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Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop flat-funding key K-12 programs
Education Week
The Obama administration has been a big fan of using competitive grants to drive its agenda on everything from teacher quality to standards to "personalized learning," much to the chagrin of some advocates for school districts. So far, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have resisted that strategy. But Democrats in the U.S. Senate have continued to finance the administration's favorite competitive-grant programs, such as Race to the Top, although not always at the level the administration has sought.
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Kids' learning disabilities may have multiple causes
HealthDay News
Up to 10 percent of children — two or three kids in every classroom — are thought to have learning disabilities, and a new review finds these disabilities have complex causes and suggests possible approaches. Children frequently have more than one learning disability, the research showed. For example, 33 percent to 45 percent of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder also have dyslexia and 11 percent also have dyscalculia. Dyslexia is a reading, writing and spelling disability while dyscalculia is a math learning disability.
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Do obesity and ADHD share common risk factors?
GoodTherapy.org
Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic in North America. Children are getting heavier with each decade, increasing the risk for physical problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Obesity also makes children more vulnerable to negative psychological outcomes from bullying behaviors, isolation and self-esteem issues. Self-regulation deficits are believed to play a key role in the development and maintenance of obesity, similar to how it affects behaviors in other conditions, including anorexia, bulimia and attention deficit hyperactivity. Eating and food issues are thought to be partially influenced by self-regulatory processes. Impulse control, a primary impairment in ADHD, also appears to impact eating behaviors in overweight people and those with other eating issues.
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Testing consortium releases draft accommodations policy
Education Week
What accommodations will be provided for students with disabilities and those learning English on the new common assessments? You can get an early glimpse of what half the states are considering by looking at the draft accommodations policy that one of the two testing consortia — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — has released.
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How to foster collaboration and team spirit
MindShift
Once they get to the working world, most students, in almost any job, will collaborate as a member of a team. And every student needs to be prepared for that environment — partly for employment opportunity, but mainly because the deeply embedded mental model of learning and creating as an individual process is obsolete. Collaboration has become the chief way in which things are done. Powerful collaboration is driven by incisive communication — and out of that process come the very best expressions of innovation, creativity and critical inquiry.
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States pull back from Common Core
U.S. News & World Report
Lawmakers in some states hope to halt the transition to the Common Core State Standards, even as school districts across the country are rolling them out. In Alabama, senators are considering a bill to repeal the standards, which the state's Board of Education adopted in 2010. Alabama schools are already using the new math standards, which aim to give the subject context by teaching high school students to use mathematical models to analyze everyday situations, and are set to implement the English standards before the start of the next school year.
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To improve school climate, examine recess
Edutopia
As we look at ways to create environments that allow teaching and learning to thrive, it's time to take a long, hard look at the critical role of recess in our schools. Recess has the potential to transform schools, and groups are finally speaking out about the powerful role it has in the school day, including the American Academy of Pediatrics which, earlier this year, released a policy statement to this effect.
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Cyberbullying reaches beyond the playground
By Peter Martini
Bullying was once considered an essential part of growing up, especially during middle or junior high school, building character in the participants because it was believed the victim would put an end to it, usually in a physical altercation. Before the digital revolution of the past 15 years, being a bully or the victim generally had a lot to do with physical attributes and the physical proximity between the participants. The digital age has erased even that small barrier, making it possible for children to further invade each other's personal space to humiliate, demean and disenfranchise each other, in addition to creating a sense of fear in the victim.
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Kids' learning disabilities may have multiple causes
HealthDay News
Up to 10 percent of children — two or three kids in every classroom — are thought to have learning disabilities, and a new review finds these disabilities have complex causes and suggests possible approaches.

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How to stimulate curiosity
KQED
Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement — it's what drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward. But how does one generate curiosity, in oneself or others?

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High fat diets maybe linked to ADHD and learning problems
Medical News Today
Diets that are high in fat are possibly linked to childhood brain-based conditions, such as memory-dependent learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, researchers from the University of Illinois College of Medicine reported in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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Making progress on understanding dyslexia
New Hampshire Union Leader
Twenty-six years ago, New Hampshire made history when the state Department of Education ordered the Henniker school district to pay $17,000 to cover the cost of teaching a student how to read. Karen Morse was president of Henniker High's Class of 1984, president of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society and a star athlete. She also was severely dyslexic. Morse's dyslexia — the learning disorder hinders the ability to read, write and process language — went undiagnosed until she was a junior. After 11 years of school, her reading skills hovered at a first-grade level.
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More than 50 years of putting kids' creativity to the test
NPR
Let's start with a question from a standardized test: "How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?" It's not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it's used to help measure creativity a bit like an IQ test measures intelligence. And it's not the only creativity test out there. So why bother measuring creativity? James Catterall, a psychologist and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity in Los Angeles, says the simple answer is that if society, business and education demands it, then we need to know when it's happening; otherwise, we're just guessing when it's there.
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