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Exposure to arsenic in well water lowers IQ scores of US schoolchildren
Medical News Today
Researchers at Columbia University report that schoolchildren from three school districts in Maine exposed to arsenic in drinking water experienced declines in intelligence. While earlier studies conducted by the researchers in South Asia (Bangladesh in particular) showed that childhood exposure to arsenic in drinking water is negatively associated with intelligence, this is the first study to examine the issue in the U.S. Findings are reported online in the journal Environmental Health.
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Research on children and math: Underestimated and unchallenged
New York Times (commentary)
In the most recent Program for International Student Assessment, commonly known as PISA, students in the United States ranked 26th out of 34 countries in mathematics. On the surface, it would seem that we’re a nation of math dullards; simply no good at the subject. But a spate of new research suggests that we may be underestimating our students, especially the youngest ones, in terms of their ability to think about numbers.
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Schools use student data to find signs of trouble, help struggling kids
MindShift
At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the "War Room," looking through packets of information about several students. There are others at the table, too: analysts from the group Talent Development Secondary, which monitors student data; City Year, a nonprofit that provides mentors; and Communities in Schools, which connects kids with health care and social services.
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American teachers feel really stressed, and it's probably affecting students
The Huffington Post
American teachers feel stressed out and insignificant, and it may be impacting students' educations. Gallup's State Of America's Schools Report, released Wednesday, says nearly 70 percent of K–12 teachers surveyed in a 2012 poll do not feel engaged in their work. The study said they are likely to spread their negative attitudes to co-workers and devote minimal discretionary effort to their jobs. At the same time, nearly half of teachers reported feeling daily stress. When compared to 12 other occupational groups, teachers were least likely to report feeling like their "opinions seem to count" at work. The survey also found, however, that teachers tend to be satisfied with their lives overall.
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Cultivating the habits of self-knowledge and reflection
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Once it's begun, you can't fully separate the person from the task. When the artist is painting, the painter and the act of painting become a single "thing." The emerging artwork becomes a part of it all, too.

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Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.

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15 top special education blogs
eSchool News
Special education resources are in high demand, and while each student with special needs is different, special education teachers and support staff benefit from sharing best practices and strategies. Technology enables global communication, and this is especially true for educators — special education teachers from across the country can collaborate online to share their favorite tools and interventions.
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Teachers, parents push for Common Core delay
U.S. News & World Report
An education advocacy group representing more than 10 million teachers, principals, administrators, parents and school board members nationwide said policymakers should give states more time to implement the Common Core State Standards and asked for a delay in the accountability measures linked to the aligned tests. The Learning First Alliance — which represents big-name education organizations such as the National PTA, the National School Boards Association and the nation's two largest teacher's unions (the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association) — said it would create a website dedicated to highlighting Common Core success stories to serve as a guide for further implementation.
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Cultivating the habits of self-knowledge and reflection
Edutopia
Once it's begun, you can't fully separate the person from the task. When the artist is painting, the painter and the act of painting become a single "thing." The emerging artwork becomes a part of it all, too. As a teacher, your "self" is embedded within your teaching — which is how it goes from a job to a craft. The learning results are yours. You probably call those young people in the classroom "your" students. The same goes for students as well. There is a pleasing kind of string between the eight-year-old playing Minecraft and his or her digital creation. This is the magic of doing.
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Diagnosing, treating dyslexia complicated by definitions of disorder
The Collegian
Dyslexia is a complicated topic in the state of Kansas. Even though one in five people have been diagnosed with dyslexia, according to the Fundamental Learning Center, Kansas does not recognize it as its own category of learning disability in the school system. "Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person's ability to read, write, spell and sometimes speak," said Mary Belvin, director of Children Services at the Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita.
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