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7/6/2015

Mobile learning does not have to be "on the go" and does not have to take place on mobile phones, according to researchers at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. In a recent report, they seek to debunk those and five other myths about mobile learning.

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7/6/2015

Teachers should work to establish strong, meaningful partnerships with parents, writes Shira Loewenstein, associate director of New Teacher Support at Yeshiva University in New York. In this blog post, Loewenstein offers a list of best practices for creating and maintaining positive relationships with parents.

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Edutopia.org
7/6/2015

Students in Nevada enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs perform better on assessments when compared to peers enrolled in half-day programs, according to a study. Data also show the students are healthier. Study authors offer a list of recommendations, such as providing kindergartners free universal access to school meals.

7/6/2015

Fewer black and low-income students are taking calculus before high-school graduation, according a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. However, more Hispanics and Asians are completing the course. The report also found no gender difference in students taking calculus.

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The Hechinger Report
7/6/2015

New Jersey educators are working to integrate the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on informational texts into their traditional fiction lessons. In one class, students read an Ernest Hemingway short story during a lesson about media literacy.

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Ernest Hemingway
7/6/2015

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress this week are scheduled to take up a rewrite of No Child Left Behind. However, the voting process could be difficult because the House and Senate bills are far apart on many issues, according to this article.

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National Journal
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7/6/2015

There is no evidence that screening Arkansas students for obesity helped them to lose weight, according to study authored by Kevin Gee of the University of California, Davis. The study found that high-school students who answered questions about their height, weight, nutrition and exercise habits did not benefit more than students who did not participate.

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Reuters
7/6/2015

Co-teaching educators can use the summer to reflect on positive and frustrating teaching experiences, and focus on professional development, instructional coach and National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein writes in this blog post. She offers advice on the self-reflection process and a list of links for self-guided co-teaching professional development.

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MiddleWeb
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7/6/2015

Students with disabilities are developing job skills while working in a zoo as part of a Nebraska district's work-based learning program. Educators teach job skills from customer service to accepting compliments through classroom lessons and "live" experiences at one of 50 possible work sites.

7/6/2015

A Utah school district is launching a mentoring program to help develop new teachers and improve retention among those in their first years in the classroom. The program will assign experienced educators to work full time with struggling or new teachers.

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