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Education Needs to Revamp How to Teach English Learners in STEM

English language learners are underrepresented in STEM fields, in both college and on the job. To understand how education can better work with these students (who could speak one of 350 different languages in the United States) is the topic of a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.

4 Best Practices for the Release of Data Under FERPA During School Emergencies

"A delicate balance exists between privacy and security in schools," a recent federal report on school safety noted. "On the one hand, there is the legal requirement to protect the privacy of student education records. On the other hand, it is critical to recognize that some education records may contain information that, if disclosed to appropriate officials, could help prevent students from harming themselves or others."

How to Build 'Inclusive, Safe, Engaging' Schools

A nonprofit that focuses on improving the climate for learning has released two reports intended to help school leaders understand how to create "safe, engaging school communities."

Teacher Confidence in Ed Tech on the Rise, But Not Feelings About the Profession

Teacher confidence in the use of technology is rising incrementally. Some 99 percent of teachers and school leaders in a recent survey reported that they're using digital technology in their classrooms. And nearly as many (96 percent) said they've seen benefits from its use.

Homework Gap Persists Despite Broadband Gains

A new report finds fewer than 10 percent of school districts report that all students have access to non-shared devices at home, while the number of schools offering broadband at school continues to rise.

A Personalized Learning Backlash

Four-plus years after it was first published, a report on personalized instruction is getting renewed attention as schools in the northeast consider calling their experiments in the instructional model a failure.

Early STEM Provides 'Critical Foundation' for Future Learning

It's time to ramp up STEM in early childhood education, according to the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE).

Teens Rate Soft Skills More Vital Than Hard Skills

Could we be over-promoting the importance of soft skills to young people at the expense of helping them understand the relevance of other, "harder" skills?

Executive Function Deficits Determine Student Achievement

A new report finds the achievement gap tends to widen with students having academic difficulties in math and science starting in kindergarten.

Experts Weigh in on Merits of AI in Education

Will artificial intelligence make most people better off over the next decade, or will it redefine what free will means or what a human being is? A new report by the Pew Research Center has weighed in on the topic by conferring with some 979 experts, who have, in summary, predicted that networked AI "will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities."

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