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2/20/2018

Students in about 30 California high schools can enroll in data science, with some schools offering it as a math credit. Students use computers to analyze large sets of data, a skill increasingly in demand in the workforce.

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EdSource
2/20/2018

A class of Ohio middle-school students are using math, financial literacy and science skills to design a plane, build a model and book a complicated trip to an exotic destination. The lesson is part of the nine-week Northeast Ohio Genius Project.

2/20/2018

In the wake six school shootings during the first 45 days of the new year, it is "time for us to shout, 'Enough is enough!' " asserts Deborah Delisle, executive director and CEO of ASCD. In this commentary, she calls on lawmakers to pursue sensible solutions to keep students safe.

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2/20/2018

Students at a Missouri high school have launched a digital news site. Students enrolled in the journalism course write about one article each week, ranging in topic from standard school news to interest pieces to movie and game reviews.

2/20/2018

Lawmakers in Vermont are considering overhauling the way special education is funded by adopting a census-based grant program. The approach would replace the current reimbursement system, giving school leaders more flexibility.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
2/19/2018

Emphasizing the steps schools are taking to keep students safe in the wake of a tragedy such as the recent Florida school shooting can help relieve anxiety and fear, asserts Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Other strategies include tuning in and letting students guide the conversation.

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National Public Radio
2/19/2018

National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt led her students in a reading challenge this month called Books Without Borders. In this blog post, she shares how she planned the challenge in partnership with a local library.

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MiddleWeb
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2/19/2018

A Michigan school district has implemented the elementary curriculum Core Knowledge Language Arts that embeds literacy lessons into science and social studies subjects. In one recent lesson, fourth-graders became inventors as they designed and built models, and made presentations of trash-removal machines.

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Cadillac News (Mich.)
2/19/2018

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.

2/19/2018

New York City Public Schools' New Principal Support program is credited with reducing attrition and supporting school leaders, write Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson, who both have served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in NYC schools. In this commentary, they share why principal coaching should be part of school-leadership plans.

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