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11/21/2019

Today's students are under enormous pressure, writes educator Andrew Simmons, citing a recent Pew Research Center poll in which 70% of teens say stress is a major problem. In this blog post, he shares how some teachers are supporting students, including Roni Habib, who says schools should ensure students know they have an adult on campus who "really sees them."

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11/21/2019

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved a contract with the Chicago Teachers Union that provides a pay raise of 16% over five years -- the outcome of negotiations following the recent 11-day strike by teachers. The board also approved an amended budget to accommodate the changes in pay for educators.

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11/21/2019

Students can draw on their own lives to engage in a "Never-Fail Character Sketch" that can be used across all ages and grades, writes National Board Certified Teacher Marilyn Pryle, the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. In this article, Pryle shares a five-step process to help students practice strong, detailed writing.

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11/21/2019

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Jack Lynch says the company is in a "sea of calm" amid a transition to a digital business. In this interview, he offers insight into the company's operations and new offerings, including computer adaptive assessment that can differentiate instruction for students based on ability.

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EdSurge
11/21/2019

High-school internship programs benefit students and the workforce generally, according to panelists at an event hosted by ImpactTulsa and the Tulsa Regional Chamber in Oklahoma. Students who participate in internships often earn workplace certifications and job skills, according to Jenny Flower, who oversees the internship program at Union High School.

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11/21/2019

A Nebraska school district is bringing its mobile STEM lab -- dubbed Create, Solve, Innovate Labs, or CSI Labs -- to local schools so students can explore 3D printing, virtual reality and other technologies in a learning context. The mobile lab allows middle-school students to experience technology that may not be available at their schools, CSI Labs coordinator Monica Boyken said.

11/21/2019

Students of color are nearly 4 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school if they have a school counselor of color, according to a study by Christine Mulhern, a Harvard graduate student. Mulhern's findings also show the benefits to all students of having a high-quality school counselor.

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Chalkbeat
11/21/2019

The Salt Lake City Education Foundation and The University of Utah have opened a dental clinic at a Salt Lake City community learning center and elementary school. Dental students from the university will provide care, under the supervision of faculty, to students during school hours.

11/21/2019

Pins made from dog or sheep bones have been used to repair broken pigeon wings and could be used to help treat other injured birds, according to findings published in Heliyon. Birds whose wings were treated with the bone-based pins were able to fly more efficiently than birds with metal pins, which interfere with balance because they are heavier, found researcher Seifollah Dehghani Nazhvani and colleagues.

11/21/2019

Two gamma-ray bursts from explosions in faraway galaxies created the highest-energy photons ever detected, according to a trio of papers in Nature. "What is remarkable about these particular bursts isn't how much energy they emit in total, but the energy that we see from the individual bits of light," said Andrew Levan, a co-author of one of the studies.

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