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7/21/2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos advocated for a diminished federal role in education during remarks at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Conference. "The time of inefficient, top-down, one-size-fits-all mandates is over," DeVos said. "This approach does not work, it has not worked, and it will never work."

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7/21/2017

A flexible classroom design that acts as a tool that promotes active learning can teach students to engage and learn more, according to middle-school teacher Julie Marshall. In this commentary, she shares how making some changes -- such as adding rolling chairs with detachable desks -- turned her classroom into an active learning center with the power to transform lives.

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Julie Marshall
7/21/2017

High-school students participating in the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust's Voices of History program recently documented 79-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Trenk's memories for a film project. Students, who oversaw the film's production and conducted the interview with Trenk, will also produce other artistic works that showcase what they have learned about the Holocaust.

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Eva Trenk, Los Angeles Museum
7/21/2017

Educators may be better able to support themselves, peers and students if they focus on personal wellness, asserts Alex Shevrin, a teacher at an alternative therapeutic school in Vermont. In this blog post, she offers ways in which educators can improve their well-being.

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Alex Shevrin
7/21/2017

Some educators are taking a more open approach to students' use of mobile devices. Morgen Larsen, with the Northwest Council for Computer Education, says it's time to shift from "staying ahead of the digital native" to allying "ourselves with our youth so they can help us protect them."

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7/21/2017

There may be more incidents of cyberbullying on Instagram than other social-media platforms, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people. About 42% of Instagram users reported being bullied, compared to 37% on Facebook, 31% on Snapchat, 10% on YouTube and 9% on Twitter.

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Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
7/21/2017

The School District of Philadelphia, in partnership with other groups, will host a Minecraft-themed fundraising event. The goal is to raise money for education technology in schools and support an advocacy group focused on health care, child care, public education and family stability.

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7/21/2017

The elimination of two-a-day practices for high-school athletes would help to prevent instances of exertional heatstroke, asserts Dr. Julian Bailes, co-director of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Neurological Institute. In this commentary, he writes about the life-threatening dangers of EHS.

7/21/2017

An Iowa administrative judge has ordered the state education department to review its qualifying criteria for special-education services. The ruling, which is being appealed, comes after a family of a child with dyslexia sued for private school reimbursement after failing for years to get services.

7/20/2017

Educators who teach reading can experience fatigue from making so many decisions, according to authors Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser. In this blog post, they share three ways educators can improve decision-making, streamline teaching and avoid fatigue.

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