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Implementing Connected Learning and Twenty-First-Century Skill Development in Programming

Professional development training at Nashville Public Library, a member of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, focuses on the planning and designing of programs that are centered around connected learning. "If staff are excited about the evolution of teen services in libraries, then there are more opportunities to think differently about what programming can look like in twenty-first-century libraries. Staff went through growing pains but are committed to learning to adapt programs based on teen interests and to develop production-centered activities that engage teens." Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at YALSA.

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10 Ways to Engage Summer Learners in the Election

Our partner, KQED compiled a list of the ten best resources to help educators prepare for the fall by building curricula that engage students with the Presidential election using Letters to the Next President 2.0. "While we have one eye on the campaign trail, we’ve got the other fixed on the impressive list of curricula resources being collected for Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0). Partners of this initiative have submitted their best articles, tutorials, and interactive tools to help educators engage learners age 13-18 in election issues that matter to their lives. Here are ten resources that you can use to incorporate L2P 2.0 into your summer learning programs." Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at KQED Education.

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Educating for Participatory Politics in the Digital Age

To promote digital civic learning opportunities, teams from Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) participated in a webinar series sharing their experiences in working with educators to develop a framework of the core practices of participatory politics that articulate a new vision for civic education. This work featured two Educator Innovator partners: Youth and Participatory Politics and Facing History and Ourselves. "For example, a district-wide survey conducted in Oakland, California in 2013, found that 93% of teachers believe that technology is essential, but 63% reported not having had ANY technology-related professional development. "The innovative teachers I currently work with through the Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) project are working to respond to the changing dynamics they see in the digital age. In particular, they are responding to the expanded civic and political opportunities for young people to be heard, to join together, and to work for change.” By Erica Hodgin Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at DML Central.

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Teaching and Learning Resources | The Attack in Orlando: The Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Our partner, The New York Times Learning Network offers ways educators can teach and help students learn about the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and the questions it raises. "The Times reports that, with three different politically-charged issues coming together in this attack, 'rarely has American reaction to a human tragedy been as divided.' "Since the story raises questions about gun laws, violence against the L.G.B.T. community, and whether the gunman was a radicalized Muslim, Orlando has “so far defied easy categorizations and conclusion.” By Katherine Schulten, Michael Gonchar, and Shannon Doyne Interested in finding out more? Read the full article at The Learning Network.

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