• Education

    Oregon Education Department sponsors teacher event with controversial 1619 Project founder

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is sponsoring a teacher-designated event where the author of the controversial “1619 Project” will speak. Scheduled for Friday night, the event is co-sponsored by the ODE and Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators. GOP REPS WARN AGAINST BIDEN ADMIN’S ‘DANGEROUS’ CRITICAL RACE THEORY PUSH According to the Portland Association of Teachers, it will focus “on how the inclusion of 1619 historical events into our educational system will further Oregon’s efforts at breaking down systems of oppression.” Titled “An Evening with Nikole Hannah Jones,” it’s framed as a way to help teachers “center our work in equity throughout the state.”  OREGON PROMOTES TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM THAT SEEKS TO DISMANTLE…

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  • Science

    Explore every gravitational wave event spotted so far

    Throughout the universe, violent collisions of cosmic beasts such as black holes wrench the fabric of spacetime, producing ripples called gravitational waves. For most of history, humans have been oblivious to those celestial rumbles. Today, we’ve detected scores of them. The first came in 2015, when scientists with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, spotted gravitational waves spawned from the merger of two black holes. That event rattled the bones of the cosmos — shaking the underlying structure of space and time. The detection also stirred up astronomy, providing a new way to observe the universe, and verified a prediction of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity (SN:…

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  • Education

    Caring for Students in the Wake of a Traumatic News Event

    As pro-Trump extremists stormed into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, middle school teacher Shawn Griffith traded messages with her peers about how they would help their students process the unprecedented event. “We are all like ‘Oh my gosh. What are we going to do tomorrow?’” said Griffith, who teaches 8th-grade English in Fairfax County, Va., about 20 miles from Capitol Hill who spoke after school had concluded for the day. Protests turned to violence in the nation’s capital as rioters interrupted a joint session of Congress held to certify the presidential election. The resulting news footage would likely trouble some children as much as it troubled the adults around them, educators…

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  • Education

    Online Education Isn’t the Sideshow. It’s the Main Event.

    I can’t start a personal reflection without first acknowledging how enormously difficult this year has been for my staff, our higher ed partners and faculty, and the students we serve together. As a leader and a parent—and a human—I’m so grateful for the ways my team has shown up for one another and humbled by all we were able to accomplish together in this tumultuous year. Over the course of 2020, there has been plenty of discussion about what will and won’t return to “normal” once we’ve fought COVID-19 into submission. I can’t predict the future, but my bet is that many of the innovations and changes we’ve witnessed this…

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