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8/17/2017

Technology and more information about the neuroscience of learning are helping to reshape student interventions. Educators in this article share four new student intervention strategies, such as using pre-interventions and rethinking behavior.

8/17/2017

There is no such thing as the perfect teacher, asserts Sydney Chaffee, the National Teacher of the Year. In a recent interview, she said that -- just like students -- educators can make mistakes and learn from them.

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8/17/2017

Officials in some school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee that are in the path of Monday's eclipse have closed schools because of concerns about student safety. Some Florida schools also plan to change schedules for outdoor activities, including recess, during the eclipse.

8/17/2017

More students will have access to digital versions of the PSAT and SAT during the 2017-18 school year, according to the College Board. Last fall and spring, more than 5,000 students took the online SAT and another 5,000 took the online PSAT, officials said, noting that they expect a "slight increase" this school year.

8/17/2017

Students at a school in Maryland are being taught to slow down when they eat and savor each bite -- a process known as mindful eating. The initiative is based on research that shows such an approach can improve students' overall health and help curb eating disorders.

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Science News
8/17/2017

Indiana will invest a combined $20 million over two years in two grant programs designed to help prepare people secure jobs or advance in their careers. The Workforce Ready Grant provides tuition assistance and the Employer Training Grant provides funds to help employers train their employees.

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8/17/2017

A bill signed into law this week by President Donald Trump expands educational benefits for military veterans by, among other things, lifting the 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits and increasing financial aid for members of the National Guard and Reserve. Mark Lucas, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, praised the Forever GI Act as "meaningful reform."

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The Associated Press
8/17/2017

High-school students attending private and suburban schools may be receiving higher grades, even as achievement on the SAT trends down, according to a College Board study expected to be published early next year. Michael Hurwitz, senior director at the College Board, says the findings point to potential grade inflation among wealthier schools.

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8/17/2017

The rate of drug overdose deaths among youths ages 15 to 19 in the US more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, with a 19% increase from 2014 to 2015, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers also found that most drug overdose deaths in 2015 were accidental and caused by opioids.

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NBC News, CNN, HealthDay News
8/17/2017

Researchers have gleaned new insights about how the Roman Empire's wealth grew by analyzing ancient coins. Silver in the coins, which date to the start of the Second Punic War, likely came from mines in Spain, acquired when Carthage handed Rome control of the Iberian Peninsula after the Romans defeated the city-state.

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