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1/19/2022

A Catholic school in Michigan has welcomed retired NFL player Jared Veldheer as cafeteria manager. Veldheer, who played with various teams during his career including the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, took the job at the school that is attended by his two children, saying "there is value in being able to cook and provide kids with a good, nutritious lunch."

1/19/2022

Middle-school students at Seattle Nativity School in Washington state recently had an opportunity to pose questions to Mark Vande Hei, an US astronaut on the International Space Station. During the event, Vande Hei told students that his Catholic education "taught me the importance of putting other people first, and that helps you be a good team player."

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1/14/2022

Bringing together teachers in one subject area from all grades -- rather than by a single grade or single grade's subject area -- creates a vertical professional learning community that can help align a school's teaching methods and offer more targeted instructional ideas, writes Victoria Thompson, a consultant and STEM integration transformation coach. Thompson details ways to build teacher buy-in for vertical PLCs, develop effective agendas and monitor success with purposeful follow-through.

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1/13/2022

Public schools across the country are reporting higher than usual student absences that are being attributed to incidences of and concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Some teachers say the increased absences present additional challenges for instruction as they try to balance teaching new material, while helping absent students stay on track or catch up.

1/13/2022

Substitute teachers in Kansas no longer need 60 semester credit hours to get an emergency license, thanks to a temporary Kansas State Board of Education rule that will expire June 1. Kansas City, Kan., schools last week saw 150 staff absences further straining an already limited substitute pool.

1/13/2022

Kansas City, Mo., Public Schools' full accreditation has been restored after two decades without it, in an unanimous vote by the Missouri State Board of Education. Board members said they expect continued work toward meeting state education standards and improving state student assessment scores.

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KTVI-TV (St. Louis)
1/12/2022

The federal government plans to distribute 10 million coronavirus tests to schools nationwide each month, the Biden administration said today. Plans call for providing 5 million rapid tests and 5 million PCR tests.

1/12/2022

A Catholic high school in Massachusetts launched a Bridge Academy program at the start of this school year to support students as they make the transition out of middle school. Principal John Graceffa says the academy stems from the need for more time for instruction and adjustment before students begin ninth grade.

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The Boston Pilot
1/12/2022

School leaders have an opportunity this year to increase interconnectedness in regional education ecosystems and alter learning models to support college readiness for students, write education leaders Rebecca Watts and Mark David Milliron, both of Western Governors University. Leaders also should consider an increased focus on teacher and student well-being, Watts and Milliron suggest in this commentary.

1/12/2022

Nearly half of school district IT officials replying to an EdTech survey say they need help with cybersecurity prevention, detection and recovery, with prevention being the top concern. Evaluating systems annually and employing penetration tests can help teach and reinforce important measures, Randy Rose of the Center for Internet Security advises.

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