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2/15/2019

New Kansas school district Superintendent Corey Burton says he will be proactive in recruiting top faculty and staff to maintain a high level of student achievement. In this Q&A, Burton notes that he'll visit with current faculty and staff to learn how he can help them succeed.

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Hays Post (Kan.)
2/15/2019

Researchers got a glimpse into honeybee brains as the insects completed a maze in virtual reality, according to findings published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Electrodes were implanted in the bees' front antennal lobes, allowing scientists to monitor their brains' electrical activity as they moved through the virtual environment.

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The Scientist online
2/15/2019

The shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., changed teacher Sarah Lerner's life, the long-time teacher writes in two articles. A journalism and English teacher, Lerner writes about her memories of the shooting, efforts to comfort and support students in the months that followed, and life since that day.

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The Atlantic online, PBS
2/15/2019

A text-messaging service that allows for communication between schools and families helped lead to better outcomes, according to a pilot program. Schools that used Possip -- a blended word for "positive gossip" -- sent a text message each Friday afternoon to parents asking if they were satisfied with school during the past week.

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The 74
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Possip
2/15/2019

Some school districts are adjusting their identification criteria for gifted-education programs to increase the diversity of students being served. Research-based strategies include adopting universal screening practices, establishing local criteria to reflect the district's student body, and having more adults besides classroom teachers recommend students.

2/15/2019

Students at one Nebraska middle school learned about ancient Greece by staging a Greek Games competition. Teams represented four different Greek cities and used paper plates for a discus toss and launched rubber bands during a catapult competition.

2/15/2019

Effective leaders use both a reflexive mindset, which allows for quick decisions in a fast-paced environment, and a reflective mindset, which looks at the big picture. "Greater reflective leadership may be the way forward, along with the argument for going a little slower now so we can go much faster in the future," writes Julie Winkle Giulioni.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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Julie Winkle Giulioni
2/15/2019

A report from the US Education Department's inspector general's office has found that the Federal Student Aid office has been lax in overseeing the companies that service approximately $1.4 trillion in federal student loans. Education Department officials disputed the report, which found servicers failed to inform borrowers of repayment options and miscalculated monthly payments.

2/15/2019

A school district in Texas is in its first year of a districtwide blended-learning program. Lisa Adams, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, describes six lessons the district has learned from the transition, including making time for teacher collaboration.

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eSchool News
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Lisa Adams
2/15/2019

Teachers in Denver have reached an agreement with school district officials, ending a strike that began on Monday. Under the agreement, teachers on average will receive an 11.7% salary increase next year, and the district will increase pay bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and in difficult-to-fill positions.