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4/28/2017

Only about 50% of an expected 1.2 million children in the US with blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter or higher were reported to the CDC, according to researchers. The findings in Pediatrics, based on 1999 to 2010 CDC data involving youths ages 1 to 5 in 38 states and Washington, D.C., also showed that elevated blood lead cases were nearly three times as likely to be missed than diagnosed in Western and Southern states.

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4/28/2017

Officials in some school districts are overhauling professional development as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. A California school district has launched "myPD," a digital platform that seeks to personalize professional development for teachers.

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California
4/27/2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has 300 days to submit a report on the federal government's role in education policy. The directive comes under an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.

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4/27/2017

Creativity is essential to the learning process, asserts Kimberly Long, a reading and language arts teacher in a Lincolnshire, Ill., middle school. In this article, she writes about five strategies for reintroducing creativity in the middle-grades classroom, including the use of music and technology.

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4/27/2017

A New York school district is working with Bard College's Institute for Writing and Thinking to learn strategies to implement writing across curricula for middle- and high-school students. Teachers have been learning strategies to support students' academic writing and to help them learn to use writing to develop and share thoughts about what they are learning.

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4/27/2017

Students at a Minneapolis school are learning about cultural diversity within their community by participating in the school's City Stay program, which aims to make cross-cultural experiences accessible to more students. Students spend a week living with Hmong, Hispanic or Somali host families to better understand their lives and cultures, without ever leaving the city.

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4/27/2017

First-year teachers may be less likely to use technology than educators who have been teaching for 11 years or longer, according to a report from Project Tomorrow. The annual Speak Up survey collected data from 37,000 educators.

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T.H.E. Journal
4/27/2017

Where will blending learning take students in the future? Education researcher Julia Freeland Fisher in this commentary offers five ideas, including "more student choice and responsibility for learning" and "personalized learning for every student."

4/27/2017

Traditional education may be ripe for a radical shift, education consultants Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon say. They highlight in a recent paper some of the ingredients -- such as leadership, culture and communication -- needed for such a shift.

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4/27/2017

Elementary principal Lynn Colon says she operates her school using key themes from Disney World. Among them, she writes in this commentary, are that guests -- or students -- come first, and that technology cannot replace the importance of personal relationships.

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