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2/12/2019

Mississippi is among 10 states in the country highlighted as most supportive of students' academic, physical, emotional and social well-being, according to a report by ASCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report considered multiple factors, including states' policies around employee wellness, family engagement, nutrition and social services.

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2/12/2019

The US Department of Education has enlisted Instagram influencers and college bloggers to help encourage students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the June 30 deadline. About 1,000 posts with the same hashtag -- #ButFirstFAFSA -- were posted.

2/11/2019

Some teachers in Australia are sharing classroom design tips, lesson plans and more on Instagram. Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn, senior lecturer in education at the University of Technology Sydney, says social media can help to inspire teachers, but cautions that "competitive pressure" could be created.

2/11/2019

Overall giving to colleges and universities increased by 4.6% in the 2017-18 academic year, according to a new report. About 28% of the $47 billion raised went to 20 top institutions including Harvard, Stanford and Columbia universities, the data show.

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2/8/2019

Teachers increasingly are requesting funding for STEM projects through the nonprofit DonorsChoose. However, data show, literacy projects still are the most common requests, accounting for about one-quarter of the 163,323 projects that were funded.

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T.H.E. Journal
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2/7/2019

In a few years, today's education system may look to us like 19th century medicine does now, said Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of elementary and secondary education in Massachusetts. At the recent LearnLaunch 2019 conference in Boston he spoke about the need for more innovation, better use of data and more support for teachers.

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EdSurge
2/7/2019

There has been an uptick in civil behavior online, according to Microsoft's 2018 Digital Civility Index. Unwanted contact and bullying remain the most common risks -- 40% of people are experiencing each -- with unwanted contact most often affecting females and teenagers.

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ZDNet
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2/6/2019

Schools that allow students to access cellphones have lower rates of cyberbullying than those that ban the devices, according to data from the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Overall, however, data show an uptick in incidents of cyberbullying in schools.

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T.H.E. Journal
2/6/2019

Students at a California high school have garnered attention from former first lady Michelle Obama on social media after the students were inspired by her "Reach Higher" initiative, which encourages students to pursue college or career training. The students now are campaigning to have Obama visit the school.

2/6/2019

The College Board has announced changes to its Advanced Placement program, including a registration change to boost participation in exams, free digital resources for teachers and tools to help teachers build practice exams. Some are questioning the motives behind some of the changes, and a petition is seeking to limit the College Board's access to the personal data of its students.

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USA Today, EdSurge
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