Developing students’ academic skills with podcasts

Podcasts are a good way for students to “develop skills from in-depth research and narrative building to technical know-how and project planning, experts suggest,” writes Lauren Barack for K-12 Dive.

“And while these skills can help students in their academic pursuits,” adds Barack, “they can continue to serve learners when they graduate, grow up and enter the working world.”…

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Marten, Ingram salute ARP’s mark on education in joint Newark visit

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram visited Newark’s Oliver Street School on March 29 to highlight how American Rescue Plan funds have been implemented in the city’s public schools.

“Right here in your school district, you’ve used these ARP funds to provide extra tutoring to students, and that’s accelerating learning, and that’s accelerating recovery,” Marten said.…

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Carr: NAEP scores likely to drop

Peggy Carr, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, is anticipating a drop in National Assessment of Educational Progress scores as fourth- and eighth-grade students take national math and reading tests for the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic era.

“The likelihood that the scores would be anything but down is pretty small,” Carr said in a story by The 74’s Linda Jacobson.…

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Report: Mental health is big concern for 2022-23 K-12 school year

Recent research by Rave Mobile Safety has found that student, faculty and staff mental health is a major concern heading into the 2022-23 K-12 school year.

Based on the responses of more than 800 K-12 and higher education professionals, other issues for 2022-23 include staff retention, bullying/cyberbullying and crime.

“Though COVID-19 will have a lesser direct influence over K–12 schools in the 2022-2023 school year, there are still major challenges ahead,” write the report’s authors.…

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‘New normal’ can mean making better versions of ourselves

By Robert Barbier

The HPAE-AFT “Moving Forward. Getting Stronger.” workshop series, designed to meet the mental health needs of our members and conducted by the presentation faculty of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, began this month.

One of its coping-resiliency sessions was held March 16, and the opening question posed by workshop host Dana Rahmel was, “Is this the new normal?”…

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Cardona aims to ‘bring people together around education’

The work ahead for the U.S. Department of Education “is going to get different,” said Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona in a recent interview with K-12 Dive.

By that, Dr. Cardona means a shift from educators’ “heroic work” during the pandemic “to transformative change, to innovation, to really boldly addressing inequities.”

“And the challenges now are different than they were three years ago,” he added.…

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Access SXSW EDU 2022 content via the After Pass

This year’s SXSW EDU is in the books, but access to the content is available for online viewing through April 17 via the After Pass.

For $69, the SXSW EDU After Pass allows access to all keynote and featured sessions, 40-plus sessions accredited for continuing professional education credit and much more. (SXSW EDU 2022 and SXSW EDU 2022 Online registrants already have access to After Pass content.)…

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Panelists to discuss future of grading, assessment

Join Chronicle of Higher Education senior writers Beth McMurtie and Beckie Supiano on March 25 for the virtual discussion “Talking About Teaching: The Future of Grading and Assessment.”

They’ll be joined by three panelists to answer questions about using proctoring software, better ways to evaluate student learning beyond tests and more.

To register for the session, which begins at 2 p.m.…

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AFTNJ releases 2022-24 sample ballot

Voting for 29 AFTNJ positions will take place at the AFTNJ 2022 Convention on April 9 by registered delegates in accordance with the AFTNJ constitution.

The 2022-24 sample ballot will be distributed to delegates in their packets by March 26.

The uncontested elections are for President, Treasurer, Secretary and the entire Vice Presidents/PreK-12 slate.

The Vice Presidents/Higher Education slate has 18 candidates running for 12 seats.…

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CSxFE awards nomination deadline is March 18

The nomination deadline for the National Community Schools & Family Engagement Conference Awards, previously March 4, has been extended to March 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The award categories are: Community Schools Initiative Leadership, Educator Leadership, Coordinator Leadership, Civic Engagement & Service, Family Engagement District Leadership, and Youth Leadership.

Attending the CSxFE conference June 1-3 in Los Angeles is not required to make a nomination.…

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