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7/30/2021

Susan Shapiro, an assistant professor at the Touro College Graduate School of Education, offers five tips to help support teaching and learning in the 2021-22 school year. In this commentary, Shapiro offers ideas for teachers, including to allow time for socializing when dividing students into small groups and recognizing that learning took a step back during the pandemic.

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T.H.E. Journal
7/30/2021

A high-school welding teacher in Louisiana says students need to think about more than the trade -- they need a plan for the future. Chris Henning says he asks students pointed questions while exploring the costs associated with housing, car insurance and other bills, along with average salaries they can earn in welding or another skilled trade.

7/30/2021

Pet food ingredient prices have risen by as much as 20% since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Pet Food Institute, with shortages in edible oils and workers at food makers -- all of which has left some humans unable to find preferred foods and treats for their pets. The South Shore Pet Food Pantry near Boston has been making more frequent updates to its food wish list so donors have alternatives for sold-out products, says the animal charity's co-founder Kristen Clancy.

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Reuters
7/30/2021

Incorporating "hope theory" and hopefulness in lessons can help improve students' outlook and well-being, according to National Board Certified Teacher Laura Bradley. In this article, Bradley, a veteran middle-school teacher, shares strategies to promote hope and optimism through classroom activities, such as designing a computer game or writing a story about how someone achieved a goal.

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Edutopia
7/30/2021

Students are set to learn science and nutrition, the origins of the foods they eat as well as teamwork among other skills in their Wilmington, Del., school's Project Learning Garden. Known to students as Ujima or "collective work and responsibility," the garden at Kuumba Academy Charter School was designed by former students and fits into the K-8 school's philosophy of working together, says Principal Ayanna Johnson.

7/30/2021

Students in Virginia public schools this fall will learn more about Black history with the implementation of changes brought by the recommendations of the commonwealth's African American History Education Commission. While the effort will incorporate Black history across the curriculum, electives -- like one offered in the spring at Granby High School in Norfolk -- provide students with deeper dives into the contributions of Black Americans.

7/30/2021

Education will require a new approach once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, writes Josh Thomases, executive vice president of the Great Oaks Foundation. In this commentary, Thomases shares potential causes for alarm -- including attendance and enrollment figures -- and a potential path forward.

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7/30/2021

Schools and pharmacies should prioritize children for coronavirus vaccination, President Joe Biden said Thursday. Biden encouraged school districts to hold pop-up vaccination clinics, and for pharmacies to prioritize children 12 and older for vaccines as well as to partner with districts to expand vaccination efforts.

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Education Week
7/30/2021

President Joe Biden called on college students to keep campuses are safe from the coronavirus and the threat of abuse and assault. Speaking at the It's On Us summit, Biden urged the students to be mindful and responsible in their own behavior.

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CNN
7/30/2021

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and preparations for the upcoming school year are within close reach. With the impending return to in-person learning for many, continued online learning for others, and even dual audience learning for some, now is the perfect time to re-imagine, re-envision, and re-think how we leverage edtech for teaching and learning in our new educational landscapes. Dozens of interesting edtech books offer useful content that we can all leverage in some capacity. To support your professional learning journey, start with this list of fantastic edtech books that every new and seasoned K-12 teacher, from all academic subject areas and grade levels, should read.

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