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5/24/2018

Some female and minority high-school students are enrolling in programs to increase diversity in artificial intelligence. Data show that about 25% of computer scientists are women, but that figure may be lower in the AI field.

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5/24/2018

There is no correlation between states that raise academic standards and actual improvements in student achievement, researchers report in the journal Education Next. Researchers say the issue could be related to other factors, including a lack of educational resources or the end of No Child Left Behind.

5/24/2018

Educators at a public charter school in Georgia integrate coding lessons across all subjects, writes Fong Ly, who teaches science, technology, engineering and math. In this commentary, he talks about the tools they use, including a lesson that uses Minecraft to teach US history.

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eSchool News
5/24/2018

Student achievement in some South Carolina rural schools improved after they started using a project-based learning approach from the nonprofit New Tech Network, writes Richard Riley, former US education secretary and South Carolina's former governor. In this commentary, he shares how the approach is helping schools in the state.

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The Hechinger Report
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New Tech Network
5/24/2018

Laura Thomas, an elementary library media specialist, suggests that middle- and high-school teachers should consider adopting a strategy more commonly used in elementary-school classrooms -- the morning meeting. In this blog post, she describes how morning meetings can build community and increase cooperation.

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Edutopia online
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Laura Thomas
5/24/2018

A Maryland elementary school is testing the benefits of a group therapy program for students who have experienced trauma, cognitive disorders or anxiety. The 12-week Resilience Builder Program includes lessons in leadership, empathy, problem-solving and stress management.

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National Public Radio
5/24/2018

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing criticism from civil rights groups over comments she made before a House committee suggesting that schools can decide whether to report undocumented students to immigration. Advocates say the approach violates the US Constitution.

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Betsy DeVos, Congress
5/23/2018

Students at a Montana high school recreated key figures, literary icons and historical events from the 1960s as part of a project for their Advanced Placement American Studies class, which integrates history and literature. A centerpiece of the event was a bus that students painted to represent author Ken Kesey's psychedelic bus.

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5/23/2018

A group of 20 students in grades 10 through 12 from across a Texas school district and neighboring districts this summer will begin participating in a yearlong fellowship in civic engagement created by the Houston Independent School District's Student Congress. The teens will manage projects and work to find solutions to real-world challenges as they train to become civic leaders.

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Houston Public Media
5/23/2018

Some teachers are experimenting with offering feedback via video rather than marking students' work with red pens. David Narter, an English teacher in Illinois, said he found that students were more receptive to video feedback and found it more motivating.

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The Hechinger Report