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5/27/2016

States now have access to proposed rules for implementing the Every Students Succeeds Act. The US Department of Education published the rules Thursday. Some lawmakers have expressed concerns about the rules.

5/27/2016

Teaching students how to assess their own learning helps them grow as independent learners while providing data to educators, National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein writes in this blog post. Sackstein shares six strategies for teaching self-assessment practices and offers ideas for scaffolding for younger students.

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5/27/2016

A growing number of school districts nationwide are getting creative when it comes to literacy education in an effort to close achievement gaps and improve lagging test scores. Some say the efforts are based on data indicating that early reading proficiency helps determine students' later success.

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5/27/2016

Nihar Janga, an 11-year-old from Texas, and 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar, of New York, were named co-champions of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. It is the third consecutive year that co-winners have been named champions of the beloved contest, despite the introduction of a longer, more difficult final round.

5/27/2016

The Montessori education model is growing more popular in public schools. Mira Debs, a Montessori doctoral researcher at Yale University, found that almost 300 public schools launched with the model in the past 15 years.

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Yale University
5/27/2016

Demetrius Ball, a high-school social studies teacher in Maryland, spent more than a year of his Army career in Iraq as a field artillery officer. In this blog post, Ball writes that he shares his experiences with students to help them understand the meaning of Memorial Day, as well as the commitment and sacrifices members of the US military make as they serve the country.

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5/27/2016

Meria Carstarphen took over as superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools in 2014 charged with turning around an ailing school system. In this Q&A, she describes her leadership style and turnaround strategies.

5/27/2016

A North Carolina school district, under a proposal approved by the school board, could end the practice of naming a valedictorian and salutatorian. Instead, schools would use Latin honors designations to encourage students to take courses that interest them -- rather than those they believe will boost their grade point averages.

5/27/2016

Teacher evaluations are best approached with an attitude of change, according to administrator and author Ben Johnson. In this blog post, he writes that while summative evaluations are necessary, they can be less stressful "if teachers take the time to self-evaluate, prioritize needs, create a plan, and communicate that plan to their administrators."

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5/27/2016

The Office of Special Education Programs' Results Driven Accountability framework has made special education "an integral part of the education process for all students," Cathy Boshamer, a special-services director for a South Carolina district, writes in this commentary. She shares ways in which the mandate has enhanced student services in her district, through such improvements as centralizing and standardizing paperwork.