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5/26/2017

Teachers can end the school year strong with year mapping, in which students recall learning experiences that stand out to them, suggest authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. In this blog post, they share tips to help students reflect on and celebrate what they have learned and prepare for the next school year.

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Students across America are honoring members of the US military for Memorial Day, which is observed Monday, such as a group of sophomores from one Michigan high school who interviewed war veterans to document their stories and placed flags on graves at a military cemetery. Some Texas third-graders met veterans via their school's Adopt-a-Veteran program, while a New York sixth-grader led peers in an after-school painting project to honor the military, which he someday hopes to join.

5/26/2017

The quality -- and not simply the availability -- of preschool matters in terms of yielding positive student outcomes, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The researchers found that quality matters even more when considering outcomes for boys.

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5/26/2017

Remote clickers, which allow students to indicate answers to multiple-choice questions during class, can help with rote memorization but may harm conceptual understanding of classroom lessons, according to a study led by Amy Shapiro of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. A professor who uses the devices says the biggest advantage has been a boost in attendance.

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5/26/2017

The Trump administration may be considering moving management of the federal student aid program from the US Department of Education to the Treasury Department. The potential change surfaced during the resignation of James Runcie, former head of the Education Department's federal student aid program.

5/26/2017

The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind plans to create regional hub schools among its cooperative districts to better serve students with visual or hearing impairments in rural areas. The program sends teachers and resources to serve students, such as one boy who has learned Braille and daily living skills with the help of his teacher.

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5/26/2017

Some school leaders are recruiting educators from abroad to address teacher shortages and add international perspectives. Mukul Bakhshi, director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, says the practice can come with some potential drawbacks.

5/26/2017

Applications from schools and libraries for federal E-Rate funds have declined by 5% in the wake of glitches with a new, online application process. However, Bill Herman, state E-Rate coordinator for Wisconsin, attributes fewer applications in his state to fewer requests for E-Rate funds for telephone service.

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5/26/2017

Youths in foster care often encounter unique challenges, such as frequent school changes, on the road to graduation. The Every Student Succeeds Act includes provisions that seek to boost collaboration between schools and child-welfare agencies to help stabilize schooling for these youths.

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5/26/2017

Teachers can support Muslim students during Ramadan by learning about the holy month, suggests Rusul Alrubail, executive director of The Writing Project. In this blog post, she suggests accommodations for fasting students such as providing an alternate space where students can go during lunch and assigning nonstrenuous tasks for physical-education classes.

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