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9/17/2021

Teachers can use the assets of emergent bilingual students -- those who are working toward fluency in English -- to help them become skilled in two languages, according to Maya Goodall, senior director of emergent bilingual curriculum at Lexia Learning. In this blog post, Goodall shares four strategies to teach reading comprehension to emergent bilingual students, including "embracing" students' first language and adjusting instruction to meet the individual needs of students.

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9/17/2021

About 50 high-school students in Utah are gaining hands-on career experience by joining in on the construction of a tiny house. The 249-square-foot home was sold at auction for $40,000, which will be put back into the program and the construction of another tiny house.

9/17/2021

About 800 Ohio fifth-graders are participating in conservation tours of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The event, hosted since 1962 by the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, included lessons on ecosystems and wildlife, including bald eagles, as well as information about how to help protect the environment.

9/17/2021

Almost 60% of educators participating in a recent survey say students who are eligible should be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend school in person -- up from 27% who said the same in June -- according to an EdWeek Research Center. Results show 63% of educators also support vaccine mandates for school staff.

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9/17/2021

Lissy Samantha Suazo, 18, moved at the age of 12 from Honduras to New York and then Montana, where she says she was her school's second person of color and the only one who was unable to speak English. In this article about the growing influence people who identify as Hispanic are having throughout the US, Suazo shares her story of becoming a straight-A high-school senior, working with friends to start a Spanish-language newspaper and developing a Latino student union.

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NBC News
9/17/2021

Teacher data meetings may not be effective, according to a review of 10 studies by Heather Hill, a researcher and professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education who found that most had no effect at all. In this blog post, Adam Geller, founder of Edthena, and Hill suggest teachers still review student data, but not in groups.

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9/17/2021

To build effective education technology, it's important to assess bias -- in content and algorithms -- writes Jenni Torres, senior vice president of curriculum and instruction at Waterford.org. In this blog post, Torres shares strategies to avoid edtech bias, including by "building from data sets that sample diverse groups that represent the population of students who providers are intending to serve."

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9/17/2021

Studies by Facebook into Instagram, owned by Facebook, shows the negative effect the social media platform has on teenage girls and their views about themselves, according to data reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Three years of internal research includes data showing that of teenagers who reported having suicidal thoughts, 6% of US users and 13% of British users linked the thinking to Instagram.

9/17/2021

Universities are struggling with how to respond to requests for religious exemptions from vaccine mandates. The use of aborted fetal tissue in the development of the vaccines is a thorny issue for Catholic schools, even though the Vatican urges everyone to be vaccinated.

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Inside Higher Ed
9/17/2021

A new study published in Review of Educational Research finds that STEM students are more successful when learning a new concept if they engage in problem-solving followed by instruction rather than if they receive instruction and then engage in problem-solving. Students perform even better when the initial problem-solving is designed with the principles of productive failure in mind. “These are breakthrough findings,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Tanmay Sinha, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. “The effect size just by reversing the order of problem-solving and instruction is about two times that of what you would gain with an outstanding teacher over the course of a year. And if you implement productive failure principles, the effect is about three times stronger.”

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