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The Colorado Sun

Joe Purtell

26 March 2019

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity program combines outdoor education with core academic subjects - "attempting to connect math, history, and language arts with a physical experience." Te...

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Caroline Bauman

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12 March 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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A Memphis charter middle school requires teachers to complete professional development courses on restorative justice practices and the impact of trauma and poverty on student behavior. This year, the school has halve...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Erica Bryant

2 January 2019

New York, United States

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In recent years, School 145 in New York City has significantly bolstered its mental health counseling services, with the help of the nonprofit Counseling in Schools, and test scores are starting to improve. "I have 52...

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Patti Neighmond

12 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Sleep deprivation is an issue that plagues many people today, but is especially detrimental to the health of children that are still in school. Recognizing this, Seattle middle and high schools have shifted the start ...

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Rachel Gotbaum

5 December 2018

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

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In order to deal with the opioid crisis, schools in Massachusetts are hiring counselors to support teachers and their students. In Cape Cod alone, 17 schools hired outside counselors, while 50 schools throughout the...

The Hechinger Report

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Middle and high school students of Alaska Native descent enrolled in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage outperform most of their peers in the rest of the country o...

The New York Times

Julia Jacobs

12 September 2018

United States

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Speak, a young adult novel that grapples with sexual violence, was heralded for its unflinching honesty. Now, in the wake of the #MeToo era, librarians and educators are “ turning to fiction to help teenagers understa...

Al-Fanar Media

Tonny Onyulo

9 August 2018

Uganda

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In 2005 refugee youth at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, founded the Coburwas school in order to provide students with a better education. Now, it is one of the best performing schools in the camps, ranking in the...

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Zoie Koostra

13 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Kaleidoscope Connect is a curriculum program that helps middle school students build strong relationships with adults. The program helps students define what is important to them in relationships and helps them develo...

High Country News

Zoie Koostra

13 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Having a trusted network of adult mentors promotes social engagement and resilience in kids. The Kaleidoscope Connect program in Seeley Lake, Montana teaches seventh and eighth grade students the importance of trusted...

Texas Tribune

Aliyya Swaby

29 May 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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One year after first adopting a restorative justice approach to discipline, a Texas school decreased suspensions from 94 to 47. While students are enthusiastic about the change, teachers have been more reluctant to bu...

High Country News

Anthony Moreno

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12 April 2018

Melrose, New Mexico, United States

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For over sixteen years Melrose Municipal Schools, a small rural school district which oversees the students of Melrose, New Mexico, sets aside funds for the Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering...

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Katrina Schwartz

12 March 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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For years, teachers at San Francisco-based MLK Academic Middle School struggled to balance the role of instructor, counselor, and disciplinarian. Then, Principal Michael Essien arrived with a strong vision for MLK: Es...

Ohio Valley Resource

Benny Becker

9 March 2018

Kentucky, United States

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As coal jobs become increasingly rare, schools in Kentucky are facing rising electricity prices and declining tax rates. Through innovative class work and partnerships with solar installation companies, local students...

Bright Magazine

Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

19 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Does death belong in the classroom? Some educators think so, that’s because they argue that “emotional health is inextricably linked to learning.” They agree that teachers should be key to helping students process tra...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

22 May 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Dual language programs create a bifurcated school day with one half taught in English and the other half in a different language. Research has overwhelmingly shown that these programs, starting as early as kindergarte...

Bright Magazine

Holly Korbey

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8 March 2017

United States

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A growing body of research suggests knitting and crocheting can be used to teach math. It could also be a way to bridge the gap between men and women in the STEM fields, and make the subject more approachable to young...

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Lizzie Thompson

22 September 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A non profit, Fair Shake For Youth, is a social emotional learning program which offers NYC middle school students from high-poverty neighbourhoods an opportunity to work hands-on with therapy dogs. The program helps ...

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Casey Johnson

9 September 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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The GreenLight Fund is trying to improve math proficiency of middle school students, especially in order to close gaps between different ethnicities and income levels. To do this the fund has invested in Blueprint Mat...

CityLab

Alec Appelbaum

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15 December 2015

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Tottenville, on Staten Island, will get oyster-friendly breakwaters and a dune system as part of post-Sandy rebuilding efforts. The oysters will help revive the ecosystem and sustain the long-term fishing economy.

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Armando Trull

11 December 2015

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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American kids are bullying, inflicting violence and name calling kids who have illegally arrived from Central America in places such as Maryland and D.C. To combat this problem police have increased their presence at ...

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Amy Zimmer

30 September 2015

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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A school in Brooklyn uses a lottery-based acceptance system to ensure a diverse class. And instead of sorting the struggling kids from the gifted, they embedded an honors program which kids can opt into without changi...

The Atlantic

Lillian Mongeau

9 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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Across the country, an improving economy has pulled teachers and potential teachers away from the profession, creating a growing national shortage. Leaders at Elmhurst Community Prep managed not only to completely sta...

The Atlantic

Sara Neufeld

27 April 2015

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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With arts funding on the cutting board across the country, students can lack motivation to go to school and the creative resources for critical thinking skills. In Brooklyn, Ascend Learning is an inner-city network of...

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Chris Peak

27 March 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Suspending students often has a damning effect - kids isolate themselves and are put on the path to a life of being punished. But at Audubon Middle School, instead of simply penalizing misbehavior, the strategy involv...

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