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Teacher: Technology
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Redefining Books
A new digital book-sharing service gives students with disabilities access to books in alternative content formats.
How English-Language Learners Have an Edge
Non-native English speakers—who access meaning through more than one language—can offer novel insights during whole-class comprehension exercises, says one high school teacher.
Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps
One teacher learned the hard way that just bringing iPads into the classroom won't truly change things—you also have to redefine your practice.
Using Twitter in High School Classrooms
Bill Ferriter discusses several ways that teachers can use Twitter in classrooms to encourage reflection and conversation among their students.
Teaching: A Wired Profession
Educators are more tech-savvy today than they were just two years ago, according to a survey overseen by Project Tomorrow, a technology-focused education nonprofit.
Video-Lesson Project Flourishes
Can a free online library of video lessons revolutionize classroom instruction?
Special Needs and the Whiteboard Effect
A former National Teacher of the Year finds that multimedia instructional technology helps engage students with severe emotional disabilities.
Assistive Technology: Write Answers
Since difficulties in writing are wide-ranging—and technology is rapidly evolving—finding the right assistive technology device can be an ordeal.
Applicable Teaching Tools
Educators are discovering that iPads and other tablet computers offer new routes to learning for students with disabilities.
Passion-Based Learning for the 21st Century
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach believes teachers need to bring a "sense of wonderment" back into student learning.
Your Future Colleagues?
South Korea hopes to have robot teachers in all of its 8,400 kindergarten classrooms by 2013.
Video Buffs

Making Math Connections
A project that uses smartphones as learning tools is giving students a new perspective on math.
Life Equations
Renowned educator Dan Meyer encourages teachers to drop the textbooks and teach students the math that's all around them.
Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools
Innovative language arts teachers are finding that adapting writing instruction to technology can enhance engagement without sacrificing the fundamentals.

Education Week: High Schools
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U.S. High School Grad Rate Reaches Another All-Time High. But What Does It Mean?
The U.S. high school graduation rate has risen yet again, to a new all-time high of 84.6 percent. But questions persist about what is driving the steady gain.
New Jersey Court Strikes Down PARCC Test as Grad Requirement
The state is one of about a dozen that require students to pass a test in order to graduate from high school.
Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students in Rural Communities
In a pair of videos, Education Week chronicles the challenges and opportunities for gifted rural students in Alaska.
Utah Inflated Its High School Graduation Rate, Federal Watchdog Finds
Federal watchdogs find that Utah inflated its high school graduation rate in the last of a series of reports warning states not to make end runs around the rules for calculating graduation rates.
Questions About Credit Recovery Fall Disproportionately on Poor, Minority Students

Students' Song About KKK Raises Cautions for Teachers
A viral video of Dover, N.H., high school students singing a song about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of "Jingle Bells" is causing outrage.
Bush Plan Would Heighten NCLB Focus on High School
State policymakers question the effect of expanding the federal reach.
Why ESSA Misses Hundreds of Low-Graduation-Rate High Schools
At nearly half a million students' high schools, half or more of the freshmen disappear before graduation, and federal law doesn't require those schools to get better, according to a new study.
California Nixes Plan to Let Districts Substitute SAT for Smarter Balanced Exam
California rejects a plan to let school districts substitute the SAT for the Smarter Balanced exam.
'America to Me' Offers a 10-Hour Look at Racial Equity in a Large High School
The compelling documentary series about about one year at a racially diverse suburban high school, from the co-director of "Hoop Dreams," premieres on Starz on Aug. 26.
Schools Are Training Students to Be Cyber Sleuths
With a growing field and a dearth of skilled workers to fill available jobs, it's little wonder there's a push to get middle and high school students into cybersecurity training.
Indiana Using Data to Build Better Transcripts, College Transitions
Indiana's efforts to give students more control over their academic transcripts may prove a boon for researchers and school reformers, too.
These Disciplinary Practices Can Lead Students to Drop Out of School
Using suspension as a disciplinary tactic can lead students to leave school altogether, feeling that no adult cared enough to understand their problems or provide support, according to a new study of Minnesota students.
Deeper Learning and the Future of High School
Under an initiative from the XQ Institute, 18 teams are creating new designs aimed at transforming high schools.
Alternative High Schools: A Call for Better Accountability

