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One Teacher's Quest To Build Language Skills ... And Self-Confidence

For our 50 Great Teachers series, we profile Thomas Whaley. With his second-graders on Long Island, he's teaching English ... and a lot more.
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Kids' Art Show Takes Over Two Billboards In Times Square

Through the weekend, art by 23 public school students will be seen on two large billboards in the heart of New York City.
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Why Some Teen Brains May Be Hardwired To Make Risky Choices

Individual differences in the brain's working memory could help explain why some teens are especially impulsive about sex. Having engaged parents helps reduce the risk.
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A Vision For Teacher Training At MIT: West Point Meets Bell Labs

Arthur Levine, the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University, is launching a $30 million project that he says will shake teacher education to its core.
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A Soft Eraser Won't Fix This SAT Mistake

The College Board won't score two of 10 test sections after a printing error on the instructions for the exam given earlier this month.
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Balcony Collapse Kills 6 Irish Students In Berkeley, Calif.

"It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives," says Ireland's foreign minister.
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Hot Jazz, Cool Teacher: How One New Orleans Man Fosters Greatness

For struggling students, music can often be what keeps them going. The same is true for this New Orleans band director.
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A Visit From Kendrick Lamar — Best Day Of School Ever?

A New Jersey high school teacher used the rapper's latest album to teach a unit on Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye. Lamar found out about it, and decided to stop in for a visit.
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From 'Dropout Crisis' To Record High, Dissecting The Graduation Rate

A lot of time, effort and money over the past decade have gone into producing a great statistic, but not without unintended consequences.
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Graduation Rates: Chicago Says It Will Keep Better Track of At-Risk Students

Chicago Public Schools have been mislabeling dropouts, getting them off the books and out of the graduation rate. CPS now says it will stop the practice.

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