Saturday, January 16, 2021

Educational Links 1/17/2021

 Who Is Miguel Cardona? Educatiom Secretary Pick Has Roots in Classroom, Principal’s Office


Give school staff rapid COVID-19 vaccine access, education leaders urge

Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic

6 teaching resources for the Presidential Inauguration

Newsom opens one-stop Covid information ‘hub’ on reopening schools

Creative Ways to Assess Math Understanding

Traditional math assessments tend to provide a narrow gauge of student learning—here’s how some teachers are going deeper. 

Dust of Snow

Dust of Snow by Norman Rockwell


Dust of Snow

by Robert Frost 

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Educational Links 1/16/2021


30 Of The Best Tools For Remote Teaching And Learning


To help get kids back in school, California should temporarily suspend local collective bargaining

School District’s Special Ed Services During COVID-19 Under Investigation

Low-Tech Scientific Exploration for Students at Home

Give school staff rapid COVID-19 vaccine access, education leaders urge

How to Make Anti-Racism More Than a Performance

Whether white people are ready or not, policies have to change

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Educational Links 1/15/2021


New Thinking About Emotional Intelligence

'Ambitious Girl' Reminds Kids: Your Dreams Are Not A Drawback

Improving Instruction With Student Data

Do Instructional Videos Work Better When the Teacher is On Screen? It Depends.

Education and the coronavirus crisis: What’s the latest?

30 Of The Best Tools For Remote Teaching And Learning

Learning Disorders in ChildrenSEL

Many children may struggle in school with some topics or skills from time to time. When children try hard and still struggle with a specific set of skills over time, it could be a sign of a learning disorder. Having a learning disorder means that a child has difficulty in one or more areas of learning, even when overall intelligence or motivation is not affected.

Teachable Moment: Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. galvanized the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's due to his remarkable courage and unsurpassed eloquence.  He was right: those who were on the opposing  side of the argument were revealed as hideous, sadistic monsters. They still are. 

Unspeakable atrocities preceded and follow Dr. King's time of leadership. His actions and words still call forth men and women, boys and girls of all demographics to seek equality in America. And the price could be high.

When Dr. King gave his immortal, 'I Have A Dream' speech, he ignited dreams among all ethnicities, genders, religions, and students.  Hearing it is a profound experience. Please have your students listen. It is probably the most important speech given in the twentieth century, and given by a future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is a resource to hear the "I Have A Dream" Speech on American Rhetoric.

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today 

Here is an excerpt from my blog "Books to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress"

A third grader, small for his age, could really run fast during practice for his elementary school's Olympic Day. It was his way to shine. His tennies were worn out, so Teacher got him a new pair at  Wal-Mart. He made the school proud. This school district was low income, and located near a federal prison, therefore many families were in the area to be living nearby to visit relatives. The little boy also worked very hard at reading, writing, and math, including those impossible fractions. After the January 19th holiday, he asked Teacher, "Why don't they make Dr. Martin Luther King bedsheets? They make them for Superman." He had chosen the better hero.
This is a true story, and I hope the little guy is now a grown, happy, and functional adult, since I last had him at school in 1995.  He had the odds against him, but hopefully some encouragement from reading in school has remained with him.

This story of Dr. King and his profound words will be like miracle grow to the young soul, no matter what color his skin may be.

Teachable Moment: Book Review: Martin's Big Words 

There are excellent resources to inform students about Dr. Martin Luther, King. 

March on Washington: Throngs mark 'I Have a Dream' anniversary

March on Washington's 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands

 And some posters and quotes.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

 I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

 We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.    

 Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' 

 I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

MLK aged seven. Do you have one in your first grade? Maybe your eighth grade class, or your American History class?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Educational Links 1/14/2021

3 strategies to teach STEAM in a blended environment

What Is Dyslexia?

Resources and Tools: Covid 19

Are Colleges Partly to Blame for the Riot at the Capitol?



Will New COVID-19 Strains Mean More Cases in Schools? An Explainer

A Model for Setting Up Group Work in High School Math

Collaboration is beneficial for student learning, and a strategy designed for distance learning makes it manageable and engaging.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Educational Links 01/13/2021


Surveys Find Districts Are Using More Edtech Tools — and Teachers Are Bearing the Costs


Big district superintendents, Newsom advisers remain at odds on back to school plan

What Is Autism?

When Toxic Positivity Seeps Into Schools, Here’s What Educators Can Do

3 Ways to Level Up Your Zoom Skills

Want Students to Master Literary Analysis? Try Starting With a Vocabulary Lesson 

Unless they understand words such as ‘symbolize’ and ‘connote,’ it’s difficult for students to analyze literature well.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Educational Links 01/12/2021

 Bringing More of a Classroom Feel to Distance Learning

If an app can detect COVID-19 carriers by the sound of a cough, should schools use it?

Falling Through the Cracks - Strategies for Stopping Learning Loss

20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day

Tools for Keeping Children Safe Online

Schools Are a Lifeline for Homeless Students. COVID-19 Is Severing the Connection.

How Online Teaching Needs to Improve—Even After the Pandemic

Despite all the frustrations and struggles to make remote and hybrid learning work during COVID-19, many teachers have evolved their practices to an approach more tailored to individual students’ needs, and the vast majority say they’ve gained skills that they’ll continue to use after the pandemic ends, concludes a new report.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Educational Links 1/11/2021

A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

Stepping into 2021 - Tips for Transitioning

Delivering on Equity Post-Pandemic: Will We or Won’t We?

State closes digital divide with boots-on-the-ground effort


One Thing Today: Start Small & Keep Going in 2021

Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth

When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action, scrambling to offer wireless internet access, computers, and food. For many families, those measures were enough to ensure a level of economic and academic stability.