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2/22/2018

Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function.

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The Hechinger Report
2/22/2018

Today's children have grown up as digital natives but that doesn't mean they know how to use social media safely. In this commentary, experts offer four ways to help ensure children stay safe on Instagram and other platforms, including by establishing rules and having conversations.

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Instagram
2/22/2018

National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee says she loves teaching because of the opportunity to witness "small acts of brilliant humanity" by her students. Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, writes in this blog post about an experience in which her students demonstrated "compassionate collaboration."

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Sydney Chaffee, National Board, NBCT
2/22/2018

An elementary school is offering an after-school writing club to students as part of a Washington, D.C., "Excellence in Equity" program. Through a partnership with the Anthology Project, the club engages students in learning literacy and social and emotional learning through creative writing about their lives and experiences that will be collected in anthologies.

2/22/2018

About 640 languages in Europe are at risk of vanishing and some already are lost, according to a report released by UNESCO. Italy and Russia have the most endangered languages, while certain tongues are being lost between generations, because young people do not learn them at home, the report states.

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Euronews (France)
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2/22/2018

It's not always clear what being a teacher leader means, asserts high-school teacher Andrea Marshbank. In this blog post, she highlights supportive roles -- such as showing interest in other classrooms and helping out when needed -- that teacher leaders can play in the school setting.

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SmartBrief/Education
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Andrea Marshbank
2/22/2018

Timing and access to data about student performance on high-stakes tests vary by state, according to 45 state deputy superintendents of education in a survey issued by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University. Data show most of those surveyed provide test data during the summer after students take such tests.

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T.H.E. Journal
2/22/2018

Project-based-learning assignments should include six basic qualities -- intellectual challenge and accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management and reflection -- according to a framework released by the Buck Institute for Education. Executive Director Bob Lenz says "intellectual challenge" often is a missing element in PBL projects.

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Bob Lenz, Buck Institute
2/22/2018

Students in seven elementary and middle schools in a Rhode Island district will have access to the "No Bullying" program. Under the program, teachers will receive training on how to recognize and intervene in student bullying.

2/22/2018

There are seven pillars of digital leadership, writes Eric Sheninger, a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education. In this commentary, he shares each of the pillars and how to put them into practice.