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12/2/2016

Fourth-graders at a Washington state school recently engaged in a hands-on exploration of the Middle Ages during an assembly with the Knights of Veritas. Medieval weapons and suits of armor were available for students to examine as they learned about knights, castles and the Code of Chivalry.

12/2/2016

Collaborating with a peer on a class project can help teachers stretch and build their own project-based learning skills and practice, according to second-grade teacher Shari Edwards. In this blog post, Edwards shares the six steps taken as she worked with a seventh-grade teacher on a DNA and immigration project, such as making PBL relevant and building anticipation among students.

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12/2/2016

Schools will mark Computer Science Education Week Dec. 5 through Dec. 11. Sheena Vaidyanathan, a teacher and computer science integration specialist, shares several ways her school engages students in the subject.

12/2/2016

Students who receive testing accommodations at school will be eligible for accommodations on the SAT and other tests administered through the College Board beginning Jan. 1. College Board officials also announced new accommodations for English-language learners.

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12/2/2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states flexibility to develop school-accountability models. In this commentary series, a former Florida governor and education leaders from California discuss two models: a letter-grade system versus a dashboard-style model with multiple measures.

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Education Next
12/2/2016

Chicago Public Schools was expecting $215 million to help pay for teacher pensions, but Gov. Bruce Rauner this week vetoed a bill that would have provided the funding. Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized the decision, and the state Senate voted to override it. The House now has 15 days to vote.

12/2/2016

Not all states are reporting clear information about schools' performance, according to analysis of report cards from all 50 states by the Data Quality Campaign. Federal education laws require states to publish such reports.

12/2/2016

A variety of programs, including Apple Teacher, allow teachers to take control of their own professional development, according to Monica Burns, an edtech and curriculum consultant. In this blog post, she shares how the program works and offers reasons to give it a try.

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12/2/2016

Minnesota has launched a website with videos and information in Spanish, Hmong and Somali to improve awareness of and access to early intervention programs among immigrant communities. The website is part of the state's Help Me Grow program, which has hired cultural liaisons to engage parents and child-care providers among these communities.

12/1/2016

Educators in a California elementary school are using makerspaces to help expand learning opportunities for English-language learners. Educators and experts say such learning spaces, which focus on science, technology, engineering and math, give ELL students new ways of engaging with English.

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