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12/15/2017

A majority of states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans include a career-focused measure or vision for college and career readiness, according to a report from workforce education advocacy group Advance CTE. Data show 36 states plan to leverage Title IV to support career readiness.

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12/15/2017

A pair of West Virginia educators -- Lynette Farr, a business, education and exploratory teacher, and Melanie Swisher, a reading and language arts teacher -- worked together to create a cross-curricular lesson as part of a science, technology, engineering, art and math initiative. Students programmed robots and created dioramas depicting scenes from the Ray Bradbury story, "There Will Come Soft Rains."

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Ray Bradbury
12/15/2017

Diplomatic oral histories are perfect for history classrooms because foreign service officers are "front-seat witnesses" to many world events, writes Maureen McNicholl of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. In this blog post, McNicholl describes the benefits of using these primary sources and shares how studying the oral histories of US diplomats provides context to key events of the past and present.

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Foreign Service
12/15/2017

Blended learning will continue to grow in the new year, asserts Fred Ende, an assistant director of curriculum and instructional services in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. In this blog post, he shares two other predictions that, he writes, will help shape education in 2018.

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Fred Ende, Westchester BOCES
12/15/2017

Education leaders in states where natural disasters have resulted in missed school days -- affecting about 9 million students -- are working to address the issue. Some have expanded the school day or shortened holiday breaks, while others are seeking testing waivers.

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National Public Radio
12/15/2017

Students in rural schools may have greater access to technology at school than their peers in urban and suburban areas, according to an analysis of 8,558 schools by data management and learning analytics firm BrightBytes. The analysis considered demographics of schools in the top 5% and lowest 5% of tech access.

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12/15/2017

Educators should consider teaching lessons of gratitude and thanks during the holidays, asserts fifth-grade teacher Marissa King. In this blog post, she shares several classroom traditions she is starting this year, including writing letters of gratitude and a kindness exchange.

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Marissa King
12/15/2017

An Alabama school district is developing a self-contained program for students with special needs and behavioral issues. The district has equipped a classroom with sensory and other tools, and appointed a special-education teacher who is a certified Managing Crisis Safely instructor to lead the classroom.

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12/15/2017

School leaders are turning to programs and incentives to help recruit more bilingual teachers. In Dallas, officials have launched bilingual-educator pathways in high schools, and candidates in Sacramento, Calif., are offered financial incentives, including funds to help pay for their certification.

12/15/2017

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education are facing separate lawsuits filed Thursday regarding their handling of student-loan forgiveness applications. At issue, the lawsuits say, is the department's inaction in handling the claims.