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4/19/2018

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to meet with the Department of Defense to seek support for a plan to provide education savings accounts to military families, which could be used to pay for private-school tuition. Some military groups have questioned DeVos' plans to use Impact Aid funding for the program.

4/19/2018

Thinking about education like a puzzle can help leaders and educators shift to a whole-learner approach, asserts Fred End of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. In this blog post, he shares strategies to help put the pieces together.

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4/19/2018

Debate programs can help teach lifelong skills, some school debate and forensics coaches say. Mark Ingerson says such programs help build confidence, and he advocates for treating the programs like sports teams.

4/19/2018

Educators who have tried but have been unable to help a student experiencing trauma may go through empathic distress, suggests contributing editor Rebecca Alber. In this blog post, she shares ways educators can practice self-care, including adopting mindfulness practices.

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4/19/2018

Sending personalized text messages to parents related to literacy may help to improve kindergartners' literacy skills, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University. Data show the approach could boost students' reading skills by 63%.

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4/19/2018

Students attending middle schools with start times after 8 a.m. get 17 more minutes of nightly sleep on average, than those with earlier start times, according to a study in the Journal of School Health. Researchers also found less daytime sleepiness among middle-school students with later school-start times.

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4/19/2018

One hundred colleges have signed onto the American Talent Initiative, working toward a goal of enrolling 50,000 additional low- and moderate-income students by 2025. Four university leaders weigh in on the initiative.

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4/19/2018

Some students are not attending colleges that match their qualifications -- a trend known as "undermatching." Research shows that students from low-income families and students of color are most likely to undermatch, in part, because they have not been made aware of their choices and financial options.

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4/18/2018

State spending on preschool reached more than $7.6 billion in 2017 -- up from $2.4 billion in 2002 -- according to a report by the National Institute for Early Education Research. Data also show an increase in preschool enrollment.

4/18/2018

Using mobile phones during learning may lead to recall challenges and slower reading speeds, according to a study by researchers at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Researchers found that the effects worsened with the use of social media.