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The guidelines recommend prohibiting students and teachers from being "friends" on popular social-networking sites such as Facebook.
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A survey of K-8 teachers shows nearly half of them are incorporating digital games into lessons to engage students and personalize learning.
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Researchers See Potential for Common Core to Boost Learning
(May 3, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Civil Rights Coalition Presses Questions About GED Redesign
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Bullying Can Trigger Depression in Students with Disabilities
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Court Upholds N.J. Curbs on Administrator Benefits
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Starting From Scratch With ESEA
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Slogans That Didn't Quite Make the Cut
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Online and blended learning models have reshaped how students learn. Remote learning can assist students with a variety of needs, but there are also accountability challenges associated with virtual education. This free Spotlight offers tips on how to best use and apply online learning, inside and outside the classroom.
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