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September 24, 2018
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Study: Teacher mentoring boosts math scores
Study: Teacher mentoring boosts math scores
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Students' math scores could improve if their teachers have high-quality, trained mentors, according to a study by SRI Education. Researchers looked at outcomes in five districts and compared students whose teachers participated in the New Teacher Center's mentoring program and those whose teachers participated in a traditional teacher-induction program.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Games help students become better at math
Some Indiana elementary schools used oversized dice and playing cards for a recent math night to teach students math skills, including addition, subtraction and geometry. Teachers say playing games helps students retain learning and be more engaged.
The Tribune (Seymour, Ind.) (9/22) 
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Curriculum
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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Poll: Gen Z prefers YouTube over textbooks
Poll: Gen Z prefers YouTube over textbooks
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Fifty-nine percent of Generation Z -- those ages 14 to 23 -- say they prefer learning via YouTube over traditional textbooks, according to a poll by Pearson Education. They polled 2,500 people between ages 14 and 40 and found that only 47% of Generation Z students preferred textbooks, compared with 60% of millennials.
Axios (9/22) 
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Policy & Legislation
Minn. wants discipline policies to be more equitable
Minnesota's Human Rights Commission has identified 43 school districts and charter-school systems that need to address racial disparities in student discipline. The St. Paul district is dealing with concerns by adopting positive behavioral interventions and supports, and the district eliminated a category of offense called "continual willful disobedience" that often resulted in biased disciplinary actions.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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Document outlines federal agenda for special ed
The US Department of Education has released a two-page framework outlining how it seeks to address the needs of students with disabilities. Flexibility and more local decision-making are central to the document's goals for "rethinking" special education, wrote Johnny Collett, the department's assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
Disability Scoop (9/21) 
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