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12/18/2017

Emotions such as feeling sad or happy may affect how students learn, asserts researcher Caitlin Mills, who co-authored a recent study on the topic. Study findings show that watching something aimed at inducing feelings of sadness yielded better reading comprehension than watching something intended to make viewers feel happy.

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The Hechinger Report
12/18/2017

Transparency always has been a personal priority, National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein writes. In this blog post, Sackstein writes about the limits of being transparent and the steps that guide her in her role as an educator and teacher leader.

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Starr Sackstein, National Board, NBCT
12/18/2017

Fourth-graders at a Montana elementary school have written poems about favorite places to publish with illustrations and recordings for an interactive map. The maps will be displayed at the public library and available online in the spring.

12/18/2017

Dystopian fiction can help students develop executive brain function and provide a safe space to ask questions about big issues without getting into trouble, asserts Laurence Steinberg, a psychologist at Temple University. Jon Ostenson of Brigham Young University in Utah, agrees, noting that dystopian novels engage students in plots about choices and consequences.

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National Public Radio
12/18/2017

More than 15,000 educators, parents and others worldwide have adopted the Kindness Curriculum, developed by the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The approach focuses on helping preschool-age children better understand their emotions.

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University of Wisconsin
12/18/2017

While many school districts are investing in technology, there are factors that may be frustrating efforts to scale personalized learning, according to an analysis by the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium. Such factors include a lack of professional development and funding as well as scheduling constraints.

12/18/2017

School leaders in a South Carolina district expect to improve outcomes for students by implementing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports approach in all schools. Neighboring districts that have adopted PBIS are reporting higher graduation rates and improved behavior.

12/18/2017

School leaders in a West Virginia district have introduced a way to address missed school days because of inclement weather. Once the district has used its allotted number of snow days, students will take part in "reimagined days," in which they complete work at home during school closures.

12/18/2017

Plans for state and local taxes in the tax bill recently agreed to by a group of House and Senate lawmakers could have significant implications for schools, according to this analysis. It offers details into potential implications.

12/18/2017

Students enrolled in an advanced manufacturing and design-technology program at Central Community College-Columbus in Nebraska recently designed and created a replica of the R2-D2 droid for the premiere of the new film in the "Star Wars" franchise. Students created the shell of the droid -- a moving robot -- using a 3D printer.