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8/14/2018

An analysis shows a wide difference in the number of hours Canadian students training to be teachers spend learning math, with some schools requiring only 36 hours and others requiring more than 100 hours. Some teaching programs emphasize lessons on how to teach math, rather than focusing on understanding the underlying concepts.

8/14/2018

Shaun Fenton, the new leader of top private schools in Britain, calls social media "a real tragedy for our time" and warns that overexposure to it could harm students' mental health. Fenton says he backs laws that would require platform providers to create a healthier and more controlled environment for users.

8/14/2018

Damian Hinds, the UK's education secretary, plans to help schools better use education technology by getting companies to develop training programs and demonstration events at schools. Hinds also says virtual reality can help enhance student learning.

8/14/2018

An analysis of UK government data shows there is a shortage of about 11,000 teachers trained in early-childhood education in England, according to Save the Children. The charity says that about 325,000 children attend facilities where no one on staff has qualified teacher status.

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8/14/2018

A Pew Research Center study shows that only 20% of US students in kindergarten through 12th grade learn a foreign language, compared with 90% of European students who learn at least one. Researchers say European nations have language standards that students must meet, but the US has no uniform language-study requirement.

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8/13/2018

A new study shows that math scores declined for low-income Indiana students who used vouchers to transfer to private schools. Study co-author R. Joseph Waddington from the University of Kentucky said that even four years later, these voucher students still had lower math scores than peers in public schools.

8/13/2018

Rural districts use various strategies to overcome challenges to offering science, technology, engineering and math in schools. Some districts seek outside funding and partner with businesses, universities and community groups to gain equipment and training, such as a Florida district that found resources to train a teacher to offer Advanced Placement computer science.

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8/13/2018

Students from a Connecticut middle school have been participating in a seven-week summer camp that incorporates outdoor activities, such as fishing, with academic subjects. The students studied local history during a tour of murals and have been learning about how to raise awareness about social issues, such as domestic violence and human trafficking.

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8/13/2018

Summer learning loss costs students months of skills, so the nonprofit Princeton-Blairstown Center -- which offers a summer learning program that combines social-emotional learning with traditional academic lessons -- is providing resources to educators use SEL to combat losses. Educator and author Sarah Tantillo and PBC spokeswoman Meredith Murray share a sample SEL lesson for the beginning of the school year.

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8/13/2018

Teachers in Alabama, Alaska, Missouri and Michigan are prohibited from running for state office based on laws or court precedents that forbid state employees from holding an elected state office, according to an analysis of data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than 150 teachers in other states have filed to run for office.