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Weekend reads: Meet the man who brought sunlight into city classrooms

Dr. Steve Berman, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Colorado, at left, moderated a conversation on childhood hunger and obesity with Angela Glover Blackwell and Bill Shore.
Dr. Steve Berman, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Colorado, at left, moderated a conversation on childhood hunger and obesity with Angela Glover Blackwell and Bill Shore.
  • A history of Charles B.J. Snyder, the man who used architecture to bring open play areas and sunlight to thousands of New York City schoolchildren. (Narratively)
  • American schools are trying to prepare their students for an uncertain future. The solution, one writer argues, is to teach the skills of discovery. (Wired)
  • As more and more schools adopt project-based learning, a teacher predicts the future of the teaching technique. (Edutopia)
  • Teachers may choose a better starting salary than a more generous pension. (EdWeek)
  • The news business may or may not be in a death spiral, but online coverage of education (at outlets like Chalkbeat!) is having a moment. (Education Next)
  • A guide to split-second decision-making in the classroom from a New York charter school principal. (Achievement First)
  • Can teaching media literacy be used to both engage students and boost test scores? One city program says yes. (The Lamp)
  • After cutting many counselor and other social service positions, Philadelphia’s school district is training teachers and other staff to be more able to help with students’ mental and behavioral health issues. (The Notebook)
  • When a New Hampshire school found itself struggling with low test scores, it made the bold decision to put kids in charge of the classroom. (Atlantic)
  • A pilot program in the Granite State could prove to be the compromise between high-stakes accountability and teacher autonomy — and it has Arne Duncan’s attention. (EdWeek)
  • Denver Public Schools is struggling to keep principals in buildings. Here’s why, and how the district and community is trying to solve the problem. (Chalkbeat Colorado)
  • As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, there is an ongoing debate about the role of the Recovery School District in New Orleans. (Hechinger Report)

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