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4/25/2017

Telepractice has become an important part of a Washington state school district's speech-language therapy program, writes Peggy Jadack, director of pupil services for the district. In this blog post, she offers several tips for launching telepractice programs.

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4/25/2017

Lynn Mahaffie, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, has directed postsecondary institutions to accept other forms of information about families' tax returns as part of students' applications for financial aid. The guidance follows a decision by the IRS and US Department of Education to disable an online tool that FAFSA applicants had used to upload tax-return information.

4/25/2017

The overall performance of eighth-graders participating in a national assessment of their understanding of music and visual arts largely has remained flat since 2008, according to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. However, data show a narrowing achievement gap in these subject areas between some student groups.

4/25/2017

Individuals who are "digital thinkers" relentlessly push for change, embrace risks, and view data as tools for transparency and growth on their campuses, Joshua Kim writes. Colleges and universities can help their analog institutions move forward by putting these individuals in non-IT leadership roles, Kim writes in this commentary.

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4/25/2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans to roll out free, universal prekindergarten for all 3-year-olds by 2021. Plans call for two school districts to begin piloting the program in 2018.

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4/25/2017

Exposure to science, technology, engineering and math as early as preschool can yield long-term academic benefits, according to a report by researchers from New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The report also reveals four barriers to integrating STEM in early learning.

4/25/2017

Students in a California school district received digital training to curb bullying via social media. Lessons included information about the long-term effects of social media posts and how to engage in positive online conversations.

4/25/2017

Instilling good digital citizenship in students is important for keeping them safe online, writes journalist Meghan Bogardus Cortez. She outlines three basic standards educators should consider when teaching digital citizenship in the classroom, including helping students understand the consequences of digital actions.

4/25/2017

Math and geometry students from two Illinois high schools are working together to help build a home for a local veteran who is disabled. The project is part of a partnership with a local school district and the national nonprofit, A Soldier's Journey Home.

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4/25/2017

Government organizations, nonprofit groups and Southern California tribes in the Riverside County, Calif., region have partnered with a school that offers career and technical education to bring more skills and opportunity to the community. The school focuses on hands-on learning and serves students who are often first in their family to obtain postsecondary education.