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6/30/2016

6/30/2016

Fractions are notoriously tricky for many kids, but giving them real-world examples and more space for student thinking and discussion can help make abstract concepts more concrete.

6/30/2016

Maryland officials have denied community requests to remove three school board members in an Eastern Shore county following an uproar over the ousting of a popular superintendent. The Maryland State Board of Education found that the requests were not factually or legally sufficient to warrant removal of the board’s relatively new majority.

6/30/2016

With the release of its Safety Management Dashboard, Gaggle now provides deep insight and analytics on violations and incidents when students use Google Apps for Education and Office 365. Gaggle Safety Management combines machine-learning technology with safety representatives who review content 24/7 to ensure students are safe.

6/30/2016

Colorado’s Global Village Academies has partnered with Rosetta Stone in a move to equip its charter students with new tools for mastering their chosen language learning program of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, or German.

6/30/2016

People hoping to improve the nation's education system could learn a lot from budding education entrepreneurs, who by and large were former teachers or had teachers on their teams. Rather than offering platitudes or infeasible plans to completely reshape the education system, they looked to solve clearly articulated, discrete problems that are right in front of them.

6/30/2016

Blue-collar training without a strong college-preparatory focus reduced both men’s and women’s odds of enrolling in a four-year college. However, men in these communities enrolled in greater numbers of high school vocational courses, had higher rates of blue-collar employment and earned comparable wages relative to men who attended high school in non-blue-collar communities.

6/30/2016

Designed to look and operate much like Amazon’s flagship site—but without the e-commerce back-end—the Amazon Inspire open education resources platform lets users sort content by relevance, user ratings and popularity.

6/30/2016

Faced with overcrowding issues and aging buildings, a community group has put forward a proposal to the Wisconsin school district's school board that includes a new high school and renovations to other school buildings.

6/29/2016

6/29/2016

The state needs to address a school funding system that is becoming increasingly unequal and spend more to educate children who are at risk or speak little or no English. Those are some of the conclusions in a school funding report that looked at how much money Michigan schools need in order for students to meet the state's tough graduation requirements.

6/29/2016

A state proposal that could have forced dozens of year-round schools to switch to a traditional calendar this summer is dead for now, but the tourism industry isn’t giving up. Families at single-track year-round schools had lobbied to against changes suggested by tourism representatives who want schools to have long summer breaks.

6/29/2016

In addition to its existing support for students in grades 3–12, Lexia RAPID Assessment is now being offered for those in kindergarten through second grade. RAPID is a computer-adaptive assessment that screens for reading and language skills, identifies instructional needs and focus, and measures skill development and growth.

6/29/2016

Detroit schools have long been in decline academically and financially. But over the past five years, divisive politics and educational ideology and a scramble for money have combined to produced a public education fiasco. The original idea of fostering academic competition has resulted in lots of choices but not many good choices.

6/29/2016

A state regulation mandating a minimum amount of recess for kids in schools is one of the bills signed by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. The “recess bill” orders public or state-managed elementary or lower schools to give kids at least 20 consecutive minutes of supervised, safe, and unstructured free play recess each day.

6/29/2016

It’s not uncommon for teachers to move on to new concepts even when some are still struggling with what's being covered. Educators are working to solve this problem with some moving to competency based learning systems that let kids set the pace. Others try to get students working independently part of the time while giving focused attention to others.

6/29/2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a revamped stopgap budget proposal aimed at ensuring that schools open on time and most state government operations stay afloat until the end of the year. However, the proposal does not contain a big boost in funding for Chicago Public Schools sought by Democratic leaders.

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