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2/17/2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a recent interview addressed a variety of topics, such as school choice, Common Core and the Every Student Succeeds Act. On school choice, DeVos said, "Florida is a good and growing example of what can happen when you have a robust array of choices."

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2/17/2017

School leaders may want to consider shifting from a "doing to" mentality to a "doing with" mindset regarding behavior management. In this blog post, veteran educator Jim Dillon, shares tips for giving students more agency.

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2/17/2017

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. This blog post offers seven activities to help promote kindness in the classroom throughout the year, and highlights resources to mark the national kindness movement.

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Edutopia.org
2/17/2017

Students in some California schools learn in environments modeled after office design culture at tech companies in Silicon Valley. Such schools feature flexible spaces designed to promote student collaboration and creativity.

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EdSource
2/17/2017

Digital Learning Day is Feb. 23. The instructional technology team for an Illinois school district is working to engage educators and students in the event through hashtags, a districtwide Digital Learning campaign and a Connected Classroom website.

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2/17/2017

Educators are personalizing learning to help students excel and thrive, says Susan Patrick, president and CEO of iNACOL, which recently released a report on the topic. The report highlights five schools' approaches to personalized learning.

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2/17/2017

Title I funds, a community bond measure and restructuring efforts helped an Arizona district add more educational technology to its classrooms. District leaders in this feature highlight the journey and offer advice for others.

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EdSurge
2/17/2017

Community colleges are "essential engines" to economic growth in the US, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during an address to education leaders. DeVos promised to work with community college leaders to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and increase the flexibility of Pell Grants.

2/17/2017

Teachers who are satisfied professionally and collaborate in professional learning communities are better at their jobs, which can translate into improved student achievement, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Education. The study considered the reading and math achievement of 5,850 elementary students.

2/17/2017

Middle-grades teachers in a Washington school district share ideas on how they make their lessons more interactive and engaging. History teacher Joel Dugan had students act out the Boston Tea Party and examine artifacts and animals' skins when studying the fur trade.