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4/19/2019

Eleven colleges have joined the University Innovation Alliance's experiment to use predictive analytics to share data. Leaders involved with the experiment discuss what they have learned and how they are using data for student interventions aimed at increasing graduation rates.

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Education Dive
4/19/2019

Lawmakers in Georgia, Texas and West Virginia have passed legislation to require special-education classrooms to be outfitted with cameras. The efforts are aimed at safeguarding against potential abuse among students who may not be able to advocate for themselves.

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Texas, Georgia
4/19/2019

Some high-school students are turning the camera on themselves as they react to whether they have been admitted to colleges and then sharing those video on social media, including YouTube. In some videos, students are seen being rejected from schools of their choice and in others, some are celebrating their acceptance.

4/18/2019

Nationwide spending on prekindergarten programs grew to about $8 billion, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. However, data show, that despite additional spending, enrollment has been sluggish and only two states have implemented policies allowing them to reach benchmarks for higher quality.

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Education Dive
4/18/2019

An Indiana school district changed its approach to professional development, guided largely by teachers' own feedback and needs. Michele Eaton, the district's director of virtual and blended learning, says part of the overhaul included a focus on a prior failed approach to PD.

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The Hechinger Report
4/18/2019

An outtake from a student-produced video that was part of an American government project at a Georgia high school recently went viral. In the video, students -- who were disciplined, school officials say -- were seen making negative remarks about Mexicans.

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Georgia high school
4/17/2019

In this blog post, Naphtali Hoff, president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting, describes what effective delegation looks like. Hoff writes that rather than shifting work to someone else, delegation includes trust and empowerment as well as building capacity in others.

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4/17/2019

English teachers and librarians at Virginia Western Community College noticed that textbook costs were a burden for many students, so they developed a free "open textbook" for the English 111 class. The book, "Let's Get Writing," took two years to develop and is available online for free.

4/16/2019

Most educators fall into one of four categories regarding use of technology in the classroom, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University. Researchers found that some teachers are comfortable with technology and are ready to take on more; reluctant to use technology; eager to use technology in lectures; and comfortable using technology for drills and practice in subjects such as reading and math.

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T.H.E. Journal
4/15/2019

Legislation introduced in the US Senate would invest $250 million annually in programs aimed at closing the digital divide. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 would open grants to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and has support from almost a dozen education organizations.

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