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2/16/2018

Educators in a California school district are making learning relevant to students via a shift from a teacher-centered to a student-centered model, asserts Matt Doyle, assistant superintendent of innovation. In this blog post, he shares the district's approach.

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2/16/2018

Educators at about 60 Ohio schools are using music to promote mindfulness among students. The Mindful Music Moments program uses symphony and orchestra music to help students focus on their breathing to help ease anxiety and improve behavior.

2/16/2018

School leaders are searching for answers following a devastating shooting at a Florida high school. In a letter to members of his own Vermont school community, co-principal Elijah Hawkes writes that part of the solution is in building positive relationships with students.

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2/16/2018

Fifth-graders at a New Jersey school recently made presentations on the history of the 13 colonies at the annual Ye Olde Colonial Fair. Students dressed as characters and wore attire of the era as they shared artifacts and their research for the project, which social studies teacher Jessica Steffens said aims to help them understand the challenges of the Colonial era.

2/16/2018

Educators can harness the power of social media to spread good news -- and change the narrative -- about education, says National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this article, she shares why she favors interdisciplinary education and how she helps to institute it in her own school.

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2/16/2018

Traditional learning measures may not meet the needs of all students, writes high-school teacher Farhat Ahmad. In this commentary, Ahmad reflects on his relationship with one student and their journey to recreate what growth looks like in the classroom.

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2/16/2018

Educators in Oregon, North Carolina, Illinois and other areas across the nation are finding ways to connect math with real-world lessons. These lessons include building houses, data-collection projects and raising money for victims of natural disasters.

2/16/2018

Leaders at a Kentucky high school are introducing a course designed to prepare students for IT careers at Fortune 500 companies. Students in the Project Based Programming course also will be competing for an apprenticeship in the field.

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2/16/2018

The US Senate has voted down four immigration proposals that included measures related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program originally was set to end March 5, but two federal courts have blocked such action. The Supreme Court is expected today in a closed-door meeting to consider taking up one of the lower court's opinions.

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2/16/2018

Preschool in a Utah district is being funding via social impact bonds, which leverage funding from private investors to prepay for seats. Under such models, investors are eligible to earn a return on investment if students meet specific benchmarks.

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