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February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important NY Times Piece On Our “Social Contract”

Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools? is an important New York Times column by Nikole Hannah-Jones.

It’s about our public schools, and also discusses the role and health of our public institutions. You’ll definitely want to read the entire piece, and it’s not very long.

Here’s an excerpt:

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

I have an already-lengthy Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees, but the policies announced today are worthy of their own “Best” list.

One of my previous posts, Immigration Fears Appear To Become Reality, contains several links to legal advice for teachers, students, and their families about how to respond to ICE raids. These new policies will certainly increase the levels of fear and stress among many of our students. As The New Yorker article, in particular, points out, another effect is likely to be undocumented parents not accessing services they and/or their children are entitled to out of fear.

Here are useful articles to learn about today’s announcement:

The government just put out the blueprint for President Trump’s immigration crackdown from Vox is probably the most complete article out there.

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions is from The New York Times, and has a link to a Spanish-language version.

Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’ is from The Washington Post.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules is from The Washington Post.

President Trump’s Fear-Based Immigration Orders appeared in The New Yorker.

Also, today, Politico reports on a related important story – The Trump administration is going to court to eliminate the right to a hearing before deportation of unaccompanied minors.

Could Trump Really Deport Millions of Unauthorized Immigrants? is a NY Times interactive.

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort'”

Performance Assessments are ‘Absolutely Worth the Effort’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Joshua Dragoon, N. Chaunte Garrett, Travis Bristol, Kristina Doubet and Eric Carbaugh contribute their thoughts on using performance assessment in schools.

Here are some excerpts:

February 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

A Practitioner’s Guide to Educating Traumatized Children is from Education Northwest. I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Responding To Student Trauma – Help Me Find More.

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces is from Edutopia. It includes topics like seating, which is going to be a focus of a future “Best” list.

Four Ideas for Approaching Political Conversations With Students is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics.

HOW DANI QUINN USES SHOW ME TO CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING is from Doug Lemov. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

Teaching and Learning About Governmental Checks and Balances and the Trump Administration is from The New York Times Learning Network.

I’m adding these tweets to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More:

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “From Nowhere” Is A New Theatrical Film About Three Undocumented Teenagers

I learned about the new film, “From Nowhere,” after reading a review this week in The New York Times, Review: Immigrants ‘From Nowhere,’ Anxiously Living Under the Radar.

It looks like it’s a film that teachers would want to see and that might be worth showing clips in the classroom.

Here are a couple of trailers (there is some overlap between the two):

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Really Like How SAS Curriculum Pathways Site Incorporates Knowledge Transfer In Social Studies

I’ve often written about how much I like SAS Curriculum Pathways, a free site with tons of interactive lessons that students can complete and then email to their teacher.

One particularly impressive feature they’ve added to a number of their U.S. History lessons is a task where students have to apply what they learned to a different fictional scenario. They talk about it in a blog post as an element of Bloom’s Taxonomy “apply” level, and it’s also an opportunity for students to “transfer” their knowledge (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More). More specifically, it’s an example of “near transfer” (applying knowledge to a similar situation) as opposed to “far transfer” (applying it in a substantially different arena).

If you’d like to learn more about transfer, check out the previously-mentioned “Best” list, as well as an excerpt from one of my books that appeared in The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge.

I’ll also be publishing a series on the topic later this spring at my Education Week Teacher column, which will include an experiment they’re doing – an animated video explaining the issue.

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

The most important skill for middle class workers isn’t being taught in American schools is from Quartz. I’m adding it to The Best Info On Skills Employers Are Looking For In Job-Seekers.

Is Mindset Theory Really In Trouble? is from New York Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Sesame Street Plans Social-Emotional Learning Program for Refugee Children is from Ed Week.

Two studies have come out recently reinforcing what we already know about the negative effects rewards have on intrinsic motivation. Unfortunately, both are behind paywalls. Nevertheless, I’m adding those links to the abstracts to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Teacher training programs urged to increase focus on social-emotional skills is from Ed Source.

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s (2017) Best Tweets – Part Three

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

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