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2/5/2016

Virtual field trips can be a fun educational alternative to traditional field trips, Discovery Education's Kyle Schutt suggests. In this commentary, he shares five tips to help educators make the most of virtual field trips and notes that, in his experience, event-based virtual trips are most effective.

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2/5/2016

The Oakland Unified School District in California has introduced the elective "Mastering Our Cultural Identity: African American Male Image" in 20 schools. The course, taught by African-American male teachers, is intended to help address racial inequality and boost student achievement.

2/5/2016

Students beginning in 2017 will have the option of taking the SAT during late August, the College Board has announced. Some say the change will help students focus on the exam before the regular school year gets underway. The summer testing time will replace the January exam date.

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2/5/2016

A Massachusetts school district wants $3.6 million to upgrade technology over the next three years. Officials say this would be the first investment in the district's technology in at least six years, and the plan focuses on the need for periodic investments in technology going forward.

2/5/2016

Some colleges and universities, in an effort to comply with federal regulations for handling campus sexual assault cases, are turning to outside arbitrators to conduct hearings and make recommendations. The move comes after some higher education leaders, such as University of California President Janet Napolitano, argued that schools are not internally prepared to handle the complaints.

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Education Dive
2/5/2016

Having students design a country incorporates writing into social studies through a creative hands-on project, middle-grades writing teacher John DePasquale writes in this blog post. He describes the steps involved in the project, such as designing the country's flag, writing the laws and presenting the new country at a mock UN meeting.

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2/5/2016

Teachers in a Colorado school district say they strive to find the right balance between too much homework and not enough. In some cases, parents say they are supplementing homework with outside reading and activities to challenge students, and one school no longer penalizes students who fail to complete all of their homework.

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2/5/2016

Fifth-graders at a California elementary school recently participated in Boston Tea Party-themed protests against "taxation without representation" during their study of the Revolutionary War. The hands-on experience follows a curriculum revamp by three fifth-grade teachers. The students acted as township citizens rallying against being taxed for such things as failing to dress in school spirit wear and using computers.

2/5/2016

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has ended the state's lawsuit against the Common Core State Standards initiated by his predecessor, former Gov. Bobby Jindal. "It does not benefit students to continue to use time and resources to pursue litigation that no longer has any bearing on classrooms in Louisiana," Edwards said.

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The Associated Press
2/5/2016

Students with disabilities at a Wisconsin school run a coffee shop that opens before classes start to develop their work and social skills. Through making coffee, students learn how to handle workplace mistakes and build relationships. "We're still not making millions at the Falcon Java Roost, but we're making experiences," special-education teacher Deb Wehrman said.