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July 21, 2017
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School choice dominates DeVos speech
School choice dominates DeVos speech
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos advocated for a diminished federal role in education during remarks at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Conference. "The time of inefficient, top-down, one-size-fits-all mandates is over," DeVos said. "This approach does not work, it has not worked, and it will never work."
U.S. News & World Report (7/20),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/20),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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Can transforming classrooms transform learning?
Can transforming classrooms transform learning?
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A flexible classroom design that acts as a tool that promotes active learning can teach students to engage and learn more, according to middle-school teacher Julie Marshall. In this commentary, she shares how making some changes -- such as adding rolling chairs with detachable desks -- turned her classroom into an active learning center with the power to transform lives.
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Schools Today
Tesla CEO: Math should be project-based
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk says math education in US schools should focus on project-based lessons where students are solving problems and getting hands-on experience in math and science. Speaking this week at the ISSR&D Conference in Washington, D.C., Musk said such projects excite students and encourage them to master a subject.
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Suicide rates rise among middle-schoolers
Increased academic pressure, economic distress and social media may be contributing to the doubling of the suicide rate among middle-schoolers from 2007 to 2014, some experts suggest. Schools can target the issue by teaching students to handle conflict, creating a welcoming climate and training teachers on suicide prevention, said Maurice Elias, director of Rutgers University's Social-Emotional Learning Lab.
NorthJersey (Woodland Park, N.J.) (free registration) (7/16) 
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Developing Leaders
Leader of struggling school reaches out
Leader of struggling school reaches out
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Turning around a struggling rural school in New Hampshire began with community outreach led by Superintendent John Freeman. His bottom-up approach to change also included gathering input from other groups, such as students, administrators and teachers.
Edutopia online (7/18) 
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Policy News
Analysis considers ESSA plans from 16 states, D.C.
Analysis considers ESSA plans from 16 states, D.C.
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The nonprofit Results for America's Evidence in Education Lab has analyzed plans from 16 states and Washington, D.C., to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The analysis highlights promising aspects of the plans and notes areas where some improvement may be needed, including plans to evaluate interventions.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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National Board Update
How to be a socially conscious teacher
Ray Salazar, NBCT, shares how teachers can help teenage students deal with the challenges of male and female gender expectations. Read the blog post.
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