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Study reveals steps to kindergarten prep

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows. Self-regulation skills--the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty--are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, said OSU’s Megan McClelland, a nationally recognized expert in child development and a co-author of the new study. “Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties--those difficulties have a lot to do with self-regulation,” McClelland said. “Any...

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4 strategies to build strong teacher leadership

School leaders take on many forms, including students, support staff, and teachers. Building strong teacher leaders helps support a positive and high-achieving school culture, and one of the…

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Screen time debate broadens with research

Screen time remains a hot-button issue, but classifying technology use guidelines to include active versus passive use, and how the technology is used, could help redefine traditional screen…

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Wanted: Immersive gaming in K-8 classrooms

Seventy-four percent of K-8 teachers in a recent report said they use digital games for instruction, though few teachers reported engaging students with immersive games that offer in-depth…

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3 ways technology buoys at-risk students

Interactive learning and other technology-enabled strategies can increase engagement and significantly improve achievement among at-risk students, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE)…

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Brain-scans research delivers lessons on how kids learn

On a recent afternoon, a 10-year-old girl with long, blond, curly hair, gave University of Washington researchers a peek inside her brain. Lying flat on her back inside a…

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Deeper learning has significant impact, study finds

New research reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores,…

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Transforming learning with physical spaces

School leaders implement new technology initiatives and update teaching and learning goals regularly, but sometimes, the actual physical learning spaces in districts are overlooked. Today, more and more research…

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Get the stats on STEM vs. STEAM

Advocates say STEAM education–with an “a” for the arts–should trump STEM education STEM education is, by now, familiar to educators and parents across the country. Without STEM knowledge,…

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How important is informal learning?

Learning is changing. It is moving from a primarily school-based, formal process to include more informal opportunities. Learning is just as likely to occur among a group of…

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Can young students master digital writing assessments?

A new pilot study reveals that fourth grade students are well-equipped to successfully take computer-based writing assessments. The National Center for Education Statistics conducted the National Assessment of Educational…

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Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…

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Math can be a challenging subject for many middle and high school students—and schools and districts often struggle to find ways to improve math proficiency while sustaining student…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

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There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making…

Mac to School

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Districts across the nation are facing a dilemma: How can you keep up with the changing landscape of expensive educational technology when budgets are tighter than ever? The…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…