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1/21/2022

Local and national news outlets are covering the substitute teacher shortage affecting schools nationwide. Yet, Amanda von Moos and Jessie Weiser, leaders at the nonprofit Substantial Classrooms, say reporters may be missing parts of the story -- mainly that substitute teacher shortages persisted even before the coronavirus pandemic and that there are ties between substitute teacher shortages and equity.

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Phi Delta Kappan
1/21/2022

Some school districts in California are working to increase the number of Black teachers in the state's schools through targeted teacher pipeline programs. In Oakland Unified School District, efforts include supporting the transition of substitute teachers and other district employees into teaching careers.

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EdSource
1/21/2022

Michigan fifth-graders are learning cross-country skiing basics through the Nordic Rocks program from the Crystal Community Ski Club. Ski coach Beth Major says the goal is to get kids active and introduce them to the sport.

1/21/2022

Pandemic stress-related behavioral problems are increasing as students return to the classroom, and data indicates that the rates of suspensions and expulsions are climbing in some schools. "You can’t do restorative justice if you don’t have time," remarked middle-school principal Kilian Betlach, noting that staffing shortages have left some schools without adequate personnel to address problem behavior in schools.

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The Hechinger Report
1/21/2022

Build students' critical thinking and writing skills by having them evaluate a piece of writing and encouraging group brainstorming sessions, says teacher Amy Bilek. Sharing your own writing and setting aside time for voluntary student sharing sessions creates a supportive environment, Bilek adds.

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Edutopia
1/21/2022

A nonviolent action video game embedded with mini brain-training exercises for cognitive flexibility, attention and other reading functions has shown a marked, sustained improvement in students' reading speed and accuracy, University of Geneva researchers have found. Students' skills improved despite the game's lack of reading activity, study author Angela Pasqualotto says.

1/21/2022

A textbook, letters and an 1886 state convocation are among the unexpected items discovered in a copper cornerstone box found buried where a statue of Robert E. Lee stood for more than 130 years in Richmond, Va. While historians expected to find 60 items last month when the box was opened live online, numerous other items were found and photographed, with images posted on the website of the state's Department of Historic Resources.

1/21/2022

New data from Advocates for Children of New York indicates that New York City preschoolers who have disabilities received unequal access to the education services they are entitled to during the 2019-20 school year. Underidentification of students, staffing shortages and funding issues are among problems cited by Early Childhood Education Project Director Betty Baez Melo.

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Spectrum News
1/20/2022

Masks can present challenges for teachers, according to Daniel Bergman, professor and program chair of science education at Wichita State University. In this article, Bergman shares tips to help teachers build rapport with students while wearing masks, including by making eye contact, explicitly stating when they are smiling or laughing and making adjustments to voice and tempo.

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Edutopia
1/20/2022

Student conference checklists, interest surveys and exit slips are among the ways teachers can tackle formative assessments, educators and authors Lynne Dorfman and Brenda Krupp write in this article. The pair write about the importance of such assessments in individualizing instruction and suggest adding the approaches to daily routines.

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