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12/3/2021

Research shows declining interest from educators to use blended learning approaches in schools, according to data from the Clayton Christensen Institute. Thomas Arnett, a senior research fellow at the institute, says that many teachers may feel it is too much to offer blended learning now that most schools have returned to in-person learning.

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Education Week
12/3/2021

School districts may be more affected by increased rates of vacancies among teachers and staff, according to a working paper by researchers at the University of Washington. Data shows the greatest shortages are among substitute and special education teachers, followed by elementary-school teachers, educators of English-language learners and STEM teachers.

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K-12 Dive
12/3/2021

Threats of violence on social media prompted several schools in Michigan to close Thursday, following an act of violence at a school in a Detroit suburb. Some schools closed today as well out of an abundance of caution.

12/2/2021

The ransomware group formerly known as Arcane has avoided detection in its mid-November attacks on schools, hospitals and other facilities by changing its name to Sabbath, according to cybersecurity firm Mandiant. The hackers have escaped notice by persistently rebranding and attacking more obscure targets, Mandiant reports.

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CyberScoop
12/2/2021

A TikTok post in which students at an Oregon high school use offensive language to refer to Muslim, Black and Asian people prompted some students to walk out of the school in protest. Several hundred students participated to show opposition to the video and its sentiments, which they say are part of a bigger discrimination problem at the school.

12/1/2021

Tennessee is planning a $200 million, three-year initiative aimed at improving proficiency among students through frequent, small-group and in-person tutoring. The Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps supports English-language arts and math instruction.

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The 74
12/1/2021

The Sherrard Community Unit School District in Illinois had a one-to-one Chromebook program along with other technology in place before the pandemic, but adopted new solutions to address the challenges of remote learning and is planning next steps for the future, administrators say. The district added outdoor wireless access for students, adapted its attendance system for virtual learning and enhanced
instructional capabilities with "appsmashing," where teachers blend multiple tools and apps, and now a new on-campus innovation lab is in the works.

11/30/2021

Almost 10% of K-12 schools nationwide have experienced closures this school year, including 621 schools across 58 districts that announced closures last week, according to data service Burbio. Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the School Superintendents Association, says the newly emerged Omicron variant of the coronavirus could worsen the situation, leading to additional closures and less in-person learning.

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The 74
11/30/2021

Lawmakers in Florida could make "social media literacy" a requirement in schools, adding it to other mandatory subjects and putting additional information online for parents. The legislature will consider the bipartisan initiative during its 2022 session.

11/29/2021

Erin Mayer, a middle-school science teacher in Colorado, uses student-driven learning expeditions -- in which students learn to think like scientists -- to teach science. In a recent experiment, students studied thermal energy using digital microscopes.