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Teaching The Intangibles: How To Ingrain 'Grit' In Students

Author Paul Tough's book, Helping Children Succeed, lays out what he calls the tools for helping children succeed, particularly through attributes like perseverance and grit.
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Feeling 'Invisible' — How Mental Illness Often Goes Unnoticed In The Classroom

At least one in five young people in the U.S. exhibit signs or symptoms of mental illness. For students who suffer through it, it often feels like nobody at school is willing or able to understand.

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Cue The Political Commentary: Grad Speeches In An Election Year

Grad speeches are underway. And since it's an election year, it's hard for speakers to resist stepping onto the soapbox.
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The Politics Hour - May 20, 2016

D.C.’s self-government moves get slapped down in Congress and court. Montgomery County lawmakers put their money where their mouth is on school spending. And Fairfax County disciplines a fire official over inappropriate social media posts.

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9-Year-Old Helps Shape Obama Administration's Approach To Science

The administration gathered feedback from students about what they want in STEM programs after Jacob Leggette encouraged the president to ask students their opinions at a White House science fair.
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Wyoming School District Stalls On Transgender Student Policy

No schools in Wyoming have a policy protecting transgender students. In Laramie, the district has been working to formulate one. But amid national debate, that local policy may be stalled.
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Howard University Looks To The Future

Howard University has long been among the nation's best-known historically black universities. We talk with the university's president, Wayne Frederick, about the way forward for the D.C. institution.

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Roger Thurow: "The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time For Mothers And Children—And The World"

A new book tells the story of the First 1,000 Days movement, an international effort to end malnutrition during the most crucial time of development, from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday.

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62 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education: Why Racial Segregation Is Up In U.S. Schools

New federal data show U.S. schools are resegregating; the number of high-poverty schools that serve mostly black and Hispanic children is up sharply. Sixty-two years after Brown v. Board of Education, we look at racial segregation in schools and how to address it.

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Paying Students May Raise Test Scores, But The Lesson Is Not Over

A research finding may have implications for attaching stakes to standardized tests. It also brings up questions about motivation — for tomorrow's test and for the rest of the students' education.

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