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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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Edutopia online
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Jayne Clare
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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T.H.E. Journal
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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National Public Radio
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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docs.google.com
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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National Board, NBCT
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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CNN, National Public Radio
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White House, Florida school
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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EdSource