Most Educators Require Kids to Turn Cameras On in Virtual Class, Despite Equity Concerns – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Are Aspiring Teachers Learning Classroom Management? It Varies – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs ‘Rebalancing’ – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Posted on 3 weeks ago

Gates Foundation Unveils Grants to Make Algebra More Culturally Relevant – Teaching Now

The Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it is launching a multimillion dollar grant program aimed at raising achievement in Algebra I for Black and Latino students, students in poverty, and English-language learners. 

The goal is to engage students with more culturally relevant instruction—including by redesigning courses so that they draw on students’ lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice. 

The grants will be awarded through the foundation’s Grand Challenge platform, an initiative that targets persistent challenges in global health and development. Funding will be awarded in two phases: 10 to 15 awardees will receive $100,000 each,

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Charters Improving at Faster Pace in Urban Areas

Our results have stimulated a good deal of conversation among policy analysts, particularly among those who support school charters. We have been surprised at the modest amount of criticism the study has received from charter critics. However, a report on the study in The 74 includes a critical comment by one observer, who suggests the sample we used was “skewed” in favor of urban charters, a locale where charter students are improving at a more rapid pace than those in district schools.

We were puzzled by the criticism because the sample used for our study comes directly from NAEP, often

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No, Teachers Shouldn’t Get Half Pay For Remote Teaching

“Parents should get half of the teachers’ salaries. So much of what the kids are doing online is independent work, and the teachers are nowhere to be found!” Have you heard this sentiment going around?

If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. I heard it this weekend while I was waiting in the grocery store checkout line. I’ve read it online. It seems like everywhere we look, teachers are getting criticized, and this is the latest: we are paying teachers too much, and they are working less. There’s no question that everyone is stressed and anxious, but why are teachers

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25 Ocean Activities, Experiments, and Crafts For Kids To Dive Into

From “Baby Beluga” to Finding Nemo, kids love all things ocean! So you know they’ll be eager to dive into this collection of ocean activities. They’ll get to craft sea creatures, perform ocean experiments, and learn so much about our watery planet. Come on in … the water’s fine!

1. Read an ocean book

Whether you’re looking for picture books or chapter books, fiction or non-fiction, our list of terrific ocean books has got you covered.

2. Make an ocean in a bottle

Turn an old water bottle into a mini-aquarium. Sand, shells, and plastic sea creatures bring

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Teachers, Stop Being Available for Students and Families 24/7

I saw a tweet that I can’t stop thinking about. It was an important reminder to teachers that we are not, in fact, convenience stores, and we should not be available 24/7. It was also a plea for us to set boundaries as a kindness to ourselves. We need more of that—permission to log off, to work our contracted hours, to go home and unwind. That might mean frustrating others (admin, families, students), but if we’re going to make it through this incredibly difficult season of teaching, we have to protect our own time.

Set your hours

This process begins

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