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Old skills make a comeback for the youngest students

Kindergarteners nationwide are stretching their small hands across keyboards to learn the basics of typing in preparation for the online Common Core assessments.

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Philadelphia's art institutions bring culture to the classroom

Philadelphia schools are taking a new approach to arts instruction by introducing students to art and music they can find in their own backyard, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Urban schools team up to serve greener, healthier lunches

Six of the nation’s biggest school districts have banded together to purchase biodegradable lunch trays made of sugar cane to cut down on both cost and waste.

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How classrooms survive when education leaves the building

Education expert Will Richardson's latest book argues that schools are hampering their own ability to educate, while young people take advantage of a wealth of outside knowledge and expertise to learn on their own.

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Different faces of blended learning

School administrators overwhelmed by the idea of blended learning need not fear: many districts have successfully implemented one of four models now widely accepted in K12 education.

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How to win your next bond issue

The Puyallup School District brought a $279 million bond issue before voters, with plans to move 4,000 students out of portable classrooms by constructing and expanding buildings. The measure lost narrowly.

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Sharpening school district marketing

When residents of Macomb County, Mich., tune into Pandora internet radio, they may be surprised to hear ads selling something quite different from landscaping, new cars, or home repair services.

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How school districts are funding 1-to-1

A North Carolina school system's digital conversion has become a model for districts around the country that are looking for long-term funding mechanisms and hoping to avoid pitfalls that hobbled other 1-to-1 programs.

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STEAM: Adding art to STEM education

The arts instill skill sets for students pursuing any field of study. When combined with STEM subjects, the skills learned through art allow for true innovation, or STEAM.

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The Business of: 9 ways to better manage energy in your district

Focusing on energy management can bring large savings. From using special software to enlisting the help of outside advisors, district leaders can leverage tools and best practices to manage energy consumption and thereby reduce costs.

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