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5/23/2017

Despite stories of perks and innovative workplaces, thousands of blue-collar workers at major companies, including Tesla and Facebook, say they are overworked and subject to intense pressure for little pay. The disconnect between how white-collar and blue-collar workers are treated and compensated could define the future for major technology companies, and may even define their future working conditions, Sarah Kessler writes.

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5/23/2017

Popular fidget spinners can be used in the classroom to help explain scientific concepts, such as Newton's Laws of Motion, torque and momentum, assert seventh-grade science teacher Meg Richard and physics professor Matt Richard. In this blog post, they write about the science behind fidget spinners and offer six lesson ideas for using them in class.

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5/23/2017

Compliance measures often influence the grade or label placed on what students have learned, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, she writes that the voices of students -- not just their products -- should be part of the process, including self-reflection, peer assessment and portfolios, to better show what they have learned in school.

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5/23/2017

High-school teachers should limit the amount of time they are talking during teaching, suggests Wendy James, coordinator of Collegiate Renewal and Curriculum for Saskatoon Public Schools in Canada. In this blog post, she shares how she replaces some direct instruction with "generative processes, formative assessment and written step-by-steps."

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Saskatoon Public Schools
5/23/2017

In this blog post, Barbara Haeffner, director of curriculum and instructional technology at Meriden Public Schools, describes how her district implemented a blended-learning program in just two years. She shares three ways officials helped make the implementation a success.

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5/23/2017

Officials in a Massachusetts school district say that the nationwide opioid crisis has left some students without parents -- which takes a social and emotional toll. One school has hired a licensed independent clinical social worker to address students' needs.

5/23/2017

President Donald Trump's budget proposal is expected to be released today. The proposed $9.2 billion cut to education spending could affect school-choice programs, federal student aid and services for students with special needs.

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5/23/2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said this week during the American Federation for Children conference that President Donald Trump will propose "the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation's history." She also noted that states would not be forced to take part.

5/23/2017

Classrooms in some case are too loud for student learning to take place, educational researcher C. Aiden Downey writes. In this commentary, he describes how noise pollution may be affecting students' ability to learn.

5/23/2017

In many cases, broadband service in New York City's middle schools is not living up to its promise, according to a report issued by Comptroller Scott Stringer. A recent survey found difficulties with broadband infrastructure and potential financial concerns.

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