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December 2017 Monthly Roundup For Educators

By The Room 241 Team December 31, 2017

Between end-of-the-semester grading and preparing for holiday break, saying you’re busy is an understatement. Need a refresher on what happened in the news this month? Here are a few noteworthy articles published during December. Whether it’s during your free period, your morning coffee, or between wrapping presents, take a look at these headlines.

How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most (The New York Times)

This story comes from researchers at Stanford who used data from 300 million elementary-school tests scores across 11,000 school districts in the country. The reason? To examine the link between wealth and education. It’s known that children in wealthier areas tend to test better than children in lower-income districts, but this research argues that it’s possible to separate socioeconomic factors.

Here’s Where the GOP Tax Bill Could Hit School Funding the Hardest (Education Week)

Tax reform has no doubt been a hot topic in 2017. When it comes to education, the Republican tax reform plan is likely to affect schools because of how state and local taxes will be handled. But what states will be hit the hardest? This article provides background on the tax reform plan and breaks down what states could see funding cuts.

Apple and Chicago Join Forces to Bring Coding Opportunities to City’s Students (Business Wire)

Apple is working with the city of Chicago to bring coding opportunities to nearly 500,000 students in Chicago through their “Everyone Can Code” program. The program is meant to introduce more students to STEM and to show them different career opportunities. In the spring, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago will expand the Everyone Can Code curriculum to students all over the city.

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook (HuffPost)

It’s been 5 years since a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 students and six teachers, again putting school safety in the national spotlight. What safety measures have schools taken since the Sandy Hook shooting? Explore what strategies schools are implementing and what you could do in your own district to keep your kids safe.

How to Remake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands-On Learning in the New Year (EdSurge)

This month, EdSurge collected educators’ stories about new tools and strategies to inspire creativity and hands-on learning in their classrooms. They put those strategies—as well as other ideas on how to inspire hands-on learning—in a video on their website. Need some inspiration for the New Year? Take a look!

Adults Can Help Teens Manage Academics During Trauma (U.S. News & World Report)

Students are affected by a number of traumatic events—including school shootings, natural disasters, and abuse. They’re directly and indirectly affected and may experience anxiety, fear, difficulty concentrating, or loss of control. This no doubt affects their academic performance. But high school teachers and parents can help. This article explores current trends in trauma and how schools can support students affected by trauma.

(By the way, did you know Concordia recently announced our new MEd program that focuses on trauma and resilience in educational settings? Check it out now.)

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