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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.
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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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Which High School Sports Pose the Greatest Risk for Coronavirus Spread?
Football, wrestling and competitive cheer pose a high risk for COVID-19 spread, while swimming and golf are at the low end of the risk scale developed by a national panel.
How to Talk to Students About the Coronavirus Without Scaring Them
What you say about the coronavirus depends on the child's developmental stage. Here are examples of the best age-appropriate language for discussing the pandemic.
Student Cheating at Issue as College Board Rolls Out Online AP Exams
The College Board's national experiment with virtual AP exams gets underway this week amid accusations and stern warnings about student cheating.
Stories to Make You Smile: Shining Stadium Lights to Honor High School Seniors
Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.
Bored, Stressed, Tired: Unpacking Teenagers' Emotions About High School
At first glance, it could seem that teenagers just really, really hate high school. But Yale researchers found deeper student engagement issues.
Bush Plan Would Heighten NCLB Focus on High School
State policymakers question the effect of expanding the federal reach.
College Board Cancels June SAT and Amps Up Fall Testing Schedule
To make up for lost opportunities for college admissions testing during the coronavirus crisis, the board plans to offer the test more often in the fall, including some test administrations during the school day.
7 Signs That Your School Newspaper Risks Censorship
A new report outlines danger signs of censorship at student-run newspapers.
Preparing Students for Life After Special Education? Here's How Federal Dollars Can Help
When can schools use federal funds to help students with disabilities prepare for life after special education? A new resource from the federal education department offers a road map.
Cyberbullying On the Rise in U.S. Schools, Federal Report Finds
The report found that roughly a third of middle and high schools reported disciplinary problems stemming from cyberbullying at least once a week or daily.
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.
Here's What It's Like to Teach Artificial Intelligence to High Schoolers
A high school in California taught seniors to work with artificial intelligence by exploring technical skills and societal impacts and engaging students in projects.
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.
Americans Say Civics Is a Must and Religion a Maybe in Schools
Americans overwhelmingly believe civics should be taught in school, and almost 70 percent of them think it should be a requirement to graduate, a new survey finds.
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
The schools that rely most heavily on credit recovery to graduate their students are the ones that serve large populations of low-income and minority teenagers.
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.
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.

Education Week: Dropouts
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Maintaining Ties When School Closes Is Critical to Preventing Dropouts
Students who were chronically absent or at risk of dropping out before the coronavirus outbreak are even more at risk now that schools are closed, experts say.
Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of news stories from this week.
Boston's Innovative Approach to Reconnecting High School Dropouts
The district is reconnecting high school dropouts by focusing on life goals, academic gaps, social-emotional challenges, and personal commitments.
Among Black and White Young Adults, High School Completions Are on Par, Study Finds
For the first time in 40 years, the percentage of black 18- to 24-year-olds with a high school credential was nearly the same as that of white 18- to 24-year-olds, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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.
Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer's Education Plan: Triple Title I, Tackle Dropout Rate
Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer released an education plan Thursday that calls for tripling federal funding for high-poverty schools, providing universal preschool, and using federal incentives to raise teacher pay.
'Night School' Documentary Looks at Adults Seeking an Elusive H.S. Diploma
The film follows three Indianapolis adults as they seek to overcome obstacles on the path to earning an educational credential that they missed earlier.
The latest federal data on high school completion find that 3 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 were 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.
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
'Dropouts Happen'
John W. Myres, a retired teacher and superintendent, shares five hard realities educators must face as they try to improve their schools.
School Dropouts
High school dropouts almost always quit school because of a combination of risk factors, many of which are present before the student starts kindergarten, an analysis of data from 44 dropout trend studies concludes.

Education Week: Teaching Profession
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Here's How Many Teaching Jobs Could Be Lost in Each State in a COVID-19 Recession
There could be an 8.4 percent reduction in the U.S. teaching corps, and some states could see reductions as large as 20 percent, according to a new analysis by the Learning Policy Institute.
Still Mostly White and Female: New Federal Data on the Teaching Profession
Here are five takeaways on the teaching profession from the newly released 2017-18 National Teacher and Principal Survey.
The Nation's Top Teachers on Self-Care, Student Voice, and What They Would Say to Trump
The four finalists for National Teacher of the Year say their fellow teachers are sharing their stories and their students' stories more than ever, and it's time for policymakers to listen.
A Road Trip for Teachers and a Chance to Get Inspired
Education Week has teamed up with Roadtrip Nation to send a group of teachers across the country in a green RV. Here's what you need to know.
10 Ways the Teaching Profession Has Changed Over the Past 10 Years
From an increase in teacher activism to a decline in the number of people who want to be teachers, here are 10 of the biggest shifts in the profession over the past decade.
What Should Teachers Need to Do to Transfer Their License to a New State?
Just 16 states require incoming teachers to provide evidence of successful prior job performance, a National Council on Teacher Quality analysis found.
The Teaching Profession in 2019 (in Charts)
Here's a review of the research that sums up a big year for the teaching profession.
Here's What Teachers Think About Training, Pay, Strikes, and Choice
Educators for Excellence took the temperature of teachers across the nation on issues ranging from compensation to preparation to union membership.
Transgender Teachers Speak Out on What They Need From School Leaders
In a recent video message, transgender teachers urge school leaders to make schools more welcoming by examining their own biases and implementing inclusive policies.
Nearly All Teachers (and Other Public Servants) Who Applied for Loan Forgiveness Were Denied
The Department of Education has denied 99 percent of applications for public service loan forgiveness under a temporary expanded program funded by Congress, a report finds.
Teachers Often Experience 'Moral Injury' on the Job, Study Finds
In a survey of educators in an urban Midwest district, 4 in 5 said the witnessed other staff doing things that were morally wrong, while almost half said they themselves had acted in a way that betrayed their values.
Teaching in the U.S. Should Be More 'Intellectually Attractive,' Global Expert Says
A panel of experts—including a national teacher's union president and an official from the Department of Education—discussed how to make teaching a more attractive profession.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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