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Creative Ways To Manage Paperwork Load For Special Education Teachers

This time last year, Stephanie Johnson was miserable.
She was in her third year teaching special education at a junior high school in Lindon, Utah, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.
On the outside it looked like she was doing great. Her classes ran smoothly, students loved her, parents loved her, but like many special education teachers, inside she felt as though she was drowning.
She said she thought about leaving all the time: “I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just so much work. I just feel like I cannot do it.”

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How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’

Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated.
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal.

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How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises The Quality Bar

Too often, when students produce school work, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on. And after the teacher spends time evaluating the student’s work, many students never look at the feedback, a cycle that frustrates both parties and isn’t the most effective way to learn.
Several schools are trying a different model — one that takes more time but also helps students feel more ownership over the quality of their work. Called peer critique, students follow clear protocols that remind them to “be kind, be specific, and be helpful” in the feedback they give to peers.

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Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

When schools try to innovate, they often take a traditional top-down approach: devise a strategy, roll it out to teachers and support a high-fidelity implementation. The end result is often one that lacks teacher support or genuine enthusiasm — initiatives putter along and change is sporadic or modest.

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Why Design Thinking In Schools Loses Power When It’s Reduced To A Checklist

Design thinking has been slowly gathering momentum among educators for the past few years as a way for students to engage with real-world problems and design solutions using interdisciplinary ideas. But, like many trends that catch on quickly, many educators still aren’t totally sure what design thinking is.

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They Still Need You: How Adults Help Young Kids Learn With Technology

There are more than 80,000 educational apps in Apple’s app store. It seems like a great way to encourage brain development and make your little one the smartest baby genius. But just sticking a tablet in your kid’s hands might not be as helpful.
Sure, use the app. But it’s not a babysitter — you’ve got to help them use it, too.

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What’s Happening In The Brain When Your Imagination Is Active?

Imagination is often associated with childhood, but that doesn’t mean the process is simple. Conjuring images that one has never seen before is more complex than it seems, requiring the brain to reconfigure images it can readily identify in new ways.

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Five Culturally Relevant Books To Inspire English Language Learners

Part of our series, 5 Million Voices.
I grew up speaking Spanish, and I didn’t start learning English until I was in preschool. When it came to books, I struggled — like many ELL students — to connect with characters that didn’t look like me or speak my language.
To this day I have yet to pick up a copy of Anne of Green Gables.

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What Can We Learn From Countries That Effectively Teach Math?

How math is taught in the United States and how our students perform on international math tests continue to be areas of intense debate. The most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results for 15-year-olds show a significant drop in math performance between 2012 and 2015 among U.S.

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