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2/23/2018

English-language learners are coming from more diverse linguistic backgrounds, which is a challenge for educators who want to support these students, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. The report's authors suggest recruiting a more diverse early-childhood workforce, improving tools to assess dual-language learners and doing more research on how to improve outcomes in "superdiverse" classrooms.

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2/23/2018

Scientific experiments can help support literature lessons, assert National Board Certified Teachers Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang. In this blog post, they write about how they have used science to help students understand "Beowulf" and how they used "Frankenstein" to teach science.

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2/23/2018

About 30 students at a Kansas middle school are learning about journalism by creating weekly, 10-minute newscasts called "Pride Time News" to highlight news, weather, sports and other features. The students meet daily and work in teams to develop scripts, film and edit their segments before Friday morning broadcasts in the school.

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2/23/2018

There are potential downsides to eliminating middle schools in favor of K-8 models, according to a study published in the Journal of Urban Economics. The researchers assert that K-8 schools are shown to have negative effects on the elementary students.

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2/23/2018

Middle-school students at a Pennsylvania school are using Google's Expeditions AR to view -- through augmented reality -- things they would not otherwise have access to in their classrooms. Recent lessons have taken students to the eye of a tornado, ancient Rome and a coral reef.

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2/23/2018

Public schools in West Virginia were closed Thursday amid a statewide teachers' strike. The state ranks 48th in the country in teacher pay, and teachers are protesting a recent pay hike that they say doesn't keep up with the cost of living.

2/23/2018

Taking tests can be stressful for students -- especially those lacking stress-management skills, writes Paige Garrison, a middle-school media specialist. In this blog post, she shares how she worked to ease students' stress by organizing a Week of Zen that coincided with midterm exams.

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2/23/2018

A Massachusetts elementary school is in its third year of implementing a districtwide inclusion model that features co-teaching. Principal Timothy Adams said that under the model the general-education and special-education teachers are equals in the classroom.

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2/23/2018

Educators in an Idaho school district have adopted the positive behavioral intervention and supports program, which aims to help students develop better relationships. Central Elementary principal Tami Vandeventer says the program also can help to support students who experience trauma and those who feel "invisible."

2/23/2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is supporting the expansion of school choice for military children. She proposed that families on active military duty get access to federal funds to pay private-school tuition fees or other educational services.

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