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How The Way We Talk to Boys May Be Stunting Them

Over the last several decades researchers have examined the differences in how boys and girls are treated by parents, teachers, employers and society extensively.

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Schools Let Students Take Laptops Home In Hopes Of Curbing ‘Summer Slide’

When principal Kelli Hoffman ran into her students at a McDonald’s during summer break, she knew they weren’t there for the McNuggets.
The two rising eighth-graders at French Middle School had invested in a Coke to unlock a bigger prize: free Wi-Fi. They sat logged into their school-provided Chromebooks studying exercise ideas from their sports coaches.
Hoffman’s district, Topeka Public Schools in Kansas, is one of a rising number of systems that are letting students take their school-issued devices home over the summer months.

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How Extra Year of High School Can Set Students Up for College Success

When Ricky Sierra graduated from Da Vinci Design High School in Wiseburn, California near Los Angeles, she was excited to be attending Sonoma State University. She had considered completing her general education requirements at a community college closer to home, but was eager to get settled at a four-year university. Just one semester later she found herself unhappy and wanting to leave school.

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Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation

Teachers are increasingly being asked to embrace new ideas and styles of teaching, but schools don’t always give their educators time or the mental space to absorb and apply those concepts. That’s why the idea of “unlearning” was worth exploring for Beaver Country Day School, a private 6-12 school in Massachusetts, which serves as something of a lab for unlearning in practice.

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How Constraints Can Stimulate Creative Solutions

Creativity has become a coveted skill as the world’s problems get bigger and more complex.

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How Teens Can Develop And Share Meaningful Stories With ‘The Moth’

Aleeza Kazmi endured her first identity crisis when she was 6 years old. It was during a first-grade art class, when she and her classmates were drawing self-portraits. Seeing herself as just like her white-skinned peers, Kazmi reached for the peach-colored oil pastel to fill in her face. Just then, her teacher intervened. “That’s not your color,” the teacher told her, and handed Kazmi a stubby brown crayon instead. “That was the first time I realized I wasn’t white like all my friends,” she said.

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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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How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real classrooms. It could also be one reason John Hattie’s work and book, Visible Learning, appeals to so many educators.

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How Schools Use Brain Science To Help Traumatized Kids Heal and Learn

Neuroscience isn’t on many elementary school lesson plans. But this spring, a second grade class at Fairmont Neighborhood School in the South Bronx is plunging in.
Sarah Wechsler, an instructional coach with wide eyes and a marathoner’s energy, asks the students to think about the development and progress that they’ve made already in their lives.

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Empowering Principals As Designers Capable of Retooling School

When vice principal Tim Carlin arrived at Everitt Middle School in Jefferson County, Colorado, he wanted to hold a schoolwide assembly, a pretty common activity in most schools. But his principal told him that the school didn’t hold assemblies anymore because too many kids were getting suspended for bad behavior when they did. That was the first clue that the school culture was not positive at Everitt, and it was clear the negativity and stress were affecting, students, teachers and staff alike.

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