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7/16/2019

A report from National Center for Education Statistics shows that 20% of teen students in the US said they were bullied in the 2016-17 school year, and of those, 15% were bullied online or via text, a 3.5 percentage point increase over the previous year. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar of Purdue University says the spike may be due to increased awareness and reporting of cyberbullying incidents.

7/16/2019

Most curricula are developed with a relatively small portion of students in mind and tend to overlook those who have learning disabilities, come from diverse cultural backgrounds or read below grade level, writes sixth-grade English teacher Daniel Helena. Teachers can help bridge this gap by adding more accessible texts, including news articles on topics relevant to student interests.

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EdSource
7/16/2019

Regular coaching sessions can help school leaders improve their ability to support educators in their schools, according to a study from Australia. In this blog post, instructional leadership coach Peter DeWitt writes about the study, the benefits of a team coaching strategy and the OPEN (Opportunity, Purpose, Expectation and Next steps) perspective.

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7/16/2019

Two reports -- one from the British Council and one from the Cervantes Institute -- have both predicted that Spanish will outpace French and German as the most popular languages after English in the UK in 2020, according to this article. Various factors are cited as a motivation to learning Spanish, including culture.

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El Pais (Spain)
7/16/2019

Developing empathy in students is key to curbing bullying, according to David Theune, a Fulbright Distinguished Award recipient residing in the Netherlands and working on a project to end bullying. In this blog post, he shares five strategies to developing empathy, including using podcasts to connect lessons to students' lives and launching a book club

7/16/2019

Pearson will release all US college textbooks digitally first, the education company has announced. The company says the move will help to save students money and boost the company's bottom line.

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7/16/2019

Archie Moss, an elementary-school principal in Tennessee, reads weekly bedtime stories to students over Facebook Live. In this interview, Moss says the idea for the "Bedtime Stories with Principal Moss" program came from the school's librarian, Monique Howard, who shared it as part of an effort to find innovative ways to reach students and build a culture of reading at the school.

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7/16/2019

While girls' math skills are on par with their male peers, their superior verbal skills could be why so many choose careers outside of math, according to a study. Researchers, who studied 15-year-old students in 64 countries, say their data showed boys were still more interested in STEM fields than girls at that age.

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PBS
7/16/2019

Students in Pakistan should be taught in their native language, according to a study by Wilson Centre global fellow Nadia Naviwala. The report also asserts that changes should be made in the country's education system to simplify the school curriculum, improve reading instruction and more.

7/16/2019

Teaching students how to lose with grace, muscle through failure and vet credible information in online sources are among the lessons learned at this year's International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia. Sharif El-Mekki, founder of The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, addressed digital equity and urged schools not to give students of color or those from low-income families "innovative hand-me-downs."

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