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Blue Ace Athlete Reading Program Promotes Unity, Education Within Athletic Department (opens in a new window)

Newark Advocate

July 15, 2022

The Blue Ace scholar-athlete summer reading club is one example of the GHS athletic department’s determination to generate unity between its various sports teams. The reading club, which is currently in its second year, gives students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the athletic department’s values through a pre-selected book they read during the summer. 

Developing Career Clarity In High School (opens in a new window)


July 15, 2022

The more dynamic the job market and the more expensive college gets, the more important career education becomes. However, most US students don’t get the chance to match their strengths and interests to emerging career opportunities.

MajorClarity is a career and college readiness platform for middle and high school students. It allows learners to test drive possible careers and, as students gain a sense of their interests and strengths, build a career aligned course of study.

On the Persistence of the Achievement Gap (opens in a new window)

Fordham Institute

July 11, 2022

David Armor discusses his analysis of the Black-White achievement gap, which has remained fairly constant from third grade through the end of middle school (eighth grade). The gap issue is less clear for the high school grades, since most statewide achievement testing programs do not test all of the high school years.

Linnea Ehri Receives William S. Gray Citation of Merit (opens in a new window)

International Literacy Association

July 11, 2022

The International Literacy Association (ILA) announced the winners of its 2022 awards and grants, including its top honor and one of the literacy field’s most prestigious, the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, which was awarded to City University of New York’s Linnea Ehri.

Is the Common School in America Dying? (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

July 06, 2022

“Is the post-modern state now dedicated to segmented tribes split along divergent ideologies of schooling rather than rallying behind a common good?” The Supreme Court’s decisions this month involving public education have stirred new debate about the future of public, secular education in this country but such concerns are not new to advocates of publicly operated and funded public schools.

Diving into Summer Reading: How Four Teachers/Librarians Help Readers Take the Plunge (opens in a new window)

Publishers Weekly

June 28, 2022

Summertime is a feast for the senses: there’s the feel of a warm breeze, the taste of campfire s’mores, the squeals of kids at the area pool… and the smell of a good summer book. In honor of this time of year, we spoke with four teachers/librarians about their thoughts on summer reading and the ways they encourage avid and reluctant readers alike to dip their toes in the water and dive into some good books.

Students Chronicle Their Troubled World (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

June 27, 2022

In the vitriolic national debate about what can and can’t be taught in public schools, parents’ rights and public funding of religious education, it’s easy to forget that many students at many schools across the country routinely do amazing work.

Authors Jason Reynolds, Nancy Pearl Join High Schoolers to Unite Against Book Bans at World’s Biggest Library Event (opens in a new window)

American Library Association

June 24, 2022

The authors will join Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, D.C.) students to make the case for defending the right to read and the joy in claiming that right. The discussion will take place at the largest library event in the world, the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibitions, held in Washington, D.C., June 24-27. 

20 Independent Reading Activities for Middle School (opens in a new window)

Teaching Expertise

June 24, 2022

Middle grade English students can struggle to focus during independent reading time. They need structure to not only continue reading their book but also to improve their reading comprehension and other skills. Different activities and reading strategies can help keep them engaged and also give you a better understanding of their reading needs.

“Goldilocks Amount” of Social Media Time May Protect Teens (opens in a new window)

June 16, 2022

New research has found further evidence of the relationship between teenage well-being and online engagement. The study, from Trinity College in Dublin, contributes to mounting international evidence on the dangers of high levels of social media use. However, the opposite end of the spectrum isn’t all that better. In today’s connected world, a low social media presence is also associated with poor mental health among adolescents.

These findings support the goldilocks hypothesis – there is a point between low and high social media use that is “just right” for young people. This is the first time the goldilocks theory has been examined in Irish teenagers and young adults.

Underachievers No More (opens in a new window)

UC Davis

June 16, 2022

A new UC Davis study of young Adolescents suggests that intelligence is malleable. The study suggests that low achievers can improve their grades with specific learning methods.

Girls Who Game Uses Minecraft to Expose DeKalb Students to STEM (opens in a new window)

Atlanta Journal Constitution

June 16, 2022

In classrooms throughout Fernbank Science Center, 45 middle school girls are lost in another world, one they’ve created in Minecraft. For the past two weeks, the DeKalb County students have participated in a program called Girls Who Game. Through a partnership with Dell Technologies and Microsoft, Girls Who Game works to provide equitable opportunities for girls. It exposes students to creative problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Maybe a new career path.

Newly Arrived Students Learn English, New Culture (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

June 14, 2022

Roanoke, VA public schools has more than 1,630 students eligible for EL services, which is nearly 12% of about 14,000 students in the division. The number of EL students has grown by 50% over the past nine years. With that increase the number of teachers and the amount of government funding allocated for English learning have grown, as well.

What Happens When Older Students Struggle to Read? We Asked. You Answered. (opens in a new window)

Chalkbeat Colorado

June 14, 2022

When students get to middle and high school without strong reading skills, the results can be devastating. In response to a recent Chalkbeat survey, dozens of parents and educators described secondary students who refuse to read out loud for fear of being teased, who can’t understand math word problems or science vocabulary, and gradually give up on school altogether. They worried such students face poor job prospects and bleak futures.

Middle Schoolers Write Pet Profiles to Help Find Homes for Shelter Dogs and ‘Romeo’ the Rat (opens in a new window)

USA Today

June 10, 2022

Read the pet profiles written by students at Booker T. Middle School in Newport News. According to the shelter’s executive director Alison Fechino, the group’s engagement and development director asked teachers at Booker T. for help recently. The teachers allowed 7th grade students to write profiles for the pets as part of an extra credit public service announcement assignment. As of Thursday afternoon, the shelter has 91 dogs in the building, it’s down to two open cages and the shelter also has 46 dogs in foster care, said shelter director Amanda McQuarry.


Gov. Whitmer Boosts Funding for 16 Schools to Expand Programs to Prepare Students for In-Demand Jobs (opens in a new window)

June 10, 2022

Governor Gretchen Whitmer along with state environmental and workforce leaders announced 16 K-12 institutions, school districts and educational partnerships have been awarded $205,028 to develop Great Lakes-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational programs for students. These grants build on the Governor’s historic educational budget proposal, which includes the highest per-student investment ever, $1 billion for new school construction and renovation, funds to hire and retain 15,000 teachers, and more resources for on-campus mental health support.

Latina Mothers, Daughters and the Pursuit of Higher Education Together (opens in a new window)

Los Angeles Times

June 10, 2022

Cindy R. Escobedo chronicled the aspirations, challenges and joys of Latina mothers and daughters who pursued college degrees together. Cindy identified nine working-class mother-daughter families consisting of 22 women — all but three of whom attended college in California at the same time. The mothers are largely immigrants — from Mexico, Peru, Belize, Guatemala — while all but one of the daughters U.S. born. But beneath the joy of achievement are complex journeys because for every mother who made sacrifices on the way to her degree, so too did her daughter. Here are their stories.

Teachers of the Year Say Educators Deserve More Trust (opens in a new window)


June 02, 2022

Curiosity and creativity were on display when dozens of top teachers from around the U.S. gathered on the National Mall at the end of April. While reflecting on the state of their profession, a trio of finalists expressed a variation of the following observation: Teachers are experts who deserve more trust. Read more insights from Teacher of the Year finalists.