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10/18/2018

A Tennessee high school has launched an after-school club through the national ProjectLit organization that has students reading and discussing recently published young-adult books. Donations helped purchase copies of Angie Thomas' "The Hate U Give," a book that addresses violence and racism through the eyes of an African-American girl.

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10/18/2018

Nearly 800 students from 19 middle and high schools across the District of Columbia, Maryland and central Pennsylvania recently celebrated German culture and heritage at German-American Day on a Maryland college campus. The students performed traditional folk dances, enjoyed German food and took the opportunity to sharpen their German-language skills.

10/17/2018

Children and teens with one or more developmental disabilities were two times more likely to be chronically absent, compared with those without developmental disabilities, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The findings, based on National Health Interview Survey data involving more than 26,000 youths ages 5 to 17, also showed that chronic school absenteeism was most common among those with intellectual disabilities and autism.

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10/17/2018

Top-down professional development actually can backfire and cause teachers to become jaded by what they view as "flavor of the month" strategies, suggests Ariel Sacks, a middle-school language arts teacher and instructional support coach. In this blog post, she offers insight into one teacher's experience with ineffective PD.

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10/17/2018

Teachers can bring Halloween into lessons across the curriculum, asserts former educator Susan Curtis. In this blog post, she shares resources designed to tap students' excitement for Halloween, including History Channel videos, just-right scary stories, science experiments and math lessons.

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10/17/2018

Missouri middle-grades teacher Briea Williams is using a digital version of an escape room to engage students in learning background information as they study Homer's "The Odyssey." Students use information they read to answer questions and solve puzzles to beat the digital breakout game.

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10/17/2018

Students at one Wisconsin high school are partnering with their city's visitors bureau to explore the history of the community and highlight their research on a website. The students are part of the school's project-based program that focuses on developing skills while serving the community.

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10/17/2018

There were 13 million jobs available to high-school graduates in 2016 -- a decrease from the 15 million jobs available in 1991 -- according to a report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. Data also show there were 16 million middle-skills jobs available -- jobs for people with more than a high-school education but less than a bachelor's degree -- compared with 12 million in 1991.

10/17/2018

Average math scores on the ACT college-entrance exam have declined from 20.9 in 2014 to 20.5 for the graduating class of 2018, the lowest level in about 20 years, according to ACT data. "We're at a very dangerous point. And if we do nothing, it will keep on declining," ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said.

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10/17/2018

Administrators, researchers and experts say principals can have a significant effect on special-education programs through managing behavior, handling service disputes, and creating classes and supports to help students with special needs. However, most principals learn about special education "on the job," because many only took one course in their credentialing programs, according to a 2015 survey.