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11/15/2019

Goal-tracking can help middle- and high-school students learn how to prioritize tasks and move toward success, writes Maurice Elias, an expert in social and emotional learning. Elias suggests students use journals to track their progress and he outlines a method -- called the SMART format -- that educators can use in their classrooms.

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Edutopia
11/15/2019

Some teachers are using the popular short-form video application, TikTok, with their students, including Andrew Kozlowsky, a Maryland social studies teacher who allowed students to make TikTok videos about the Missouri Compromise of 1820. However, educators are advised to use the platform with caution, with some saying TikTok could be a distraction and used as a bullying tool.

11/15/2019

Some students in rural Knott County, Ky., are learning about the importance of the census and are working to educate families and communities about the process and the importance of participating in the 2020 count by the U.S. Census Bureau. A regional student government created by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative is spearheading education efforts and some teachers are incorporating the census into lessons.

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11/15/2019

Education leaders across the US are strained as they face intense scrutiny and rising expectations, particularly in low-income communities, write Michael Johanek of the University of Pennsylvania and Ken Spero of the Penn GSE Mid-Career Doctoral Program and Ed Leadership SIMS. They write about the need for training that helps these leaders develop the professional judgment required to do their work effectively.

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11/15/2019

Several years after Texas was found to be violating federal law by denying special-education services to students who needed them, parents and advocates say they are still waiting for resources and guidance promised by the state. State officials say they are making progress, but the percentage of students receiving services remains below average.

11/15/2019

Writing for an authentic audience can motivate students -- and improve the overall quality of their work, according to middle-school English teacher Kasey Short. In this article, Short shares tips for designing writing assignments for an authentic audience and strategies such as students transforming their work into a podcast or email that could be shared outside of the classroom.

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MiddleWeb
11/15/2019

A Senate bill aimed at curbing school violence would require schools to monitor students' social media activity for signs of potential violence. The Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening and Promoting Our Nation's Safety Efforts bill includes provisions for funding for social media monitoring and would establish a national task force to take on illegal gun sales.

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11/15/2019

Students often forget the conflict-resolution skills they have learned when they get angry, writes Linda Ryden, a peace teacher. Ryden outlines practices she uses in her classroom to help students successfully manage emotionally charged situations.

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EdSurge
11/15/2019

A Maryland school district developed a wellness program that brings high-school students to middle schools to mentor their younger peers. High-schoolers representing the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils in Anne Arundel County visited George Fox Middle School this week to talk about how to safely navigate social media and discuss the dangers of vaping, among other topics.

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WBAL-TV (Baltimore)
11/14/2019

Some social studies teachers are using the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump as a teachable moment by folding it into their classroom discussions. Lessons include walking students through the two-step process of impeachment and how to have respectful discussions with others who don't share their opinions.

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National Public Radio