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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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Pen Pal Group Underway for Survivors From Columbine and Stoneman Douglas - Education Week
Survivors of the deadly shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 are forming a pen pal group with those who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
2018 National Teacher of the Year Noted for Work With Refugee Students - Education Week
Mandy Manning, who teaches English and math to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year.
Schools Named for Confederate Leaders: The Renaming Debate, Explained - Education Week
Despite a wave of recent campaigns to remove the names of Confederate leaders from public schools, roughly 140 buildings in K-12 districts still honor figures from that foregone era, according to an Education Week Research Center. But that number has been dropping in recent years.
School Shootings Reverberate on Capitol Hill - Education Week
Federal lawmakers, especially some from Florida, hear from school officials, educators, and students about ways to secure schools and empower students and staff against school violence.
Job-Market Data Inform Student Career Plans at Ky. School - Education Week
The staff at iLEAD Academy knows which jobs are in demand locally and how much they pay—and they make sure that students know, too, as they weigh college and career.
Parents Lash Out at District Over Shooting - Education Week
During an emotional public safety forum in Broward County, Fla., shaken students and enraged parents and educators demanded fixes for what they consider lax security, district indifference, and failure to act to prevent the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
When It Comes to Public Education, the Nation Is Still at Risk - Education Week
Betsy DeVos and other political leaders have lost sight of the audacious Reagan-era goal to revitalize education, writes Thomas Toch.
After Surviving Classroom Shooting, L.A. Teacher Reconsiders What School Safety Means - Education Week
While mass shootings dominate headlines, smaller incidents of gun violence in school can also traumatize students and staff and upend their sense of safety, as one teacher learned firsthand.
Discipline Gaps—and Ways to Close Them—Get Researchers' Attention - Education Week
Studies on school discipline policies that disadvantage some groups of students over others were a recurring theme at last week's American Educational Research Association meeting. Here is what researchers found.
From the NFL to MIT: How John Urschel Is Making Math More Interesting - Education Week
Teachers must reject the idea that math is like eating vegetables, says former offensive lineman and current mathematician John Urschel.
Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Administrator in Equal-Pay Case - Education Week
Ruling in the case of a California administrator, a federal appeals court has issued a landmark decision that prior salary—whether alone or in combination with other factors—may not justify a difference in pay between male and female workers doing the same job.
Commission Begins Probe Into Florida High School Massacre - Education Week
A commission tasked with investigating government actions surrounding the Florida high school massacre and the state's other mass shootings is set to hold its first meeting.
Students of Color Face Persistent Disparities in Access to Advanced STEM Courses - Curriculum Matters - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education shows that in general, black and Latino students took fewer such classes than their white peers. And although they had similar access to schools offering Algebra 1 in 8th grade, a smaller proportion of them were enrolled in the class.
Parkland Investigators: School Design Contributed to Massacre - Education Week
Faulty classroom design and failures in the police radio and 911 systems contributed to the chaos and deaths during the recent Florida high school massacre, a commission investigating the shooting was told at its first meeting Tuesday.
Author Q&A: Looking Beyond 'College For All' - Education Week
Robert B. Schwartz raised many eyebrows with a 2011 report that questioned the wisdom of the prevailing “college for all” ethic. Now, the Harvard scholar shares the experiences of a network of states working on providing career-focused options for young people.
Discipline Disparities Grow for Students of Color, New Federal Data Show - Education Week
The latest civil rights data report finds students of color and those with disabilities are disciplined out of proportion to their numbers in school, and fall short on key educational opportunities.
City asks judge to end lawsuit over fatal school stabbing - Education Week

4 Things to Know About Ed. Dept.'s Massive Civil Rights Database - Education Week
The Education Department provides comprehensive information on educational opportunity and equity in every public school and district in the country, with detailed demographic breakdowns.
Transgender Kansas teacher honored with award - Education Week

Judge: Florida school shooting suspect keeps public defender - Education Week

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Author Q&A: Looking Beyond 'College For All' - Education Week
Robert B. Schwartz raised many eyebrows with a 2011 report that questioned the wisdom of the prevailing “college for all” ethic. Now, the Harvard scholar shares the experiences of a network of states working on providing career-focused options for young people.
What to Do About a Generation of 'Lost Einsteins' - Education Week
Creativity is too often the domain of the elite. Schools can help, write composer Anthony Brandt and neuroscientist David Eagleman.
What's Your Passion? High School Enlists Businesses to Help Students Decide - Education Week
A suburban Minneapolis high school is partnering with more than 200 businesses to reshape its classes and help students find a career that excites them—whether or not it leads to a bachelor's degree.
Arizona court rejects lower in-state tuition for immigrants - Education Week

