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12/12/2017

Michigan is taking steps to address chronic absenteeism among students, including factoring the data into school assessments as part of its Every Student Succeeds Act plan. Detroit -- where last year 56.3% of students were chronically absent -- is working to improve attendance with methods such as replacing out-of-school suspensions with those held in school.

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The Detroit News
12/12/2017

Kindergarten students in Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska spend about 60 minutes each day participating in free play. The emphasis on play as a teaching tool is part of the district's Transforming Kindergarten initiative.

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Omaha Public Schools
12/12/2017

Female students in Ontario, Canada, may be less likely to express self-confidence in their math abilities than their male peers, according to data from the Education Quality and Accountability Office. Data show 49% of grade 3 girls -- compared with 62% of boys -- agreed they are good at math.

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The Canadian Press
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Accountability Office
12/12/2017

The majority of students in sub-Saharan Africa are taught in French -- not the language they have grown up speaking. Now, some educators and experts are seeking to overturn that practice, saying that teaching students in their mother tongue would improve literacy and educational outcomes.

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Voice of America
12/12/2017

Health classes in Connecticut schools have been updated since the passage of Erin's Law, which requires schools to teach K-12 students about "child sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention." Fifth-graders in New Canaan Public Schools recently learned about the importance of healthy personal relationships, circles of friends and trusted adults.

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New Canaanite (Conn.)
12/12/2017

Some students at a UK primary school have opportunities to interact with senior citizens in the Bringing Together, Learning Together, Growing Together project. The project involves seniors spending time at the school each week to bolster learning and socialization.

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The Guardian (London)
12/12/2017

School leaders can improve the accessibility of information they share via digital tools by distributing it in multiple ways, such as posting a transcript of a presentation as well as a video, according to this blog post by Anne O'Brien. Another strategy is to use plain language and avoid acronyms, she writes.

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Edutopia online
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Anne O'Brien
12/12/2017

The Chinese government, colleges, businesses and volunteer programmes are working to fill teacher shortages in the country's rural areas. Programmes include free training in exchange for teaching commitments in such areas and scholarships created by private businesses.

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Chinese government
12/12/2017

Primary- and secondary-school students in France will not be permitted to use cellphones on campus beginning in September 2018. The country already bans the devices in classrooms, but the total ban will include use during breaks and outside of the classroom.

12/12/2017

As the holiday break approaches, exhaustion may be setting in for educators, English teacher Jamie Thom writes. In this blog post, Thom shares several tips to help teachers make it to the end of the term, including collaborating with fellow teachers and being strategic about behaviour management.

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The Guardian (London)