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5/21/2018

A Denver school district is considering making its own police force -- an approach that already has been adopted by school districts in Atlanta, Cleveland and Miami. The proposal calls for certifying the district's 35 armed safety patrol officers as police officers.

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5/21/2018

The design of US schools is in the spotlight following the latest shooting at a Texas high school. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said the state's schools have too many exits and entrances, which make them vulnerable to attacks.

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5/21/2018

A virtual-reality program developed by career and technical education students in Michigan is intended to help support students with autism. The program places students in certain situations that allow them to practice social interaction.

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5/21/2018

Educators in Rochester, N.Y., say their district's Victorious Minds Academy has helped improve student achievement and behavior in schools. The program is based on an anti-racism and cultural competency pedagogy and includes teacher professional development to boost nurturing relationships with students.

5/21/2018

The school-safety commission that US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos leads should do more to engage educators, parents, school social workers and others, according to eight organizations that represent those groups. The commission held its first and only meeting in March.

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5/21/2018

English teacher Will Stegeman is the leader of a program in which high-school seniors gain real-world job-seeking skills as part of a yearlong project that wraps up with mock interviews with business professionals. Students created career portfolios, wrote cover letters and resumes, plus practiced interview skills.

5/21/2018

Second-grade students at a Pennsylvania elementary school have applied real-world math lessons while learning how to create stop-motion animation videos from an artist-in-residence. The students made videos about financial literacy.

5/18/2018

In this commentary, author Tom Hierck and Kent Peterson, professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, share their "positive school culture inventory." The inventory offers 19 student and staff behaviors that can add to a positive culture.

5/18/2018

Virtual reality and augmented reality offer more than entertainment and can be useful teaching tools, educator Jaime Donally asserts. In this blog post, she offers five tips to help teachers use the technology, such as setting learning goals and using age-appropriate tools.

5/18/2018

Educators in some New York City elementary schools are experimenting with "departmentalization" as a strategy for better preparing students for algebra in middle school. Recent research, however, shows that the strategy has failed to show gains in other districts.

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