AG: Arizona court rejects in-state tuition for immigrants - Education Week

DeVos Meets With Supporters, Critics of Discipline Rules as GAO Says Racial Disparities Persist - Rules for Engagement - Education Week
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is deciding whether or not to rescind Obama-era guidance on school discipline. Her meetings came as a report by the Government Accountability Office found black students are consistently disciplined at higher rates than their peers.
Attending a Less-Challenging College May Hurt, Not Help, High School Transition - Inside School Research - Education Week
A new study suggests that students who have lower-achieving classmates in college than they had in high school show more symptoms of depression.
Will Urban School Districts Have a Voice in the Debate Over Gun Violence? - District Dossier - Education Week
Urban school districts call for a ban on assault weapons, $1 billion for mental-health services and counseling, and another $1 billion to local districts with safety training and building upgrades.
4 Lessons We Can Learn From a Struggling Learner - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week
It's important for those of us who talk about the benefits of failure to actually practice what we preach as well. Here are 4 things a struggling learner would like teachers to know.
Students With Emotional Disabilities: Facts About This Vulnerable Population - Education Week
Advocates worry students with special education needs such as “emotional disturbance” may be stigmatized in light of the intense spotlight on accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s mental health history.
In Florida, Bullied Students Will Get Vouchers to Attend Private School - Education Week
In a major expansion of Florida's private school choice, state lawmakers approved a measure that will allow students who are bullied, harassed, or attacked in their public schools to use taxpayer funded vouchers to attend a private school.
How One District Is Spreading Social-Emotional Learning Across All Its Schools - Education Week
Through a communitywide plan, the Tacoma, Wash., district has cleared hurdles that have stymied some other school systems' efforts to implement social-emotional learning.
Deeper Learning in Trump's Cross Hairs: How Rescinding Obama's Policies Could Make Schools Less Safe - Learning Deeply - Education Week
The Trump Administration's plan to rescind a 2014 policy on school discipline threaten a promising approach to foster deeper learning and keep schools safe.
Teacher Collective Bargaining and Student Learning - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week
Today, Michael Lovenheim guest posts about what we know about how teacher collective bargaining affects student achievement and why obtaining answers to this question is so difficult.
Teaching—and Reaching—Students Behind Bars - Education Week
A Wyoming correctional school is part of a network working to improve the quality of instruction provided to the "invisible" students living in juvenile-justice facilities.
Spotlight on Graduation - Education Week
Graduation can be elusive for many students as they make their way towards college and careers. In this Spotlight, see how schools are helping students reach their post-graduation goals, keeping English-Language Learners on track to graduate, and committing to higher graduation standards for all students.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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.
Teachers Are at a Breaking Point. And It's Not Just About Pay - Education Week
It’s not just low wages that put a financial strain on teachers, write two Rutgers researchers. Rising health insurance costs take a toll too.
After Surviving Classroom Shooting, L.A. Teacher Reconsiders What School Safety Means - Education Week
While mass shootings dominate headlines, smaller incidents of gun violence in school can also traumatize students and staff and upend their sense of safety, as one teacher learned firsthand.
Costly Pension Plans Are Fanning the Flames of Teacher Unrest - Education Week
The pressure to rein in costly retirement systems could put more states in the center of policy fights like the one that sparked teacher walkouts in Kentucky.
Amid Walkouts, Charter Fight, Kentucky Chief Forced to Resign - Education Week
Kentucky education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt, a former science teacher who led the state through an upending of its school accountability system, dramatic budget cuts, and teacher walkouts over pensions, abruptly resigned under pressure last week.
Oklahoma Teachers' Union Shuts Down Walkout, Despite Some Resistance - Education Week
Oklahoma teachers returned to their classrooms last week, ending a nine-day statewide walkout.
2018 National Teacher of the Year Noted for Work With Refugee Students - Education Week
Mandy Manning, who teaches English and math to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year.
Kentucky Teacher Responds to Pension Changes: The Teaching Profession Is ‘Under Attack’ - Education Week
Teachers nationwide are rallying together to command the attention of lawmakers around their most basic needs, writes Kentucky special educator Jessica Dueñas.
The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning - Education Week
Too many kids are rushed toward the level they’re "supposed" to be on by the end of a given grading period, with little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
Wyoming Town Votes on Arming Teachers in Area Cited by Betsy DeVos - Education Week
The Wyoming school district where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suggested last year that teachers might need to be armed to protect children from grizzly bears is about to vote on doing just that.
Ky. Governor Apologizes for Child Sex Abuse Remarks Made in Response to Teacher Protests - Education Week
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized Sunday for saying that children were sexually abused because they were left home alone while teachers rallied to ask lawmakers to override his vetoes.
Defiant No More, Arizona Governor Bends to Teacher Demands - Education Week
As recently as Tuesday, a defiant Arizona governor refused to meet with teachers threatening to strike over low pay. By Thursday, Republican Doug Ducey managed to scrape $274 million from the cash-starved state's coffers to offer a 9 percent wage hike starting this fall.
In Tenn., a 'Microcredential' to Help Teachers Identify Students' Hidden Giftedness - Education Week
The Volunteer State is the first to test a professional development effort aimed at enabling teachers to find academic potential in students who don’t fit stereotypes about giftedness.
How Being the 'Worst' Transformed My Teaching - Education Week
When helping students who struggle in the classroom, teachers should dig into their own memories of what it’s like to fail, writes educator Ryan Sprott.
The Need for Teacher Creativity - Education Week
Teachers may be in classrooms where it's easy to get bogged down by rules and regulations, but what students need is our passion, writes educator Ashley Lamb-Sinclair.
In Teacher Unrest, Democrats See Election Edge - Education Week
Activists hope to ride momentum from labor activism in states like Arizona and Oklahoma to legislative and even gubernatorial victories that will help break GOP dominance in statehouses.
'You Have to Redefine Normal': Leading Schools in the Aftermath of a Shooting - Education Week
In the unfortunate club of principals and K-12 administrators whose schools become the site of unthinkable violence, the best source of guidance to navigate the grief, trauma, and leadership challenges that follow are their peers who've been through it.
GAO: Thousands of Compliant Teachers Forced to Repay Federal TEACH Grants - Education Week
More than 60 percent of teachers who received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education prior to July 2014 were forced to repay the money as an unsubsidized loan, a government report says—even though many of them were meeting the program's requirements.
Oklahoma Girl Gets Textbook Once Used by Blake Shelton - Education Week
A 7-year-old is excited she has a textbook that was used by country singer Blake Shelton, but her mom is embarrassed the book is nearly than 40 years old.
Hundreds of Kentucky Students Walk Out of Class to Protest Teacher Pension Changes - Education Week
Nearly the entire student body of Pike County Central High School walked out of class Wednesday for one period to show support for teachers affected by state lawmakers’ changes to the pension system.

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