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Trump pledges big spending on education
President Donald Trump during a town hall for CEOs this week pledged to boost investments in education, support school choice and roll back the Common Core State Standards. While Trump's proposed 2018 budget includes $9 billion in cuts to federal education programs, it includes a $1.4 billion increase for school-choice proposals. Full Story: U.S. News & World Report

Strategies for creating confident readers
Teachers who embody four roles -- miners, mirrors, models and mentors -- can help promote a growth mindset in reading, asserts literacy consultant and author Gravity Goldberg. Educators who use Goldberg's strategies say these methods help students take ownership over reading. Full Story: KQED.org

Schools take action to reduce stress, anxiety
Educators, students and school leaders in a Massachusetts district are working to reduce student stress and anxiety. Strategies include breathing exercises, limits on homework, a shift away from class rankings and an emphasis on special activities, such as painting inspiring messages on stones. Full Story: The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)

Teacher: Scaffolding ideas for fidgety students
How to meet the needs of fidgety students in the classroom is a common challenge among educators, teacher Serena Pariser writes in this blog post. She shares three ideas to help support kinesthetic learners. Full Story: SmartBrief/Education

NYC schools pilot parent-teacher teams
Eighteen New York City schools have replaced traditional parent-teacher conferences with Academic Parent Teacher Teams. The model includes 75-minute parent education sessions scheduled throughout the school year, featuring lessons such as how to talk to children about schoolwork. Full Story: Chalkbeat

Melissa Greenwood is the education content director at SmartBrief.

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