with project-based learning, because it connects students to the real-world. As students focus on a project, they engage

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Celebrating the Winners  of the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge 

Join Discovery Education for the final of our three-part blog series highlighting the outstanding student creators who earned a winning spot in Teaching with Testimony’s 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge. Explore the creative ways that this year’s winners harnessed the power of self-expression to recognize and stand against hate, plus learn about the inspirations that motivated each student to speak out. 

Emma Feasey11th Grade
San Clemente High School | San Clemente, CA 

This project helped me realize that you can make a difference.” 

Emma poured through the testimonies of survivors

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It’s Official: National Test Is Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns – Inside School Research

The head of the U.S. Department of Education’s statistical wing has officially postponed the 2021 administration of the Nation’s Report Card due to surging COVID-19 rates across the country, meaning it could be until the following year before it administers its next reading and math exams and releases the results. 

The delay means that the nation will lose what might have been the only opportunity to gather comparable state-by-state information on the extent of learning loss in those two subjects, after months of school closures and other disruptions. 

Officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the test, given

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More Than 1 in 4 Homeless Students Dropped Off Schools’ Radar During the Pandemic – Inside School Research

In January, the U.S. Department of Education reported a record-high 1.5 million schoolchildren as homeless. By this fall, amid the pandemic’s school closures, shrinking capacity at homeless shelters, and ever-higher family mobility, more than 423,000 of them have fallen off school’s radars.

That estimate comes from a new report by the nonprofit homeless education advocacy group SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan finds a 28 percent drop in the number of homeless students identified in fall 2020 compared to this time in 2019, based on reports from nearly 1,500 homeless liaisons in 49 states. Nearly

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What Joe Biden actually promised about replacing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Biden was at a candidates event in Houston with National Education Association members in July 2019 when he said: “First thing, as president of United States — not a joke — first thing I will do is make sure that the secretary of education is not Betsy DeVos. It is a teacher. A teacher. Promise.”

That promise has led many K-12 teachers from public schools to expect that he would pick an education secretary from their ranks, and many will be disappointed if that doesn’t happen.

Obama’s long-serving education secretary Arne Duncan infuriated teachers with school overhauls that used standardized

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Explore Tech Innovation with Girls4Tech, now available in Experience!

Whether it’s smartphones, computers, or even automobiles, the world of tech is all around us. As we take a closer look, we can see the countless ways tech innovation is intertwined in our lives and improving the way we live. 

Resources from Mastercard’s signature STEM curriculum, Girls4Tech, are now available in Discovery Education Experience to support educators in their efforts to connect the foundations of business to STEM principles through inquiry-based activities and real-world tech challenges. Through these cybersecurity and AI resources, students will discover the variety of skills used in technology today and be guided

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