The Weekly Connect 10/9/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Students who had teachers of the same race reported feeling more cared for and said they were more interested in their schoolwork.

Teenagers’ online friendships provide emotional support.

Congress has let the Children’s Health Insurance Program — which covers 9 million children — expire. If action isn’t taken soon, school children could be affected.

The high school dropout rate among Hispanics reaches an all-time low.

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The Weekly Connect 10/2/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

The link between academic performance and food stamps.

Many States focusing on chronic absenteeism and college/career readiness in their ESSA plans (for the Every Student Succeeds Act).

Trends in home schooling.

Disconnect between parents’ expectations about educational attainment and what students actually achieve.

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The Weekly Connect 9/25/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

The importance of social and emotional learning is in the news again.

Most states are still using the Common Core.

A federal program helps expand high-speed internet access for the nation’s schools.

Teachers are quitting, creating a growing teacher shortage.

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The Weekly Connect 9/18/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Scientists say social/emotion development is crucial for learning.

Later school start times could be good for the economy.

Federal government invests $20 million to support teachers of English Language Learners.

United States’ preschool enrollment lags behind other industrialized nations.

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The Weekly Connect 9/11/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

To boost reading comprehension, ask children simple questions about what they have read – including “why” questions.

President Donald Trump is ending DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It is an Obama-era effort to protect an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

New York offers free lunch for all public school children.

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The Weekly Connect 7/31/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

The benefits of nurse home-visiting programs for children and their mothers.

Grant funding for teacher training is rejected by the House Appropriations Committee.

How K-12 might be affected if the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is overhauled.

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The Weekly Connect 7/24/17

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Due to a blog production issue, we’re re-sharing some news stories from last week.

Here are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Research suggests that very early exposure to English can help ELLs.

Within limits, The Every Student Succeeds Act does let states use science, social studies, the arts, and other subjects beyond reading and math for accountability.

How severe, ongoing stress affects children’s brains.

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The Weekly Connect 7/17/17

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

The lasting impact of programs that teach emotional intelligence.

Some poor schools have “STEM deserts,” fewer resources in science, technology, engineering, and math.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team have to tackle the big job of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Online camps can keep kids connected to STEM activities and mentors year-round.

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