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10/20/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest $1.7 billion in partnering with networks of schools. The initiative, announced Thursday, will invest in schools that are developing and testing new approaches to teaching and learning.

10/20/2017

About 4% of students say they expect to work in the teaching profession, according to an analysis of 2006 Program for International Student Assessment survey data of 15-year-old students in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Data show that in most OECD countries, students who have strong math skills are less likely to want to become teachers.

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10/20/2017

Students from an Alabama high school are engaged in a three-year project recording the state's civil rights history. The project, aided by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation in Birmingham, will involve 144 students who will focus their attention on desegregation of education.

10/20/2017

Coping with the expectations of middle school is challenging for many students, but educators can help students and their families adjust, writes educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron in this blog post. She shares tips for teachers on how to guide students and parents through the transition.

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10/20/2017

Google recently hosted a design-thinking professional development opportunity for school leaders in Georgia. The tech firm's efforts include helping school leaders foster a culture of innovation to solve problems and adopt some of Google's own strategies, including giving associates 20% of their time to work on passion projects.

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10/20/2017

Students who use educational games outperform peers on essay and multiple-choice questions, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University and Legends of Learning, a research-driven educational game platform. The study of 1,000 students in seven states identified five ways that educational games can improve learning.

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10/20/2017

Jefferson Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Mississippi, which has a majority African-American and Hispanic population, will change its name to Barack Obama IB Elementary School. So far, 21 schools in the US are named for Barack Obama and two have been named for Michelle Obama, with many of the schools having non-white populations.

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10/20/2017

Teachers at two Nebraska elementary schools created sensory rooms to support their students with special needs. The rooms are equipped with items such as swings, a light table, calming music and other features to meet students' varying sensory needs.

10/20/2017

A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court challenges US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' guidance for universities regarding sexual assault claims. At issue, according to the nonprofit organization Equal Means Equal, is that the revised standard for proof is in violation of federal rights law.

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10/20/2017

A South Carolina school district is shaking up its approach to leadership and has assigned new principals to nine of its 23 schools. In this commentary, Superintendent Thomas A. Wilson writes that the moves are part of a larger plan to ensure school leaders are placed where they will be most effective.