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STEM Education Support Key to Diverse Workforce of Tomorrow

Public News Service – Ashley Inman Zanchelli

“How will Washington state diversify its workforce as technology radically changes the jobs landscape? One answer is investment in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education for underserved students. By 2030, two-thirds of family-sustaining job openings in the Evergreen State are projected to require STEM credentials, according to the group Washington STEM. But the group’s chief program officer, Andy Shouse, says children of color and from low-income families start kindergarten behind in math proficiency. He says the gaps grow larger as they age, hampering attainment in STEM subjects.” (more)

This Week’s ESSA News: States Rethinking Report Cards, Using Data to Inform School Oversight, Targeting Classrooms for Additional Support & More

The 74 Million – Ashley Inman Zanchelli

“Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that states are starting to release their lists of schools targeted for additional support — “Additional Targeted Schools” (that’s the “wonky term for a particular set of schools that need improvement”). This categorization could “end up describing anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of schools, according to preliminary observations by the Center for Assessment, a nonprofit that works with states on testing and accountability.” Klein notes that although “that may be the typical range, many states will be under the 30 percent threshold.”” (more)

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You

Ed Surge – Emily Tate

“A recent New York Times investigation found that many companies receive such precise, extensive data on their users that they—and anyone else they share this information with—could easily identify a single individual and pinpoint their location. That user data is often sold to or shared with other companies, such as advertisers who have a vested interest in behavioral data, and it’s not as anonymous as people think. This is how many free apps monetize.” (more)

Using Humor to Teach Shakespeare

Edutopia – Nicholas Provenzano

“I’m an English teacher, and one of the hardest units for me to cover with my freshman students used to be Romeo and Juliet. There’s nothing more awkward than having students stand and read from a giant book. They’re not familiar with the language and have no idea about the meaning of what they’re saying, so they lack emphasis and emotion.” (more)

Themes This Year: School Culture, Student Behavior And Inspirational Teaching

KQED New Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Looking back at the most popular articles published on MindShift offers an interesting glimpse into the concerns, aspirations and focus areas for educators. Every year is different; sometimes readers favor outlier ideas or something inspiring that caught the collective fancy. Other years, the most popular articles cluster around themes. This is one of those years: trauma in the classroom, building school culture, strategies to handle difficult student behaviors, teacher self-care and ideas to reach every learner all resonated with MindShift readers.” (more)

5 questions students should ask about media

E-School News – Kelly Mendoza

“Do your students love to take and edit photos to post on Instagram? Are they obsessed with watching (or maybe even becoming!) YouTube celebs? Do you want to help your students learn how to spot a stereotype on a TV show? Or how to identify bias in a news article? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider integrating media literacy education into your lessons.” (more)