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1/16/2018

Leaders at a Missouri school are testing homework-free weekends during February and March in response to an uptick in the number of students seeking social and emotional help from counselors. Survey data will help determine whether the test will be continued.

1/16/2018

Change can be difficult, writes National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, she shares how she learned to challenge her own beliefs and now, as a team leader, how she creates a safe space for other educators to do the same to better serve students.

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1/16/2018

Teachers should trust their gut if they feel a lesson has missed the mark or fallen flat, asserts Sarah Cooper, an eighth-grade US history teacher. In this blog post, she describes four realizations she made during a postmortem of a lesson on the electoral college that she thought failed to resonate with students.

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1/16/2018

A complex whistled language used in the mountains of northern Turkey needs protection, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Technology, social and economic changes have been identified as threats to the language, which is estimated as having about 10,000 people who either speak or understand it.

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1/16/2018

Establishing virtual-learning programs in a rural community can be challenging, asserts Gerry Goyette, principal at Sutton Middle School in Massachusetts. In this blog post, Goyette shares four ways the school established an effective virtual program.

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1/16/2018

Chronic absenteeism in an Iowa school district has declined to 13.1% from 18%. Superintendent Mike McGrory credits the reduction to an "all-hands-on-deck" approach across schools, with some instituting Student Success Committees and attendance certificates.

1/16/2018

Some students at a Montana elementary school perform assigned jobs through the "Hawk Helpers" program. School counselor Sarah Schwarz created the program to help students feel connected to school and to address behavioral issues and absenteeism.

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1/16/2018

Elementary and middle-school students in an Indiana district have access to technology-free rooms. School resource officers introduced the rooms following concerns about the social and emotional effect of screen time on students.

1/16/2018

School leaders may not need to create new policies and procedures to govern social media use, suggests Tanner Higgin, director of education editorial strategy at Common Sense Education. Instead, he writes in this commentary, social media can be seamlessly included in existing policies in four main ways.

1/16/2018

Some Minnesota preschools are taking steps to boost math teaching and learning. One school uses songs, stories and games to help teach such lessons, an effort that soon will get additional funding support from PNC Foundation's "Grow Up Great" initiative.