Day: September 17, 2020

Why young kids should be allowed to learn through play (not worksheets)

Carlsson-Paige is author of “Taking Back Childhood.” The mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon, she is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps for work over several decades on behalf of children and families.

She has written before on this blog about how young children learn through play and how early-childhood education has been twisted over the past few decades by policies that focused on raising standardized test scores and pushed academic work into preschool.

Here is her new piece about reimagining early-childhood

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College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?

For many students, grade point averages will not include grades for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year, when schools closed as the pandemic hit and most districts went to pass-fail systems.

Because SAT and ACT admissions test administrations had to be canceled because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus, many students don’t have scores to include. As a result, two-thirds of U.S. colleges and universities have announced test-optional policies for students applying for fall 2021, according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a nonprofit known as FairTest that works to end the misuse of standardized

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This teacher’s fourth-grade students only wanted to talk about Chadwick Boseman. So he let them.

And so in the piece below, Holland explains why the students were so animated about Boseman and how he is finding ways to continue the conversation that started that day.

Holland, who is also a mathematics content reviewer and research assistant for two education nonprofit groups, has written for several publications. His piece below first appeared in the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. I was given permission to republish it.

By Neven Holland

MEMPHIS — School has already started in this city, where I am teaching virtually until further notice. Before

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Virtual Professional Learning Resources at Your Fingertips with TGR EDU: Explore

The all-new professional learning series for educators from TGR EDU: EXPLORE presents schools, particularly those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. These new resources build upon the suite of no-cost virtual learning resources offered by TGR EDU: EXPLORE, a joint initiative with TGR Foundation. TGR EDU: Explore delivers award-winning curriculum, family resources, and professional development to educators, students, and families nationwide.

Ultimately planned as a series of six professional learning modules, the first module, (Re)Defining STEM supports teacher agency by focusing on student-centered approaches to foster innovative, relevant, and engaging STEM

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