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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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All About STEM High Schools - Vander Ark on Innovation - Education Week
Tom shares three dozen STEM schools that are engaging students in design challenges and high-quality project-based learning, highlighting what makes these schools special and innovative.
Trying and Failing to Humanely Teach to the Test - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week
Kicking off the next six weeks of guest bloggers is former inner-city teacher and self-described "anti-reformer," John Thompson. Today, John recounts some of the difficulties he faced as an inner-city teacher in the era of high-stakes testing.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: Children, Schools, Guns, Laws, & Leaders - Leadership 360 - Education Week
Nikolas Cruz: No one ought to be surprised that his mind turned to violence and to aggression. In November, his adoptive mother died. Of course, that was a trigger but he was 19 and no intervention system was following him.
'We Will Get Through This Together': Principal Shares Emotional Message After School Shooting - Rules for Engagement - Education Week
"I will hug each and every one of you," Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson said in a video message to students days after a school shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school.
Response: Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher
Elizabeth B. Beltran, Barbara Gottschalk, Dr. Conor P. Williams, Carol Salva, Margarita Calderón, Ph.D., Shawn Slakk and Leslie Davison explain what "dual immersion" is in concept and in practice.
Did FBI miss a warning before Florida high school shooting? - Education Week

Parkland Students Want to Know: Will the Shooting at Their School Change Gun Laws? - Education Week
Grief and anger are driving students in Parkland, Fla., to ask tough questions of the adults responsible for protecting them.
Illinois Educator Chosen as 2018 National Superintendent of the Year - District Dossier - Education Week
David Schuler, who leads the 12,000-student Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill., was chosen from a group of four finalists.
Shooting Suspect Was on School Rifle Team That Got NRA Grant - Education Week
The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation.
Musician, Budding Scholars, Wrestling Coach, Soccer Player Among Fla. Shooting Victims - Education Week
Here is a look at the 17 people who authorities say died in the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
School paper becomes flashpoint in debate over 'Redskins' - Education Week

How Many School Shootings Have Happened in 2018? - Education Week
Education Week is tracking shootings in K-12 schools this year that involve a gun and result in at least one firearm-related injury or death.
D.C. Schools Chief Asks Forgiveness for Violating Policy He Put in Place - District Dossier - Education Week
In bypassing protocol to secure a spot in a coveted high school for his child, schools chancellor Antwan Wilson violated a policy he helped create.
Trump to visit Florida, likely meeting survivors, parents - Education Week

'Run': A 6-minute fatal rampage for shocked Florida school - Education Week

Logan man determined to bring chess to schools nationwide - Education Week

School Shootings: Five Critical Questions - Education Week
A string of horrific school shootings has catapulted the issues of school violence and safety into the national spotlight, leaving parents, teachers, and policymakers wondering why the attacks had happened and what could be done to better protect the nation's schoolchildren.
Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Thompson, Lindsay, Saultz, Strunk, Cowen, Steele, and Cummings - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week
I'm taking my every-so-often break from RHSU for the next few weeks and will be handing the reins off to a crop of stellar guest bloggers. Here's what you can look forward to.
Police: Chemical thrown on students was 'concentrated acid' - Education Week

Florida student accused of making school threat on Instagram - Education Week

Education Week: Dropouts
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Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Storm Adjust to Mainland Schools - Education Week
School districts with large Puerto Rican communities are hiring bilingual staff and monitoring student evacuees for signs of trauma.
Chicago delays disputed school closures plan after uproar - Education Week

D.C.'s Scandal and the Nationwide Problem of Fudging Graduation Numbers - Education Week
The revelations about District of Columbia schools have unleashed a wave of questions about the pressures and incentives built into U.S. high schools, and fueled nagging doubts that states’ rising high school graduation rates—and the country’s all-time-high rate of 84 percent—aren’t what they seem.
School Counselors Responsible for 482 Students on Average, Report Finds - High School & Beyond - Education Week
A new report shows that school counselors are still carrying big caseloads, even as they're being asked to advise students on a widening range of issues.
State gives grants to encourage schools to collaborate - Education Week

In Miami, Disruptive Students Are Handcuffed, Ordered to Undergo Psych Exams - Education Week
The families of some special needs children say a Florida law that applies to the mentally ill is being overused in schools, leaving students traumatized.
Massachusetts' New Education Chief Led Revival of One of State's Worst Districts - District Dossier - Education Week
Jeffrey C. Riley, who was appointed to oversee the Lawrence, Mass., school district after a state takeover, was tapped to be the next education commissioner in Massachusetts.
10 (More) Reasons Why the U.S. Education System Is Failing - Education Week
What is holding American schools back? Here are some urgent concerns the education world needs to address, writes Matthew Lynch.
Guidance Counselors Deserve Recognition - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week
For some students, guidance counselors are the only adults who are successful in establishing a bond.
Oregon graduation rate climbs; still below national average - Education Week

Deeper Learning Demands Deeper Purposes - Learning Deeply - Education Week
Leaders of the UK-based Innovation Unit argue that school systems need to rethink what it means to be educated in order to innovate and improve.
State might seek $19M more back from closed charter e-school - Education Week

