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  • Roger Riddell, K-12 Dive | A pair of reports released Thursday by the Education Law Center — "Making the Grade 2020" and "$600 Billion Lost: State Disinvestment in Education Following the Great Recession" — add deeper context to the financial turmoil facing the nation's public schools and further highlight the adverse impact states' education funding cuts were already having prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read "Prior to COVID-19, states cut $600B in ed funding since Great Recession" at K-12 Dive (more…)
  • Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press - PBS News Hour | President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education is expected to switch sides in two key legal battles — one in Connecticut, the other in Idaho — that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify. It may ultimately fall to Congress to clarify once and for all whether Title IX, the civil rights law that guarantees equal opportunities for women and girls in education, protects or bars the participation of transgender females in women’s sports, said...
  • 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...
  • Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News | The new state graduation rules, which are complicated, are an option for current juniors and seniors, and are mandatory for the class of 2023 and beyond. To earn a diploma, the state says students will have to “do the basics” by passing 20 classroom credits, “show competency” either by passing one state exam each in algebra and English II or by meeting certain career/college/military standards; and “show readiness” by earning at least two seals from a list of 12 (science, job readiness, technology and others). Each local school can create its own standards...
  • The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) is hosting its first Town Hall meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 7-8 p.m. (EDT). The topic of this Town Hall meeting is "Racism & Social Injustice." The focus will be on what we can do as mathematics educators to promote antiracist policies, practices and ideas in the classroom. The discussion will be moderated by Charles Bowman (OCTM director of Diversity and Inclusion). Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Racism and Social Injustice Town HallsLearn more at OCTM
  • Top Ladies of Distinction Cincinnati delivered a donation of over 300 books as literacy options to Mt. Healthy North and South Elementary third grade students to read at home. Each of the third graders will receive a book that encourages and inspires them to continue reading and practicing their skills. The donated books are culturally responsive about famous people. Jana Wolfe, Mt. Healthy City School District Executive Director of Teaching and Learning explained about the district’s literacy initiatives, “Getting students excited about reading and literacy is really what we want to do. These books would be something of great interest...
  • "In an attempt to further student and teacher engagement, the district has made a decision to make Wednesdays remote learning days for all high school students. The decision comes after receiving feedback from our parents, students and staff that more face-to-face learning time was needed. On Wednesdays students will log into their classrooms where they will receive face-to-face teaching from their assigned teachers." https://www.nwlsd.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5G323B&dasi=3G00
  • Mariel Carbone, WCPO | The only clear and undisputed piece of information about the game is that it ended early, with two minutes left in the third quarter, after a hard foul.  (more…)
  • Tana Weingartner, WVXU | The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library are partnering to make a recorded performance of Martin's Dream available Jan. 18 - 22. The one-man show created for kids in grades 3-8 explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wvxu/audio/2021/01/011321_tw_nprone_1.mp3 WVXU (more…)
  • Nikki Battiste, CBS News | In 2015, a class of fifth-grade students marched into California's state Capitol to testify and rewrite their history books. Now, as we honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., those students are receiving a special award for taking Dr. King's message of racial justice to heart.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXTkRE9-Ed4 Now 16, Nicole Sandavol was one of the fifth-graders fighting to have their textbooks tell the missing story of the mass deportations of Mexian Americans in the 1930s. She and her fellow students are among the first nine honorees of the "Museum of the Courageous" — a...
  • Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 | Nearly a year into the pandemic, the struggles kids ages 5 to 17 face are showing up in emergency rooms. “Everyone is experiencing significantly higher depression, anxiety scans (and) are worried about what's happening," said Cricket Meehan, director of Miami University's Center for School Based Mental Health Programs. Read "New Initiative to Tackle K-12 Mental Health Emergency Room Visit Spike" at Spectrum News 1 (more…)
  • Maggy Mcdonel, WXIX | Milford High School announced it is moving to remote learning starting Tuesday after a rise in COVID-19 cases at the school. School officials announced the move Sunday afternoon, leaving parents and students two days to prepare for the change. Officials say they are making this change due to a ‘large number’ of their students testing positive for COVID-19. They say many students have been coming to school not feeling well and later testing positive, possibly exposing classmates and teachers. Milford High School moves to remote learning following rise in COVID-19 casesSchool officials announced the move Sunday...
  • Kara Arundel, K-12 Dive | When the pandemic hit last March and student learning suddenly moved online, there was immediate demand for online teacher supports. The field responded with numerous webinars and resources that overwhelmed some educators. The next step education leaders should take is to highlight the best virtual PD resources and add individualized coaching and proven in-person continuous career supports when it is safe to do so, say experts focused on teacher training initiatives. Read "Effective online teacher training grows, but in-person supports still needed" at K-12 Dive
  • Youki Terada, Edutopia | A recent study sheds light on why writing is such a beneficial activity—not just in subjects typically associated with writing, like history and English, but across all subjects. Professor Steve Graham and his colleagues at Arizona State University’s Teachers College analyzed 56 studies looking at the benefits of writing in science, social studies, and math and found that writing “reliably enhanced learning” across all grade levels.  While teachers commonly ask students to write about a topic in order to assess how well they understand the material, the process of writing also improves a student’s ability to...
  • Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review | Many AIs that appear to understand language and that score better than humans on a common set of comprehension tasks don’t notice when the words in a sentence are jumbled up, which shows that they don’t really understand language at all. The problem lies in the way natural-language processing (NLP) systems are trained; it also points to a way to make them better. Read "Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language" at MIT Technology Review
  • 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,...
  • Diana Quintero and Michael Hansen, Brown Center Chalkboard - Brookings | The Department of Education under the incoming Biden administration is expected to quickly turn the page on former Secretary Betsy DeVos’s priorities. This expected pivot entails a restoration of Obama-era priorities promoted by former Secretary John King for further racial and economic integration in public schools, among both students and staff. Typically, research on racial segregation explores the extent to which Black and/or Hispanic students attend racially or economically segregated schools, but the extent of segregation among other student subgroups is less well known. Yet, we see this policy...
  • Emma Kate Fittes, The Hechinger Report | Teachers reflect on five events — from 9/11 to the Capitol attack — and the ensuing classroom conversations that have shaped their careers. The Hechinger Report: How educators teach the Capitol insurrection and other difficult ‘days after’These are the ‘days after’ that educators say shape their careers and classrooms — and experts say include increasingly crucial conversations.
  • Julie Sellers, Opinion contributor - Cincinnati Enquirer | “The good news is that the availability of vaccinations should allow Cincinnati Public Schools to get back to some form of "normal" in 2021. But what that "normal" looks like, when it will arrive and whether we can (to borrow from President-elect Joe Biden) build back an even better educational environment for our students will depend on how we respond to the following challenges: when will school staff get vaccines? will we remain serious about reducing COVID-19 spread? will students and teachers be allowed to focus on instruction rather than high-stakes testing?...
  • Scott and Katrina Hardy, Opinion contributors - Cincinnati Enquirer | “As the vaccine becomes available to our teachers, we urge the district to thoughtfully promote its use. We urge you to stand behind science. We urge you to stand up to the union representation if they threaten action. Teachers are frontline workers, and we feel that frontline workers should have a strong sense of obligation to receive the vaccine. Furthermore, the vaccine provides the safety that that teachers deserve. We stand by this idea because we believe that educating our children is a top priority. Clearly, you also believe it,...

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