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On Friday, Jan. 25, from 2-5 p.m. ET, we will be livestreaming from the Teaching Tolerance Culturally Responsive Teaching Awards celebration in Washington. The event, organized by Education Week Teacher, will feature the awards presentation as well as panel discussions exploring best practices for working with minority students (including within the context of the Common Core State Standards). It will conclude with a keynote address by author Lisa Delpit titled "Unsilencing the Dialogue: Embracing the Needs of Diverse Students."

Join us for this special presentation.

UPCOMING CHAT
Friday, Feb. 8, 4 to 5 p.m. ET

During this online chat, veteran special educator and author Thomas Armstrong will explain a paradigm shift in which general and special educators focus on students' aptitudes, not their needs and difficulties, in order to effectively differentiate instruction. He'll answer your questions about universal design for learning, the components of positive learning environments, and the strengths typically associated with particular disability categories.

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FEATURED DISCUSSION
A new study finds that having a female teacher with a strong math background can give girls a learning boost. In an online comment, a reader also argues that female teachers who are weak in STEM reinforce stereotypes about women and the sciences.

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PD Webinar
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

The Common Core State Standards in English/language arts demand new skills from both teachers and students. Teachers in two districts in Kentucky are experimenting with instructional tools to do both. Join us for a compelling discussion with two educators overseeing the implementation in these districts.

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UPCOMING WEBINARS
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Two experts who coach teachers share guidance for cross-disciplinary writing and for writing that builds workplace-relevant skills.

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Thursday, Jan. 31, 1 to 2 p.m. ET

Recognizing the need to prepare students for all aspects of college life, more schools and community organizations are turning their attention to life skills training as part of college-readiness efforts. Join this discussion about the benefits of a broader approach to college readiness and successful programs promoting responsibility and independence.

Click here to register for this free live event.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Some schools are adopting new discipline strategies in an effort to move away from sometimes-controversial zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors. During this webinar, hear educators implementing two such approaches—restorative practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS.

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