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How Texas Teachers Are Prioritizing Basic Skills as Instruction Time Gets Crunched During the Pandemic

Bekah McNeel, The 74 |

San Antonio teachers are combatting pandemic learning loss with a surgical approach to keep young students at grade level, focusing on a core curriculum of must-have skills in reading and math.nThey have identified a strategic set of skills for kindergarten through second graders, such as phonics and arithmetic, so that students build the mastery needed to move on to the next grade.

Trump’s ‘1776 Commission’ report excuses slavery, condemns legacy of civil rights movement

Matthew Brown, USA TODAY |

On the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the White House released the final report from its “1776 Commission” – a document that excuses America’s history of slavery, derides the legacy of the civil rights movement and equates progressivism with totalitarianism. 

The report compiles disparate references and quotations throughout American history to argue that the country must return to “patriotic education” in schools and for American families to “raise up morally responsible citizens who love America.” The commission was created by Trump as a response to the Times’ 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection that focused on America’s history with slavery. In creating the commission, Trump condemned the Times’ work as “toxic propaganda” and “ideological poison” that “will destroy our country.”

The report has already been criticized by historians for various historical falsehoods, arguing it promotes a reductive narrative of American history with a nationalist political agenda that, to quote one critic, “few professional historians would consider plausible.” 

The commission does not have the authority to enact any of its recommendations for American education.

From ‘Stunning’ to ‘Surprising’: How News of the Capitol Attack Was Repackaged for Schools by Newsela

Benjamin Herold, EdWeek |

On Jan. 7, the Associated Press published a story describing how a violent mob loyal to President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The attack was a “stunning” attempt to overturn the recent presidential election, the AP wrote. It resulted in some of the most “jarring” scenes ever to unfold in a seat of U.S. power. The mob’s action prompted outrage, “mostly from Democrats, but from Republicans as well.” 

But when tens of thousands of American students were assigned the story to read in school, they got a different version of events. An adapted version of the AP story distributed by the popular ed-tech company Newsela described the attack as “surprising,” resulting in “unusual” scenes that “prompted anger from both parties.”

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I’m a high school sophomore. Here’s how schools can teach kids to solve real-world problems

Luke Harris, Fast Company |

“As we move into an increasingly robotic and digital age, solving complicated human problems becomes more important than ever. Schools need to teach more of the process of entrepreneurship and engineering, including development and research to truly understand user needs. If we want the entrepreneurs of the future to succeed, it’s important that our engineering curriculums teach them the necessary skills. During COVID-19, we gained an opportunity to rethink workplace practices and schooling techniques—let’s do the same with the way we teach engineering.”

Luke Harris

Luke Harris is a sophomore at Horace Mann in The Bronx, NY.

State Board of Education Challenged on Performance Expectations

Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 |

The Ohio State Board of Education is facing new criticism for what the Campaign for African American Achievement and the Ohio NAACP said is a failure to treat Black and white students equally when it comes to academic expectations. 

Ohio State Board of Education is accused of lowering academic expectations in reading and English Language Arts for Black students and raising them for white students in their 10-year Every Student Succeeds plan. 

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said what’s listed in the department’s 10-year plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act are not “expectations,” but “proficiency” benchmarks. Some believe the benchmarks violate the Brown v. Board of Education when it comes to equality.

Teachers React To New Climate Change Education Framework

Rebecca Thiele, IPB News |

The Indiana Department of Education released an online resource in partnership with Purdue University to help teachers teach climate change in schools. The framework has material on climate change for kids from kindergarten through high school. 

Learning in lockdown: DW offers digital learning packages

DW |

Students are at home due to Corona, with some facing a lack of digital teaching materials on environmental topics. DW’s Global Ideas project offers seven learning packages for students and teachers.

The seven learning packages of DW’s Global Ideas project support children and youth between 12 and 16 years of age as well as teachers. Multimedia-based, playful and interesting. The materials can be used free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes.

INFOhio Launches the RemotEDx Exchange

The RemotEDx Exchange, powered by INFOhio, is now available to parents and educators looking for easy access to all the supports, services, and resources available through RemotEDx. This includes assistance from the Connectivity Champions, powered by the Management Council and from the Support Squad Concierge Team offered by Ohio’s Educational Service Centers.

The Exchange showcases high-quality, remote education tools and platforms, standards- aligned instructional materials and curricula, use-case scenarios and exemplars, and professional learning supports for remote, hybrid, and blended learning environments.

3 Keys to Making Project-Based Learning Work During Distance Learning

Michael McDowell – Edutopia |

There is an opportunity here to give students a chance to discuss the challenges of their own environment, the barrage of news they face daily, and the core content they need for long-term success. One of the best options to meet these demands is for students to engage in rigorous problem- or project-based learning (PBL)—an approach that ensures students develop high rigor and experience high relevance by solving problems or completing tasks in a remote or face-to-face environment.

Michael McDowell, EdD, serves as the superintendent of the Ross School District in California.

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