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Austin expands single-gender school choices

Two of Austin ISD’s middle schools will begin operating as single-gender schools next fall. The Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Garcia Middle School and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Pearce Middle School will enroll 600 sixth, seventh and eighth graders, and will focus on college readiness.

Games students play in NYC

Sixth grade students at Quest to Learn, a New York City public school, recently got a two-week break from regular class work to build a giant Rube Goldberg machine. The project required students to use physics and geometry skills to build a complex scheme of pulleys and tubes to accomplish the simple act of popping a balloon.

Lasers, electronics and robotics energize STEAM Carnival

A carnival with a twist is coming to the West coast this spring. Instead of eating cotton candy and riding Ferris wheels, students will navigate a laser maze and measure their strength in volts—all while learning engineering skills.

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Transforming schools in just two hours

Students at Frazier International Magnet School in Chicago were treated to a fresh-painted gymnasium, classrooms and hallways thanks to School Makeover, a national charity team-building program that equips groups of 500 to 1,000 people to make over a local school in two hours.

Middle school kicks off Boston Marathon-based curriculum

The town of Hopkinton, Mass., has served as the starting point for Boston Marathon since 1924. Now, Hopkinton Middle School is incorporating the town’s historical connection with the iconic race into a new curriculum called “Desire to Inspire.”

Georgia district partners with university to tackle childhood obesity

Third-grade students from five Colquitt Elementary Schools are doing something different with PE. Thanks to the “Action Packed Family” program, these kids are learning how to fight obesity by eating healthy and staying active.

Where's my Wi-Fi?

The wireless networks at six high schools in the Madison County Schools in Alabama are now humming at full power after administrators figured out how to prevent a new wave of new smartphones, tablets and other devices from overwhelming bandwidth capacity.

Schools coping with Common Core turbulence

The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in classrooms nationwide this school year has been “bumpy” as states struggle to provide professional development for teachers, align curricular materials and create assessments that adequately measure the standards, according to a report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Teacher’s start-up fills digital literacy gap for students with autism

A first-of-its-kind online learning platform--developed by a special education teacher--is bringing critical digital and life skills to Philadelphia students with autism and developmental disorders.

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