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"No homework" policies receive mixed reviews

Some New York City schools have banned mandatory homework, replacing it in some cases with suggestions for parents to engage children in after-school activities. The changes have sparked criticism from some parents.

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What are some ingredients of "modern learning"?

Traditional education may be ripe for a radical shift, education consultants Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon say. They highlight in a recent paper some of the ingredients -- such as leadership, culture and communication -- needed for such a shift.

Full Story: KQED.org

 

Report shows benefits of, barriers to early STEM

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.

Full Story: District Administration magazine online

 

K-12 reform during Trump's first 100 days

President Donald Trump is nearing his 100th day in office. This blog post examines some of his K-12 education initiatives, including overturning accountability rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model)

 

Executive order on education expected today

President Donald Trump is expected today to sign an executive order that seeks to promote state and local control over education. The order is expected to call for a study of whether the federal government "has unlawfully overstepped state and local control."

Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)

 

Melissa Greenwood is the director of education content at SmartBrief.

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