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6/21/2018

Efforts championed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to change how teachers are evaluated, trained, hired and paid largely were ineffective in improving teacher quality or student learning, according to a report released today by Rand Corporation. The foundation's Allan Golston said the organization is learning from the lessons of its initial efforts.

6/20/2018

The World Health Organization announced this week that it is now listing "gaming disorder" among its recognized mental disorders. Liz Kolb, a clinical associate professor of teacher education and learning technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that educational gaming and games should not be viewed through the same lens.

6/20/2018

Teachers can sow seeds of doubt among students that can drive educational classroom discussions, asserts Jackie Walsh, author and lead consultant to the Alabama Best Practices Center. In this article, she shares ways to use doubt as a teaching tool that leads to deeper learning.

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6/20/2018

A two-week summer camp at four Arkansas schools combined professional development for teachers and writing instruction for about 100 students. Offered by the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project, the camp includes two literacy specialists teaching workshops to teachers who then applied the strategies to guiding students through writing workshops.

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6/20/2018

High-school students who are taught a subject such as math by teachers who either majored or minored in the same subject are more likely to graduate from college, according to a study of 6,000 students and their teachers across the country by a researcher at the University of Missouri. Researcher Se Woong Lee noted, "Highly-qualified teachers are more likely to expand students' desires to learn and succeed."

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6/20/2018

A teacher's classroom presence is a key part of classroom management, asserts high-school teacher Sol Henik. In this blog post, he shares several ways that teachers can work to develop presence, including through relationship-building and by demonstrating confidence.

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6/20/2018

Some states are not adhering to requirements for subgroups of students under their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, civil rights advocates say. At an event on Tuesday, the National Urban League, the Education Trust and UnidosUS released a set of principles aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations of students receive the resources they need to succeed.

6/20/2018

Eighth-graders at a Massachusetts middle school recently presented their "I Am We" projects in which they reflected on themselves and shared how they plan to address community and world issues, including hunger, bicycling and AIDS awareness. Students talked with local officials about their jobs while brainstorming solutions for social issues and neighborhood improvement.

6/20/2018

Students in adaptive physical-education classes in a Virginia school district ran the equivalent of a marathon through a virtual program called Achilles Kids "Run for Fun." Students ran or walked a few laps each day that totaled the 26.2 miles -- the distance of a full marathon -- and received T-shirts, medals and other prizes throughout the process.

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6/20/2018

J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va., named for a Confederate general, is being renamed for former US President Barack Obama. After weighing feedback from students and the community, the city's school board voted 6-1 to rename the school for the nation's first African-American president.

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