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Transforming quiet school libraries into collaborative spaces

Transforming school libraries into communal learning “playgrounds” offers students technology support, remote access to research resources and expanded opportunities for creative exploration. One of the biggest trends is “makerspaces” where students use their imaginations to create crafts, electronics, videos and other projects.

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Special ed tactics aide Common Core success

A curriculum framework initially developed for special education students is gaining traction in general ed classrooms nationwide during Common Core implementation. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach created by a nonprofit that addresses students’ individual learning needs to reach standards.

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Slideshow: $11M athletic facility upgrade in San Diego

San Diego USD student athletes now play in a new football stadium, baseball field, track and other sports facilities as an $11 million improvement project was completed in April.

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American Indian educators help drive graduation gains

American Indian students consistently trail all other minority groups on standardized tests. But this population had the largest reported graduation rate gain of any demographic between 2010-11 and 2012-13. The jump is perhaps due in part to greater numbers of native teachers and administrators returning to reservation districts.

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How are ELL programs funded across states?

English language learners perform better academically and achieve greater language proficiency when they have high-quality English language instruction, according to a 2014 study in the American Educational Research Journal. These extra programs require additional funding above the average per-student amount.

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Evolving principal role requires new professional development

Principals shifting their roles from building manager to instructional leader need more extensive PD to ensure top performance from teachers and students, according to a new policy brief from ASCD.

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Controversial Ohio ruling impacts minimum staffing

An Ohio law requiring certain ratios of art teachers, nurses, librarians and other staff was struck down by the state board of education in April. The state now joins most others nationwide that allow local administrators to control personnel decisions, and superintendents are facing pressure to keep these positions amid budget cuts.

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CTE provides an alternate path to success

In today’s education landscape, it’s common for teachers, school counselors and administrators to encourage students to graduate high school and earn a four-year college degree. For years, we have seen this as the “right” path and perhaps the only path to success. But this one-size-fits-all approach isn’t a viable one.

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Teaching handwriting in early childhood

Relegating handwriting to the back burner of early childhood education ignores the close relationship between fine motor skill development and early success in math and reading. Technology isn’t the enemy, but jumping to keyboards and calculators before mastering pencil and paper may not be developmentally appropriate for young learners.

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A river runs through lessons in Washington

Students in Port Angeles School District in Washington get a taste of the real world of science from their local river. For the past 10 years, they have been working like true scientists collecting and analyzing data gathered from the Elwha River in nearby Olympic National Park near the Pacific coast.

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