GOA report looks at teachers’ efforts to mitigate pandemic learning loss

During the 2020-21 school year, about 60 percent of K-12 teachers in a virtual environment “had students who had more difficulty understanding lessons than in a typical year, compared to 37 percent of teachers in an in-person environment,” according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Here are other key findings in the GAO’s report, which was released May 10:

  • 85 percent of in-person teachers said live instruction, fully or partially in-person, helped students
  • Fewer than 40 percent of all teachers thought asynchronous learning, in which students work independently, helped the majority of their students

To view the full report, click here.…

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Notable changes proposed for school buses

The New Jersey Assembly’s Transportation Committee on May 12 released A1282, which would require the Department of Environmental Protection to develop and implement an electric school bus program.

In other bus-related developments, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on May 11 unveiled a proposal to allow the use of federal E-Rate funding for Wi-Fi in school buses.…

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AFT joins coalition that’s fighting book bans

The AFT has teamed up with the American Library Association and other organizations, among them major publishers, to create Unite Against Book Bans.

The coalition offers an action toolkit online for amplifying and supporting the campaign that has information on contacting elected officials and media, how to create and circulate a petition, social media resources and more.…

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Watch SML reading webinars for chance at gift cards

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 officially wrapped up several days ago, but the celebration will continue into early June for select viewers who take part in Share My Lesson’s next three Reading Opens the World seminars.

The AFT will randomly choose participants who attend the free live webinars on May 19, May 26 and June 2 to receive $25 gift cards for First Book Marketplace.…

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Try these moves to cultivate independent, questioning thinkers

Empowering students “so that their minds and hearts become the engines that drive learning in our classrooms” is one thing, but giving “too much voice and choice without proper scaffolds” can lead to chaos, writes teacher and educational consultant Paul Emerich France for Edutopia.

To cultivate learner agency in the classroom, France suggests trying these moves.…

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Guidance for students’ phone usage in class

When Tom Harrison purchased a cellphone for his 11-year-old daughter, he put in place rules regarding usage and approved content.

He subsequently switched gears, drawing from his research in the field of digital character and values education: “I found that rule-based educational strategies might help my daughter survive in the digital world, but I needed to apply character-based strategies if I wanted her to thrive,” he writes for Education Week.…

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NLGA to award STEM scholarships this summer

The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) is now accepting applications for its first STEM Scholarship Program.

The NLGA will award up to $1,000 to 12 schools in 12 states and territories to support STEM-related programming, projects, equipment, curriculum and other endeavors. Funding will be awarded directly to schools in summer 2022, with receipt of the funding to be acknowledged by the school within 90 days.…

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Local 1940 AFT, Middlesex College students engulf Chambers Hall for informational picket

About 100 Middlesex College full-time faculty, staff and students on May 3 participated in a Local 1940 AFT-led informational picket on the Edison campus in and around Chambers Hall.

The event served to put a spotlight on Local 1940 AFT’s two-year quest for a new contract.

Sign-toting participants walked outside and through Chambers Hall, then gathered in the lobby and on the second floor — where Middlesex College President Mark McCormick’s office is — chanting “Settle now!”…

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AFT Summer Educator Academy set for July 19-28

Registration is open for AFT’s Summer Educator Academy 2022, taking place July 19-28 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

As described by the AFT, the summer academy “provides teachers and school support staff with tools, resources and turnkey strategies they can use to help build the professional capacity of their local unions — to amplify the voice of our members and advocate for what we know is needed to meet the challenges we face in classrooms and work settings every day.”…

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Tips to control digital distraction in class

Fourth-grade teacher Justine Hitchcock has witnessed students treating their iPads as if the devices were “an extension of their own arms.”

“They seem lost without their devices next to them,” Hitchcock writes for The Educator’s Room. “When it’s there, they can’t help but open it and begin to aimlessly scroll through apps, pages and photos, flitting from diversion to diversion.”…

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These study skills can help teens to learn

According to brain scientists, students are in the best place to take in information “if they work in what’s known as the flow state,” writes Hank Pellissier for The 74.

“This mindset is reached when their consciousness is fully ‘in the zone,’ entirely focused on activities they find so pleasurable that time flies and all distractions disappear,” Pellissier adds.…

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