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How A Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

American teens are chronically sleep deprived, in part because of early school start times. But how much difference can a later start make? As Seattle's school district found out, it can help a lot.

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How Alaska Native Students Pursue STEM, With Great Success

Pushing back against stereotypes, students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program outperform students of all backgrounds in math and science

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Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life That Could Be Part of Every Learning Community

The four keys to leading a meaningful life and how we can work to manifest them in our families and institutions.

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School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction

More than 50 Massachusetts schools are participating in a new program that brings counselors in to help children deal with the stress and trauma of living in families struggling with drug addiction.

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Top Colleges Seeking Diversity From A New Source: Transfer Students

This fall, Princeton University admitted its first transfer students in nearly three decades. And they're not the only elite schools looking to community colleges and military bases to recruit.

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How to Build a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Where All Learners Feel Safe

A caring teacher can create a new template about adults, says Patricia A. Jennings, one that says, "Teachers are caring, kind people who want to help me."

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How Teens are Learning Crucial ‘Soft Skills’ Before Their Internships Start

As employers clamor for better-prepared workers, some states tiptoe into teaching kids employability skills.

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Why Debate May Be the Best Way to Save Constructive Disagreement

Schools have had debate teams for decades, but maybe the structured format should be more widely in classrooms, staff meetings, and even public discourse.

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How Parents Can Create a Nightly Homework Ritual for Reluctant Children

A mountain of homework at the end of a long day can feel like insurmountable. Here are some tips to help kids feel less alone and more empowered to tackle their work.

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What Giving Students Choice Looks Like in the Classroom

It can be hard to imagine incorporating student choice into an already hectic classroom. Here are 12 ideas that don't have to mean big dramatic changes.

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Dropping Out and Coming Back: Stories of Persevering for a Diploma

Close to 24-percent of Oakland ninth graders drop out before their senior year of high school. Some of those young people ultimately decide that they need to go back to school in order to get ahead in life. We explore what it takes to support over-aged students to a high school diploma -- and college or a career -- when they’re facing homelessness, juggling family responsibilities, or are navigating criminal records. We hear the stories of three young people: why they dropped out and what brought them back.

Why Choice Matters to Student Learning

Giving students choice in how they learn and show their knowledge gives them greater ownership over the process.

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Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

Personalization is a huge ed-tech buzzword, but not everyone agrees on what that means or if it's a good thing.

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A Grading Strategy That Puts the Focus on Learning From Mistakes

A math grading strategy that focuses on learning from mistakes before a grade ever comes into play.

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