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4 ideas for improving digital equity

Education leaders nationwide share strategies to help promote digital equity when the new school year begins. A district in rural Virginia got creative about bringing internet access to its community, launching solar-powered "wireless on wheels" mobile units and parking them at local churches, fire departments and a fast-food restaurant.

Education Week 

How does game-based learning differ from gamification?

Students love games, and teachers can tap that passion by integrating games into lessons, writes Hubert Ham, director of innovation and information services at The Alexander Dawson School in Las Vegas. In this blog post, Ham distinguishes between gamification and game-based learning and offers pros and cons for each.

Full Story: Edutopia    

The Benefits of Guiding Students to Develop Good Habits

Students need to understand the process required to achieve their goals, writes Crystal Frommert, a middle-school instructional coach in Texas. In this article, Frommert shares strategies to help middle-schoolers build good habits as part of a process and effort required to reach their goal, rather than focusing on the end result.


Pa. district focuses efforts on struggling readers"

Some Philadelphia students who struggled with literacy before the pandemic are even further behind after an extended period of virtual learning, which can affect their ability to learn across all subjects, according to educators. The School District of Philadelphia is developing strategies and creating curricula for developing readers that focuses on the "identity of Black and brown children," Nyshawana Francis-Thompson, executive director of the district's Office of Curriculum and Instruction.

Full Story: Chalkbeat/Philadelphia    

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Why decisions need to be about the entire community

Not every program or strategy is universal, and it pays to investigate whether the move is right for your environment and organization, as George Couros did when he was a school principal. "The process of making a decision together as a community is sometimes more important than the actual decision made," Couros writes.

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How will pandemic-era tech investments expand districts' long-term capabilities?

About 20% of districts have either adopted a plan to continue some type of virtual school post-pandemic or are considering it, according to a RAND Corporation report. Though long-term remote options are promising, most district leaders are still more immediately concerned about the social-emotional health of students in current remote settings, as well as the lack of funding to cover staff. Education Dive

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Opinion: Focus on 5 areas for digital transition

SMASH Academy, a national STEM education summer program for students of color, has transitioned its established in-person program to a virtual one during the coronavirus pandemic. In this commentary, Danielle Rose and Zorel Zambrano, both from SMASH Academy, share five keys to adopting a digital program, including closing the digital and connectivity divide.


Steps to build a diverse teaching force

There are several steps that school leaders can take to create a diverse teaching workforce, education experts say. Officials suggest developing build-your-own-educator programs, which look within the district for ethnically and racially diverse teachers, and partnering with outside organizations that promote diversity and equity.

Education Week   

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