Month: October 2022

NewsPre-K to 12 News

Take students on a NASA virtual field trip

K-12 students can learn about robotic spacecraft technology and much more through virtual field trips offered by the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center in Virginia.

These virtual field trips, typically available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, involve hands-on activities and a Q&A session. They may be hosted by the visitor center on Microsoft Teams, or student groups may host the program on a virtual platform of their choice.…

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Create adventure games to teach literary analysis, narrative writing

As a high school English teacher in South Carolina, Lauren Gehr knows all about the challenges that come with “creating rigorous, differentiated assessment methods” for writing instruction and literary analysis “that are also relevant and engaging to students.”

Her advice: Have students create adventure games “where players can choose their own adventure with stories and information that they have written from a narrative writing unit or from analyzing a text.”…

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Survey: Most Americans know very little about CRT

More than 35 percent of participants in a recent University of Southern California survey say they have never heard of critical race theory, and around the same amount say they only know a little about CRT.

“Consistent with our findings of low levels of CRT knowledge, most subgroups showed neither majority support nor majority opposition to teaching CRT in schools,” write the five authors in the accompanying report.…

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Mental healthNewsPre-K to 12 News

Survey: Early childhood educators struggle with mental health, stress from staff shortages

A U.S. survey by Teaching Strategies shows that 45 percent of early childhood educators struggle with mental health and burnout, while 43 percent report staffing shortages are affecting their stress level.

The 2,300-plus respondents were also asked about professional development and career preparedness. For more, click here.…

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HPAE leads rally against union busting at Rutgers

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charlie Wowkanech and state Sen. Linda Greenstein were among the featured speakers Oct. 11 in New Brunswick at an outdoor rally organized by HPAE against union-busting actions by Rutgers University.

HPAE President Debbie White set the tone for the speakers to follow by calling out Rutgers to “stop outsourcing union work.…

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Murphy marks N.J.’s progress toward achieving universal access to free preschool

Gov. Phil Murphy on Oct. 6 visited Betty McElmon Elementary School in West Long Branch to highlight his commitment to early education and the goal of providing universal preschool programs across New Jersey.

“These children [at BME] are among the more than 2,100 three- and four-year-olds in 27 districts statewide who now have access to free, full-day PreK thanks to the state budget’s investment of $26 million dollars in PreK expansion aid,” said Murphy.…

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NMAI program highlights indigenous voices in K-12

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, the National Museum of the American Indian on Oct. 10 will present an online program highlighting native youth who incorporate indigenous voices into K-12 education and promote inclusive conversations in U.S. classrooms.

The “Indigenous Peoples Day: Transformative Teaching” program is part of the NMAI’s Youth in Action: Conversations About Our Future series.…

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Health careNewsPre-K to 12 News

U.S. DOE to launch mental health learning series

On Oct. 4, join the U.S. Department on Education for the start of a three-part series promoting mental health for students.

According to the U.S. DOE, the series “will tackle pressing issues facing the field and will highlight ways to support student mental health, increase access to services and support the whole child.”

The schedule is as follows:

• Oct.…

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