Weekly News Round-up: 8.22.2014

By Alex Honeysett 08.22.2014 blog

As the first week of our new season comes to a close (it was so fun!), here’s a round-up of a few stories from the education world this week.

Gates Foundation to Help Fill Teachers’ Supplies Wish Lists
As this EdSurge article explains, every project on DonorsChoose that reaches 50% of its funding “will be automatically filled by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation” today, tomorrow and Sunday. If your school needs donations for supplies this year,  make sure you check out the article!

We Launched Our Video Library!
Earlier this week, we were excited to announce our new Video Library, a searchable database of nonfiction videos and interactive activities tied to current events. Tech & Learning wrote about the announcement, as did THE Journal. Let us know what you think! And head here if you want to learn more.

Ferguson-Area Schools Face ‘Balancing Act’ Amid Unrest
Schools in Ferguson “are walking a tightrope between returning to the routine of a normal year and acknowledging the stress protests and larger debate about race and law enforcement…” explains this EdWeek article.

8 Steps To Ensure Great Communication With Parents
As you begin to build new parent relationships this school year, check out this infographic from Edudemic for 8 tips and tricks for communicating with parents throughout the year. One interesting suggestion: “skype or livestream when needed to keep the parents in touch.”

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