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A ‘Mass Shooting Generation’ Cries Out for Change - @nytimes @cdcowen @NAISnetwork 

A ‘Mass Shooting Generation’ Cries Out for Change - @nytimes @cdcowen @NAISnetwork  | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
At other high schools across the country, students rallied in solidarity with Stoneman Douglas High and staged walkouts to protest what they called Washington’s inaction in protecting students and teachers. A gun control advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, said it had been so overwhelmed with requests from students that it was setting up a parallel, student focused advocacy group.

“People say it’s too early to talk about it,” Mr. Kasky said. “If you ask me, it’s way too late.”

His argument reflects the words of other students who want action: The issue is not an abstraction to them. These are their murdered friends, their bloodstained schools, their upended lives.

Students said they did not want to cede the discussion over their lives to politicians and adult activists.

“We need to take it into our hands,” Mr. Kasky said.
Lou Salza's insight:
Voters and elected officials in every state take note! We cannot change what we are willing to tolerate.  We have created a generation of young people who have grown up with the deadly reality of school shootings.  This is not about our rights as sports enthusiasts, or our 2nd Amendment rights to carry firearms. This is about the fundamental rights of our children to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in their schools. 
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101 Websites for Social Studies Teachers

101 Websites for Social Studies Teachers | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

I composed this list of 101 websites for social studies teachers by scouring the depths of the interwebs for quality resources.

I came across all kinds of sites dedicated to U.S. history, world history, culture, geography, maps, economics, etc., but these are the ones I found to be most up-to-date, accurate and professional.

Via GoEd Online, Seth Dixon
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Reimagining the School Day - Center for American Progress @lawrenceschool

Reimagining the School Day - Center for American Progress @lawrenceschool | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"The squeeze for time to plan lessons and complete other administrative tasks shapes a school’s professional environment and, ultimately, affects the quality of instruction. In a recent survey from the American Federation of Teachers, one of teachers’ two most cited “everyday stressors” was time pressure.8 As teachers are largely separate from other educators during instruction, lack of time for collaboration can be very isolating. More than half of lower secondary school teachers in the United States report that they do not teach jointly or observe other teachers.9 Such practices can improve teaching quality by granting teachers opportunities to receive feedback on their lesson execution and infuse new best practices into their repertoire.
In addition, providing teachers with more time to plan and attend to other responsibilities throughout the school day creates systematic opportunities to support new teachers and stretch more seasoned teachers—increasing the likelihood of teacher retention. During this structured planning time, new teachers should receive the coaching and personalized training they need to maximize their effectiveness and meet their professional goals. Meanwhile, experienced teachers can pursue leadership roles or coach new teachers.
Fortunately, schools can look to several promising models to change their typical schedules. The Center for American Progress compiled five of these innovative school schedules. Some of these schedules have already been implemented in schools across the country to improve instruction and ensure that teachers have ample time to teach, prepare, and develop their craft. CAP has also included teachers’ ideas for alternatives to the traditional school day model.
While each example schedule varies, there were similarities in how school leaders and teachers at each school reimagined the use of time. These innovative schedules all included:
Additional time for planning and collaboration
Flexible instructional blocks to differentiate content to student need
Opportunities for small group instruction or student-directed learning"

Lou Salza's insight:
The industrial-era school day and the agricultural school year need to be repealed and replaced! Where have I heard this phrase? Perhaps if we re-thought, re-organized, and re-ordered our priorities we could better focus students' activities to promote collaborative learning, communication, literacy, numeracy, problem solving,&  team work skills. This would foster leadership, citizenship, character and maybe even the courage to change on the part of teachers and admins. First resist memorization, timed, high stakes testing, excessive homework and grading! The future of our society, economy and democracy are in play. --Lou
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