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Why Group Work Could Be the Key to English Learner Success

English learners are often portrayed as a struggling group, but at San Francisco International High School educators see the language diversity in their classrooms as an asset.

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What Writing Wikipedia Entries Can Teach Students About Digital Literacy

Creating Wikipedia entries is helping college students understand digital content and what goes into creating factual information.

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How Social Bias Can Transfer From One Generation To The Next

When it comes to bias, preschoolers are influenced by nonverbal cues that indicate how adults might feel about one another. Exposure to different kinds of people may help buffer those preconceived...

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Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction?

A writing program that many high school teachers thought would be far too easy has proven crucial to develop students' critical thinking and written expression skills.

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Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.

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Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

Districts around the country are experimenting with micro-credentials as a way to allow teachers to personalize their professional learning so they can focus on growing skills they really need.

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Beyond Sex Ed: How To Talk To Teens About Love

One school counselor's take on how to help teens get past the pop culture myths.

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Why Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgments from social media may play a role, researchers say.

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How Reading Aloud to Therapy Dogs Can Help Struggling Kids

Therapy dogs that are trained to listen to kids read books are helping reluctant readers develop confidence and social and emotional skills.

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How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive

Getting kids out in nature on a regular basis helps kids' development. Some schools have partnerships with local parks but students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District have a district-owned...

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Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

Every person in a child's life can help him or her develop empathy, an important quality for personal and professional success.

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How Playing With Math Helps Teachers Better Empathize With Students

Math Teachers' Circles give educators a chance to remember why they love math and puts them in the learners' seat again.

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Two Puzzles to Stretch Students’ Logical Thinking

Logical thinking and staying calm under pressure are two great skills for academics and life. Riddles can be a great way to get students involved in fun problem solving to develop these abilities.

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How Small Steps Can Create Outdoors Experiences In Schools

Teachers are finding creative ways to make nature a more meaningful part of learning by bringing outdoor elements to school or making better use of educational programs at nearby parks.

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