Innovation Networks Need Both Autonomy, Support

Giving small networks of schools autonomy to try new approaches with technology requires a delicate balance of logistical freedom and district technical support. (July 29, 2015)

Barricades to Deter School Shooters Debated in Ohio

The state's building-standards board has concluded that despite a new state law allowing barricade devices in schools, the products are not practical to use and could create other hazards. (July 28, 2015)

Court Ruling Expected to Fuel N.C. Voucher Program

(July 28, 2015)

New Tool Maps School Attendance Zones

(July 27, 2015)

Increased Autism Prevalence: Untangling the Causes

(July 27, 2015)

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Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking

It's tough for educators to withhold judgment of a student's response, but Thomas Newkirk argues that it could help deepen student understanding. (July 28, 2015)

Tackling the Vocabulary Gap With Technology

Individualized instruction can give students with poor vocabulary skills the learning experiences they need to bridge the gap, writes neuropsychologist Steven L. Miller. (July 23, 2015)

Social Media: Is It Today's Modern Day Public-Shaming Venue?

A tool that helps people communicate across the world may also create terrible moments for students, Peter DeWitt writes. (July 29, 2015)

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Turning Dropouts Into Diplomas

A personalized dropout-recovery program in Lawrence, Mass., has helped raise the city's graduation rate.
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Digital Directions

Microsoft 2003's Demise Could Bring Tech Woes for Unprepared Schools

Microsoft is ending support for its Server 2003 operating system, which could pose security and other risks to districts that haven't upgraded. (July 17, 2015)

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So Do You Teach Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman or What?

Harper Lee's newly released novel, the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, complicates expectations but provides a goldmine of instructional opportunities for teachers. (July 17, 2015)

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Which Cities Are the Top Ed-Tech Hubs?

Los Angeles-area officials are trying to stoke their region's attractiveness as a hub for ed-tech companies, and other cities are trying to do the same. (July 17, 2015)

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