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Beyond Academics: What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like

Nurturing a child's developmental growth requires greater communication by the adults in the different areas of a child's life: school, extra curricular activities, home, etc.

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Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals?

Some schools are finding that students can help one another reach their goals by, among other things, holding accountability rituals.

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What ‘Faces at the Bottom of the Well’ Teaches About Race

Writer Melinda D. Anderson discovers Derrick Bell's book by way of a book club, which informed her understanding of race and racism in America.

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What Playing Sports Teaches Kids About Bigger Roles in Life

In NPR's most recent poll, a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as life-long lessons.

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Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

There are programs to keep kids from dropping out, but the causes run more deeply, down to the design of school, according to researchers.

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.

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What Stealing Cookies Teaches Us About Young Children and Empathy

Children as young as 3 years old will step in to right the wrong if they see someone being mistreated, a study finds. But they aren't as keen as 5-year-olds to dole out punishment.

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What Schools Hope to Achieve by Making Computer Science Widespread

Computer science classes are seldom offered before high school. San Francisco is trying expose kids early to computer science fundamentals to help address equity issues in the tech industry and...

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Steps to Help Low-Income Students Direct Their Own Learning

All kids can benefit from self-directed learning, but students need to learn how to communicate, disagree and create a caring community to make it work.

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As Teens Push Away, What Can Parents Do To Support Them?

A study outlines what parents can do to support their teens as they gain independence and test boundaries.

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A Simple Exercise to Strengthen Emotional Intelligence in Teams

By having a better understanding of oneself, individuals can learn to better empathize with others, especially on teams.

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Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam

An English teacher became so compelled with podcasts, she assigned the creation of one as a final exam to replace the traditional seated test.

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How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School

Digital games grounded in body movements bring learning to life, thanks to close collaboration between teachers and game designers.

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‘Inside Out’: A Look at How Emotions Work Together in Adolescents

The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black.

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