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Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say

Researchers have found that playing an instrument may help grow the neural connections that aid creativity, decisionmaking, and complex memory—especially when children's training starts early. (November 25, 2013)

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The National Council on Teacher Quality says most of the nation's teacher education programs that were reviewed are weak, but critics find fault with the project's methods.
June 18, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers and principals are becoming increasingly comfortable using online tools to hone their professional skills, according to a new survey.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions
A recent survey of district technology leaders found that budget constraints and lack of resources were the top challenges faced as they look to integrate technology into schools.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions
A new nationwide survey reveals the extent to which mobile devices have become an inextricable part of students' and families' lives.
June 11, 2013 - Digital Directions
The good news is that the U.S. graduation rate is nearing historic highs; the bad news is too many are left behind.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Around the country, schools and community groups are moving beyond dropout prevention to recover the students who have already left.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
At nearly 75 percent, the high school graduation rate for the class of 2010 is the highest since the 1970s, according to the latest analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.
May 31, 2013 - Education Week
Researchers at a national conference discuss how asking students for explanations can deepen their understanding.
May 31, 2013 | Updated: June 4, 2013 - Education Week
Researchers now have biological evidence that adolescents really do want to jump off a bridge if their friends are doing it.
May 21, 2013 - Education Week
All that time cutting paper and tracing shapes helps young pupils master math later on, according to new research.
May 14, 2013 - Education Week

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