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10/6/2017

10/6/2017

Dozens of paid parent advocates in schools across the New York district are out of a job. The school district is discontinuing its “parent facilitator” program after an Internal Revenue Service audit concluded the facilitators could no longer be considered as paid "consultants" but as employees.

10/6/2017

A recent Gallup study reported that just 30 percent of U.S. teachers are “actively engaged” in their work. Teacher engagement is central to helping students realize their full potential. This report details the characteristics of effective professional learning that sticks with teachers so their students can thrive.

10/6/2017

A new e-learning platform includes video lessons simulating in-person tutoring for ACT, SAT, math and college preparation courses with over 5,000 practice questions, a personalized "mistake bank" and handouts that accompany each video lesson.

10/6/2017

Then Central Texas educator was chosen to to lead the 7,000-student Hutto district. Celina Estrada Thomas has served since 2015 as an assistant superintendent in the Fredericksburg school district. She will replace Doug Killian, who left Hutto to become superintendent of the Pflugerville school district.

10/6/2017

After nearly five months, negotiations between School District 2 and the local teachers union bounded forward as the two sides struck a tentative deal that included a raise and the elimination of a health insurance provision.

10/6/2017

Children’s health has not been a partisan issue in recent decades. For that reason, it is puzzling and disturbing that funding was allowed to expire for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides low-cost health insurance to 9 million children.

10/5/2017

10/5/2017

Legends of Learning and University of Colorado Boulder’s PhET Interactive Simulations project are partnering to bring educational games and simulations to middle school science students. Thirty interactive simulations for middle school sciences will be hosted on the Legends of Learning platform with more to be added.

10/5/2017

The technical knowledge or skill required to be a welder, computer programmer, engineer or nurse is only half of the equation. Employers are just as concerned by the lack of soft skills exhibited by high school graduates as they are with finding talent with the technical knowledge to help their business succeed and grow.

10/5/2017

The Indiana Department of Education released the 2016-17 School Accountability Grades showing that nearly 25 percent of schools improved one or more letter grades. The school corporation grades have not yet been released. The state is scheduled to release that information in November.

10/5/2017

Weaving learning into a story makes learning more interesting, activates the brain’s positive emotional state, and hooks the information into a strong memory template. The memory then becomes more durable as the learning follows sequences connected to a theme, time flow or actions directed toward solving a problem or reaching a known goal.

10/5/2017

Mold growth at California’s Klamath-Trinity Joint USD three years ago was an asset in disguise.

10/5/2017

School bullies who repeatedly torment their victims would face criminal charges under a new proposal from a lawmaker. If passed, Ohio would rank among the toughest states on anti-bullying efforts. While all states define bullying, few take the extra step of criminalizing it.

10/5/2017

Two lawmakers are working with local parents and police to push for legislation they say would protect children from sex offenders working in their schools. The bill would require that all schools are immediately notified if any of their employees are arrested for sex offenses.

10/5/2017

Follett is entering the school book fair market to offer a selection of books for early education, elementary and middle school students. The Follett Book Fairs launch begins for the 2017-18 school year on a regional basis, and then will expand throughout the country the following year.

10/5/2017

First on the list for Killeen ISD's Strategic Facility Plan—which totals $586 million in construction costs—is a proposed elementary school, slated to open for the 2019-20 school year, at an estimated cost in excess of $37 million.

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