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October 1, 2018
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National Bullying Prevention Month starts today
National Bullying Prevention Month starts today
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Tina Hegner, manager of research and development at PublicSchoolWORKS, offers insights into laws on bullying and cyberbullying as National Bullying Prevention Month gets underway. In this interview, she describes how schools and districts can address bullying -- even if it takes place off campus -- and enforce anti-bullying laws.
eSchool News (10/1) 
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Duolingo ABC: Gamified phonics for PreK-2
Duolingo ABC is a free app that helps kids learn to read with fun, bite-sized phonics lessons and delightful stories. The app is 100% free and available for download on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Download now!
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Mobile apps support in-class mindfulness efforts
Mobile apps support in-class mindfulness efforts
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Some teachers are using mobile apps, such as Calm and Headspace, to help teach mindfulness and meditation. Brooke Waterman, an Oregon elementary-school teacher who uses one of the apps, says her second-graders are most quiet and focused when they are meditating.
CNBC (9/30) 
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Online Learning: Emerging From Crisis To Designed Learning
Designed online learning has the ability to create personalized, accessible, student-centric solutions that support educators. View the infographic on why designed online learning is such a vital component of district instructional options.
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Systems Management
R.I. program pays students to prep for college
The new Rhode2College program will pay Rhode Island students from low-income families who earn high scores on the PSAT to complete certain tasks that will keep them on the college path. The program, funded through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, supports such tasks including, creating lists of possible colleges, scoring higher on the SAT than the PSAT and submitting a federal financial-aid form.
Chalkbeat (9/28) 
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Explore 5G’s potential in education
Join a discussion with industry experts, as they break down how higher education is leveraging 5G--from enabling greater accessibility to delivering new learning experiences through virtual reality. Register Now.
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Managing Budgets
Trump signs budget bill with $71.5B for education
President Donald Trump has signed a spending bill that funds several federal agencies' budgets for fiscal 2019, including the US Department of Education. That department will receive $71.5 billion -- about $581 million more than the previous fiscal year.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/28),  T.H.E. Journal (9/27) 
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Schools and Social Media
Parents asked to sign pledge to restrict students' social media use
A New Jersey school district has asked parents to sign a pledge barring students' access to social media until they are 13 years old because they are not "emotionally mature enough to handle it," says Superintendent John Marciante. The district's request comes after an incident occurred between students in a chatroom that led to a threat of a school shooting.
WKXW-FM (Trenton, N.J.)/New Jersey 101.5 FM (9/27) 
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Smart Campus Enhances the Student Experience
Colleges and universities are feeling the pinch as enrollment continues to decline. Smart campuses improve efficiency in education and build flexible, personalized learning environments for digitally connected students. Learn more about this seamless connectivity that creates a solid foundation for immersive experiences in education for all. Download the white paper.
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Last Byte
Study: Universal preschool boosts mothers' employment
Ten percent more mothers of young children in Washington, D.C., have entered the workforce since the district adopted a free, universal preschool program, according to a study by the Center for American Progress, a think tank that supports such programs. Enrollment in the program is not mandatory, but data show about 80% of eligible students are enrolled.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/30) 
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9 Ways Computer Science Can Future-Prep Students
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 13% growth in computer and IT occupations between 2020 and 2030, yet many students are not given the opportunity to learn computer science. Download this infographic to learn 9 ways hands-on computer science learning prepares students for the future!
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief honors education bloggers
SmartBrief Education's monthly Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Meet the most recent winners.
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