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12/14/2017

Teenagers who live in areas with high levels of air pollution may be more likely to show delinquent behavior, according to a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Researchers linked increased exposure to a 22% increased likelihood of such behavior.

12/14/2017

The number of adolescents who use marijuana or vape has surpassed the number of students who smoke cigarettes, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey. The findings, based on data involving 43,703 students across the US, also showed that teen use of alcohol, prescription opioids and other illicit drugs have either held steady or declined from last year.

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12/14/2017

Congress can do more to provide leadership and support to help boost quality educational opportunities for students living in rural areas, according to a report from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The Rural School and Community Trust. The report outlines five policy suggestions.

12/14/2017

Most educators report being at least slightly hesitant to get involved in politics, according to a survey of more than 1,000 educators by the Education Week Research Center. About 65% of those polled said they have avoided political situations because of fears the activity could affect their careers.

12/13/2017

The House education committee has advanced the PROSPER -- Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform -- Act for consideration in the full chamber. The legislation would change higher-education rules in several areas, such as student financial aid and college and university accountability.

12/13/2017

Introducing assessments that stay true to project-based learning is important to fourth-grade teacher Emily Clifton. In this blog post, Clifton describes this approach to assessment, including a rubric.

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12/13/2017

Fifty finalists have been announced for the nonprofit Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize, including six US educators. The finalists, who are vying for a $1 million prize, include Keith Hancock, a high-school choral music teacher in California who was praised for helping students link music to their lives.

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12/13/2017

Colorado educators Lili Adeli and Justin St. Onge are co-teaching a language arts class that focuses on climate science, an approach they thought would engage some reluctant readers. Students alternate between reviewing science topics and reading science-based fiction, such as the novel "Watermelon Snow," the author of which, William Liggett, sometimes takes part in class.

12/13/2017

Educators have a responsibility to create learning environments that challenge students to think globally and act locally, writes Jennifer Skuza of the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. In this blog post, Skuza shares eight strategies to use to teach global citizenship, including taking responsibility for setting and achieving goals.

12/13/2017

Educators in a Kentucky school district are participating in a six-year study of whole-child education. One principal, Donnie Boemker, says the Compassionate Schools Project has helped students identify and respond to stress in healthier ways.

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