Program combines finance, behavior rewards | 5 strategies for addressing school tragedies | Q&A: School psychologist helps ELLs get proper placements
February 19, 2018
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Curriculum & Instruction
Program combines finance, behavior rewards
Program combines finance, behavior rewards
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An Ohio school's positive behavior program is intertwined with financial-literacy lessons. Intervention specialist Nancy Rocco teaches her students how to save their "Ybucks" to purchase larger items from an Amazon-type catalog as part of social studies lessons on fiscal responsibility.
The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) (2/17) 
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5 strategies for addressing school tragedies
5 strategies for addressing school tragedies
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Emphasizing the steps schools are taking to keep students safe in the wake of a tragedy such as the recent Florida school shooting can help relieve anxiety and fear, asserts Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Other strategies include tuning in and letting students guide the conversation.
National Public Radio (2/18) 
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Making science stick
Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
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Educational Leadership
NYC schools find success with principal coaching
NYC schools find success with principal coaching
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New York City Public Schools' New Principal Support program is credited with reducing attrition and supporting school leaders, write Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson, who both have served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in NYC schools. In this commentary, they share why principal coaching should be part of school-leadership plans.
District Administration magazine online (2/19) 
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Technology Trends
Tenn. district to offer virtual-learning program
Tenn. district to offer virtual-learning program
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High-school students in a Tennessee district are expected to have access to a new virtual-learning program this August. The program, which is pending school-board approval, will give students access to free courses taught by district teachers as well as some fee-based courses taught by an outside provider.
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (2/19) 
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Policy News
DeVos reveals plan to restructure Education Dept.
DeVos reveals plan to restructure Education Dept.
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
Inside Higher Ed (2/19),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Eye on Exceptionalities
Challenges seen for developmental-behavioral pediatric workforce
Physicians and nurse practitioners in the developmental-behavioral pediatric workforce reported long wait times for patient appointments, increased patient complexity and clinician burnout as challenges in their profession, according to a study in Pediatrics. Clinicians also reported spending up to 50% more time per visit in nonreimbursed clinical-care activities.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/16) 
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