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6/27/2017

Students from low-income families are more likely to benefit from summer reading programs, according to a study by MIT. Researchers found that about half of 6- to 9-year-olds had higher test scores after participating in such a program -- with the majority coming from low-income families.

6/27/2017

More students are seeking mental-health care on campus, and some colleges and universities are providing ways to continue that help after students graduate. Schools such as New York University offer policies with 90-day coverage after graduation and the University of Michigan offers graduates limited free counseling and referrals to other professionals.

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6/27/2017

Secondary students at 20 New Zealand schools are using virtual reality and computer programs to visit countries to work on their language skills through the Immerseme program. The program is set up for nine languages -- including Japanese, Mandarin, Indonesian and English -- and allows students to use a computer or headset to practice a language in simulated situations, such as speaking French to order coffee in a Paris cafe.

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6/27/2017

David Krulwich, principal of a college preparatory school serving sixth through 12th grades in New York City, supports an apprenticeship model to support novice teachers, which he describes in his book, "The Artisan Teaching Model for Instructional Leadership." In this Q&A, Krulwich and his co-author Kenneth Baum describe an approach that relies on a teacher team leader and educator collaboration.

6/27/2017

Education technology is evolving in three key ways, said Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, at its conference this week. He said technology fosters more personalized learning, helps close the equity gap and allows students to design and build content -- not just consume it.

6/27/2017

The Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners worked with education experts to analyze the initial batch of Every Student Succeeds Act state accountability plans. They noted that the plans do not adequately address the needs of disadvantaged students -- including students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners.

6/27/2017

Georgia high-school students who are part of a school automotive program will auction off for a third time a Mustang they restored after the winning bidders at two previous auctions returned the cars and donated the money to the program. Robert Harris, director of the 200-student program, said the support for career and technical education was "mind-blowing."

6/27/2017

A new guide is available to help educators improve students' behavioral and academic outcomes through the development of social and emotional skills. The guide, written by Harvard researchers, offers a look at 25 SEL programs and recommends strategies such as role-playing, physical activity and singing.

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6/27/2017

Students at one Kansas middle school, concerned over climate change, have started indoor and outdoor gardens to grow organic vegetables that either go home with students or are donated to a local farmer's market. Students also built a compost bin and are raising money for a shed to house a rain barrel.

6/27/2017

The shift from compliance and traditional grading to mastery and standards is a dramatic and necessary change, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, she writes that homework should not be mandatory and that students should be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate what they know about a subject.

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