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1/17/2020

College students are concerned about the use of internet algorithms and potential threats to their personal privacy, according to a study by the nonprofit Project Information Literacy. Researchers found, however, that while students are knowledgeable overall about algorithms, they are less aware of how their data is used.

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1/17/2020

Research into how the brain works is informing a professional learning community organized by Kristin Simmers, who is an English-as-an-additional-language teacher in Thailand. In this article, Simmers writes about how the PLC works and how teachers are using the research, such as how making mistakes in math creates connections in the brain.

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1/17/2020

Teacher Brandy Gearhart recently used a voting exercise and an escape room-type game to teach students about the women's suffrage movement. The Indiana middle-school teacher's students worked in small groups to use clues to solve the game and participated in a voting exercise to learn about women and the right to vote.

1/17/2020

The Council of Chief State Schools Officers announced its four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. This article offers more background about the finalists -- Chris Dier, a high-school history teacher in Louisiana; Leila Kubesch, a middle-school Spanish and English-as-a-second-language teacher in Ohio; Tabatha Rosproy, a Kansas preschool teacher; and Linda Rost, a Montana high-school science teacher.

1/17/2020

The benefits of curriculum mapping -- including efficiencies and improved outcomes for students -- are "indisputable," according to Jennifer Mitchell, coordinator of curriculum and professional development in Pennsylvania's Mifflin County School District. In this blog post, she shares strategies to help implement effective curriculum mapping.

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1/17/2020

President Donald Trump announced from the Oval Office on Thursday a move to protect prayer in public schools, as part of a larger effort among nine federal agencies that rolls back a rule from the Obama administration. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Education Department intends to issue a reminder for schools that prayer in schools is protected under the Constitution.

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1/17/2020

Lower-income, first-generation and underrepresented students tend to have lower grades and more withdrawals and incompletes in gateway courses designed as a foundation for a major or department, writes Beth McMurtrie. Higher education has an obligation to address the problem because it is essentially a social-justice issue, says Gardner Institute CEO John Gardner.

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1/17/2020

Balancing effort and efficiency for yourself and school staff is a major challenge, middle-school principal Matthew Howell writes. He recommends determining return on investment before starting a project to avoid misusing time, making certain tasks are manageable, and prioritizing people and positive interactions over products and processes.

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Edutopia
1/17/2020

The Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation and the Manufacturers Association of Maine announced their intention to award about $100,000 to students and employers for skilled trades and manufacturing in the state. Plans call for about 100 scholarships to be offered to students and instructors.

1/17/2020

Officials in a Maryland school district are seeking $41.4 million in funding for capital projects. The top priority among projects is the planned improvements to special-education facilities, including creating new classroom spaces for programs that serve students in special education at four schools.