Every Students Succeeds: A Strategy, Not a Slogan - Top Performers - Education Week
While many students in the U.S. are entering school already years behind, Marc Tucker describes how education systems in other countries are providing the support students need to meet high standards from the start.
How One District Cut Student Homelessness by 25 Percent - Education Week
To tackle student homelessness, schools must tap into their broader community’s resources, writes Colorado’s state coordinator for homeless education.
Most Americans Say They Liked Math and Science in School, Survey Says - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher
The Pew Research Center survey also found that about half of Americans said teachers should more often use teaching methods that help students think critically and problem solve.
A Cheating Scandal Rocked Atlanta's Schools. Ten Years Later, Efforts to Help Affected Students Fall Short - Education Week
The largest cheating scandal in U.S. history has cast a long shadow, as educators continue to fight to clear their names and the district attempts to give extra support to some of the students who were impacted.
How International Learning Has Transformed Denver Public Schools - Global Learning - Education Week
How Denver Public Schools has made improvement to equity in education based on international best practice.
What's Behind the Record Rises in U.S. Graduation Rates? - Education Week
Experts and policymakers offer differing thoughts on the reasons behind the recent rises in high school graduation rates, which are affecting students from nearly every racial and income group and those with disabilities.
Timing of Vocational Education Matters - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week
Vocational education courses for juniors and seniors in high school have their greatest impact.
How Well Is Your State Improving High School Graduation Rates? - Inside School Research - Education Week
Nationwide, high school graduation rates have climbed for the past five years, but the improvement has been far from equal across states.

Education Week: Teaching Profession
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Spotlight on ESSA (2018) - Education Week
As proposed rules emerge on The Every Student Succeeds Act, policymakers and educators are grappling with the impact of the law on data reporting, accountability, and parent and community engagement. In this Spotlight, learn about the key highlights of the new law and reactions to the proposed rules on accountability, test participation, and school interventions.
When Students Assault Teachers, Effects Can Be Lasting - Education Week
In the 2015-16 school year, more than 200,000 teachers were physically attacked by a student. But assaults on teachers can have lasting effects.
Are Teachers' Unions on the Brink of Demise? - Education Week
With the Janus Supreme Court case looming, teachers' unions are knocking on doors to try to boost membership and mitigate financial loss.
Parties Gird for Supreme Court Showdown Over Union Fees - Education Week
Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.
With Celebration and Support, Teachers Can Help Retain Each Other - Education Week
Most of the proposed solutions for teacher shortages come from policy makers. But there are things teachers themselves can do to change the culture of their schools and encourage each other to stay, writes teacher Tricia Ebner.
5 Ways Teachers Can Use Shortages to Demand Better Working Conditions - Education Week
With many school positions left unfilled, districts are in competition for teachers, argues Maripat Wilkinson. Why not leverage that power to demand a better workplace?
North Carolina Teachers Must Repay; Bonuses Paid to Them in Error - Education Week
More than 100 North Carolina teachers who received bonuses have been told they must pay the money back because it was a mistake.
School Improvement - Education Week
As the charter sector matures, more charter schools are collaborating with neighborhood district schools to identify effective education practices. But what works in a charter school may not translate easily to those schools.
Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier - Education Week
When English learners have the opportunity to work in groups and speak their native languages, they feel more comfortable in class, writes Justin Minkel.
Students Can't Afford to Lose Net Neutrality - Education Week
Future generations deserve equal access to internet platforms that amplify all voices, not just those who can afford to pay the most, writes Gina Caneva.
Puerto Rico's Governor Seeks Charter Schools, Raises for Teachers - Education Week
Puerto Rico's governor announced that he will push to create charter schools and vouchers and give all public school teachers their first raise in a decade.
Spotlight on Elementary Math - Education Week
Schools are finding ways to boost children's math skills by focusing on teachers and students in the early grades. In this Spotlight, learn how digital games are improving young students' math performance, how students' brain development affects their ability to comprehend math, and how math class can be fun and meaningful for kids.
Special Report: Getting & Keeping Good Teachers - Education Week
For many school districts, teacher shortages are a recurring challenge. What are those districts doing differently to attract—and keep—the teachers they need?
Need a STEM Teacher? This District Trains Its Own - Education Week
The Guilford County, N.C., district is one of a handful of districts nationwide that recruit, train, and license teachers for STEM classes.
Why Special Educators Really Leave the Classroom - Education Week
It's not all about paperwork, hard-to-manage students, and prickly parents.
Staffing Schools in No-Stoplight Towns - Education Week
Ingenuity and hard work are required to find teachers willing to work in the 18 percent of U.S. districts that are considered to be both remote and rural. And then administrators have to persuade them to stick around.
Does It Make Sense to Offer Housing Perks for Teachers? - Education Week
A growing number of districts are using housing incentives to recruit teachers, but there is not yet proof that it works—or that it's good policy.
From Teacher Villages to Tiny Homes: Housing Benefits for Educators - Education Week
In a bid to recruit and keep teachers, some school districts are getting creative about developing affordable housing options for educators.
Teacher Recruitment and Retention: It's Complicated - Education Week
There may not be an overall national shortage of teachers, but shortages persist in certain specialty areas. And filling diversity gaps is a perennial struggle.
Can Child-Care Benefits Keep Teachers in the Classroom? - Education Week
A handful of school districts are hoping to boost their efforts to retain and recruit teachers by providing child-care for their educators.

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