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3/28/2017

During confirmation hearings last week, US Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta said overtime rules need to be updated and that the Obama administration's salary threshold of $47,476 was too high. Acosta also questioned whether the department had the authority to increase the threshold by more than the rate of inflation.

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3/28/2017

When choosing technology tools for the classroom, teachers should consider those that promote critical thinking and problem-solving, suggests Amy Williams, an International Baccalaureate English teacher at the International School of Dusseldorf in Germany. In this commentary, she shares why she often opts for tech-free lessons.

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3/28/2017

In this blog post, fifth-grade teacher Amy Crisp shares five ways she uses her school's adaptive-learning platform, Dreambox Learning. Among them are encouraging students to think independently and setting weekly goals.

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3/28/2017

Microsoft unveiled its #MakeWhatsNext campaign earlier this month, which focuses on supporting science, technology, engineering and math education among girls. The company's DigiGirlz program also organizes a one-day coding event where girls meet women who already are working in related fields.

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Microsoft, STEM
3/28/2017

Prom season can lead to feelings of loneliness for some students who don't go to the big dance. In this blog post, counselors and social workers share several strategies to help educators and parents address students' feelings of loneliness.

3/28/2017

University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth and others are developing ways to test for grit among K-12 students. She is considering approaches that would measure how students react to getting multiple problems wrong in online assessments and by looking at their multiyear commitments to activities such as band or sports.

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EdSurge
3/28/2017

Apple has unveiled plans for a lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad, a move seen as an attempt to compete with Google's Chromebook. The new model will be released to schools for $299, a comparable price to the Chromebook.

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Fast Company online
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3/28/2017

Proposed cuts to the federal TRIO program in President Donald Trump's budget proposal would hurt low-income and first-generation students, some higher-education officials say. The TRIO program is an umbrella for other grants, including Upward Bound and Student Support Services.

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3/28/2017

About 32% of the rise in student-loan defaults can be traced back to a decrease in housing prices during the Great Recession, according to a study. Researchers also found that borrowers who enrolled in the government's income-based repayment plans had fewer defaults and were better insulated from economic downturns.

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MarketWatch
3/28/2017

More than half of college and university faculty say they're concerned they may outlive their retirement savings, according to a survey from Fidelity Investments. The survey also found that more than 60% of nonfaculty staff members were worried about their financial situations, compared with 44% of professors.

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InsideHigherEd.com
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