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What Advantages Come With Breaking Up Strict Grade Levels in High School?

Some high schools are experimenting with breaking down the silos between high school grades to give students more flexibility to master the material.

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Why Teachers Should Help Students Learn Effective Study Strategies

There are brain-based techniques that work to help students remember core concepts beyond a test, but it's often up to teachers to make sure they are used in classrooms.

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Why Effective Practice Is Just As Important As the Hours of Practice

Students need to practice important skills, but it's equally important they know how to do so effectively.

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How Parents Can Help Kids Develop A Sense Of Purpose

Parents can play a powerful role in guiding kids to find a sense of purpose in their lives. Sometimes, that means standing back.

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To Engage Students and Teachers, Treat Core Subjects Like Extracurriculars

It's tough to deny the excitement students have about extracurricular activities. Harvard researchers explore ways to bring that excitement to more core subjects.

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4 Games to Spark Empathy-building in the Classroom

"Gone Home," "Brothers," "Journey" and "That Dragon, Cancer" are games that can help students empathize with others by experiencing others' struggles and emotions.

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School Bullying Is Down. Why Don’t Students Believe It?

A big new study shows half as many student reports of bullying — including physical bullying, threats and cyberbullying — compared with a decade earlier.

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How ‘One Story’ Can Excite Students About Reading And Connecting With Community

If students can have greater voice in what they read and see the story's relevance to their community, reading becomes a more engaging activity.

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

When this computer science professor became overwhelmed by the thousands of questions students were asking in an online course, he recruited artificial intelligence to help serve up some answers.

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How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps

Unconferences are helping teachers meet one another to connect around needs and interests often not covered by traditional professional development.

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What the Science Says About How Preschool Benefits Children

What happens when a group of the nation's leading pre-K experts get together to lay out a blueprint for what parents, and educators, can learn from decades of research?

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How Schools Can Help Students Develop A Greater Sense Of Purpose

Connecting with something greater than oneself can be a lifelong motivator and guiding force for making the world a better place.

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Projects, Passion, Peers and Play: Seymour Papert’s Vision For Learning

Mitch Resnick of MIT's Media Lab explains how Seymour Papert inspired much of his life's work with an emphasis on projects, passions, peers and play.

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

A program in Tulsa, Okla., links quality Head Start services with job training and parental support. A study of the program shows it's improving the lives of both mothers and their children.

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