Here Are Three Prompts to Get Students Engaged in Persuasive Writing (Video)
One California teacher uses graphic organizers to guide students in writing persuasive radio stories about personal experiences.
Career Ready High Schools
After reviewing Ryan Craig's book we searched for examples of high school programs that put young people on the first rung of an attractive economic ladder.
Creating Digital Stories in Civics Class (Video)
Digital tools allow this high school civics teacher to assess student understanding and give immediate feedback.
Design Focused High School Builds Tech Talent in Indianapolis
Purdue Polytechnic High School is using design-challenges to give students real-world experiences as they earn their high school diploma. In partnership with Purdue University, PPHS is setting the stage for a new era of learning.
Rethinking the High School Credential
Most American youth don't get what they need from high school. There are lots of reasons --some economic, some cultural, some educational. Two root problems are how we've defined the finish line and how we communicate success. Tom shares his thoughts on the current high school credentialing system a

Education Week: Dropouts
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Are Today's Young Civic Activists in It for the Long Haul?
Nearly a year later, the March for Our Lives movement can point to electoral and legislative wins and losses, some converts, and some dropouts. Can they keep it going?
Dropout Prevention
Elementary supports may help keep high school students in school, finds a study in AERA Open.
Why the United Kingdom Needs to Offer Different Kinds of Schools
School drop-out rates have never been a focus in England in the same way they are in the United States, but that doesn't mean that academic disengagement isn't a problem. Are alternative schools the solution?
'Night School' Documentary Looks at Adults Seeking an Elusive H.S. Diploma

Dropouts
A new report examines the Boston school district's success in reducing its dropout rates from 8 percent in 2004 to 3.8 percent last year.
Credit Recovery May Be Flawed, But It's Fixable
Eliminating credit recovery as a path to graduation would do more harm than good, writes one assistant superintendent.
Dropouts
The latest federal data on high school completion find that 3 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 were dropouts.
Dropouts
More than 1 million youths ages 16 to 19 are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma, says a report that makes a case for stepping up dropout-recovery efforts.
Dropouts
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the population segment of U.S. 16- through 24-year-olds who were not enrolled in school, or who did not have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development credential was about 11 percent in 2001. The economic value attached to c
Renewed Focus Needed to Help Homeless Students Stay in School, Study Argues
Disconnections make it tough for homeless students to stay in school, says a new study, which also details the new requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act that bolster resources for their support.
Dropouts

Language and Dropouts
English-language learners are twice as likely to drop out of school as their peers who are either native English speakers or former ELLs who have become fluent in the language.
The Keys to Student Success Include Starting Early and Following Through
States are concentrating their policy efforts on early-childhood education as well as transitioning young adults from high school to college.
Dropouts
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the population segment of U.S. 16- through 24-year-olds who were not enrolled in school, or who did not have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development credential was about 11 percent in 2001. The economic value attached to c
On PBS, Two 'Frontline' Reports and a 'TED Talks' Special on Education

Preventing Dropouts
School districts' efforts to prevent students from dropping out are profiled in a new survey from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Preventing Dropouts
Some 58 dropout prevention programs in nine school districts in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia were reviewed by researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University.
Investigation: High Schools Hide Dropouts by Steering Them to Alternative Programs
A ProPublica investigation finds that many high schools game their accountability systems by funneling their worst achievers to alternative schools, where they learn little or drop out.
Trump's Infrastructure Plan: A Fleeting Jobs Boost for HS Grads, Dropouts
President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal would create a jobs boom for workers with high school educations or less, but that boom would be only temporary, a new study says.
Dropouts and the Economy
Lots of ink for this new America's Promise report finding increased high school graduation rates from 2002 to 2008, as well as a decrease in the number of high schools with very high drop-out rates. Good news, ok, but still no cause for celebration: As my colleague Andy Rotherham notes, our nation's

