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2/21/2018

Are you an expert in an area of STEM/STEAM education? Do you want to share your story and strategies with your peers? If so, submit a speaker proposal today for SmartBrief Education's fifth annual STEM Pathways Summit in New York City. The event takes place at the New-York Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 18. Submit a proposal. Learn more about the event.

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2/21/2018

More than half of 25 California school districts surveyed by the Learning Policy Institute report no change in their teacher shortages since last year, while a third say the situation has worsened. The state has implemented measures such as fast-tracking teacher education, but shortages still exist in math, special education and science, data show.

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2/21/2018

Washington, D.C., Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday after just a year in the role. Wilson has been pressured to resign as a controversy brewed alleging he sought and received preferential treatment to bypass a lottery to enroll his daughter in a high-performing high school.

2/21/2018

Visual cues help some students with special needs better understand classroom rules and transitions, writes Brett Bigham, the 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year. In this blog post, Bigham shares a video and explains how he would use visuals throughout the lesson to help students better understand expectations as they enter the classroom.

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2/21/2018

At least three autism advocacy groups have released statements responding to reports that the former student responsible for the recent Florida school shooting had been diagnosed with autism. "[A]n autism diagnosis does not explain this horrific act of violence," according to a statement from Autism Speaks. "Autism affects each person differently, and misconceptions can increase prejudice toward the vast majority who are peaceful and productive members of society."

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2/20/2018

First-graders at a Maryland school are learning to read by rotating through three stations: a guided reading group, technology-based activities and library activities. The approach in teacher Michelle Carpenter's class uses blended learning to help individual students work on areas of weakness.

2/20/2018

Teachers should take a stand to encourage policymakers to address gun violence, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Halley Wheeless. In this commentary, she writes about the power of teacher walkouts, saying that "Stepping out of your classroom -- to stand up for yourself and your students -- could be the most powerful lesson you ever teach."

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2/20/2018

Students from the Washington, D.C., area staged a "lie-in" Monday outside the White House as part of increased activism since the Florida school shooting. The event, organized by Teens for Gun Reform, included some students lying on the ground as if they were dead for three minutes -- the time span of the Feb. 14 shooting spree.

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2/20/2018

Homo erectus, first seen in Africa nearly 2 million years ago, invented language to communicate with others, according to Bentley University professor Daniel Everett, who shared his thesis at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. Everett says Homo erectus used language for hunting, boat-building and travel by sailing, a theory that has received mixed reactions from peers.

2/20/2018

Students in about 30 California high schools can enroll in data science, with some schools offering it as a math credit. Students use computers to analyze large sets of data, a skill increasingly in demand in the workforce.

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