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Welcome to the weekend. Here is the “Breathe. Reflect. Dedicate.” playlist curated by Superintendent Jeff McDaris. I have been in schools all week. I see you. Thank you.

From EdNC’s Alli Lindenberg, here are your podcasts for the weekend.

The Ear – Understanding Rural Education Inequity

The Ear is a podcast dedicated to documenting, excavating, and investigating Columbia’s past and present. In this week’s episode, reporter Natalie Goldberg investigates affirmative action initiatives specific to rural students. Columbia students from rural areas and a rural education researcher from Teachers College weigh in on the idea of rural affirmative action.

What Starts Here Changes Everything –  Making the Leap: Transforming Paper & Pencil into Digital Multimedia

After a year of teaching in a virtual space and with increasing amounts of devices getting into the hands of students, teachers are able to design more and more interactive and authentic digital learning activities. Knowing where to start in moving from a traditional paper and pencil environment can be challenging.  This episode focuses on the how and why of creating learning activities that leverage technology for increased engagement and student learning.

One more From our colleagues at Watson College of Education at UNCW:

Add your voice to this study of Changes to Teaching and Learning from COVID 19

As teachers begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel from the pandemic, education leaders need to pause and reflect on how the massive disruption of COVID-19 will potentially impact the future of schools in NC. Will our schools leverage the grassroots innovations that teachers have made to better meet the individual needs of students or will we return to a “normal” that looks much like it did before the pandemic?  We are interested in hearing about your experience and views as a teacher.

This study is led by Dr. Robert Smith, Professor at UNC-Wilmington’s Watson College and Kylee Maarschalk, English Teacher and PDS Master Teacher at New Hanover High School. Please take approximately 10 minutes to add your voice so that we can better understand what schools and districts are — or are not — learning and leveraging from responding to COVID-19: Changes to Teaching and Learning from COVID 19

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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