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9/23/2019

Ovey Comeaux High School students in special education can earn an opportunity to work on the Spartan Brew Crew team -- which serves coffee to teachers before class -- through positive behavior. Students who serve in the rotating team improve their communication skills, build relationships and take on responsibility, says special-education teacher Mary Alciatore-Young.

9/23/2019

Some Missouri school districts are using four-day weeks and other incentives to attract new teachers, but state data shows salaries remain lower than those in surrounding states. Some local colleges are working to train teachers and state education officials are crafting a new outreach plan.

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9/23/2019

The Putnam County Library system in Tennessee will visit each of the school district's middle schools to boost literacy through storytelling. All seventh-graders will receive library cards, and students will learn how to tell stories of their own through media such as comic arts.

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9/23/2019

Climate change protests took place around the world on Friday, including one organized by high-schoolers in Boston while a California rally was joined by middle-schoolers who have been learning about climate change. The rallies across the world also included teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who protested in New York and is expected to speak today at the United Nation's Climate Action Summit with world leaders.

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9/23/2019

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library works to distribute age-appropriate books to as many children -- birth to age 5 -- as possible to help prepare them for reading in school. A Texas school is working with Parton's foundation to raise funds and sign more children up for the program, which mails books to every child for each month until the child is 5 years old.

9/20/2019

A school district in New York state is calling its decision to pay a ransomware demand a business decision after hackers made its data and technology unusable. The district paid a $10,000 deductible, and its insurance company paid the remainder -- which was less than half of the original $176,000 demand.

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9/20/2019

Caring for students in distress -- often in trauma-sensitive schools -- can take a toll on teachers, who often do not get the support that they need. "Teachers are so good at caring about others, who is thought of last? Themselves," said Mona Johnson, director of student support for Washington's state education agency.

9/20/2019

Social studies students can use strategies favored by historians to participate in research, such as one class highlighted in this article. Carl Cooper, social studies supervisor in a New Jersey district, writes in this article about how students can learn to think like historians and identify various forms of bias such as gender bias involving their textbook and an Edward Percy Moran painting.

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9/20/2019

Character Day, Sept. 27, is aimed at helping middle- and high-school students develop social and emotional skills, including empathy, perspective, curiosity and perseverance. This year, organizer Tiffany Shlain has integrated into the event the idea of putting away digital devices.

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9/20/2019

Students in Maggie McHugh's classes at the La Crosse Design Institute middle school in Wisconsin learn math concepts by applying them to the real world. McHugh, a finalist for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, has had her students remodel a basement, build a zipline and design mugs -- all in the name of project-based learning.

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