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Affinity spaces: How young people live and learn online and out of school

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The online world has given new life to older traditions of interest-driven, out-of-school learning. By James Paul Gee The internet can be a minefield of misinformation, misbehavior, divisiveness, and risk, but it is also the scene of an extraordinary revolution in out-of-school teaching and learning. Increasingly, young people’s most powerful learning opportunities can be found [...]

School shootings: Educators have more questions than answers

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  In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, teachers, principals and superintendents everywhere have questions. “We’re expected to play so many roles these days, from social worker to parent to nurse, and now we’re expected to be human shields,” one teacher says. “I run through scenarios. I visualize [...]

How do I decide whether to email, call or meet with a parent?

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Q: My principal is always telling us to carefully consider how we communicate with parents. We're required to reply to emails within 24 hours, but sometimes she says we should just call them instead. Unless, of course, it would be best for us to meet with them in person. This is NOT intuitive for me.  I've [...]

Teacher struggles to involve parents from all cultural backgrounds 

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Q: I’m an elementary school teacher, and I welcome parent involvement. We have a large immigrant population in my school. Without fail, the parents who come on field trips, volunteer to read the students stories, or act as room parents are the U.S.-born parents. I think there are several issues at play. In some cases, there are language [...]

Confronting a teacher with disturbing behavior   

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Q: I’m a principal, and one of the teachers in my school is in a bad state. He doesn’t practice proper hygiene and often takes off “ill” in the middle of the day. He’s forgetful, irresponsible, and seems to have an altered view of reality. Conversations indicate that his perception of events is off, whether he’s [...]

School-based coordinators link students to community resources


Support coordinators familiarize themselves with the unique needs of each student and their families and reach out to ensure they have access to the necessary services through their schools. By Frank Walter Inside the imposing concrete walls of the A. Philip Randolph Career Academies in Jacksonville, Fla., Ingrid Thomas learns firsthand of the career aspirations [...]

A powerful convergence: Community schools and early childhood education 


The most successful elementary schools partner with community organizations to support young children and their families beginning in early childhood. By David Jacobson In many cities and towns across the United States, elementary schools are forging deeper partnerships with families and community organizations well before children arrive at kindergarten. The aim of this work is [...]

Controversial issues in the science classroom


Teaching students how to consider some of the most difficult science issues of our time will better prepare them to be scientifically literate citizens. By David C. Owens, Troy D. Sadler, and Dana L. Zeidler As the nation’s political divide widens and becomes more toxic to civil discourse, the role of science in public debates [...]

What should teacher do if coworker lied on resume? 

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Q: I’m in a weird position. I work at a high school, and I have a pretty good relationship with another teacher in my science department. He’s a respected teacher. The kids like him, and they perform well on the AP bio exam after taking his course. He’s been at the school for four years, and [...]

Never too early to learn: Antibias education for young children


Important lessons about race, diversity, and equity can and should be taught to children in early childhood and preschool settings. By Jennifer Hooven, Katherine Runkle, Laurie Strouse, Misty Woods, and Erica Frankenberg In July 2016, Pennsylvania State University took over direct supervision of the Child Care Center at Hort Woods, an on-campus preschool and early [...]

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