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May 25, 2018
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Recommendations offered for student test data
Recommendations offered for student test data
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The US Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center released a warning and some recommendations for school districts about protecting the privacy of students who take the ACT and SAT. The recommendations are focused on how students sign up for the exams and how to handle pretest surveys.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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D.C. teacher uses own graduation as a lesson
D.C. teacher uses own graduation as a lesson
An elementary-school teacher in Washington, D.C., invited his students to watch him graduate with his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. As part of his efforts to help students think about their own potential for higher education, Alejandro Diasgranados started a fundraising campaign to fund the trip to Baltimore and "college bound" T-shirts for the third- and fourth-grade students.
The Baltimore Sun (5/24) 
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Schools Today
Mindfulness efforts may expand in Colo. district
A Colorado school district is considering expanding its use of mindfulness to help support students' social and emotional needs. Several elementary schools have adopted the Random Acts of Kindness curriculum, and officials may offer mindfulness programs to middle schools as well.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (5/24) 
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Wash. teens connect with pen pals in Japan
Students at a Washington state high school have connected with some peers in Japan by exchanging handwritten letters in English and Japanese. The students, who are from diverse backgrounds, write about their cultures and other interests with their pen pals.
HeraldNet (Everett, Wash.) (5/24) 
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Developing Leaders
How upper grades can benefit from morning meetings
Laura Thomas, an elementary-school library media specialist, suggests that middle- and high-school teachers should consider adopting a strategy more commonly used in elementary-school classrooms -- the morning meeting. In this blog post, she describes how morning meetings can build community and increase cooperation.
Edutopia online (5/23) 
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Policy News
Online college rules delayed 2 years by federal officials
The US Education Department will delay for two more years regulations that would require online education programs to be authorized in every state where they enroll students. The rules were implemented by the Obama administration to provide integrity for such programs, along with rules governing credit hours and gainful employment.
Inside Higher Ed (5/25) 
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National Board Update
The changing face of STEM
"In 2011, I was invited, along with other K-12 STEM educators, to a symposium of the Washington State Academy of Sciences," NBCT Michele Chamberlain writes in this blog post. "From the mountains of data presented, two bits of information stuck with me: in the coming years, 80% of all new US jobs would be in computer science and engineering fields; although women comprise 47% of the total workforce, women are seriously underrepresented in these two STEM fields even though more women are achieving STEM degrees overall. Wait a minute- how could this be happening? Since 2009, I've supported my 8th grade students ..." Read on.
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View National Board standards
Based on the Five Core Propositions, National Board standards define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in 25 certificate areas. Read on.
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