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3 Ways Schools Can Be Supportive of Students’ Mental Health

About one in five children in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder — anything from ADHD to eating disorders to suicide.
And yet, as we’ve been reporting this month, many schools aren’t prepared to work with these students. Often, there’s been too little training in recognizing the problems, the staff who are trained are overworked, and there just isn’t enough money.

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?Preparing For an Unknown Future

This fall, nearly 4 million children are starting kindergarten, enough 5 year olds to simultaneously fill every seat in every NBA arena in the country for five weeks in a row. They will be joining the other 47 million students already in U.S. public schools and learning what it means to be a student.

How Community Colleges Can Combine Digital Innovation and Human Connection

Technology is often seen as the silver bullet that will help community colleges address the myriad of their often-competing priorities. But how can teachers best support learning in a digital environment? How can schools foster digital innovation that enhances teaching and the human connection, but doesn't replace it?

Can Bite-Sized Courses Help More Students Complete Remedial Math?

Students in North Carolina and Virginia community colleges who started their fall semester have already knocked out credits for math and English and are moving onto their next classes. Both state systems have implemented a new approach to remedial education, breaking credits into bite-sized modules instead of semester-long classes.

Five Good Digital Exit Ticket Tools

One of the strategies that I use when creating lesson plans is to reflect on the previous lesson. Part of that reflection includes feedback from students.

How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which Congress reauthorized in 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is the federal government’s largest commitment to K-12 education. Congress provides nearly $15 billion in Title I funding every year and, since 1970, the law has been clear that these funds can only be used as a supplemental source of funding, meant to support the academic needs of students in schools with a high concentration of poverty. The funds cannot be used to replace, or off-set, state and local investments in education.

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How Are Kindergarten Teachers Balancing More Rigorous Standards?

Education experts widely recognize that a strong early childhood education is an important factor to set kids up for success in school. But whether kindergarten is more like preschool or elementary school has long been an open question that leaves teachers caught in-between. For some children kindergarten is the first time they’ve been to school, and at five-years-old they’re still too young to shoulder the anxiety and pressure of benchmark testing.

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