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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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Federal judge rules students have no constitutional right to civics education — but warns that ‘American democracy is in peril’

In an extraordinary decision that referenced President Trump’s tweets to postpone the November presidential elections, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said the public school students who filed the lawsuit were not on a “wild-eyed effort to expand the reach of substantive due process.” Rather, he said, they were issuing “a cry for help from a generation of young people who are destined to inherit a country which we — the generation currently in charge — are not stewarding well.”

“What these young people seem to recognize is that American democracy is in peril,” he wrote (see opinion in full

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CDC Clarifies ’15-Minute Rule’ for Social Distancing – Inside School Research

There’s no reset button on COVID-19 exposure.

That’s the concern underlying new changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definitions and guidance on social distancing during the pandemic, which will likely mean changes in some schools’ approach to preventing or tracing coronavirus outbreaks. 

The CDC now defines a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19 as anyone who was within six feet of someone infected for a total of 15 minutes over the course of 24 hours. For example, if a student came into contact with a sick classmate three times during a school day, for

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Expand Students’ Nuclear Science Knowledge! Introduce New Resources from Navigating Nuclear During Nuclear Science Week

Do your students know that nuclear technology helps to keep people safe and healthy. Runway lights in the Alaskan outback, heart pacemakers, smoke detectors, criminal investigations, coating non-stick frying pans, luggage and security screening – all use radiation to make our lives easier and more productive. You can help students explore the many applications of nuclear science with all new resources from Navigating Nuclear, a program developed in partnership with the American Nuclear Society. 

Recognize Nuclear Science Week October 19th through 23rd by introducing students in grades K-12 to the innovative work of professionals in the

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How Should District Leaders Respond to Rising COVID-19 Rates in States? – Inside School Research

Coronavirus rates are surging across much of the country again. That means school district leaders must prepare to make quick decisions about how they are operating. 

There are two main ways to look at how much the coronavirus has spread in a community:

  • the case rate;—or the number of people identified with COVID-19 for every 100,000 people in the community;—and
  • the positivity rate, or the percentage of the tests given in a community that come back positive for the virus. If a community has limited testing, it is likely to have a higher percentage of those tests
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Elite private school cancels classes the day after presidential election. Here’s why.

Christian Sullivan, the head of Bullis School in Potomac, Md., sent an email (full text below) Oct. 14 to the school community saying one reason he had decided to close school on its 102-acre campus was to give teachers a rest after a chaotic fall that led to unprecedented changes in instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As in many other public and private schools across the country, Bullis teachers are delivering instruction two ways — directly to students who are sitting in class and remotely to students who chose to remain at home. And they are doing it at

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A Day in the Life of a Hybrid Teacher

Opinion

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What it’s like to teach students in person and online simultaneously

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Mary M. McConnaha

“The word of the year is ‘pivot’” our assistant middle school principal told us as we prepared to return to school this fall. At the time, I expected that meant being flexible in my lesson plans, being ready for day-to-day disruptions, and accepting challenges as they come. Turns out, it also means pivoting my head back and forth between my Google Meet screen and the students in my classroom.

My school is offering in-person classes for the many parents and students

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When School Boards Diversify, Spending Priorities Shift. Here’s How – District Dossier

The connection between school boards and student academic growth has long been a black box. It’s difficult for researchers to tease out the impact of a board policy to a particular outcome, considering all the factors that interact to affect a student’s experience in school.  

But a new working paper offers a peek inside the box. It examines one element of school boards—their ethnic makeup—and how that affects spending decisions and  potentially student achievement.

Brett Fischer, a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Virginia, examined school boards in California and their patterns of spending on a particular pot

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Are Aspiring Teachers Learning Classroom Management? It Varies – Teaching Now

For many first-year teachers, getting a handle on classroom management can be one of the hardest parts of the job. 

Yet the National Council on Teacher Quality, a Washington-based group that advocates for more rigorous teacher preparation, has found that just 14 percent of traditional teacher-preparation programs require candidates to demonstrate their ability in five research-based classroom management strategies. Thirty-five percent of programs require candidates to demonstrate their ability in four of the five strategies that NCTQ says have been proven to lead to positive effects on students’ behavior.

Those strategies are: establishing rules and routines that set expectations for

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