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Source: National Institute  for Early Education Research
11/17/2017

Big city districts are taking the lead in funding pre-K programs as states work more slowly to expand access.

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Ariana Fine
November, 2017

Little Falls City School District’s standards-based Engineering by Design program strives to build students’ resilience while developing their real-life problem-solving skills.

Ariana Fine
November, 2017

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative hopes to build a drone-port and collaborative community workspace atop a coal-mined mountain.

Ariana Fine
November, 2017
IBM’s Watson computing system identifies the academic prerequisites and standards mapped out for each lesson. (Gettyimages.com: just_super).

IBM’s Watson computing system—perhaps the world’s most well-known artificial intelligence technology—now provides K5 educators with a database of open educational math resources.

Steven Wyman-Blackburn
November, 2017
COLLEGE FEEL—The new Maywood Center in Los Angeles USD is designed to evoke a college atmosphere, with a landscaped campus, multiple buildings and a multipurpose athletic field.

The completion of the Maywood Center for Enriched Studies, a grade 6 through 12 magnet school, marks the end of Los Angeles USD’s 14-year effort to add 131 new schools.

DA Staff
November, 2017
Aresta Johnson, superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has restructured her administrative team.

Aresta Johnson, superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has restructured her administrative team to provide continuity for students progressing from elementary to high school.

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