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2/19/2018

Fourth- and fifth-graders at a Florida elementary school looked to geometry for clothing-creation inspiration during a recent lesson. Students modeled their designs during a fashion show, and the winner's outfit will be sewn into wearable pieces.

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2/19/2018

Educators at a Washington high school are providing several options to help freshmen succeed in algebra. Course options include a traditional algebra course, intensified algebra and a two-block class that incorporates business and manufacturing.

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2/19/2018

Some Texas community colleges are seeing success as they revamp their remedial math and English courses for incoming students, according to a RAND Corporation report. Policy researcher Lindsay Daugherty says co-requisite models and programs that completely revamp remedial curricula are showing the most promise.

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2/19/2018

Students at Missouri State University are studying whether a video-game program can help to curb stress. Students are testing the saliva of people who play the game, Alive, and comparing results with those who participate in mindfulness exercises.

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Missouri State University
2/19/2018

Counselors and teachers in a Texas school district are learning how to help students through a trauma-informed teaching model. School counselor Amanda Lopez, who conducts the training, says training can help teachers and children because students who act out in school are often hungry, homeless or otherwise troubled and suffering from trauma.

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2/16/2018

Educators in a California school district are making learning relevant to students via a shift from a teacher-centered to a student-centered model, asserts Matt Doyle, assistant superintendent of innovation. In this blog post, he shares the district's approach.

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2/16/2018

Educators at about 60 Ohio schools are using music to promote mindfulness among students. The Mindful Music Moments program uses symphony and orchestra music to help students focus on their breathing to help ease anxiety and improve behavior.

2/16/2018

School leaders are searching for answers following a devastating shooting at a Florida high school. In a letter to members of his own Vermont school community, co-principal Elijah Hawkes writes that part of the solution is in building positive relationships with students.

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2/16/2018

Fifth-graders at a New Jersey school recently made presentations on the history of the 13 colonies at the annual Ye Olde Colonial Fair. Students dressed as characters and wore attire of the era as they shared artifacts and their research for the project, which social studies teacher Jessica Steffens said aims to help them understand the challenges of the Colonial era.

2/16/2018

Educators can harness the power of social media to spread good news -- and change the narrative -- about education, says National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this article, she shares why she favors interdisciplinary education and how she helps to institute it in her own school.

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