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Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students' Chances of Going to College

Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students' Chances of Going to College | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Black students who had two black teachers by third grade were 32 percent more likely to enroll in college, a new study finds."

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Wednesday is National ESP Day!

Wednesday is National ESP Day! | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

As part of American Education Week, tomorrow is National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day!

 

Join WEAC, NEA and schools across the country as we recognize the amazing ESP who make a difference in the lives of students both in and out of the classroom.

 

Celebrate with us! Be sure to recognize ESP in your schools and post a photo or video sharing words of thanks on social media using #WeLoveOurESP and #AEW2018.

 

Find out more, along with resources you can use to celebrate ESP at http://www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm.

 

And watch our videos celebrating Wisconsin's paraprofessionals at weac.org/parapros.

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A 4-Step Process for Building Student Resilience

A 4-Step Process for Building Student Resilience | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"A special education teacher has developed worksheets to help all students identify and manage their stressors." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Classroom Management community.

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Researchers Find More Reasons Why the Arts Are Good for Young Children

Researchers Find More Reasons Why the Arts Are Good for Young Children | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Early exposure to the arts is important, researchers say — and may be especially critical for children with the greatest needs — because participation has been associated with higher achievement in school."

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5 Doable Digital Citizenship Goals for Teachers

5 Doable Digital Citizenship Goals for Teachers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Internet safety, online privacy, cyberbullying, media balance, online relationships, news and media literacy—digital citizenship topics tackle big questions. It can feel daunting to integrate lessons on these weighty topics into your already-packed classroom agendas. But does it have to be such a heavy lift?"

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Establishing a Culture of Questioning

Establishing a Culture of Questioning | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When students consistently ask meaningful questions, they get comfortable taking the risks that lead to learning."

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Class for Whole Family at This Madison Community School Aims To Stop Bullying

Class for Whole Family at This Madison Community School Aims To Stop Bullying | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This is Lake View’s first year designated as a community school and one of the new resources being offered to families is a violence prevention class called Peaceful Families, Peaceful Schools.”

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Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations

Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"What you put on your classroom walls can affect your students’ ability to learn." Thanks to Elizabeth Lovett for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Middle School Strategies community.

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Teacher of the Year: How Schools Silence Girls — and How I Played a Part

Teacher of the Year: How Schools Silence Girls — and How I Played a Part | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"If you ask most teachers, they would surely tell you that they do not intend to favor one sex over the other. Yet research shows that they often wind up silencing girls in a different way. In this post, a former state teacher of the year explains how and why it happens — and how she has inadvertently played a role in this, too." Thanks to Andrea Leggett for sharing this post on the NEA edCommunities Early Career Educators community.

 

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The Seven Most Powerful Words In Education

The Seven Most Powerful Words In Education | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"We could improve the working conditions in schools and the morale of the teaching force with just seven words: What can I do to help you?"

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Walking School Bus Program Helps Get Kids Safely to School

Walking School Bus Program Helps Get Kids Safely to School | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Ryan Hurley, the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership director at United Way, said other schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools system are looking at Lincoln as an example of creative ways to engage students, families and the surrounding community. He said that as a community school, much of what happens at Lincoln originates directly from the parents in the community. Since many parents cited neighborhood safety as a top concern, Hurley said the walking school bus was a practical, and ultimately successful, solution.

 

“The walking school bus is a perfect example of what community schools do,” Hurley said. “They engage the community to ask, ‘What are the challenges? What are the barriers to student success? How do we all come together to organize and address those challenges?’”

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La Crosse Students Building New Prosthetic Technology Using $9.5k Grant from MIT

La Crosse Students Building New Prosthetic Technology Using $9.5k Grant from MIT | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Students at Logan High School in La Crosse are putting their engineering skills to the test. With the guidance of teacher Steve Johnston, a member of WEAC Region 4, they're trying to make a groundbreaking invention for people who use prosthetic limbs. 

Logan High School is one of 15 schools nationwide to receive a  $9,500 grant from a prestigious MIT program for the project."

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Wisconsin Teachers Use the Ice Age Trail for a Classroom

Wisconsin Teachers Use the Ice Age Trail for a Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Saunters is a collaboration among the Ice Age Trail Alliance, school districts and community groups throughout the state. The purpose of the program is to get students 'sauntering' on the Ice Age Trail through daily hikes. Students start out in the classroom learning about the trail segment they'll be hiking, then they explore and learn out on the trail."

 

"On the first day, the teachers and hike leaders point out things, but we always stop for discovery, for whatever things the kids find," said Peter Dargatz, a kindergarten teacher with the Hamilton School District and a member of WEAC Region 7. "Then, as the week goes on, we step back and let the kids take more of a lead. They dictate where we head. The goal is to get the kids out there and finding things and get excited about nature."

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Weston Elementary prepares students for STEAM careers of the future

Weston Elementary prepares students for STEAM careers of the future | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Students and teachers at Weston Elementary School near Wausau have new freedom to think creatively through a partnership with Discovery Education and a grant from the Horvat Family Foundation."