Education Week: Teaching Profession
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The Teaching Profession in 2018 (in Charts)
Some called 2018 the "year of the teacher." Here's a review of the research that encapsulates a milestone year for the teaching profession.
Few High School Students Are Interested in Teaching. But Better Pay Could Help
A new survey examines which students want to be teachers and what's drawing them to—or driving them from—the profession.
A $29 Million Donation Funds Classroom Projects for 30,000 Teachers
The donation from cryptocurrency startup Ripple funded every open campaign on education crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org.
Education Week Wants to Hear From Teachers Running for State Office
The number of teacher-candidates for governorships and roles in state legislatures is growing by the day. Ed Week wants to know more about these candidates.
Most Teachers Report High Levels of Stress, Study Finds
The study measured responses from about 100 teachers from a single district, and found that 93 percent experienced high levels of stress in their profession.
In Wake of Parkland Shooting, Proposals for Arming Teachers Likely to Resurface
Policymakers have weighed arming teachers at school and training them to shoot back in case of emergency in the aftermath of school shootings like at Sandy Hook and now, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
From Fidget Spinners to Teacher Stress, Here Are the Top Teaching Posts of 2017
Studies on teacher effectiveness, lessons from Finland, and 'The Magic School Bus' all made this year's list of most-read Teaching Now posts.
The Teaching Profession in 2017 (in Charts)
Here are some charts that sum up the state of the teaching profession in 2017, from working hours to student behavior.
Teachers Push Back Against Betsy DeVos' Claim That Schools Are in the 'Industrial Era'
The education secretary tweeted that U.S. education is largely stuck in the industrial era—striking a nerve among teachers on social media.
Teachers Share Their Favorite Gifts From Students
Handwritten letters, homemade crafts, personalized songs—for most teachers, the best gifts don't come with a price tag.
Participation in Teachers' Unions is Down, And Likely to Tumble Further
The percentage of U.S. public school teachers participating in unions has been declining steadily over the last two decades—and the numbers are soon likely to take an even steeper dive.
Former Teacher Inspires Students to Follow in Her Footsteps
A decade after teaching middle school, this college dean has seen 11 of her former students pursuing degrees in education at her graduate school.
The Teaching Force Has Grown Faster Than Student Enrollment—Except in These 4 States
In two of the states that have experienced teacher unrest over the last couple of months, the growth of their student populations has outpaced the growth of teachers, according to an Education Week analysis.
The Virtual Construct and Lifelong Learners
Current research and educational pundits theorize that burgeoning initiatives in artificial intelligence (AI) and rapidly accelerating technological advances, that it will be incumbent upon students and the future generations of society to perpetually self-educate, prepare and nurture individual stu
Can an 'Iron Chef'-Style Contest Work to Showcase Good Teaching?
The education news site Chalkbeat plans to host the "Great American Teach-Off" at SXSW EDU. Will the event celebrate teaching or reduce it to a performance?
'I'm Not Getting Paid What I'm Worth': Teachers Share How They Get By
Low teacher pay has led some educators to take on second or third jobs.
Are States Tracking Teacher Shortages? Generally, No.
Pinpointing exactly where teachers are needed has not been a priority for most states, according to a new report.
Meet the British Teacher Who Won a $1 Million Education Prize
Andria Zafirakou won the award for her work supporting marginalized students in an inner-city borough plagued by gang violence and poverty.
Here Are Six Strategies for States to Build Stronger Teacher Pipelines
Elevating the teaching profession, offering financial incentives, and expanding the pool of teacher candidates are among the strategies states are using to bolster their teacher workforces, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Education Re-imagined
The demands of the digital epoch require creative and innovative thinkers who are tasked and capable of finding unique solutions to complex problems. The future of innovation, the economy and ethical means of advancing the needs of humanity require students who are intellectually confident and emot

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