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7/13/2018

The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.

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7/13/2018

Many states have changed their academic standards in response to the Common Core State Standards, but that has not necessarily led to improved performance, says Dan Hamlin, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In this Q&A, Hamlin discusses his research on the Common Core backlash among states as well as the disconnect between improved standards and improved student test scores.

7/13/2018

A math teacher in an all-boys high school in Detroit also runs the on-campus greenhouse and garden and teaches her students how to cook. In this Q&A, Marquita Reese describes her work and how she uses a survey to get to know her students.

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7/13/2018

Sixteen Boston-area high-school students are learning about social and political issues in a civics course offered at a summer camp. The training they receive is designed to help them develop leadership skills, so they can address issues in their communities and mentor their peers.

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7/13/2018

Teachers who work in high-poverty schools should be eligible for a federal tax credit that could raise their salaries by as much as $10,000 annually, according to a proposal by the Center for American Progress. The proposal comes amid nationwide protests over teacher pay, which has not kept up with the cost of living in some states.

7/13/2018

The University of North Florida and a school serving students with special needs have partnered on a summer camp that integrates students with special needs and those without. The students participate in swimming, sports and games together during the camp.

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7/13/2018

One of the keys to establishing an effective learning environment is ensuring that students feel heard, asserts Beth Pandolpho, a high-school English teacher in New Jersey. In this blog post, she offers several ways to get students talking and offers tips to help teachers show students they are listening.

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7/13/2018

Educators in Chicago are working to improve outcomes for students through personalized learning, asserts Lisa Epstein, an elementary-school principal. In this commentary, she shares how the approach gives students more autonomy over their own education and creates opportunities for teachers to collaborate.

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7/13/2018

The US Department of Education has approved plans from California and Utah to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The only state now without an approved plan is Florida.

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7/13/2018

Teachers are 30% more likely to take additional jobs than other professionals, particularly during the summer. National Board Certified Teacher Ben Sullens says he supplements his salary by driving for a ride-hailing company, administering the SAT and may start delivering food.

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