Weekly Updates April 3rd

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2019 College Board Rural Teacher of the Year
Grading Students During the Coronavirus Crisis: What's the Right Call? By Stephen Sawchuk
Grading Students During the Coronavirus Crisis: What's the Right Call? By Stephen Sawchuk
As the nation’s schools lurch into an unprecedented experiment with distance learning, with all of the hiccups and false starts that entails, teachers and administrators alike are starting to wrestle with a question deeply at the heart of the learning enterprise: How are they supposed to assign grades?
It’s a tough call. Districts must balance what’s fair for students, considering that many don’t—or won’t—have full access to their teachers. There’s also an art to the messaging—they don’t want to communicate that they’re blowing off the rest of the school year.
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The College Board Covid-19
The College Board Covid-19
The health and safety of educators and students is the AP® Program’s highest priority. As schools and communities navigate the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the AP Program has announced that it will support AP students with free, optional virtual learning and at-home AP testing. These resources will give students the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working toward all year.

Exams will be given from May 11 – 22, with makeup dates in June. Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know by April 24. Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide. Additional details are available online.
A GREAT IDEA FOR RURAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A GREAT IDEA FOR RURAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
RURAL EDUCATION: THE POWER OF MICRO-CREDENTIALING IN TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Great topic with my good friends who always seem to get it right at The Kentucky Valley Educational Coop (KVEC)
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Getting into the Groove in Northern California: A Guide for Future Rural Teachers
Getting into the Groove in Northern California: A Guide for Future Rural Teachers
Johnathan Imhoff knew he wanted to be a music teacher from his freshman year of high school.
“I went to a jazz camp. I went with a perfectly naive thought, like ‘Oh, ’ll just get by with my basic ability to read notes’. But I just had a culture shock. And there was a really crazy sense of shame at the time… From that point on, I was like— I’m going to be a music teacher, and I’m going to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
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California is our featured state this week for the 50 States in 50 Weeks project
California is our featured state this week for the 50 States in 50 Weeks project
Each week, NREA and the I Am A Rural Teacher Campaign share how vast rural America is. We also have a special feature this week from Johnathan Imhoff of Northern CA, which you can check out here: http://bit.ly/iaartca

Are you a California rural teacher? Let's hear from you, California Small School Districts' Association!

If you're from another state, your feature is coming soon, so submit today at http://bit.ly/iaartsubmit. Feel free to contact Hailey Winkleman, the NREA Advocacy Liaison for this campaign, at iaartcampaign@gmail.com with any questions about submitting your story.

We are also asking rural communities to share how COVID-19 is impacting them and how teachers and teacher-leaders are adapting. You can share yours here: bit.ly/iaartcovid

Please visit our California State Affiliate to learn about their work.
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Remote Learning Recommendations by ISBOE
Remote Learning Recommendations by ISBOE
As we start this new adventure, let’s keep research and data in mind. But let’s also do what’s best for kids. Thank you to Wade Owlett for sharing this important information. Please reach out to David Ardrey, Executive Director of the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools at https://www.airssedu.org/ for more information about the work in rural Illinois.
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The Rural Educator
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