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11/21/2017

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has received nearly 1,500 comments on her 11 competitive-grant priorities. The National Coalition for Public Education said it does not support grants for voucher programs that do not support all students; others, such as Amazon, called for even more support for computer science.

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11/21/2017

About 20% of students at a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Ohio have signed a pledge vowing to stay off social media websites until the eighth grade. One sixth-grade student gave a practical reason for her decision: "If you don't find out what your best friend's cat is named, the world will still go on. If you don't find out that Kim Kardashian released a new perfume, the world will still go on."

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WKYC-TV (Cleveland)
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11/21/2017

Teacher leaders can help effect change in schools by actually being in the classroom, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, Sackstein describes a successful co-teaching experience.

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Starr Sackstein, National Board
11/21/2017

About 20 children of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe -- whose ancestors famously shared a meal with immigrants in 1621 that has inspired the Thanksgiving tradition -- are learning the Wopanaotooaok language at the tribe's immersion school. The effort to save the language also features a class at a high school, plus free language sessions at a museum to increase the number of fluent speakers.

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The Associated Press
11/21/2017

Teachers from 38 states who participated in a survey about blended learning offer best practices for this model. Their insights include applying a growth mindset and providing blended-learning resources and examples.

11/21/2017

Education students from the University of Northern Colorado's Center for Urban Education can earn money -- and experience -- working as paraprofessionals in a local school district. The partnership this year placed three such students in one elementary school.

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Chalkbeat
11/21/2017

Students in a Texas school district are learning in a mobile tech lab, which also provides technology and internet access to neighborhoods. Teachers also can reserve time in the lab for lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.

11/21/2017

Teenagers need between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night to be at their best, according to a study by a team of researchers led by Andrew Fuligni of the University of California at Los Angeles. The researchers studied the sleep habits of 419 students between ages 13 and 19.

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Science News
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University of California
11/21/2017

Eight educators share their views on how artificial intelligence may affect education. Some see potential in tools that can alleviate minutiae from teachers' plates, but others worry it could "deprofessionalize" teachers, Mary Jo Madda writes.

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EdSurge
11/21/2017

A report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has examined the origination fees deducted from student loans. The fees, which have generated $8.1 million in federal revenue over the past five years, are outdated and cumbersome for students, association President Justin Draeger said.