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To Get To College, It Helps Black Students To Have A Black Teacher Early On

Public education has a persistent and well-documented issue: the achievement gap between white students and students of color.
Researchers have studied disparities in areas such as test scores and discipline rates to identify ways to close the gap. But what if matching the race of a student and their teacher could contribute to a solution?

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Virginia Study Finds Increased School Bullying In Areas That Voted For Trump

After the 2016 presidential election, teachers across the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling and bullying in their classrooms. Now, research shows that those stories — at least in one state — are confirmed by student surveys.

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Time Is an Essential Teacher Resource, So How Can Schools Be More Creative With It?

If it were only up to Loveland High School Assistant Principal Marc Heiser, his school would have flexible modular scheduling, or “flex-mod scheduling.” That basically means that each discipline could decide the ideal class length and number of meetings each week, rather than having a standardized schedule where every class period is 45 minutes, no matter the needs of the department.

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Coaching Teachers To Become Powerful Users of Classroom Tech

Classrooms across the U.S. have increased access to technology for learning, but that doesn’t mean devices and apps are always being used well.

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Five Ways to Nurture Compassion in Kids

Excerpted from Creating Compassionate Kids: Essential Conversations to Have with Young Children © 2019 by Shauna Tominey. The following is from Chapter 5: “You Can Be a Helper.” Used with the permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company.
By Shauna Tominey

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How Better Teaching Can Help Kids Who Can’t Read

Jack Silva didn’t know anything about how children learn to read. What he did know is that a lot of students in his district were struggling.
Silva is the chief academic officer for Bethlehem, Pa., public schools. In 2015, only 56 percent of third-graders were scoring proficient on the state reading test. That year, he set out to do something about that.
“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which 4 in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?’ ” he recalls.

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How Harry Potter Has Brought Magic To Classrooms For More Than 20 Years

Whether you’re a Gryffindor, a Hufflepuff, a Ravenclaw, a Slytherin or a muggle still hoping your Hogwarts letter will arrive by owl, it is undeniable that the Harry Potter fandom has had a lasting impact throughout the world.

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In ‘Never Too Late,’ Finally, A Guide For Adults Going To College

There are hundreds of books about picking the best college. But let’s face it: Most of them are written for high schoolers. In reality, 40 percent of college students are 25 or older — well out of high school — and many have kids, full-time jobs or both. (We’ve written about this before.)
Now, a new book by Rebecca Klein-Collins offers advice and guidance for the adult student looking to go to college.

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How Writing Down What You’re Thankful For Can Be Good For Mental and Physical Health

Over this past year, lifestyle blogger Aileen Xu has kept a monthly gratitude list.
Sometimes it was the big stuff: “I’m grateful that my family is so understanding. I’m grateful so many people care.”
And sometimes it was life’s little blessings: “July 2018: I’m grateful for good hair after I shower.”

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A Snake, A Sandwich And A Glass Eye: Teachers Share Memorable Gifts From Students

It’s the time of year when schoolchildren and, let’s be honest, sometimes their parents, face a big decision: what gift to give their teacher for the holidays. There’s the old standby, an apple on the desk. Gift cards are also convenient; and homemade cookies can earn bonus points. But many students get far more creative.

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