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7/25/2016

The recent harassment of "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones on Twitter might hold some lessons for schools. This article points out that the bullying Jones experienced on Twitter ignited on different online platforms and how technology makes it difficult to respond to incidents of cyberbullying.

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7/25/2016

Children from low-income families may be more likely to experience summer learning loss, research shows. Officials in a Maryland school system are working to reverse the trend by offering a program that embeds math and literacy in other activities such as field trips.

7/25/2016

Two school districts in Ontario, Canada, are offering summer camps to help refugees from Syria build their language and academic skills while learning about the country. Students at one camp wrote out the recipe for tabbouleh salad in English and Arabic, went shopping for ingredients and made the dish in class.

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The Toronto Star
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7/25/2016

In a Virginia school district, four teachers recently earned certifications in culturally responsive teaching, which considers students' individual backgrounds to help close the achievement gap. The teachers created portfolios to document and demonstrate how they used students' cultures to design relevant strategies to boost achievement.

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7/25/2016

Teachers in teacher-powered schools have more autonomy in choosing curricula and collaborate with administrators and peers, asserts Josef Donnelly, a social studies teacher in the South Bronx, N.Y. In this blog post, he describes the teacher-powered school where he works and the successes of teachers and students.

7/25/2016

Environmental factors may contribute more to academic struggles than genetics, according to a study by researchers at King's College London. They found that the same genes influence learning in English, art, mathematics, science, humanities and second languages.

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The Guardian (London)
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7/25/2016

A Virginia school district offers a summer camp for elementary-school students who are gifted to allow them to explore their interests and prevent summer learning loss. The monthlong camp features classes on engineering, writing, computer technology, science, art and finances.

7/25/2016

Students need to learn how to read print and online texts, high-school English teacher Abigail Walthausen writes in this commentary. She considers the ongoing conversation about what -- if anything -- is lost when digital devices are used for reading.

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The Atlantic online
7/25/2016

Students at a Maine elementary school who may need to learn social and emotional skills are doing so in a stand-alone program called Learning through Experiential and Authentic Practices. The program features an emphasis on social and emotional skills and student-led learning.

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7/25/2016

Economics has played a key role in shaping the modern elementary-school math curriculum, says Houman Harouni, a professor at Harvard University and former elementary teacher. Harouni's research focuses on answering questions such as: "Why these topics? Why in this order? Why in this way?"

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National Public Radio
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