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Watch this endearing and thought-provoking trailer of a documentary by Julie Akeret presented by WGBY and coming later in 2014, pending  funding. The film documents classes conducted at Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield MA. by Mount Holyoke College with a diverse group of second graders who learn to love books and reading as they argue about some of life’s headiest issues using picture books as a starting point for their discussions.

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Les 10 Clip 1 Still_largeBlack History Month begins and throughout February you’ll find resources here to spark students’ curiosity. This one considers the 21st century demand for a new way of approaching education policy and practice — a “whole child” approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement.  Such an approach requires that policymakers make decisions about education by first asking:   What works best for children? (more…)

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WGBH EducationAs part of a Race to the Top proposal, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing 100+ Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)to help you use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (incorporating the Common Core State Standards).  They span PreK-12 in English language arts, Mathematics, U.S. History/Social Studies, and Science and Technology Engineering.

Each unit identifies the standard(s) to be taught, big understandings, essential questions, a Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA), an outline of lessons, possible digital resources to use, and detailed lesson plans. As media partner for this project, WGBH in Boston will provide digital resources via PBS LearningMedia.

Units are posted on the ESE website at the link below. Many are in draft form and ready for a Try-Out phase. Follow these steps to access the MCUs for a 2-week period, after which you can continue to request access for an unlimited number of times.

1)   Visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/model/download_form.aspx

2)   Complete the short form. An access link will be sent to your email address.

3)   Check your email inbox for a message from “ESE Administration”

4)   Open the message and click the link to the website.

5)   Select a unit of interest to you.

You can also visit  www.mass.pbslearningmedia.org for updates on the units and links to thousands of free digital learning resources.

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CompSci2_ResizedNews for more integrated computer science education have increased in recent years as studies show that computer science degrees lead to high-paying jobs that help boost the economy. In fact, many school districts now give math credits to students for successful completion of computer science courses, so reports Laura Devaney, managing editor of eSchool News, in their October 30 edition.

To read the entire article, please click this link.

To learn more about teaching computer science and to access lesson plans and other classroom resources, please click this link.

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music_brainresizedThis report by Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchool News, August 15, 2013, may confirm observations you’ve already made about the achievement of students who participate in school music programs  —  The new study reveals that music education can offset widespread student achievement gaps, enhance student learning skills, and promote better brain function later in life. The good news for schools is that whether or not music funding is available, new music technology can provide students with music education at little to no cost.

“We are what we do,” said Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles professor and principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University. “And the brain helps prove that.”

Read the entire story by clicking here

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51p+4bC+EfL._SY300_Here is a new video that provides an intimate portrait of fledgling Washington Metropolitan High School in D.C. Through day-to-day stories, the film invites viewers in for a rare first-hand account of the life inside Washington, D.C.’s volatile school reform movement. Staff and students put a human face on their day-to-day struggles for learning while coping with social pressures within and without the school. A good DVD to build staff discussions around. Borrow 180 Days – A Year Inside an American High School (I.D. 2381) for a month by clicking here.

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TEDtalksSkeptical about whether online learning can really offer a quality education?  On TED TALKS EDUCATION, a program WGBY aired this past May, you saw the quality of TED talks:  Ideas Worth Spreading — ideas that we want to continue to help spread here.

A TED Talk that may well transform your view of online learning is one by Stanford professor Daphne Koller:  What We’re Learning from Online Education.  Growing up among several generations of PhD’s, she was expected to go to college and has become a passionate educator.   Through her startup, Coursera, co-founded with Andrew Ng, she has made college available to anyone with online classes from 16 top colleges.  In her TED Talk, Professor Koller says, “In many of our [online] courses, the median response time for a question on the question and answer forum was 22 minutes — which is not a level of service I have ever offered to my Stanford students.”  Be prepared to learn more about the success and promise of online learning in her 20 minute talk.

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