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3/29/2017

High-school students in some schools are playing March Mammal Madness, a game created by an evolutionary biologist at Arizona State University. Students use science skills and information gleaned from tweets to predict which animals will win fictional battles.

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Arizona State University
3/29/2017

History students at an Arizona high school are preparing to show the community their historical film that tells the story of the fight for Mexico between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and Aztec emperor Moctezuma. Students, who acted in the film as well as edited it, also painted a mural in the style of Mexican artist Roberto Cueva del Rio that depicts a meeting between Cortes and Moctezuma.

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3/29/2017

A majority of high-school students and their parents participating in the Princeton Review's 2017 College Hopes & Worries survey, said they are concerned about the amount of debt they will take on for college. About 98% of those surveyed said they will need financial aid.

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3/29/2017

Officials in Tennessee's largest school district, Shelby County Schools, have launched a recruiting tool called "preview weekend." The event aims to help potential teachers learn more about the district and the city of Memphis, district spokeswoman Kristin Tallent said.

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Shelby County Schools
3/29/2017

High-school students in John Walter's journalism class learned digital-literacy skills during a getting-to-know-you activity. The iAM video project, Walter writes, helped him as a teacher learn more about his students than he would have through a traditional lesson.

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3/29/2017

The Supporting Effective Instruction State Grant program, or Title II, Part A, could be on the chopping block under the Trump administration. The program funds various initiatives, including teacher and principal preparation.

3/29/2017

Teachers should work to implement equitable, meaningful inclusive practices in the classroom, writes National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein. In this blog post, she shares several steps that teachers can take to reach this goal, such as speaking up when attitudes are creating barriers in school.

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3/29/2017

Louisiana tapped more than 75 teachers to craft the state's English-language arts curriculum that aligns with state standards. The teacher-created curriculum -- known as "guidebooks" and available for free online -- was developed after other materials were found unsatisfactory to educators.

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Louisiana
3/29/2017

Schools are among the recent targets of a widespread phishing scam designed to steal sensitive data and possibly file fraudulent tax returns, the IRS says. Marie Bjerede, principal of mobile learning and infrastructure at the Consortium for School Networking, suggests that school officials verify the sources of requests for employees' W-2s.

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IRS, tax returns, CoSN
3/29/2017

A report outlines the experiences and outcomes of students with special needs during their high-school years by analyzing data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012. Among the findings are that seven characteristics -- such as having daily living skills, friends and extracurricular activities -- are common among the most successful students with special needs.