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1/21/2020

The Discover E Future City competition challenges middle-school students to dream up ways of preparing cities to deal with issues such as ensuring a ready supply of clean water, which was this year's theme. Students in the Oklahoma City area worked with a teacher or mentor on a project plan using their STEM skills and presented it to the judges on Monday, and the winners will go to the national championships in Washington, D.C.

1/21/2020

Research shows that air quality and air conditioning in schools can affect academic outcomes for students. Some schools in California that used air filters had higher test scores than schools that did not, according to a small study by a researcher at New York University.

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1/21/2020

The nonprofit Kid Spark Education provides a hands-on STEM curriculum and teacher professional development to introduce STEM to students at an early age, CEO Jena Olson says. In the Q&A, Olson says the program, designed for prekindergarten through eighth grade, aims to build students' confidence in math and science that will be needed in the majority of future jobs.

1/21/2020

The "I Have A Dream" Foundation -- in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. -- is working to help students make their dreams a reality, according to Eugena Oh, the organization's president and CEO. In this commentary, Oh writes about the need for equal opportunities for students to succeed and how they can be helped by the federal government.

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The Hill
1/21/2020

Crews of fishermen who work on Lake Kivu in Rwanda all sing in Amashi, a language they use to identify themselves and communicate with one another. Joseph Rusanganwa, a University of Rwanda modern languages professor, is making recordings to documenting the language.

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1/21/2020

A high-school English teacher in Virginia has curated a classroom library of about 1,000 books for students. Corrina Reamer paid for the books through grants and online fundraisers, including raising an estimated $10,000 through DonorsChoose.

1/21/2020

The Trump administration has proposed changes relaxing nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, permitting schools to reduce fruit servings in breakfasts, offer burgers or pizzas as a la carte food items and provide potatoes as a daily vegetable. The proposed rules, which US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said seek to curb food waste and paperwork, may encourage youths to opt for foods with increased calories, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

1/21/2020

Eighty-six percent of parents report agreeing or strongly agreeing that their adolescent children excessively play video games, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The survey also shows that while 71% of parents report that video games may positively affect their teens, nearly 50% say video games "frequently" or "sometimes" hinder teen participation in family activities.

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Reuters
1/21/2020

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s shared-power leadership style can be beneficial to school leaders, former teacher Michael McQuillan writes in this commentary. King used dialogue to empower, and education leaders can similarly use one-on-one meetings with staff to uncover obstacles and identify possible allies as well as those who are ready to take on higher-level positions, McQuillan writes.

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Education Dive
1/21/2020

Teachers can focus on social-emotional learning to support English-language learners, according to Tan Huynh, a language acquisition teacher. In this blog post, he shares strategies to help ELL students improve language proficiency and develop skills in emotional literacy, such as providing positive feedback.

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