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2/22/2017

Teachers at a Georgia high school have access to a free, eight-week course called the Mindful Teacher Project. In this blog post, co-teachers Jessica Place and Patrick Delaney, write about the project and note that participating teachers reported reduced stress and anxiety.

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2/22/2017

More students -- 645,000 in 2006 compared with 1.1 million in 2016 -- are taking Advanced Placement exams, according to data released by the College Board. Data also show more students are earning passing scores.

2/22/2017

The nonprofit Wiki Education Foundation provides resources to help professors assign students to write new Wikipedia entries. A survey by the foundation reports that 87% of faculty who participated in the project noted improvement in their students' media literacy.

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2/22/2017

Leaders of for-profit colleges and universities are expecting the Trump administration to loosen, or do away with, regulations that, in part, led to the downfall of two major chains during the Obama administration. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she will review the rules but will not "unnecessarily close down important programs."

2/22/2017

Residents of "Johnsonville" -- a make-believe town created by elementary-school teacher Anthony Johnson -- must get a job, manage a budget to pay bills and learn other real-world skills. In this Q&A, Johnson, a former high-school dropout who has become a finalist for North Carolina teacher of the year, shares how the fictional town engages students and teaches skills across subjects including science, technology, engineering and math.

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2/22/2017

Historical fiction can deepen students' understanding of difficult topics, such as slavery and the Holocaust, and offer students a more diverse perspective on the past and present, some experts say. In her class, middle-school teacher Shanna Johnson teaches about discrimination and history with a novel about a boy from China affected by a US immigration law in the 1880s.

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2/22/2017

A team of Vermont middle-school students recently presented a model of Hydropolis, a fictional city based on two islands near Nagasaki, Japan, that they depicted as using jellyfish pods in farming while also minimizing pollution. As part of a regional Future City competition, the students had to complete a 1,500-word essay, virtual city, physical model and presentation.

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2/22/2017

Fourteen states have adopted new art education standards since 2014, according to a report from the National Coalition for the Core Arts Standards. The report indicates 19 more states are considering similar steps.

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2/22/2017

Anxiety associated with math and spatial skills could have a genetic component, and women may suffer more anxiety than men, according to a study of twins. Researchers say their findings could help identify children who need more intervention to reduce such anxiety.

2/22/2017

Culinary students at a New York educational center will hold a Taste of Education event where the public can sample students' cooking while watching three chefs face off in a cooking competition. Proceedings from the event helps to raise money for scholarships.