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6/14/2018

About 3.5 million students in the US were enrolled in family and consumer sciences courses -- formerly known as home economics -- in 2012, a 38% decline from the previous 10 years. The courses have shifted from the early 1900s as training for girls to do domestic labor to now include lessons on nutrition, healthy relationships and sustainable eating.

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National Public Radio
6/14/2018

The best advice that National Board Certified Teacher Mandy Manning has received about teaching is to focus on the students "and everything else will fall into place." In this Q&A, Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, reflects on what she has learned about teaching and explains her essentials -- a whiteboard and a paper clip.

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6/14/2018

Students at a Maryland high school have spent part of their time completing self-directed projects in English classes to improve their presentation skills. One student baked a giant cookie that he said was larger than the one that set a Guinness World Record.

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6/14/2018

Some observers are asking if it's time to consider an official language for international space travel that would make it easier for various countries to collaborate on future space missions. This article highlights some of the issues and challenges related to communication.

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Space
6/14/2018

Educators at a San Francisco middle school report an increase in test scores since they have shifted to a project-based learning approach to science lessons. Educators use the "5E" model: engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate.

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6/14/2018

Schools in at least three states -- Colorado, Florida, and Indiana -- will receive both federal and state rankings after state lawmakers failed to revise accountability standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act. District officials and education advocates in the states say two different rankings will be confusing for parents trying to evaluate local schools.

6/14/2018

Educators around the country are showing students how to use math in practical settings as a strategy to help them learn. In this blog post, Emelina Minero highlights some of the most creative strategies teachers are using for math instruction, including use of art displays, water audits and trips to the grocery store.

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Edutopia online
6/14/2018

Some parents are concerned that their children are getting too much screen time at school, but Nikki Schafer, a technology integration specialist in a Nebraska school district, writes that "not all screen time is created equal." In this commentary, she shares how her own district helps parents differentiate between screen time for learning and screen time for entertainment.

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EdSurge
6/14/2018

California should adopt a better system of tracking students to see whether they are successfully transitioning from school to the workforce, according to a recent report from the Education Insights Center at California State University in Sacramento. The report notes that the state lacks a data system to track students from K-12 and college as they transition into the workforce.

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California State University
6/14/2018

New York City will spend an additional $150 million to make schools more accessible to students with physical disabilities under a budget deal informally struck by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council. The budget deal also includes almost $14 million to put social workers in schools with large numbers of homeless students.

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