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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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Social-Emotional Skills Are the Foundation of Learning at D.C.'s School for Young Men of Color
The principal at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Dr. Benjamin Williams, talks about the challenges facing his students- all of them African-American young men and many of them from low-income families. His school focuses on developing students' social-emotional skills, which he believes is the foundation of learning. A robust CARE team--most of them black men--includes a psychologist, a social worker and counselors. It’s a far bigger team than exists in most schools, but Principal Williams believes the poverty, violence and trauma that many Ron Brown students experience requires professional help with a manageable ratio of staff to students. It’s the CARE team’s job to keep students on-track--emotionally and academically.The CARE team begins each morning in a schoolwide circle, navigating conversations that include neighborhood violence and police shootings, protest and poverty. Many schools do one or two of these things, but few do them all – and with the conviction of Ron Brown’s staff. For the past year, Education Week's Kavitha Cardoza and NPR's Cory Turner visited Ron Brown weekly -- and some weeks, daily -- to witness the birth of this new school and to see how its staff tackles some of the toughest challenges. We spent hundreds of hours there, from the earliest days to the last bell.Read more:
Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep
The students at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School are “kings.” All freshmen. All young men of color. All determined to change the dominant narrative about young black men in Washington: too many read below grade-level and won’t graduate high school. This new public school in Washington D.C. opened its doors in August 2016 and is radically different. Not just because it is a public school for boys, but because it's designed specifically to meet the needs of D.C.’s young men of color. The school’s principal and the majority of its teachers are black men. They begin each morning in a school-wide circle, navigating conversations that include neighborhood violence and police shootings, protest and poverty. Many schools do one or two of these things, but few do them all – and with the conviction of Ron Brown’s staff. For the past year, through a partnership between Education Week and NPR, we visited Ron Brown weekly -- and some weeks, daily -- to witness the birth of this new school and to see how its staff tackles some of the toughest challenges in education today. We spent hundreds of hours there, from the earliest days to the last bell.Filmed by Swikar Patel and Erin IrwinEdited by Deanna Del CielloInterviewed by Kavitha Cardoza and Cory Turner Photos by Jared Soares and Kavitha CardozaLearn more:
District leaders back band members' national anthem protest - Education Week

Court rules school board, coach not liable for fatal hijinks - Education Week

Video of teen girls shouting racial slur under investigation - Education Week

Science curriculum gets jumpstart at tech high school - Education Week

Thousands of Tests Scored Incorrectly in Tennessee - High School & Beyond - Education Week
Thousands of tests were scored incorrectly in Tennessee. The vendor has fixed the problem, but it's taking a toll in a state that's endured several rounds of problems with its assessments.
Rhode Island school district takes teachers' union to court - Education Week

Judge bars teacher sick-outs in Rhode Island school district - Education Week

Spotlight on College and Career Readiness - Education Week
From crafting good sentences to encouraging revision, writing instruction develops an essential skill. In this Spotlight, see how educators are teaching evidence-based writing across subject areas, using online tools to fuel collaborative writing, and inspiring students through the creation of school writing clubs.
North Dakota adult education programs deal with budget cuts - Education Week

Do Schools Need Certified Teachers? Do Children? - Leadership 360 - Education Week
No lower standard serves anyone well even though it might fill vacancies quickly.
Joplin schools haggle with FEMA over cost of tornado repairs - Education Week

No charges in Colorado cheerleading forced-splits videos - Education Week

Report: Leon County schools among Florida's most segregated - Education Week

Response: 'Writing in Math Class Is a Win-Win for Students & Teachers' - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher
Dr. Linda Dacey, Sandy Atkins, Andrea Clark, Mike Flynn, ReLeah Cossett Lent and Shannon Jones share their ideas on how to incorporate writing into math instruction.
Language arts test sets high standards for Nebraska students - Education Week

Indiana scholarships fail to attract diverse teachers - Education Week

Small town superintendent doubles as district music teacher - Education Week

Alabama high school accused of denying LGBT homecoming float - Education Week

Education Week: Dropouts
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Graduation Rates - Education Week
The high school dropout rate among Hispanic students is at an all-time low, says a new study by the Pew Research Center.
Why This Juvenile-Court Judge Worries About School Resource Officers - Education Week
Overreacting to student misbehavior can aggravate matters and even push students to drop out, notes Steven C. Teske.
Attorney denies allegations against principal in Houston - Education Week

Trump Taps Common-Core Foe Mick Zais for No. 2 Post at Ed. Dept. - Politics K-12 - Education Week
President Donald Trump has tapped Mitchell "Mick" Zais, the former South Carolina chief state school officer, as deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.
High School Dropout Rate Among Hispanics Reaches All-Time Low, Study Finds - High School & Beyond - Education Week
The high school graduation rate among Hispanic students has dropped sharply in the past decade, reaching an all-time low.
Ohio online charter school fight becomes political football - Education Week

