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8/21/2017

The age when students start school could affect their academic performance through college, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Affairs. Researchers found that older students had about a 40-point edge on the SAT and were more likely to enroll in college.

8/21/2017

Researchers at the University of New Mexico will follow a group of Spanish-speaking second- and third-grade students in two states to explore strategies to close the achievement gap in math and English. Researchers hope to discover how the language systems affect students' cognitive abilities and processes.

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8/21/2017

Twenty educators from middle and high schools in the US recently attended a workshop at Indiana State University to learn best practices for how to approach discussions about race, and civil and human rights. The meeting aimed to help teachers feel prepared to address sensitive topics in the classroom.

8/21/2017

High-school English teacher Christa Forster uses the New York Times' photojournalism learning activity, "What's Going On in This Picture?", to teach students better analytical skills. In this blog post, she describes how students describe what is happening in the photos and then apply those critical-thinking skills to the close analysis of works by William Shakespeare.

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William Shakespeare
8/21/2017

It can be all too easy for teachers to put themselves last, writes learning consultant Debbie Silver. In this blog post, Silver shares three ways that teachers can make self-care a priority this school year by planning their time, making health important and paying attention to their own mental health.

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MiddleWeb
8/21/2017

Intensive early-intervention services for young children with autism could provide significant cost savings in later years, according to research by Zuleyha Cidav of the University of Pennsylvania. Cidav found the cost of the expensive Early Start Denver Model was recouped in two years after the intervention ended because participants needed fewer therapy services.

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Disability Scoop
8/21/2017

Florida fifth-grade teacher Heather MacDonald plans to incorporate daily writing exercises into her curriculum after participating in a summer training by the Emerald Coast Writing Project. She said it will help students learn about grammar and vocabulary as they write about their thoughts.

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Emerald Coast
8/21/2017

Parent Teacher Association fundraising at schools in wealthier areas can far exceed fundraising at schools in less-affluent areas. Robin Callahan, executive director of the National School Foundation Association, says that district superintendents should ensure that parents understand how funding inequities can affect all students.

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8/21/2017

Maine is the only state that has adopted a statewide laptop program for students in certain grades. The program has been in place for 15 years and costs $12 million annually, but data has not shown the program is paying off, officials say.

8/21/2017

Fifty-one percent of parents said they supported later school start times for their adolescent children, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The findings, based on a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital national poll of 554 parents of youths ages 13 to 17 who began school before 8:30 a.m., showed that issues with transportation and after-school activities were concerns among those who opposed later start times.