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We Can Do Better: Rethinking Native Stories in Classrooms

We Can Do Better: Rethinking Native Stories in Classrooms | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This is an excerpt from Debbie Reese’s article “Critical Indigenous Literacies: Selecting and Using Children’s Books about Indigenous Peoples." This article focuses on unlearning stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples and replacing harmful narratives with accurate information and understandings. Teachers are critical in categorizing, selecting, and (re)presenting Indigenous communities through children’s literature." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me community.

 

RELATED: November is National Native American Heritage Month and the “Wisconsin First Nations Education” website, launched in November 2017, provides high-quality resources for educators to explore, including a rich collection of educational videos, professional development materials, lesson plans, and learning tools for classrooms and libraries.

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How to Bring More Positive Language Into Your Classroom

How to Bring More Positive Language Into Your Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Want to bring more positive language to your classroom? Here are a few ways to start. Small adjustments can really make an impact on your students." Thanks to Jada Jackson for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Educator Effectiveness community.

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Featured edCommunities Group: Safe and Healthy Schools

Featured edCommunities Group: Safe and Healthy Schools | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Nothing is more important than a safe school where students can focus on their academics, teachers can teach, and school support staff can perform their wide array of duties around the school. A safe and healthy school environment is crucial to ensuring that students thrive and that all school employees perform their jobs efficiently.

This group focuses on health and safety issues facing students and staff and how school employees can collaborate with administrators, parents, and community partners to close the achievement gap while ensuring a supportive school environment.

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Can A School Built On Brain Science Alter The Learning Landscape?

Can A School Built On Brain Science Alter The Learning Landscape? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Students at Soaring Heights learn everything kids at other schools do, but the STEM-focused school also uses principles of neuroscience to help students persevere, concentrate, unleash creativity, regulate their emotions and even develop empathy. They use the latest insights about how the brain works to inspire how the classrooms work."

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Mobile Learning 'Shifting the Paradigm' of K-12 Education, says Apple Executive

Mobile Learning 'Shifting the Paradigm' of K-12 Education, says Apple Executive | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Apple Education’s Jon Landis told a conference audience that educators must evolve to keep pace with the unprecedented changes seen in tech today."

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Writing a Quality Student/School Learning Objectives (SLO)

Writing a Quality Student/School Learning Objectives (SLO) | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Cuba City teacher Laura Wilberding shares this Department of Public Instruction resource on the NEA edCommunities Educator Effectiveness community. She writes: "Wisconsin has been working to improve the Educator Effectiveness Project since its inception. I find this updated list of resources the best yet. "

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20 Strategies To Get The Best Work From Your Students

20 Strategies To Get The Best Work From Your Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The idea here is to clarify the kinds of teaching practices and learning strategies that give your students the best chance to do their best–to consistently do their very best work, and grow the most as students over the course of a school year." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Classroom Management community.

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Supporting the Emotional Link to Teaching

Supporting the Emotional Link to Teaching | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When my students are having a hard time emotionally, I let them know that they can take time and space to process their feelings. I tell them I am there if they want to talk, and then instruct them to join the class when they are ready." Thanks to Ashanti Rankin for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities ESP Hot Issues community.

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Why Millions of Teens Can't Finish Their Homework

Why Millions of Teens Can't Finish Their Homework | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"In what’s often referred to as the “homework gap,” the unequal access to digital devices and high-speed internet prevents 17 percent of teens from completing their homework assignments, according to the new Pew analysis, which surveyed 743 students ages 13 through 17. Black teens are especially burdened by the homework gap: One in four of them at least sometimes struggle to complete assignments because of a lack of technology at home. And close to half of teenagers in the bottom income bracket have to do their homework on a cellphone occasionally or often."

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How Restorative Justice Helps Students Learn

How Restorative Justice Helps Students Learn | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Restorative justice (RJ) offers healthy alternatives to the traditional disciplinary approach of rules and the consequences of breaking those rules. RJ practices such as peer conflict resolution circles, reflection sheets that guide conversations with a teacher or administrator, and mediated student-student or student-adult conversations are practices that allow students and communities to feel safe and successful together."

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I Almost Quit Teaching My First Year. 20 Years Later, I'm Glad I Didn't.

I Almost Quit Teaching My First Year. 20 Years Later, I'm Glad I Didn't. | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Lucky for me, my supervisor saw a young kid who was made to be a teacher. He also saw a kid fresh out of college who was drowning in his newfound responsibility. He knew how seriously I took my responsibility to my students, how hard I took it when I failed to reach one of them or watched a lesson I had planned thud like a bird into a windowpane. He told me he would not accept my resignation.

 

"Now, after nearly two decades in the classroom, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Each day I come to work in a profession that leaves me deeply fulfilled, a profession where I get to help kids navigate the swirling waters of adolescence find their own voice. Here I spend my days helping kids decode the world around them, and speak out."

 

Thanks to Ebony Gardner for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Early Career Educators community.

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