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Report - What Kids are Reading

Discover what kids are reading

Is nonfiction gaining traction? How important is background knowledge? How does reading translate to different careers? Get the answers to these questions and more in Renaissance Learning’s free What Kids Are Reading: 2020 Edition report. The world’s largest annual survey of K–12 student reading habits, What Kids Are Reading contains eye-opening research analyses and lists the top books students are reading at every grade level.

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March 16, 2020

 

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essay contest on civil rights

Funding & Recognition

Essay Contest on the Meaning of Civil Discourse

The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them.

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English learners conference

Professional Growth

Online Conference for Teachers of English Learners

Since 2017 the free VirtuEL Conference has invited researchers and teachers of English learners to present on topics ranging from digital tools for ELs to schoolwide changes to help language learners.

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K-8 online math program

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Digital Program to Develop Math Thinkers

DreamBox Learning Math is the only K–8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators, and independently proven to positively impact student achievement. DreamBox dynamically adapts and differentiates in real time based not only on students’ answers but also on how they solve problems. By continually supporting all students at their right level, DreamBox is a powerful partner in every classroom, school, and district.

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outstanding young leaders environmental movementbroweryouthawards.org

Funding & Recognition

Award Celebrating Young Environmental Leaders

The New Leaders Initiative offers innovative youth programming across the United States, with the goal of engaging, growing, and supporting environmental and social justice youth activists so that they can reach the highest version of themselves.

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webinar on ethics in educationedweb.net

Professional Growth

Webinar on Ethics-based Decision-Making

On April 2, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), educators are invited to a free, live presentation on “Leading with Ethics” sponsored by ETS – ProEthica. In this free edLeader Panel hosted on edWeb.net, the presenters will explore how school administrators can help change the way ethics-based decisions are made within their school districts.

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STEM and ELL students

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

SPOTLIGHT! On Equitable Access to Science Materials

Building Science Literacy with Technology

Nationally, English learners (ELs) make up nearly 10 percent of preK–12 classrooms and almost 15 percent of urban classrooms, and these numbers are on the rise, according to research by the National Center for Education Statistics. Many supports are available for ELs, but the elementary science materials available are disproportionately directed toward grade-level readers. How can educators make access to science more equitable?

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robotics apppopsci.com

Mobile Learning

App Exploring Innovations in Robotics

iRobot is helping to drive STEM education programs in the iRobot Cool Stuff Museum, where students can explore the building blocks of the world’s coolest robots. A free iOS or Android app from Cuseum takes students on a tour of the museum, providing an opportunity to learn about iRobot’s rich history in robotics and gain inspiration.

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corona virus comic for kidsnpr.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Comic Teaching Young People About the Coronavirus

Recently NPR published a comic geared to children about the newly discovered coronavirus. The comic was also published in Chinese and has been translated into other languages—and it is finding an audience in schools and libraries as well as at home.

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STEM and the nation's food systemstonebarnscenter.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Course on the Complexities of a Contemporary, Healthy Food System

FOOD Ed. is a national standards-aligned course that brings STEAM to life by exploring the complexities of the nation’s food system. The semester-long interdisciplinary course explores connections between food and culturefood and environment, and food and power.

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Eleanor Roosevelt project

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Project Bringing to Light the Vision and Voice of Eleanor Roosevelt

March is Women’s History Month—commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Eleanor Roosevelt (ER) was one of the most significant American women of the twentieth century, and she remains one of the most admired.

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app about the Acropolismozaweb.com

Mobile Learning

3D App with Interactive Scenes of the Acropolis of Athens

The world’s most famous citadel, the Acropolis of Athens, was built in Ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. With the free Acropolis Interactive 3D app, students can explore this great work of architecture along with events of the past.

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professional learning about Earth Dayearthday.org

Professional Growth

Self-Paced Course to Increase Confidence Around Climate Topics

To celebrate 50 years of Earth DayProject WET has teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Project WILD to launch a free online professional learning opportunity on climate topics on March 23, 2020.

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videos for difficult math conceptsmathsnacks.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Inquiry-based Activities to Increase Students’ Math Understanding

Math educators worked with learning researchers and multimedia developers to create Math Snacks, an online platform that helps students in grades 4–8 work through difficult math concepts. Created in New Mexico State University’s Learning Games Lab, the free Math Snacks materials address critical content, including number sense, ratio, proportion, measurement, scale factor, and prealgebra.

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interest girls in data analyticsgirlsplusdata.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Workshops to Build Girls’ Interest in Careers in Data Analytics

The nonprofit girls + data is on a mission to increase youth data literacy and provide middle school girls with hands-on learning opportunities in STEM careers in data analytics.

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