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11/16/2018

Educators and education researchers say that "personalized learning" encompasses many strategies -- some that require technology and others that do not. John Pane, an education researcher at RAND Corporation, says that personalized learning can give students more control over their own education, but one of his studies provides a "warning sign" because it shows the approach could negatively affect learning in some schools.

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11/16/2018

School-improvement plans do not focus enough on equity, according to a study by HCM Strategists and the Collaborative for Student Success. They analyzed data from 17 states and found that many state plans spoke about equity but did not explain steps schools should take to address inequities related to teacher quality, enrichment opportunities and curriculum.

11/16/2018

Project-based learning can motivate early learners, several presenters said at a recent National Association for the Education of Young Children conference. Michael Haslip, an assistant professor of early-childhood education at Drexel University, said when introducing PBL in kindergarten classrooms, educators should balance academic lessons with a fun activity.

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Education Dive
11/16/2018

More than two-thirds of states track chronic-absenteeism rates under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- to assess how schools are doing -- so many school leaders are trying to tackle the problem. In an Alabama school district, officials enlist social workers to help families in need, and in one New Mexico high school, an official has offered students free donuts if they arrive before the school day starts.

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11/16/2018

President Donald Trump's administration has proposed new regulations that would expand the types of public benefits that can be considered when determining if an immigrant should be excluded from permanent residence in the US. The so-called "public charge" change has some California officials concerned that fewer immigrant children will receive the health care and nutrition benefits for which they are eligible.

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11/15/2018

Schools increasingly are focused on ensuring that education technologies are available to all students, including students with slow internet connections and those with disabilities. This increased focus is putting pressure on the education-technology industry to make accessibility solutions more affordable.

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The Hechinger Report
11/15/2018

About 1,500 teachers in Maryland, Colorado and Iowa soon will learn more about how students' brains work under a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative-backed pilot program. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning has received $1 million from the initiative to expand its Neuroteach Global online professional-development platform that provides short lessons about "the science behind how the brain learns, works, and thrives," said Glenn Whitman, the center's director.

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11/15/2018

Photography is a great way to engage students in academic lessons, suggests educator Jennifer Sullivan. In this blog post, she shares four ways students who have autism may benefit from this approach, including by encouraging independence and offering their perspectives.

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Edutopia online
11/15/2018

Reflection is a key part of National Board Certification, Starr Sackstein writes. In this blog post, Sackstein writes that looking back on her certification journey shows her how much she has grown as an educator and teacher-leader since becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.

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11/15/2018

More than 100 people this week attended the Voices of Our Ancestors Native Language Summit, a three-day meeting to bring together speakers and others of Alaska's Native languages to focus on cultural and language preservation. Students spoke in indigenous languages in presentations during the summit, held in Juneau, Alaska.