Students study math using a Rubik's Cube | Ind. middle school hosts "Reality Store" activity | Colo. school tweaks virtual-learning model
March 21, 2018
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Students study math using a Rubik's Cube
Students at a South Carolina middle school are learning about math, science and algorithms by solving puzzles related to a Rubik's Cube. Teacher Betsy Portune said solving the 3D puzzle helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork.
WRDW-TV (Augusta, Ga.) (3/19) 
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Ind. middle school hosts "Reality Store" activity
Ind. middle school hosts "Reality Store" activity
Seventh-graders from two Indiana schools explored financial-literacy concepts during a "Reality Store" activity. During the financial simulation, students calculated how to pay for groceries, utilities, insurance and other adult expenses out of a monthly budget.
The Herald (Jasper, Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (3/19) 
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Colo. school tweaks virtual-learning model
Colo. school tweaks virtual-learning model
Students enrolled in a virtual school in Colorado performed better when accessing face-to-face interactions on a physical campus, which prompted school leaders to expand interaction opportunities. In this commentary, Rochelle Kolhouse, who worked as an instructional coach during the expansion, writes about the school model.
eSchool News (free registration) (3/21) 
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Data: Fiber internet lacking in rural schools
Data: Fiber internet lacking in rural schools
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The E-rate program has helped bring fiber internet to more schools, but a gap still exists in rural schools, asserts Evan Marwell, CEO and founder of EducationSuperHighway. Marwell notes that E-rate funding requests to install fiber internet to rural schools are denied 30% of the time -- compared with 4% for other projects.
The Hechinger Report (3/21) 
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"Wakes us up and challenges us to infuse new life, depth, and joy into the warm-up segment of our math block."
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Policy & Legislation
DeVos addresses budget, school safety in hearing
DeVos addresses budget, school safety in hearing
DeVos (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee this week to defend a budget proposal that would cut $3.6 billion from the Department of Education. Lawmakers asked DeVos about issues other than the budget, including school safety and school choice.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/20),  The Associated Press (3/21) 
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S.C. district boosts pay for math teachers
One South Carolina school district is offering a $9,000 pay boost to math teachers who agree to work at any of the 16 high-poverty schools in the county. The district has lost nearly half of its math teachers over the past two years, and officials hope the salary increase will improve recruitment and retention.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (3/21) 
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