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9/20/2019

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon, is working to prepare college students in California for in-demand jobs that require cloud computing skills. Under the program, launching Sept. 23, students will be trained in careers that include software development, data science and engineering.

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9/19/2019

Technology can be used to support female students with autism who tend to seek a better understanding of societal norms online, writes Carol Allen. In this commentary, Allen discusses the ways that girls with autism differ from boys and makes suggestions for better use of technology to meet those needs.

9/18/2019

The free virtual advising program CollegePoint can have some effect on where students go to college, according to two studies. Research shows the program, started by Bloomberg Philanthropies and America Achieves, can help direct slightly more students to institutions that are more selective and to those with higher graduation rates.

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9/18/2019

Several suicides among students and staff led a Kansas school district to seek ways to support mental health and remove the stigma that often surrounds it. In this blog post, Jessica Dain, assistant superintendent of support services at Olathe Public Schools, shares how her district changed its culture with a heavy focus on data.

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9/17/2019

There are several benefits to online learning, according to Tracy Arnold, secondary school vice principal at Istanbul International Community School. In this blog post, she shares how the online coursework helps students develop soft skills, helps students recover from low grades and more.

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9/17/2019

A school district in Illinois continues to recover from a ransomware attack that occurred during the first days of the school year. Included in its recovery plans is a mandatory security awareness training for staff offered by an outside vendor.

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9/17/2019

More than 260 million children worldwide lack access to basic education, according to a report from the Gates Foundation released today. Bill Gates says that the solution to closing literacy gaps is more primary-school teachers, small class sizes and teachers who are paid and come to work.

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9/17/2019

Researchers continue to consider the reasons children bully their peers, increasingly finding that there is more than just one type of bully. The stereotype that all bullies are aggressive with self-esteem issues is too simplistic, researchers say, and that the mentality of bullying is much more complex.

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BBC
9/17/2019

Chisholm Middle School in Enid, Okla., brought in local police Sgt. Nick John to talk to students about how to be safe on social media. John also walked students through a new state law that bars making threats online or via messaging and urged students to think before they post.

9/17/2019

The role of school librarians has changed, and librarians in some Oregon schools now are teaching technology, digital citizenship and more. The state requires that school librarians also have a teaching license, a requirement that Debbie Levy, a certified librarian in the Eugene School District, says essentially led her to earn two master's degrees to work as a school librarian.