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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorLast week 100Kin10 announced $28.175 million in pledges from 19 foundations and corporations, 7 of whom are new to the Funders' Collaborative. This round of pledges brings the total amount of dollars committed to support 100Kin10 partners' STEM teaching work to $103 million since 2012. 100Kin10 also launched an interactive map that illustrates how various challenges in STEM education are intricately interconnected.

This is the kind of announcement that the Obama administration would have celebrated with a White House gathering. President Obama focused a lot of attention on STEM. Unable to free up any federal funding, his administration took the approach of enlisting a wide range of private sector supporters who committed to a variety of activities to support the overarching goal of advancing STEM in education. That's where 100Kin10 comes in.

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Voice from the Industry

Cynthia B. Kaye, CEO and Chief Zoo Keeper, Alive StudiosThe Instructional Value of Surprise for Knowledge Retention

Teachers can use unexpected events to bring students’ brains to attention and illuminate the pathways to memory storage.

Can you think of a time when you were surprised? Of course you can. We all can. There’s actually a scientific reason that explains our ability to recall such times, as Dr. Judy Willis, a neurologist and classroom teacher, explains in her book, Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning.

How does all this translate to education? Are there ways in which educators can structure their lessons to take advantage of “surprise”?

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamWhew, this week flew by! But that brings us back to Friday, and that works for the Snoop. How about you? And before you head out, you know the drill....check my scoops!

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Semifinalist Teams and Field Testing Cities Announced in the $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

XPRIZE announced eight semifinalist teams are advancing in the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners. Further, XPRIZE announced official partnerships with three major U.S. metropolitan areas – Los Angeles, Dallas and Philadelphia – to support the competition’s next field testing phase. These partnerships encompass a powerful consortium of city mayors, community-based organizations and public education institutions.

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Deloitte Survey: Back-to-School Shopping Has a New Curriculum This Year

Consumers have their eye on different retailers and items to fill their carts this back-to-school season, according to Deloitte's "2017 Back-to-School Survey" of parents with children in grades K-12. Parents expect to spend an average $501 per student on back-to-school this year, on par with last year, reaching an estimated $27 billion. The survey also reveals a category shift among the items respondents intend to buy for their children: Clothing and accessories are expected to account for 55 percent of families' spending – up 10 percentage points from last year – pulling primarily from school supplies and computers.

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