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2/19/2018

Emphasizing the steps schools are taking to keep students safe in the wake of a tragedy such as the recent Florida school shooting can help relieve anxiety and fear, asserts Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Other strategies include tuning in and letting students guide the conversation.

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National Public Radio
2/19/2018

National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt led her students in a reading challenge this month called Books Without Borders. In this blog post, she shares how she planned the challenge in partnership with a local library.

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Rita Platt, National Board, NBCT
2/19/2018

A Michigan school district has implemented the elementary curriculum Core Knowledge Language Arts that embeds literacy lessons into science and social studies subjects. In one recent lesson, fourth-graders became inventors as they designed and built models, and made presentations of trash-removal machines.

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Cadillac News (Mich.)
2/19/2018

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.

2/19/2018

New York City Public Schools' New Principal Support program is credited with reducing attrition and supporting school leaders, write Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson, who both have served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in NYC schools. In this commentary, they share why principal coaching should be part of school-leadership plans.

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City Public Schools
2/19/2018

Opening a conversation with "Can I give you some feedback," may not be the best way to begin a performance conversation, suggests Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. She offers three tips for initiating feedback conversations that can help break down barriers in communication.

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Jennifer Abrams
2/19/2018

High-school students in a Tennessee district are expected to have access to a new virtual-learning program this August. The program, which is pending school-board approval, will give students access to free courses taught by district teachers as well as some fee-based courses taught by an outside provider.

2/19/2018

Students, advocates and others are working to raise awareness about gun control after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Students from the Florida school are organizing "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., on March 24, and the Women's March EMPOWER branch is organizing #Enough, National School Walkout Day on March 14.

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Florida high school
2/19/2018

Students at all schools in a Wisconsin district will have access to at least one all-gender bathroom, a move district officials say is "good to do for all people." The bathrooms will be similar to family- or all-access bathroom options available in many public places.

2/19/2018

Virtual-reality tools could be affecting students' health, according to an ongoing study by Children and Virtual Reality. Researchers discovered some risks to students' health, including issues related to students' vision and balance.

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EdSurge