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2 Seattle middle schools focus on attendance, see scores climb

The Seattle Times

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Two Seattle middle schools saw dropping test scores and dwindling on-time graduation rates. In searching for a solution, they chose to focus on the students' poor attendance rate, and in turn saw student success leap upward.

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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

The New York Times

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of every lesson on an e-reader.

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A Digital Tool to Unlock Learning

The New York Times

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Teacher effectiveness is often focused upon as the most important factor in making education better - but what about the students themselves? PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning.

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A Team Approach to Get Students College Ready

The New York Times

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Blue Engine, which places recent college grads as full-time teaching assistants in New York City public schools, is helping poor students thrive in college. They focus on small teacher-student ratios, frequent feedback for teachers, and a concentration on 'gateway' courses associated with success...

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Closing the Math Gap for Boys

The New York Times

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Inner-city kids, generally, fare worst on measures of academic achievement like standardized tests. An intensive tutoring and mentoring program in Chicago has produced big improvements for kids.

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A Better Way to Teach Math

The New York Times

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Can we improve the methods we use to teach math in schools — so that everyone develops proficiency? A grade-school math program is changing how children learn based on the assumption that all children can achieve a high level of understanding.

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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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LA policy shift yields decline in school suspensions

LA Daily News

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Huge numbers of students were getting suspension as punishment - until there was a nationwide push to rollback zero-tolerance policies instituted after the deadly Columbine High School shootings that emphasize harsh discipline for even minor misbehavior in favor of support-focused alternatives. T...

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iPads < Teachers

Bright Magazine

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Well-trained teachers cannot be replaced solely by technology, as has been increasingly apparent at Carpe Diem schools, where students learn largely via computers enabled with educational software.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Wired

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Students in Matamoros, Mexico, didn't have reliable Internet access, steady electricity, or much hope—until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.

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