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US students get top scores for sleepiness
Education Week
While U.S. students often catch flak for their performance on large-scale international assessments, they may be approaching world dominance on one such indicator: sleepiness. In two separate studies, the percentage of U.S. pupils enrolled in classrooms in which teachers report that student sleepiness limits instruction "some" or "a lot" in fourth grade reading and fourth and eighth grade math and science has consistently exceeded 70 percent.
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Pediatrics group to recommend reading aloud to children from birth
The New York Times
Doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth under a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics. While highly educated, ambitious parents who are already reading poetry and playing Mozart to their children in utero may not need this advice, research shows that many parents do not read to their children as often as researchers and educators think is crucial to the development of pre-literacy skills that help children succeed once they get to school.
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3 free ways to bring the news into your classroom
THE Journal
New Common Core and state standards require students to read and comprehend more nonfiction than in years past. To help engage your students with relevant readings, here are three free ways you can integrate the day's news into your classroom.
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How an iPad can transform music classes
eClassroom News
Students use iPads to collaborate and record pop music in classrooms around the world. It's no surprise that many teachers and superintendents view music as vital for a holistic learning experience. According to a study by McMaster University, students who took one year of music lessons had greater improvement in IQ scores and memory abilities.
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Schools mix 1-to-1 with a helping of BYOD
EdTech Magazine
Like many school districts, the Waxahachie Independent School District is always looking for ways to provide the best educational experience for its students, at the most reasonable cost. Technology — in particular, mobile technology — is a key component of the learning atmosphere leaders want to create in this 13-school district about 30 miles south of Dallas.
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Report: 6 trends in pushing tech adoption in education
THE Journal
The Consortium for School Networking and the New Media Consortium have released the latest findings of the MNC Horizon Project, an ongoing research initiative "designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry in education" according to information released by the organizations. In addition to six key trends, this year's report also looks into a half-dozen significant challenges and emerging technologies to watch for in the next one to five years.
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Creating an emotionally healthy classroom environment
Edutopia
Teachers are not supposed to be psychological counselors. When a student has significant emotional problems, teachers should make sure they don't try to play that role and should instead refer the student to a school counselor or a licensed therapist. But what teachers can do is create an environment that helps alleviate the normal problems many students wrestle with and, at the very least, not add to them.
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What's the impact of overzealous Internet filtering in schools?
Mind Shift
Not too long ago, a proposal to give some Nebraska students access to a digital library of books and magazines through the school district's website was thwarted by a district official who objected to students seeing those archetypal photos of naked breasts in National Geographic. While that may seem quaint, a new report from the American Library Association warns it's emblematic of an overzealous and damaging crackdown on websites by school districts that are misinterpreting the federal Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000.
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7 ways to support summer learning right now
eSchool News
School's out for summer! But learning doesn't have to stop. By now, you're probably familiar with the term "summer slide," and with efforts to keep students engaged in learning experiences throughout the summer break. Seventy-six percent of teachers have said it is "extremely important" to practice skills and keep learning over the summer, and 84 percent of teachers said that students forget or "lose" grade-level equivalency, skills and knowledge over the summer.
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Why (and how) teachers are using Twitter
Edudemic
Oh, Twitter. You're so useful for teachers. You connect educators so that they can share tools, tips and tricks, offer insight and support one another. You bring your social media-ness into the classroom to keep kids interested in what they're learning when they think they're actually (sort of) having fun instead. That said, there are still skeptics. How can 140 characters be so effective? Does anyone even care what I have to say? How do teachers really use it?
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Parents, nurses fear school nurse cuts can be dangerous to kids' health
McClatchy Washington Bureau via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Nurses help children manage chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and seizures so they don't miss school. They also treat injuries and counsel students about physical and emotional issues. Last month, a report in JAMA Pediatrics said many school districts in recent years have cut or reduced nursing services in schools.
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How should we organize a kindergarten classroom of ELLs?
By Alanna Mazzon (commentary)
I started teaching kindergarten in Beijing last year, and I've been thinking more about the best approach to teaching young children. Back in Canada, we used the full-day, play-based method for kindergarten. Here in Beijing — specifically at the school at which I work — we do not have a set program for kindergarten; it is up to the teacher to decide what works best. This left me wondering, what is the best way to organize a kindergarten classroom — especially one that is full of English language learners?
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Predicting dyslexia — even before children learn to read
Mind Shift
On average, one or two kids in every U.S. classroom has dyslexia, a brain-based learning disability that often runs in families and makes reading difficult, sometimes painfully so. Now, new research shows it's possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain even before kids learn to read. And this earlier identification may start to substantially influence how parents, educators and clinicians tackle the disorder.
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7 ways to support summer learning right now
eSchool News
School's out for summer! But learning doesn't have to stop. By now, you're probably familiar with the term "summer slide," and with efforts to keep students engaged in learning experiences throughout the summer break. Seventy-six percent of teachers have said it is "extremely important" to practice skills and keep learning over the summer, and 84 percent of teachers said that students forget or "lose" grade-level equivalency, skills and knowledge over the summer.

