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5/26/2017

Teachers can end the school year strong with year mapping, in which students recall learning experiences that stand out to them, suggest authors Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers. In this blog post, they share tips to help students reflect on and celebrate what they have learned and prepare for the next school year.

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5/26/2017

Students across America are honoring members of the US military for Memorial Day, which is observed Monday, such as a group of sophomores from one Michigan high school who interviewed war veterans to document their stories and placed flags on graves at a military cemetery. Some Texas third-graders met veterans via their school's Adopt-a-Veteran program, while a New York sixth-grader led peers in an after-school painting project to honor the military, which he someday hopes to join.

5/26/2017

Remote clickers, which allow students to indicate answers to multiple-choice questions during class, can help with rote memorization but may harm conceptual understanding of classroom lessons, according to a study led by Amy Shapiro of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. A professor who uses the devices says the biggest advantage has been a boost in attendance.

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5/26/2017

The quality -- and not simply the availability -- of preschool matters in terms of yielding positive student outcomes, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The researchers found that quality matters even more when considering outcomes for boys.

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5/26/2017

The Trump administration may be considering moving management of the federal student aid program from the US Department of Education to the Treasury Department. The potential change surfaced during the resignation of James Runcie, former head of the Education Department's federal student aid program.

5/26/2017

Police officers in Indiana recently asked high-school students to teach them about popular social media platforms, including Snapchat. The tutorial also included information about apps that were unknown to the officers, such as Monkey and Houseparty.

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5/26/2017

Efforts to assess students' readiness for college and career often overlook career-related skills, some educators and researchers suggest. While some states have adopted vocational assessments, David Conley, director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon, asserts that officials largely are unsure about how best to assess career skills.

5/26/2017

An Iowa middle school this year has expanded its use of project-based learning as an alternative to traditional tests after the approach was introduced last year. Eighth-graders' work culminated in a museum where they displayed and presented projects from various social studies units during their language arts classes.

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5/26/2017

Kindergartners who ride the school bus are less likely to be "chronically absent" than students who use alternative ways to come to school, according to a study from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Increasing bus ridership could reduce the number of lost instructional days by about 1.04 million for kindergartners, researcher Michael Gottfried said.

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5/26/2017

The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind plans to create regional hub schools among its cooperative districts to better serve students with visual or hearing impairments in rural areas. The program sends teachers and resources to serve students, such as one boy who has learned Braille and daily living skills with the help of his teacher.

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