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10/17/2018

Children and teens with one or more developmental disabilities were two times more likely to be chronically absent, compared with those without developmental disabilities, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The findings, based on National Health Interview Survey data involving more than 26,000 youths ages 5 to 17, also showed that chronic school absenteeism was most common among those with intellectual disabilities and autism.

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10/17/2018

Chance the Rapper recently drove undercover for Lyft to raise funds for arts programs at Chicago Public Schools using Lyft's app feature "Round Up and Donate." The rapper, who wore a disguise and called himself John, chatted with passengers about different topics -- including giving to education -- before revealing his real identity.

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10/17/2018

A US District judge on Tuesday allowed to take effect borrower defense rules meant to grant student-loan relief to students defrauded by colleges. Judge Randolph Moss denied a request to delay implementation of the rules after he ruled in September that it was illegal for US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay them.

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10/17/2018

Top-down professional development actually can backfire and cause teachers to become jaded by what they view as "flavor of the month" strategies, suggests Ariel Sacks, a middle-school language arts teacher and instructional support coach. In this blog post, she offers insight into one teacher's experience with ineffective PD.

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10/17/2018

Teachers can bring Halloween into lessons across the curriculum, asserts former educator Susan Curtis. In this blog post, she shares resources designed to tap students' excitement for Halloween, including History Channel videos, just-right scary stories, science experiments and math lessons.

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10/17/2018

Missouri middle-grades teacher Briea Williams is using a digital version of an escape room to engage students in learning background information as they study Homer's "The Odyssey." Students use information they read to answer questions and solve puzzles to beat the digital breakout game.

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10/17/2018

Students at one Wisconsin high school are partnering with their city's visitors bureau to explore the history of the community and highlight their research on a website. The students are part of the school's project-based program that focuses on developing skills while serving the community.

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10/17/2018

A group of fifth- and sixth-graders recently learned about environmental science and watershed pollution through a hands-on project to build a rain garden at their school in Connecticut. Students used water-tolerant plants, peat moss and mulch to capture and filter rainwater run-off from a roof and parking lot before it drained into other waterways on the way to Long Island Sound.

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10/17/2018

There were 13 million jobs available to high-school graduates in 2016 -- a decrease from the 15 million jobs available in 1991 -- according to a report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. Data also show there were 16 million middle-skills jobs available -- jobs for people with more than a high-school education but less than a bachelor's degree -- compared with 12 million in 1991.

10/17/2018

Kansas high-school assistant principal James O'Brien says he believes his job is to build connections with students so they will take ownership of their own learning. O'Brien, who has been named the Area IV Assistant Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals, says he's honored by the award but that more people should be recognized for their dedication.