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August 4, 2016
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Cooperative effort helps meet needs of migrant students
Schools in Dodge City, Kan., serve about 7,000 students, 400 who are designated as migrant students. Robert Vinton, director of the Dodge City Migrant Education program, highlights a cooperative model that he says helps the district meet these students' needs.
The Atlantic online (8/3) 
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Strategies for reducing math anxiety
Making math satisfying, interesting and fulfilling can help reduce math anxiety, says Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience. Immordino-Yang and others share ideas to help accomplish this goal. (8/2) 
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How Socratic seminars teach students to think for themselves
Socratic seminars can help students develop critical-thinking skills, sixth-grade teacher Mary Howard writes in this blog post. She offers a step-by-step guide to introducing the Socratic style of discourse in the classroom.
eSchool News (free registration) (8/4) 
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School Leadership
Minn. district strives for operational excellence
A school district in Minnesota each year studies an area of district operations that could be strengthened as part of its "Operational Excellence" program. In this blog post, Jim Westrum, executive director of finance and business at Wayzata Public Schools, describes the process.
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Technology in the Classroom
School districts experiment with robotics
Educators in school districts such as in Arizona, Pennsylvania and South Carolina are experimenting with robotics. For example, some educators in a South Carolina district share robots for two to three weeks each semester and create their own curriculum using the tools.
T.H.E. Journal (8/3) 
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The Whole Child
Ariz. district goes door-to-door to re-enroll dropouts
A school district in Arizona is enlisting educators, athletes and others to go door-to-door to re-enroll students who have dropped out of school. Tucson schools launched the effort in 2014, and since then have re-enrolled 384 students in seventh through 12th grades.
U.S. News & World Report (8/3) 
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Putting Emphasis on Purposeful Play
As the landscape for K-12 education continues to evolve during and eventually beyond the pandemic, there should be emphasis on varied learning styles, different life experiences, and equity in learning entry points. Here's how you can support and empower educators with purposeful play - learn more!
Policy Watch
Education Dept. gets more than 20K comments on ESSA
The US Department of Education has received more than 20,000 comments on the draft regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act. This blog post highlights comments from some education groups, including the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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    Report flags potential discrimination in Calif. charter schools
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Public Advocates released a report this week flagging some California charter schools for potential discriminatory admissions practices. In response, the California Charter Schools Association in a letter to member schools recommended they clarify that "charter schools must be open to any student interested in attending."
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    Free webinar: Students with Disabilities What Do I Do?
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    ASCD's Board of Directors has reopened its call for ASCD members to serve on the 2016 Nominations Committee and invites you to complete this online application form. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 15. The Board will review all applications and develop a slate of ASCD Nominations Committee members in early September. Learn more.
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