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8/20/2019

The number of students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles assessment has more than doubled since it launched three years ago, according to the College Board. Participation among female students and students of color has also increased since its launch as has their achievement on the exam.

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8/20/2019

Engaging guest speakers and subject matter experts can help add authenticity to project-based learning, according to middle-grades teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron. In this blog post, Wolpert-Gawron shares tips to help teachers identify experts and resources from their own communities, including through museums and among parents, and how to bring them into the classroom.

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8/20/2019

Teachers can use classroom questioning practices that better support students' social and emotional learning, according to author and educator Jackie Walsh. In this article, Walsh writes offers tips, such as using response systems that reduce pressure on students and focusing on responses, not correct answers, and depending on hand-raisers.

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8/20/2019

A high-school senior in Missouri studied for 11 months in Belgium as a part of a Rotary Youth Exchange program. Hope Gowin, who returned in July, says the experience broadened her perspective of the world, introduced her to new social practices and helped improve her French language skills.

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8/20/2019

A New Mexico district is offering a video series in various languages, including a back-to-school video that features more than a dozen languages, including American Sign Language, to connect with students and their families. Officials say the series seeks to promote diversity and shares tips as well as information about the district.

8/20/2019

Educators and parents in the US are reporting an uptick in anxiety and related mental health issues among students. A California high school launched an anxiety group last year that meets once a week and brings together students who support one another and discuss coping techniques

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8/20/2019

Using diagrams can help math students better visualize concepts and see patterns and relationships in numbers, writes math educator Jerry Burkhart. In this commentary, he provides examples of how to use diagrams to foster a sense of play and creativity.

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8/20/2019

As the school year gets underway in some Michigan districts, school leaders say there is a focus on reading and literacy -- prompted in part by a new law that allows for third-graders to be held back if they are not reading at grade level. Fourth-grade teacher Sarah David says she plans to establish a classroom culture that is safe and welcoming to support reading.

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8/20/2019

Two primary-school teachers in Australia are using a phonetics-based approach to reading instruction despite the popularity of a whole-language approach to lessons. The debate over reading instruction is playing out broadly, but the teachers say they are using evidence-backed approaches that already have improved outcomes for students.

8/20/2019

Culture-based education can help Native American students thrive in school while reducing disciplinary actions, writes Katrina Boone, a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners. Such a curriculum also helps students learn about their culture and history, and preserves cultural vitality, Boone writes in this opinion article.

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