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8/18/2017

Rachel Caldwell, a fourth-grade teacher in Charlottesville, Va., says she is considering how she will address the recent violence and hate speech that cast the national spotlight on the community. Her district's schools open next week, and Caldwell says in this interview that even young students are capable of learning how to recognize injustice.

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Charlottesville
8/17/2017

Technology and more information about the neuroscience of learning are helping to reshape student interventions. Educators in this article share four new student intervention strategies, such as using pre-interventions and rethinking behavior.

8/17/2017

Monday's eclipse is offering lessons for teachers in districts that have started the new school year, including some in Colorado and Alabama. Teachers in these articles share what they'll do during the total solar eclipse, including watching the event on television.

8/17/2017

Tennessee is expanding its use of literacy coaches to another 16 school districts; about two-thirds of its school districts now will have reading-instruction supports this year. The state aims to have 75% of third-graders reading at grade level by 2025, but fewer than half of students in grades 3 to 8 were doing so in 2015.

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Tennessee
8/17/2017

Students can improve their comprehension skills by using digital tools to take notes and visible-thinking routines to make sense of them, asserts doctoral student Beth Holland. In this commentary, she suggests several note-taking tools and inquiry strategies.

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Beth Holland
8/17/2017

There is no such thing as the perfect teacher, asserts Sydney Chaffee, the National Teacher of the Year. In a recent interview, she said that -- just like students -- educators can make mistakes and learn from them.

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Sydney Chaffee
8/17/2017

More students will have access to digital versions of the PSAT and SAT during the 2017-18 school year, according to the College Board. Last fall and spring, more than 5,000 students took the online SAT and another 5,000 took the online PSAT, officials said, noting that they expect a "slight increase" this school year.

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PSAT, College Board
8/17/2017

Officials in some school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee that are in the path of Monday's eclipse have closed schools because of concerns about student safety. Some Florida schools also plan to change schedules for outdoor activities, including recess, during the eclipse.

8/17/2017

Students at a school in Maryland are being taught to slow down when they eat and savor each bite -- a process known as mindful eating. The initiative is based on research that shows such an approach can improve students' overall health and help curb eating disorders.

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Science News
8/17/2017

The rate of drug overdose deaths among youths ages 15 to 19 in the US more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, with a 19% increase from 2014 to 2015, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers also found that most drug overdose deaths in 2015 were accidental and caused by opioids.

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NBC News, CNN, HealthDay News