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4 Tools For Kids To Help Develop Compassion and Social Change

It’s important to understand the distinction between “empathy” and “compassion.” Empathy allows us to sense other people’s emotions, like grief or joy, and imagine what someone else might be thinking. Compassion is similar, but also involves a desire to help the person.

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Light a Fuse: How One State’s Teachers Are Sparking Digital Innovation 

The nation’s smallest state aims to be a national incubator for technology in the classroom
By Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dozens of teachers hovered around a group of students gathered in the center of a beige conference room on a Saturday morning in April. Other teachers sat in rows of chairs, craning their necks to see the action.

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When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline

If you know anything about New Orleans public schools, you probably know this: Hurricane Katrina wiped them out and almost all the schools became privately run charters.
Many of those schools subscribed to the no excuses discipline model — the idea that if you crack down on slight misbehavior, you can prevent bigger issues from erupting.

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Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement?

Pankaj Rayamajhi hears something. Senioritis?
The director of school logistics and operations has a kind of sixth sense about that unique Spring affliction as he roams the hallways of Columbia Heights Education Campus, a public middle and high school in Washington, D.C.
Rayamajhi quickens his pace, walkie-talkie in hand, and turns a corner into a stairwell. Yep, senioritis. When they see him, the small group of students loitering on the stairs scatters back to class.

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Why Female Engineering Students Benefit From Women Mentors

There’s no doubt about the value mentors can provide to the lives of students. A good mentor can show a young person how to identify and accomplish goals, connect with important people, serve as a role model and open up opportunities.

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How A Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs To A Middle-School Classroom

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.
There’s a recent graduate with a master’s in plant biology, a high school student who started a synthetic biology club, a medical student, an eighth grader, and someone who works in pharmaceutical advertising.
“This is so cool to learn about; I hadn’t studied biology since like ninth grade,” says Ruthie Nachmany, one of the class participants. She had studied anthropology, visual arts, and environmental studies in college, but is now a software engineer.

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Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop

Impulsive children become thoughtful adults only after years of improvements to the brain’s information highways, a team reports in Current Biology.
A study of nearly 900 young people ages 8 to 22 found that the ability to control impulses, stay on task and make good decisions increased steadily over that span as the brain remodeled its information pathways to become more efficient.

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Using Artificial Intelligence As a Teaching Assistant To Help With Questions Online

A couple of years ago, Ashok Goel was overwhelmed by the number of questions his students were asking in his course on artificial intelligence.
Goel teaches computer science at Georgia Tech, sometimes to large classes, where students can ask thousands of questions online in a discussion forum.
With a limited number of teaching assistants, or TAs, many of those questions weren’t getting answered in time. So, Goel came up with a plan: make an artificial intelligence “teaching assistant” that could answer some of students’ frequently asked questions.

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What the Science Says About How Preschool Benefits Children

Some of the nation’s top researchers who’ve spent their careers studying early childhood education recently got together in Washington with one goal in mind: to cut through the fog of studies and the endless debates over the benefits of pre-school.
And they came away with one clear, strong message: Kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who don’t.

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Can Quality Pre-K and Career Training For Parents Break Cycle of Poverty?

What makes a high-quality learning program effective not just for the child but the whole family? What else, besides a well-run pre-K, is essential to help families break out of intergenerational poverty?

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