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9/18/2018

Rural teachers can face professional isolation, write teacher Michelle Blanchet and Darcy Bakkegard, a teacher ambassador. In this blog post, they offer six ways for teachers to overcome the distance and collaborate with their colleagues, including through Edcamps and virtual professional learning communities.

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9/18/2018

About 20% of students at a rural Pennsylvania middle school will have access to computers, the internet and a tutor on their buses as part of their school's pilot of Google's Rolling Study Hall. To qualify, students must spend at least 45 minutes on the bus during one trip.

9/18/2018

CDC researchers found that 8.9% of middle-school and high-school students in the US reported using an e-cigarette device with marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol wax, or THC or hash oil. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics were based on 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey data.

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9/18/2018

The US Department of Education will continue to accept applications for an assessment pilot under the Every Student Succeeds Act through Dec. 17. Two states and Puerto Rico expressed interest during the program's initial application period, with other states and territories required to inform the department by Oct. 17 of their intent to apply.

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9/18/2018

Immigration policies in the US may make it challenging for schools with Chinese-language immersion programs to recruit educators from China, according to this article. Some American educators say they are concerned that visas could become harder to obtain amid an overhaul of programs by the US government.

9/18/2018

A gap year between high school and college in an international setting can help get students out of their comfort zones, asserts Abby Falik, founder of the nonprofit Global Citizen Year. In this interview, Falik shares that 95% of students who have participated in their programs are in college and should graduate in four years or less.

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9/18/2018

Some schools in Saskatchewan, Canada, are replacing French courses with nonlanguage courses since French was dropped as a mandatory subject. The move comes after a yearslong struggle to recruit French teachers for core and immersion courses.

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9/18/2018

Students in Australia's Canberra schools are expected to be able to continue to use smartphones in schools even as other schools elsewhere in Australia and in France enact bans on the devices. Teacher Rechelle Turner says that restricting access to phones would be a "disservice" to students.

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9/17/2018

Seventy-four percent of superintendents say it will be a challenge to prepare students to be engaged citizens -- up from 50% in 2017 -- according to Gallup's 2018 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents. The other challenges identified by superintendents in the survey include improving student achievement and retaining teachers.

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9/17/2018

Reading responses encourage students to contribute to the conversation -- often incorporating their opinions -- rather than simply trying to arrive at the correct answer, writes National Board Certified Teacher Marilyn Pryle. In this article, Pryle shares a shift that she made in her teaching along with the four rules of writing reading responses.

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