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7/2/2020

School leaders should consider adopting looping -- in particular for the first portion of the new school year -- according to Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. In this blog post, Hoff writes that the approach could help to curb learning loss and offer students a sense of stability.

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7/2/2020

The current conversation about race in the US offers an opportunity for school leaders to consider issues of equality and justice on their own campuses, according to Jim Dillon, a longtime educator and administrator. In this blog post, Dillon asserts that schools can change their overall culture by following the "golden rule" of showing respect to all students.

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SmartBrief/Education
7/2/2020

Demand for mobile devices in the US education market is growing following a period of remote learning, according to a report from FutureSource Consulting, which predicts a 27% rise in shipments of laptops, tablets and Chromebooks. Similar demand is being seen globally and "shows no signs of slowing," writes Michael Boreham, a senior consultant at the firm.

7/2/2020

The Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana Public Broadcasting will share math education videos throughout July for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The partnership was created to reach students who are learning at home.

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7/2/2020

In response to a boycott by its football team, Kansas State University is establishing a fund to address racial injustice and equity issues on campus. The fund is part of an initiative aimed at the athletic department and will including training and a monthly town hall.

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The Associated Press
7/2/2020

Yale University is planning to cut its campus residential population to about 60% of what is typical by having sophomores live off campus in the fall and freshmen in the spring. Undergraduate students will have weekly coronavirus tests and be required to wear face masks, while students from overseas or states with high virus rates must quarantine for 14 days.

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CNN
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7/2/2020

The faculty union of the California State University system in a report is calling for changes on campuses, including free tuition for Black and Indigenous students, Black studies programs, more Black administrators and equitable pay. The union also is calling for the removal of armed campus police in favor of community law enforcement.

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EdSource
7/2/2020

Teacher-driven professional development is more engaging and effective, according to Laura McCullough, an instructional coach. In this article, McCullough shares strategies to support teacher-driven PD, including using real examples of teaching and learning in classrooms and encouraging collaboration among teachers.

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Edutopia
7/2/2020

Physicists have observed branching flow for the first time in visible light created with a laser through a soap bubble. Variations in the thickness of the soap membrane produce different color patterns and deflect the light in such a way to cause the flow of light to split into branches, according to findings published in Nature.

7/2/2020

Several fossils of a variety of insects encased in amber dating back 99 million years have retained their colors, according to findings published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "We have seen thousands of amber fossils but the preservation of color in these specimens is extraordinary," says study author Huang Diying.