Jenny Abamu

Building Social Connections for LGBTQ Students with Data and Tech-Enhanced Curriculum

More than a year after a national debate on which bathrooms transgender students in North Carolina should be able to use, sexuality and gender have remained contentious issues in public K-12 schools.

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The Number of Students Taking in Online Courses Is Quickly Rising, But Perceptions Are Changing Slowly

Online course offerings in the United States have expanded. In both K12 and higher education options for students to take whole courses, blended courses and—in some places—entire degree programs online are more prevalent than ever.

With 38 Students Per Class, Teachers Undergo Social-Emotional Development For Themselves

This weekend, while some teachers kick their feet up to begin summer vacation, educators in Washoe, Nev. are rallying. They hope to build support for pro-education government officials who will turn the tide on district budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms.

How Can a Student Be ‘Proficient’ in One State But Not Another? Here Are the Graphs

When No Child Left Behind passed back in 2002, Congress enthusiastically proclaimed that 100 percent of American students would be proficient in reading and math by 2014. What they didn’t expect was that some states would significantly lower the bar for proficiency to avoid being marked as failing or losing special funding from the federal government.

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Believe and You Can Achieve? Researchers Find Limited Gains From Growth Mindset Interventions

Despite all the promise surrounding “growth mindsets”—the idea that encourages students to see intelligence as something that can be nurtured and developed, as opposed to something that is fixed and innate—researchers are sounding the alarm bell. They say the intervention, at least as currently applied in today’s classrooms, isn’t shifting the needle on academic achievement.

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From EdCamps to Google, 11 Professional Development Offerings for Teachers This Summer

As testing comes to a close, the next big event for educators on the horizon is summer vacation. Yes, fill your schedule with cookouts and sunbathing, but also make time for some professional development this break.To help you stay sharp while getting that much-needed vitamin D, we have a gathered a list of professional development activities geared towards teachers, offered for free or at relatively low-cost.

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‘Schools Can’t Police Providers.’ Education Leaders Call For Restoration of Net Neutrality Rules

Last December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality, a set of rules prohibiting broadband providers from prioritizing web traffic. In response, this Wednesday, senators will have the opportunity to vote on a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that could block the FCC’s repeal, restoring net neutrality rules.

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‘They Demonize Us.’ Randi Weingarten Talks Tensions With 'Innovators’ (and Betsy DeVos)

The eruption of teacher strikes in states all over the country caught national headlines, adding to the already heated debate about the questionable state of affairs in public schools. But the strikes aren’t over, so what is the next step for these educators? The quick-fix plans put together by legislatures in states such as Arizona and West Virginia feel more like a band-aid put on an ailing illness than an actual change.

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Streaming Platforms Show Promise—And Risks—For Developing Literacy In Preschoolers

Some people will testify that they learned new languages fluently simply by sitting in front of a screen and streaming. One person on a Duolingo forum noted after six months of watching Turkish soap operas that she could conversationally speak the language. According to new research coming out of New York University, that may be a possibility for preschoolers.

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Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students Retest

Educators shifting to competency-based models often tout to the power of allowing students to master a topic by taking a test again and again until they do well, rather than failing them if they bomb the first time. The philosophy is that such repeated testing will make sure they get to a level where the material truly sinks in.

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