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12/9/2019

Drawing and doodling can help students retain what they are learning in class, according to Megan Kelly, a teacher in Singapore. In this blog post, Kelly writes about how the approach works and points to research and practices, such as creating an icon bank to symbolize concepts and themes.

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12/9/2019

About 900 middle- and high-school students, comprising 63 teams, competed Saturday in a precursor to the national Science Olympiad competition. Throughout the competition, students engage in hands-on activities, where they learn to communicate and work together toward a shared goal.

12/9/2019

Instagram, among the more popular social media platforms for teenagers, now requires users to share their birth date when signing up -- rather than only affirming they are 13 or older. However, Lisa Hinkelman of the nonprofit Ruling Our Girls, says youths will find a way around such safeguards and suggests that educators and parents focus on educating them about social media.

12/9/2019

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to testify before Congress about the handling of student loans for 29,000 borrowers. The students were defrauded by for-profit colleges and DeVos has been questioned for straying from the previous administration's practice of making the students eligible for loan forgiveness.

12/9/2019

Teachers in early grades may have difficulty identifying the struggling emergent readers in their classes and helping them grasp foundational skills. In this article, Jessica Hamman shares eight methods that research has found effective for emergent readers, including a focus on systematic phonological awareness and consistent use of direct, explicit instructions.

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12/9/2019

Todd Shriver, a high-school teacher in Monon, Ind., bring in special guests for his "Topics in the 1980s" class, a social studies elective that examines cultural, social and political history of the decade. In the years since he started the class, Shriver has had numerous recognizable faces appear via video chat, including Mike Eruzione, captain of the USA hockey team that won a gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics, and Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic candidate for president.

12/9/2019

Two students at Forsyth Central High School in Georgia created a weeklong event at their school to help students in special education and their peers in general education connect with and learn about each other. Their "Greatest Gift Week" focused on sharing information about learning differences and exceptionalities and culminated in a holiday social for all students.

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12/9/2019

Discussions about the achievement gap in education may be promoting a negative stereotype about the achievement of students of color, according to researchers from the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. In this opinion piece, they share their research on how the conversation might be framed to promote equity.

12/9/2019

All students should feel they belong at school, writes Ross Wiener, vice president at The Aspen Institute and executive director of its Education & Society Program. In this commentary, he shares how this feeling can improve equity in education and outcomes for students -- besides raising traditional measures of achievement, such as test scores.

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12/9/2019

The AT&T Youth Hack, held Saturday at State University of New York's Broome campus, challenged students ages 8 to 17 to create apps and other technology tools to help spread the word about online safety and cyberbullying. Students received assistance from mentors who work in STEM fields and learned how their computer science aptitude could serve them in tech careers.