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2/26/2021

Project Rebound, a program installed at 14 institutions in the California State University system, helps people who have been incarcerated earn a college degree. This article talks about the program's success at California State University, Bakersfield, which has graduated 12 students since its launch in 2016.

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SmartBrief/Education
2/26/2021

Achievement in reading among students in kindergarten through third grade has declined this year, according to data from the DIBELS assessment of about 400,000 students in 41 states. The largest declines were seen in kindergarten, where 37% of students are on track but that's down from 55% the year before, and first grade with 43% on track versus 58% the prior year.

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The 74, K-12 Dive
2/26/2021

After a year of remote instruction, video platforms continue to evolve and it's likely they'll be part of learning going forward, writes Betsy Corcoran, co-founder of EdSurge. In this commentary, Corcoran compares various platforms for engagement, use of artificial intelligence and how they navigate student privacy concerns.

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EdSurge
2/26/2021

Kimball Sekaquaptewa, chief technology director at Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico, worked over the past year to expand access to remote instruction in an area where about 2 in 5 students have at-home access to high-speed internet. Sekaquaptewa says every student and staff member at the school now has access to the internet via wireless-enabled laptops with a SIM card loaded with data.

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Reuters
2/26/2021

"Despite the many challenges schools have had to face this past year, technology continues to be one of the key drivers for innovation," says Tech & Learning Content/Brand Director Christine Weiser. "The winning products recognized here have supported continuous instruction throughout the pandemic, and we expect this momentum to continue into next year and beyond. Congratulations to all of our winners."

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Tech & Learning
2/26/2021

"I know that teachers, parents and state and local leaders have been stretched thin trying to navigate this pandemic," said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a telephone press conference announcing the CDC's new school guidelines for in-person class. "Instead of asking them to piece together a patchwork of guidances by topic, we believed it was important to create a one-stop shop to provide the scientific information they need to keep teachers, students, and other school staff safe when schools choose to reopen." But the guidelines quickly drew criticism. Some educators were disappointed that there were not more details about ventilation in schools and that educator vaccination was not a requirement for reopening. Others argue the guidance is too conservative when it comes to in-person learning.

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Tech & Learning
2/26/2021

Parlay is an online-based discussion platform which connects students in engaging and educational debates, both virtually and in person. Beyond the usefulness as a tool for creating debates, Parlay also offers teachers a powerful way to measure the resulting data. Educators can analyze topics, discussion style, student involvement, and even word use so that future work can be focused and refined to offer the best possible engagement and learning outcomes.

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Tech & Learning
2/26/2021

A Georgia school district started the Marietta Alternative Placement and Services to support high-school and middle-school students in long-term expulsion -- most of whom have criminal records. In this commentary, Brittney Wilson, executive director of innovative practices at Marietta Public Schools, and MAPS Director Farhat Ahmad share how the program acts as a stopgap to help students remain in school, in part, by encouraging meaningful dialogue among students and police, teachers and others.

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EdSurge
2/25/2021

Teachers in Chicago Public Schools say they have found some strategies that help engage students, including focusing on students' well-being, making online lessons interactive and adopting experiential learning practices. LeShawnda Morris, a seventh-grade English teacher, says she puts relationships first and gives students space to share feelings.

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WBEZ-FM (Chicago)
2/25/2021

An Illinois high school's students who are learning Japanese have been communicating and making friends with peers at a high school in Japan as part of an exchange program that has provided interaction and fun during the pandemic. The high-school teacher in Japan who created the program, Toshishige Yamasaki, says students have been excited to receive letters from peers in the US and to hear their names called in video messages.

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