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2/21/2018

The "banking model" of education -- in which students deposit knowledge and give it back in assignments and tests to prove learning -- doesn't always connect all students to learning, writes National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein. In this blog post, she encourages educators to move away from a "banking model" approach to education to improve outcomes for all students.

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2/21/2018

Students at a Florida high school recently talked with film director Ferenc Torok about his movie "1945," an adaptation of a short story about two Holocaust survivors who return to their village after the war. The black-and-white film, which took Torok 10 years to make, shares what happened after the Holocaust, a perspective not previously explored by some of the students.

2/21/2018

Students at an Arizona elementary school recently wrote letters to President Donald Trump about a proposal to overturn a ban on uranium mining in their area. Students shared their concerns in the letters, which will be hand-delivered to the White House by a state lawmaker and a Havasupai Tribe representative.

2/21/2018

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring a three or higher has increased about 70% over the past decade, according to The College Board. Data from 2017 show Massachusetts leading the pack in test access and performance.

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2/21/2018

Special-education teachers sometimes can feel isolated, special-education teacher Jayne Clare writes. In this blog post, she offers ideas, such as team teaching, that can help special-education teachers build connections with fellow educators.

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2/21/2018

Targeting "anchor institutions" in rural areas, such as schools, colleges and health care providers, could help dramatically expand access, according to the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. The group estimates the effort would cost less than $20 billion.

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2/21/2018

Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the site of a recent school shooting on Feb. 14, lobbied state lawmakers to take action on an assault weapons ban. Lawmakers on Tuesday declined to take up the motion.

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2/21/2018

Math teacher Jonathan Mazon challenged a class of fourth-grade students to conduct market research on commonly purchased food items. The students used their findings in various ways, such as writing essays, documenting data and creating a final presentation.

2/21/2018

A Florida elementary school spent about $10,000 to remake a classroom into a sensory room for students in its social-behavioral communication program. Throughout the school day, teachers and therapists offer sensory tools -- from crash mats to ball pits -- to help students regain control and focus for learning.

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2/21/2018

The newly formed nonprofit Jefferson Education Exchange, supported by the University of Virginia, is inviting educators to provide written reviews of education-technology products. Educators will be paid to document and share how using such products worked in their own classrooms, says Bart Epstein, who will serve as the nonprofit's president.