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3/24/2020

Failure is a powerful tool for learning math, according to math coach Robyn Tedesco. In this blog post, Tedesco describes how teachers can create safe spaces for students to explore math concepts and give them the tools necessary to learn the subject.

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3/23/2020

Free online teaching platform has launched to change how middle- and high-school students are taught about the civil rights movement. A project of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, Selma Online is an interactive website that was developed with the help of filmmaker and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and includes footage from the 2014 film, "Selma."

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3/23/2020

Principal Kelly Webster of Watervliet Elementary School in New York has been using Facebook to stay connected with students and families while schools move to online learning. Webster does live chats to talk with and read to students, and says the face-to-face time provides a sense of connectedness and stability.

3/23/2020

The College Board announced Friday that Advanced Placement exams will move online amid widespread school closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The 45-minute tests will be taken via computer, tablet or phone, and there may be an option to submit a photo of handwritten work.

3/23/2020

Smartphone apps have helped governments, researchers and the private sector track the spread of the coronavirus, although efforts in the US have stalled due to concerns over privacy intrusions and government surveillance. Nations such as China, South Korea, Singapore and Israel have developed apps that draw on location data to let users know if they have been in close proximity to potential carriers and should isolate themselves.

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3/23/2020

Districts are looking for ways to connect more students and families with internet access as schools switch to online learning. Many districts are looking at options for providing students with mobile hotspots while others are trying to bridge the equity gap by taking offline approaches such as paper take-home packets and television programs mapped to state standards.

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3/20/2020

PBS affiliates in seven states -- more states may join -- are partnering with school districts to support remote learning during the prolonged school closures triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. Cindy Marten, superintendent of San Diego's school system, said her district partnered with PBS to design lessons that are aligned with state standards and available to students 12 hours each day, varied in times and grades.

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3/20/2020

Staying physically apart is the right thing to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, but our physical and mental health and the success of our organizations depend on seeking out emotional and relational connections during this time, write Michael Lee Stallard and Katharine P. Stallard. They offer 12 steps to avoid loneliness while social distancing, including creative group activities, learning something and seeking to serve others.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
3/20/2020

The coronavirus outbreak is expected to affect school districts' bottom line, particularly as state governments direct funding to shore up their economies and respond to the pandemic. Steps already are being taken in some states to lessen funding for education, including in Tennessee, where Gov. Bill Lee slashed funding he wanted to go toward pay raises for teachers.

3/19/2020

President Donald Trump has signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act -- emergency legislation intended to help aid the US response to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus outbreak. A portion of the legislation affects schools -- in particular meal service -- by waiving restrictions to expand locations where meals can be served during prolonged school closures.

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