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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

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

High-school English teacher Susan Barber schedules time each day for students to engage in independent reading. In this blog post, Barber writes about how she creates a literacy-rich environment and helps students find books that interest them.

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4/25/2017

An elementary-school teacher in Florida creates picture books that she uses in her classrooms to teach her students -- 80% of whom are English-language learners -- about art history as it relates to their cultures. To date, Rebecca Hinson has created 36 books, which she says are effective in teaching English language arts.

4/25/2017

Linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa have teamed up to revive Myaamia, the language of the Miami tribe that has no sound recordings or original speakers left. This article highlights their preservation efforts, including the challenges of learning the language's vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation and creating resources to teach it to others.

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