Board votes to close online charter school in Indiana - Education Week

LGBT groups protest potential California textbooks - Education Week

Online school gets OK for dropout prevention designation - Education Week

Students Earn Digital Credentials for Adding New Skills - Education Week
The use of electronic badges to document the evolving skills of K-12 and college students, and adult workers, is gaining ground.
There's a Disconnect Between Parent Expectations and Student Realities - Inside School Research - Education Week
A first look at new federal data on parent involvement suggests a disconnect between parents' expectations and school outcomes.
First-Generation College Students Face Special Risks, Study Finds - High School & Beyond - Education Week
A new study shows that students who are the first in their families to attend college are far less likely to finish college degrees than those from college-going families.
Performance Assessments and Students with Disabilities - Learning Deeply - Education Week
Performance assessments have the potential to ensure that instruction for students with disabilities is aligned with state standards.
A Human Network to Remake Learning in Pittsburgh - Vander Ark on Innovation - Education Week
Gregg Behr, Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, shares more on the journey to create the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network, a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of teaching and learning.
Getting Into Selective High Schools: Test Scores, Race, and Income - High School & Beyond - Education Week
Test scores, race, and family income are just some of the factors that influence who gets in to selective-admissions high schools in Philadelphia, raising questions of access and equity.
Fight Over One of the Largest Virtual Charters Heads to Ohio's High Court - Charters & Choice - Education Week
The legal fight over attendance numbers and $60 million in public money between the state of Ohio and the school, known as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, has been steadily rising through the lower courts over the past year.
Spotlight on Closing the Achievement Gap - Education Week
As schools aim to be the great equalizer in society, they are working to close the achievement gap. In this Spotlight, see how positive school climates are narrowing gaps between low-income students and their peers, learn how schools are enrolling English-language learners in gifted classes, and read about the need for a more diverse teaching force.
Beleaguered Ohio Online Charter School Wants to Take on Dropout Recovery - Education Week
ECOT, Ohio's online charter giant that one study found produced more dropouts than any other school in the nation, is moving into the dropout-prevention line of business.
Credit Recovery May Be Flawed, But It's Fixable - Education Week
Eliminating credit recovery as a path to graduation would do more harm than good, writes one assistant superintendent.
High School Internship Boosts College-Going for Boys of Color, Study Finds - Inside School Research - Education Week
Mentoring young men of color with professional work experience can significantly boost their likelihood of graduating and going on to college, but the program is less effective for girls.

Education Week: Teaching Profession
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The 'Elephant in the Classroom': Q&A on Substitute Teaching - Education Week
Jill Vialet developed an innovative nonprofit aimed at transforming the way schoolchildren across the country experience recess. Now she’s begun a new organization to help schools be more strategic about hiring, training, and deploying substitute teachers.
Mainland Schools Receive Puerto Rican Students—and Educators—With Open Arms - Education Week
As Puerto Rican families leave their devastated homeland for the mainland, school districts are preparing to take in students and offer jobs to teachers.
Yet Another Group Sets Out to Accredit Teacher-Prep Programs - Education Week
The emergence of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation reflects an ongoing debate over how to tell if an education school is producing effective teachers.
Puerto Rico Teachers' Union Adds Muscle to School Recovery Efforts - Education Week
From funneling supplies to helping students get back on their feet emotionally, the island's 40,000-member teachers' union is playing a range of roles in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
'Our Students' Relationships Start With Our Own': A Special Educator’s Open Letter to Teachers - Education Week
Special education teachers sometimes feel left out, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Sasha Long. Here are eight things general education teachers should keep in mind.
Shootings Claim Educators' Lives - Education Week
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred last week when a gunman opened fire at an outdoor country-music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds of others. At least eight who died were educators or school-based personnel.
Lawmakers Relax Requirements for Teaching in Illinois Schools - Education Week
Illinois lawmakers and officials have in recent years eliminated some key requirements would-be teachers needed to get licensed, allowing applicants to bypass some coursework and exams before heading straight to the classroom, a Chicago Tribune analysis has found.
Lion's Share of Ohio Districts Rank No Teachers as 'Ineffective' - Education Week
About 94 percent of Ohio school districts did not rate a single teacher as "ineffective," the lowest rating on the state's four-rung teacher-evaluation scale, according to the 2016-17 state report card.
Teachers' Perspectives - Education Week
Nine out of 10 math and English/language arts teachers say having state standards is good for classroom instruction, according to a survey released last week by the RAND Corp.
'This Is My Island. My Students Need Me.' - Education Week
Teachers in the coastal city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, have been cleaning up their high school in hopes of welcoming back students later this month.
States Simplify Rules for Out-of-State Teachers - Education Week
It's hard to transfer a teaching license from state to state, but 11 states have made it a little easier.
Are Selectivity and Diversity Competing Goals for Teaching? - Education Week
Educators and experts debated strategies to attract the best and brightest into teaching while also creating a more demographically diverse teaching corps at a conference in Washington last month.
Helping Students Realize Their Most Capable Selves - Education Week
Most students only risk failure if they think they will ultimately succeed. That's where teachers can make a difference, says Kyle Redford.
Regular Public School Teachers Miss More School Than Charter Teachers, Study Finds - Education Week
A lower percentage of teachers are "chronically absent" in charter schools than in other public schools, says a new report. It attributes the differences to collective bargaining.
Minn. Board Says It's Not Required to Report Teachers' Sexual Misconduct - Education Week
The board that has authority over teaching licenses in Minnesota says it's not legally obligated to report allegations of teachers' sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior to law enforcement.
Citing Discrimination, Teachers Sue Florida Over Bonus Program - Education Week
The Florida Education Association and seven teachers are suing their state and all 67 public school boards, charging that a performance-based teacher-bonus program discriminates against black and Hispanic teachers and those older than 40.
Teacher Pay - Education Week
In an attempt to make wages fair and transparent, are salary schedules creating other types of inequities? That's the case made by a new report by the Brookings Institution.
Illinois Eliminates Some Requirements for Teacher Licenses - Education Week
Illinois education officials say the elimination of some requirements for teacher licenses has streamlined the licensing process and hasn't sacrificed the state's high standards.
How 'Intelligent' Tutors Could Transform Teaching - Education Week
Robots won't put teachers out of a job soon, but tutoring systems powered by artificial intelligence might well change classroom practice.
Who Gets to Choose Which Childhood Experiences Are 'Appropriate'? - Education Week
Some teachers may argue for using "age-appropriate" texts in the classroom, but students should be allowed to read books that illustrate the real difficulties of childhood and honor their realities, says Christina Berchini.

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