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2/22/2017

Teachers at a Georgia high school have access to a free, eight-week course called the Mindful Teacher Project. In this blog post, co-teachers Jessica Place and Patrick Delaney, write about the project and note that participating teachers reported reduced stress and anxiety.

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2/22/2017

More students -- 645,000 in 2006 compared with 1.1 million in 2016 -- are taking Advanced Placement exams, according to data released by the College Board. Data also show more students are earning passing scores.

2/22/2017

Residents of "Johnsonville" -- a make-believe town created by elementary-school teacher Anthony Johnson -- must get a job, manage a budget to pay bills and learn other real-world skills. In this Q&A, Johnson, a former high-school dropout who has become a finalist for North Carolina teacher of the year, shares how the fictional town engages students and teaches skills across subjects including science, technology, engineering and math.

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2/22/2017

Historical fiction can deepen students' understanding of difficult topics, such as slavery and the Holocaust, and offer students a more diverse perspective on the past and present, some experts say. In her class, middle-school teacher Shanna Johnson teaches about discrimination and history with a novel about a boy from China affected by a US immigration law in the 1880s.

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2/22/2017

Fourteen states have adopted new art education standards since 2014, according to a report from the National Coalition for the Core Arts Standards. The report indicates 19 more states are considering similar steps.

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2/22/2017

Anxiety associated with math and spatial skills could have a genetic component, and women may suffer more anxiety than men, according to a study of twins. Researchers say their findings could help identify children who need more intervention to reduce such anxiety.

2/22/2017

Students at a New York high school recently created paintings of the Erie Canal while learning about its role in local history. The students used photographs of the waterway as they worked on their art, which will be displayed in a traveling exhibit.

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2/22/2017

Denver Public Schools' universal screening policy has had a small effect on increasing the diversity of its gifted-education program. District officials are reviewing their practices and are considering measures, such as having classroom teachers administer tests and boosting teacher and parent training, to improve the identification of black and Hispanic students for the program.

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2/22/2017

Teachers in a Pennsylvania school district integrate executive function skills such as organization, paying attention and planning in the classroom, reading specialist Heather Luckenbaugh writes in this blog post. She shares best practices to support executive function.

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2/22/2017

Games can be the "hub" of learning in a classroom, asserts social studies teacher Matthew Farber. In this blog post, he highlights games to help teach students about the immigrant experience and the refugee crisis.

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