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10/12/2018

Some residents of Marion County, Fla., are calling for the resignation of school board member Nancy Stacy over comments she posted on Facebook defending Bill Cosby and criticizing his female accusers. Stacy also posted comments supporting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and mocking those who opposed his confirmation.

10/12/2018

Educators can use technology to improve learning and prepare students for careers, writes Matt Prusiecki, superintendent of an Indiana school district. In this commentary, he offers three key strategies, including by using personal hot spots, making classroom spaces more innovative and introducing virtual portfolios for students to showcase their work.

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10/11/2018

Some colleges and universities are enhancing their distance-learning programs by offering microdegrees and making courses more mobile-friendly, according to a survey by the Association for Continuing Higher Education. The report also outlines ideas for boosting enrollment in these programs, such as by offering scholarships and more courses in computer programming and IT.

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eCampus News
10/11/2018

Since the introduction of Common Core State Standards, math and English-language arts teachers have increased their use of standard-aligned online resources, according to a report from RAND Corp. About 60% of math teachers and 55% of English teachers used Teacherspayteachers.com for online materials in 2017, up from 41% of math teachers and 42% of English teachers in 2015.

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10/11/2018

Disappointed by low attendance at PTA meetings, New Jersey middle-school principal Michael Gaskell started using technology to bring the meetings to parents remotely. In this commentary, he writes that after making the switch, "attendance" grew from about a dozen parents in person to 276 viewers who used the online feed during this year's first PTA meeting.

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eSchool News
10/11/2018

California's new Online Community College will focus on enrolling 2.5 million "stranded" adult workers in the state ages 25 and older, says California Community Colleges System Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. The online school features flexible start times, low tuition and competency-based courses to help adult learners earn their degree, Oakley says.

10/11/2018

Some research suggests that chronic anxiety could be categorized as a learning disorder, Daniel Barron, a resident psychiatrist at Yale University, writes in this blog post. Barron spoke with Michael Browning, a practicing psychiatrist, who says the key to investigating this issue may be a measurement of learning rate -- similar to how physicians measure blood pressure.

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10/10/2018

An educator in a Minnesota school district has resigned following backlash stemming from a threatening comment she made on social media about newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Officials say the employee did not use school equipment to post the message on Twitter and was not working at the time.

10/9/2018

Pushing teachers to integrate technology into their instruction is a flawed approach, according to researcher Beth Holland. In this blog post, Holland says it's important to understand why they are reluctant and offers three steps to help them embrace digital tools.

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10/9/2018

Top teachers in a Delaware school district are offered clear pathways for advancement and leadership opportunities, asserts Peter Leida, an assistant superintendent at Colonial School District. In this commentary, he describes how the district keeps good teachers by creating instructional coach positions, involving them in an aspiring leader program and equipping teachers to lead professional development.

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