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5/27/2020

Teaching vocabulary can improve outcomes for students, writes Timothy Rasinski, professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its reading clinic. In this blog post, Rasinski offers eight tips to help make vocabulary lessons more effective, including teaching words related to each other, focusing on meaningful word parts and incorporating vocabulary-themed games.

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5/27/2020

Parents are more invested in what their children are learning than ever during this period of prolonged school closures, and education technology providers should consider ways to better engage parents, according to Katie Parsons, editor of SmartBrief on EdTech and a mother of five. Parsons -- an education technology advocate -- shares what this challenging situation has revealed to her and other parents, including that "edtech can do more," particularly when it comes to equity in education.

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5/27/2020

There are four potential scenarios -- all of which include some level of distance learning -- being proposed by the CDC concerning what schools will do in the fall. Schools could begin the year in person but plan for closures during a potential second outbreak; begin the year with online learning while monitoring health conditions; do blended learning; or perform 100% online learning.

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5/27/2020

Reopening schools must be done carefully and with a focus on the safety of students and staff, writes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who suggests schools could test best practices by offering a voluntary summer school program. Weingarten writes in this commentary that summer programs could offer experiences for school leaders to rely upon as they look to reopen schools in the fall.

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5/27/2020

A Detroit teacher is dividing her time during a period of prolonged school closures between delivering virtual lessons for her fourth-graders and serving as a tutor for the district's Homework Hotline to help students with math questions. Ronye Craft says she tries to offer "normalcy" for students, and herself, and strives to help boost learning of students and their parents.

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5/27/2020

Micro field trips can create opportunities for different learning experiences that can build vocabularies in new contexts for world language students and English-language learners, writes Laurel Schwartz, an education consultant and former teacher. Schwartz writes that such trips, when schools reopen, can include visits to parks and grocery stores with experiences built around scavenger hunts or recipes.

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Edutopia
5/27/2020

California English and history teacher Kimberli Heck's middle-schoolers have been asked to make videos of themselves as someone from the Renaissance period as Heck tried to recapture the engagement experienced when schools were open. Without live videoconferencing is unavailable because of equity issues, Heck says she's doing other things but a journaling assignment left students frustrated with trying to write what would have been a discussion in the classroom.

5/27/2020

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she plans to release a rule that would make official her desire to direct a portion of coronavirus relief funding to private schools. Initial guidance that would have provided funds for private schools drew criticism from some, who suggested the funding should be distributed to lower-income schools just like other federal funds.

5/27/2020

One in five teachers say they are unlikely to return to the classroom if schools reopen this fall, according to a USA Today/Ipsos poll. Of the teachers who were surveyed, 83% say they are facing challenges teaching students, and two-thirds say they are working more than they did before the coronavirus pandemic.

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5/27/2020

Faculty who rely on active learning experiences are brainstorming ways to continue that model in an era of social distancing, using the POD Network Open Discussion Network. The logistics can be daunting, they note, but some are considering using teleconference in tandem with in-person classes to enhance discussions.

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