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4/12/2021

Grants are very competitive, so thinking about what the judges expect to see before you submit your proposal is critical to success. You can even work backward and address each item as you compose your narrative. How do you know what they are looking for? To start with, read information about the organization itself to get a sense of what is important to them. Why are they supporting education? What difference do they want to make? Check previous grants they've funded to see how close your idea is to other proposals they've liked in the past. And look for any criteria or list of scoring rubrics that they use.

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Tech & Learning
4/12/2021

The Ingenuity helicopter's first flight, which had been planned for April 11, has been delayed until at least Wednesday, according to NASA officials. Scientists are evaluating telemetry data to see why the helicopter's command sequence shut off early during a rotor test on Friday.

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4/12/2021

Both in-person and virtual professional development must be beneficial and provide innovation and practicality, but they can't be taught the same way, assert instructional coach Ashley Powell and academic coach Moniquea Willingham of the Cobb County School District in Georgia. In this commentary, they explain how to succeed with virtual PD even in the absence of body language cues.

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eSchool News
4/12/2021

Teachers in a North Carolina school district have been learning the science of reading as part of a professional development effort that began in December. Teachers have begun integrating what they've learned as well as a starting a phonemic awareness program that one veteran teacher praised as helping improve the skills of her first-graders.

4/12/2021

High-school juniors and seniors from six school districts in Illinois attend career and technical education courses at Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy. Students are enrolled in a variety of career pathways, including auto tech and criminal justice, and also are eligible to earn credits from an area community college.

4/12/2021

Illustrating the value of mistakes can speed learning progress, according to researcher and author Greg McKeown. He gives the example of a Spanish teacher who provides students with a bag full of beads at the beginning of the year, then removes one every time they make a mistake -- and lets students know that they have reached level-one mastery when the bag is empty.

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4/12/2021

Cathy Nester started her education career as a school bus driver while earning her teaching degree. She then moved on to teach math, become a principal and was recently promoted to elementary curriculum supervisor for her district.

4/12/2021

Music can help some students with autism express their emotions, writes Dawn Mitchell White, a music educator who has three sons with autism and formerly operated an K-12 arts school for students with developmental and learning disabilities. In addition to dedicated music instruction, Mitchell White recommends adding music to lessons and using online tools to introduce students to musical instruments.

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The Conversation
4/12/2021

The recent National Catholic Educational Association convention drew thousands of participants with a focus on teaching and learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Gerald Kicanas, chairman of NCEA's board of directors, addressed virtual attendees, saying Catholic-school educators have "stepped up" and demonstrated creativity.

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Crux
4/12/2021

Some school districts are offering night school to students, including a Virginia district that started a virtual night program for students who are learning English and work during the day -- in some cases, because their families have lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The options, officials say, ensure students do not have to choose between their education and a paycheck.