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1/15/2021

Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were among the singers at the March on Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr.'s delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. This article examines the role of music in the civil rights movement and offers the writer's Spotify playlist for marking Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, including songs by Kendrick Lamar, James Brown, Nina Simone and Public Enemy.

1/15/2021

New York City will do away with a high-stakes exam for four-year-olds to determine enrollment in gifted and talented programs after the exam is administered in April. Officials say they will spend the next year determining what type of programming to offer going forward that is more inclusive.

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Spectrum News
1/15/2021

Detroit Public Schools Community District will help to develop a pipeline of teachers through a new program that will help support staff to earn teacher certification. The On the Rise Academy also will allow current teachers to be certified in science, math and elementary education.

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Chalkbeat
1/15/2021

The Grammarly browser extension for Chrome can help students improve their reading, and the InsertLearning extension aids teachers in asking specific questions in an interactive manner. Nine other recommended extensions for students include tools to keep them focused by temporarily blocking social media, define words without opening another tab and provide background sounds that prevent noises in the house from distracting them.

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Mashable
1/15/2021

President-elect Joe Biden is pitching a $175 billion plan to get children back into K-12 classrooms and bolster the finances of colleges and universities nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic throttled public education systems in the U.S. The plan, part of a larger economic stimulus Biden announced Thursday, includes $130 billion for public elementary, middle and high schools and approximately $35 billion for institutions of higher education.

1/15/2021

Dallas Independent School District is considering several potential school calendars, including one designed for students who need additional school days to make up for learning loss during the coronavirus pandemic. The intersession model offers five weeks of extra instruction for K-8 students who need additional help with their learning.

1/15/2021

Students, teachers and staff in district in Bucks County, Pa., are engaging in community service ahead of Monday's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Activities have included writing letters and baking cookies for first responders, making cards for nursing home residents and hosting a social justice summit on Zoom. Next week, one high school will have a week of service, and students will post photos and videos of their efforts on social media with a hashtag.

1/15/2021

Donald Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice, and a trial in the US Senate could begin at any time. Education Week offers lesson ideas from Trump's first impeachment in 2019, which C-SPAN shares videos and other resources from this week's unprecedented second impeachment for use in lessons.

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Education Week, C-SPAN
1/15/2021

Christina Haswood, the third Native American to serve in the Kansas Legislature, says she chose to celebrated her heritage and honored her ancestors' sacrifices by wearing traditional Navajo attire at the swearing-in ceremony. A freshman lawmaker, Haswood says her mother and her partner helped her make the garments, and the jewelry items were all family treasures.

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BuzzFeed
1/14/2021

The state of Hawaii will use a $10 million federal grant to establish the Hawaii Online Portal for Education -- an open-source digital resource that includes free lessons plans and other materials. Educators will begin work this summer to create the platform, which is expected to be available in 2022.

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Honolulu Civil Beat