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Book of the Month |  Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain
Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain, by Zaretta Hammond, presents a “serious and powerful tool for accelerating student learning” when, for many, becoming a culturally responsive educator has remained in the “realm of magic and mystery, knowledge that only a select few possess.” Erin Sailor and Mike Wojtaszewski unpack 10 concepts from Hammond to help engage educators on their journies to culturally responsive teaching.

Webinar of the Month | Recreating the Conditions
for Learning This Fall
COVID-19 is creating one of the biggest disruptions for learning in history. In this edWebinar, Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO of the Character Lab and, and Todd Rogers, Director of the Harvard Student Social Support R&D Lab, discuss how this fall it will be more critical than ever that students feel safe, connected, and engaged, presenting an opportunity for educators to try new approaches to optimizing the conditions for learning.

Podcast of the Month | Writing Matters with Dr. Troy Hicks
In the Writing Matters podcast series from Writable, Dr. Troy Hicks brings together best-selling authors, esteemed educators, and influencers in the educational technology space to discuss pressing topics around literacy instruction, technology, equity, and teaching. Learn from those in the field about the newest resources, teaching methods, and pressing needs in education. Season 2 features Zaretta Hammond, Jennifer Serravallo, Kasey Bell, The Teach Better Team, Tricia Ebarvia, and many more!

Stat of the Month | 45% of teachers say creating videos of lessons or labs is now a regular practice. 
Prior to school closures, only 20% of teachers said they were creating videos of lessons or labs for their students to watch on their own time, now 45% of teachers say this is a regular practice. Project Tomorrow has created a report on “90 Days that Changed K-12 Teaching and Learning: The Shift to Digital Learning” that shows how the COVID-19 pandemic most likely forever changed our expectations for teaching and learning in K-12 education, and has shone a new spotlight on the role of digital tools, content and resources within the learning experience.

News, Reports, and Resources
AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Black Learners Matter

ClassLink
Created in partnership with AASA, CoSN, SETDA, AESA

CoSN

GSV Virtual Summit Series

NextChapter Consulting Survey
Irene Spero is conducting this short survey on virtual events to identify the changes that are taking place as well as the challenges and opportunities encountered. We’ll publish the results next month!

We are so heartbroken to bring this tragic news from SETDA
Quote of the Month

“We’re experiencing 10 years in 10 weeks.”

Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern
Co-host of Pivot Podcast with Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode
From the opening session of Pivot Schooled
Highly recommend signing up for this series!
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