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May 21, 2019
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Minn. tutoring program supports Spanish speakers
Minn. tutoring program supports Spanish speakers
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An after-school tutoring program for some students in a Minnesota district also serves to connect them with the Spanish language and culture of their families. During the Hispanic Outreach tutoring sessions, students learn about their family histories and cultures and speak Spanish, a process that also increases parental involvement in the students' education.
Republican Eagle (Red Wing, Minn.) (5/20) 
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Interest in Fortnite sparks teacher's lesson idea
Interest in Fortnite sparks teacher's lesson idea
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Using student-driven ideas in lessons can help learners overcome distractions and stay on task, high-school teacher Dianne Pappafotopoulos writes. Pappafotopoulos shares how students' interest in the game Fortnite sparked an idea to use an "escape room" concept in her own lessons.
eSchool News (5/20) 
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Senate bill addresses college remediation
Senate bill addresses college remediation
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A group of Democratic senators has introduced a measure that would seek to reduce college remediation by aligning high-school courses with higher-education academic requirements. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Doug Jones, D-Ala., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., would provide grants to develop articulation agreements and other statewide programs to minimize remediation.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (5/16),  The Selma Times-Journal (Ala.) (5/17) 
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"Adversity score" assigned to students taking SATs
"Adversity score" assigned to students taking SATs
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The College Board will roll out an initiative that applies an adversity score to students taking SATs starting this fall, following a successful beta test with 50 institutions. The score considers 15 circumstances, including crime and poverty rates of students' neighborhoods, and will only be disclosed to the college or university during the application process.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/16),  CNN (5/16) 
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Research Notes
When teachers face barriers to change
When teachers face barriers to change
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Internal resistance -- from peers, school leaders or parents -- is a common barrier that stalls teachers from adopting new practices in the classroom, according to educators interviewed by EdSurge researchers. The educators outline different tactics they use to elude such a barrier, including developing deep relationships with people to help them understand the teaching strategy.
EdSurge (5/20) 
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Report: How schools perform under ESSA
The number of schools labeled as low-performing under the Every Student Succeeds Act varies by state, according to a report from the Center on Education Policy. The report's findings are not intended to help make state-to-state comparisons, officials say, because each state has adopted a different approach to implementing ESSA.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (5/19) 
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