Educational Leadership
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1/17/2017

One Ohio middle school is using an artist-in-residence program to add visual arts to their science, math, language arts and social studies classes. Students are using foam and other materials to build volcanoes, cells and glazed pots as part of the hands-on learning experience.

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1/17/2017

About 10.4 million more students meet the Federal Communications Commission's per-student internet access goal, compared with 2015, according to EducationSuperHighway's 2016 State of the States report. Overall, data show 34.9 million students meet the benchmark.

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EdSurge
1/17/2017

Students at a Rhode Island school are incorporating math and design skills into the construction of 3D carnival models out of cardboard, paper towel rolls and other materials. The students built the models as part of a presentation to convince the school's Parent Teacher Organization to hold a carnival.

1/17/2017

A teacher in Nebraska is using Google Cardboard to allow his fifth-grade students to experience virtual field trips. So far, he has used a single smartphone along with the device to give students breaks, but he is seeking smartphone donations to incorporate the trips into geography and social studies lessons.

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Google
1/17/2017

The possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act by Congress will affect health care plans of large employers in various areas, including preventive services, contraception, waiting periods and types of plans employers can offer, experts say. The areas that could be affected are explored in this analysis.

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Kaiser Health News
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1/17/2017

Workplace diversity is not a problem to be "solved," but instead it allows organizations to use the diverse skills and experiences of its employees to reach its full potential, consultant Glenn Llopis writes in this commentary. By moving diversity front and center, organizations can focus on innovation and growth, Llopis asserts.

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Forbes
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1/17/2017

Colleges and universities can build a positive culture in their IT departments by providing training and development and setting policies that support balance for employees, David Hutchins of CDW•G writes in this commentary. Such a culture can have a positive influence on the other departments served by IT on campus, Hutchins asserts.

1/16/2017

To better engage teachers in the assessment process, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers recommend leaders involve teachers in developing new rubrics for progress. Instead of letter grades or percentages, they also recommend in this blog post adopting an attitude of "not yet" to spur enthusiasm for completing goals.

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1/16/2017

Some Wisconsin high schools are launching programs to encourage juniors and seniors to consider becoming teachers. Other initiatives include programs to help current school employees earn degrees and emergency licenses to teach, and a coalition of schools is asking colleges and universities to implement alternative licensing programs.

1/16/2017

A member of the Utah State Board of Education wants the body to grant one-time attendance waivers to school districts hit hardest by severe weather. Under the proposal, schools would not have to make up inclement weather days if they reach the state's minimum requirement to meet 990 hours a year.