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Can 12 minutes of exercise make a difference for students?
Psych Central
A new study shows that 12 minutes of exercise can improve attention and reading comprehension in low-income adolescents. Researchers at Dartmouth College say these findings suggest that schools serving low-income students should work brief bouts of exercise into their daily schedules. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, compared low-income adolescents with their high-income peers.

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7 steps to authentic learning
eSchool News
Why authentic learning? There are so many reasons to choose from, some of the most important being: providing deep purpose for learning, empowering students, providing differentiation and choice options in learning, connecting students to others locally and globally, and allowing opportunities to develop empathy, creativity and innovation skills.

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A 'major shift' in oversight of special education
National Public Radio
he Obama administration said the vast majority of the 6.5 million students with disabilities in U.S. schools today are not receiving a quality education, and that it will hold states accountable for demonstrating that those students are making progress. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced what he calls "a major shift" in how the government evaluates the effectiveness of federally funded special education programs.
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School nutrition fight widens as school board members join in
National Public Radio
The political food fight over rolling back school nutrition standards is at an impasse for the moment. But advocates on both sides aren't backing off, and there are new players in the game. When first lady Michelle Obama spoke up to question proposals that would relax requirements — such as the mandate that kids take a fruit or vegetable with their lunch — she had by her side James Perrin, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Louisiana officials stick to Common Core, despite governor's objections
The Washington Post
The group overseeing Louisiana's public colleges and universities delivered a strong message to Gov. Bobby Jindal recently: We will keep teaching Common Core. The Louisiana Board of Regents reiterated to colleges and universities that all educators in the state will still be trained to teach the national K-12 standards. The announcement comes less than a week after Jindal declared that Louisiana would drop adhering to the standards.
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Illinois governor to sign anti-bullying bill
The Associated Press via KDSK-TV
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation on Thursday designed to crack down on bullying. The bill will aim to protect students from bullying both inside and outside of the classroom, a Quinn spokesman said.
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California governor signs teacher dismissal bill
The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation accelerating the teacher firing process in California, his office announced June 25. Brown's action follows a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling this month declaring California's teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, though the legislation's proponents began working on the issue before the ruling.
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New principal? Join NAESP for breakfast in Nashville
NAESP
Join NAESP and Scholastic at the 2014 Annual Conference for a breakfast designed specifically for early career principals. At the Friday, July 11 event, Nancy Carter will present a "Day in the Life of a Principal," and attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow school leaders and principal mentors. Register now!
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Highlights from NAESP's 'Teach Like a PIRATE' chat
NAESP
Principals from around the country gathered June 17 for NAESP's principal book study chat on the best-selling book Teach Like a PIRATE. Over 200 participants swapped strategies on leading with passion, connecting teachers with tech tools and delivering high-quality professional development. Read the Storify wrap-up for all the highlights.
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