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2/16/2018

Two North Carolina school districts have more black and Hispanic students enrolled in gifted-education programs than state and national averages. One district has increased its diversity by identifying as gifted the students in grades three through seven who score in the top 10% on screening tests for their racial subgroup.

2/16/2018

Utah school districts are using mobile apps such as SafeUT and DIR-S to increase school security. The SafeUT app allows users to alert administrators to any unusual activity on campus, while the DIR-S app helps administrators identify who is in each classroom and whether to initiate lock-down procedures, school leaders say.

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2/16/2018

There is a growing need for skilled workers to fill jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, lawmakers said during a subcommittee hearing for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Lawmakers heard from employers, college leaders and others during the hearing.

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2/16/2018

Students at a New York middle school participated in disability simulation exercises and learned about nonprofits helping individuals with special needs after reading the book "Wonder." The message of disability awareness is aimed at helping students appreciate differences and share a common goal of learning, teacher Jim O'Hara said.

2/16/2018

A type of therapy that combines computer-based exercises and small group sessions may help adults with autism who need treatment and support after leaving special education, a study finds. The cognitive-enhancement therapies focused on attention, problem-solving and memory on computers, and social skills in the small group exercises.

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Disability Scoop
2/15/2018

It's time to adopt student-centered learning, writes Amy Dujon, a practice leader with Learning Sciences International. In this blog post, she shares strategies to support productive struggle that she suggests can help prepare students for college and career.

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2/15/2018

Students in a Kansas school district are prohibited from using cellphones in schools, but leaders there say the directive is largely being ignored. The district's superintendent will be asked to review the existing policy.

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2/15/2018

School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.

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2/15/2018

Many of AJ Bianco's greatest classroom victories came when he took risks, the middle-school social studies teacher writes in this commentary. He notes that his first "big risk" was adopting a flipped approach to classroom instruction.

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2/15/2018

A North Carolina elementary school will open in the fall with a focus on fine arts across all subjects. This year, four teachers volunteered to begin implementing the practice into their classrooms while working in another school.