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9/17/2019

There are several benefits to online learning, according to Tracy Arnold, secondary school vice principal at Istanbul International Community School. In this blog post, she shares how the online coursework helps students develop soft skills, helps students recover from low grades and more.

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9/17/2019

A school district in Illinois continues to recover from a ransomware attack that occurred during the first days of the school year. Included in its recovery plans is a mandatory security awareness training for staff offered by an outside vendor.

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9/17/2019

More than 260 million children worldwide lack access to basic education, according to a report from the Gates Foundation released today. Bill Gates says that the solution to closing literacy gaps is more primary-school teachers, small class sizes and teachers who are paid and come to work.

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9/17/2019

Developing relationships with students can help drive competency-based learning, asserts Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute. In this commentary, she shares three ways to forge deeper relationships, including assessing students' broader competencies.

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The 74
9/17/2019

Four strategies can help school leaders promote diversity and integration in their districts, write Patrick Finley and Damon McCord, co-principals of the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Queens, N.Y. In this commentary, they outline the tactics, including reaching out to stakeholders and building a school around the whole child.

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Education Dive
9/17/2019

Researchers continue to consider the reasons children bully their peers, increasingly finding that there is more than just one type of bully. The stereotype that all bullies are aggressive with self-esteem issues is too simplistic, researchers say, and that the mentality of bullying is much more complex.

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BBC
9/17/2019

Taking lessons outside can support academics and serious learning, according to Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui, a senior associate with the Great Schools Partnership and former Maine Teacher of the Year finalist. In this opinion article, she counters assumptions that outdoor learning is all about fun and she offers a list of questions for teachers to ask themselves before taking their classes outside.

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Great Schools Partnership
9/17/2019

Kindergartners and first-graders at a Georgia elementary are learning Mandarin Chinese through immersive instruction. The district has partnered with the Confucius Institute at Savannah State University and a guest teacher program to bring in teachers -- some of them from China -- to teach the students the language with songs, puppets and math lessons.

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Confucius Institute
9/17/2019

A survey finds that more than 80% of workers who needed to improve their skills found free training online or enrolled in employer-sponsored training or boot camps, compared with a quarter of workers who took university-level courses. The data also shows that 67% of respondents said they felt colleges and universities were too focused on traditional students and didn't offer enough options for working adults.

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Campus Technology
9/17/2019

Researchers say there's a correlation between strict middle schools that suspend students more often and adverse outcomes for students that attend such schools, such as getting arrested or not finishing college. The study does not establish causation, but researchers say it seems to point to a "school to prison pipeline," with nonwhite and male students seeing the largest negative effects of strict suspension policies.

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