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September 24, 2018
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Miss. students use dual enrollment to get ahead
Miss. students use dual enrollment to get ahead
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Hundreds of high-schoolers in a Mississippi district are earning college credits through a free dual-enrollment program with Meridian Community College. Students have the option of taking general-education or career-technical classes without having to pay for the courses.
The Meridian Star (Miss.) (9/21) 
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Novel inspires student's service-project idea
Novel inspires student's service-project idea
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The study of a novel about overcoming childhood trauma has inspired a group of students to organize a service-learning project to help the homeless. The seventh-graders who attend an Illinois alternative school for students with behavioral challenges recently cooked and served hot dogs and other food to homeless individuals.
Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.) (9/21) 
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Literacy Everywhere
Teachers urged to correctly say students' names
Teachers urged to correctly say students' names
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Teachers should make an effort to ensure they are pronouncing students' names correctly and encourage students to let them know if they are missing the mark, suggests Susan Balogh, a teacher in Massachusetts. In this article, Balogh, along with other teachers, share strategies for the correct pronunciations of students' names, which Christine Yeh, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Education, says helps develop trust and rapport among students and teachers.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (9/20) 
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Stories of Teaching and Learning
"Genius hour" connects learning, careers
Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
EdSurge (9/19) 
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History museum planned by Tenn. students
Students at one Tennessee high school are leading a fundraiser to build a student-run history museum about the community. Students have drafted a business plan and designs for the proposed science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture and math museum, to open by late 2020.
The Daily Herald, (Columbia, Tenn.) (9/19) 
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Professional Development and Leadership
Ore. math teachers find formula for success
Ore. math teachers find formula for success
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Collaboration and teacher-led decisions about the curriculum are helping students in an Oregon school district rise to the challenge of a tougher math curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The district's math teachers say the key is to get students talking about math in class.
The Oregonian (Portland) (9/23) 
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