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How schools can even playing field for girls of color

Schools with high minority populations not only have fewer resources for athletics, but the number of sports offered and the chance to play are even further limited for girls of color.

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Administrators respond to Common Core opt-out requests

Millions of students took Common Core tests this spring—and while it was business as usual in many districts, the spreading opt-out movement left some administrators caught between concerned parents and state requirements.

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A passionate education leader in the desert

Driven by a passion to create an environment where teachers and students can reach full potential, Superintendent Darwin Stiffler has implemented programs to support the migrant workers and military families whose children attend the Yuma Elementary School District in Arizona.

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Be a source for our neuroscience story

Some educators use the principles of how the brain works to revise teaching techniques and give students a deeper understanding of what they’re learning. If your district has incorporated neuroscience into classroom instruction, we're interested in hearing more about it. Please follow the link to contact us.

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Be a source for our health story

Does your district offer a unique or progressive health-and-wellness program for students and staff? DA is looking for creative ideas in exercise, food service and other fitness activities for a story in our July issue. Please follow the link to contact us.

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STEM takes flight with aviation technology

In the middle school STEM lab at New Canaan Public Schools in Connecticut, students frequently choose to learn with flight simulators rather than 3D printers, video games and other technological options.

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State of IDEA, 40 years later

IDEA requires the federal government to provide 40 percent of the average per-pupil expenditure in the United States, multiplied by the number of special education students in each state. However, the government provides only about one-third of these funds, a new report says.

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Superintendent shows how project-based learning leads to deeper instruction

In the Portola Valley School District, we landed on project-based learning as an approach to provide a well-rounded, challenging instructional program for transitional kindergarten through grade 8 students. All students, regardless of their socio-economic or cultural backgrounds, deserve the opportunity to discover their own voice through PBL.

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Diversity drives demand for global lessons

Students join African drum circles in Virginia, debate immigration in the Bronx and participate in overseas book clubs in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Teachers have brought these activities and others to their classrooms from a growing number of globally-focused teacher prep and professional development programs.

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"STEM and the City" and other reading picks for district leaders

Author Clair T. Berube says the future of American STEM education is here and students would benefit from science education—if only they had the pertinent resources, support systems and psychological ownership. Other recommended reading includes books on blended and project-based learning, and diversity.

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