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Educator: Support students by listening to them

One of the keys to establishing an effective learning environment is ensuring that students feel heard, asserts Beth Pandolpho, a high-school English teacher in New Jersey. In this blog post, she offers several ways to get students talking and offers tips to help teachers show students they are listening.

Edutopia online (7/12) Researchers: Social media may reveal how to engage students

Teens' social networks may reveal how their brains work, according to studies by University of Pennsylvania neuroscience researchers. In this commentary, Emily Falk director of the Penn Communication Neuroscience Lab, and Michael Platt, director of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative, note that by better understanding how students make connections, they can learn more about how to engage students.

Scientific American online (7/9) 

Making schools safer -- Harsh consequences, or second chances?
The debate in many ways comes down to this: What's more important — cold steel or warm hugs? Harsh consequences or second chances? Do we achieve safety and security by making schools harder — or making them softer?
NPR, June 22, 2018
Full story Ex-racist, crime victim's story moves students

The unlikely pair of a former skinhead, Arno Michaelis, and Pardeep Kaleka, a trauma therapist whose father was killed by an associate of Michaelis', are teaching students how to practice unity. The duo's story has moved some students to start their own social-justice projects aimed at serving the community.

Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/10)

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Organization suggests tax credit for teachers

Teachers who work in high-poverty schools should be eligible for a federal tax credit that could raise their salaries by as much as $10,000 annually, according to a proposal by the Center for American Progress. The proposal comes amid nationwide protests over teacher pay, which has not kept up with the cost of living in some states.

Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/13)

Students take on PBL through school publications

Working on school newspapers and yearbooks provide students with project-based learning experiences, according to Jeannette Acton, director of the Interscholastic League Press Conference Director. Educators say that besides teaching students about journalism, communication, collaboration and workplace skills, school publications also show students that their voices matter.

Education Dive (6/20)

Survey: Video use is increasing in schools

More educators are regularly using video in their lessons, according to an online survey by video-services company Kaltura. Results also show that about 21% of the surveyed educators said more than half the number of their students also are creating videos.

T.H.E. Journal (7/11)

PA. district preps students for kindergarten

A Pennsylvania school district has enrolled about 14% of its incoming kindergartners in a summer program that teaches basic skills to get the students ready for school in the fall. An official said data from one school show that 90% of kindergarten and first-grade students who participated in past summer programs were reading on grade level.

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

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