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The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

29 August 2019

Danvers, Massachusetts, United States

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In the Danvers, Massachusetts, school district, virtual reality technology allows students with disabilities to walk through the hallways of their middle school before the first day of classes or take field trips at t...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

7 August 2019

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

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In 2016, a proposal for a new innovation school which would incorporate elements of private and charter schools into a public school in Somerville, Massachusetts won a $10 million XQ grant, funding awarded to promisin...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

14 March 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City school district and a group of local nonprofits are implementing a new software management system that will allow partners to access student data from a range of sources. The data-sharing agreement wil...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

28 February 2019

United States

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PedsAcdaemy offers personalized learning to school-age kids who are in a hospital for extended stays. Lessons, which are up to three hours a day, are designed around any physical impediments students might be facing a...

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Tara Garcia Mathewson

20 December 2018

United States

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Teton Science Schools, New Classrooms, and Summit Learning are examples of "model providers" - schools that have found solutions that seem to solve common issues faced by many elementary and secondary schools. Through...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

29 November 2018

Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States

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A school district in North Carolina is at the cutting edge of a new teaching model - to multiply the impact of the most effective teachers and draw them to underserved districts, schools are paying these teachers more...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

18 October 2018

United States

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As more states have added computer science courses to required education standards, teachers are taking creative approaches to integrating computer science into traditional subjects such as music and social studies. “...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

11 October 2018

Havre, Montana, United States

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A coalition of philanthropic and professional development organizations are partnering with a rural Montana school district to provide donated hardware and software and professional development training. By developing...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

30 August 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) program sticks to a simple motto: “Same Students. Same Teachers. Better Results." With this low-key saying, BARR has transformed the performance of students at a wide range o...

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Tara Garcia Mathewson

23 August 2018

North Carolina, United States

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A North Carolina teacher has had marked success using mastery-based learning techniques, which emphasize skill acquisition over classroom time, in her classroom. She says of the self-directed approach to instruction: ...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

2 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice sets itself apart by offering a blended learning curriculum to students. The district's superintendent sees immense benefits to the split schedule and online learning compon...

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Tara Garcia Mathewson

19 July 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A Baltimore nonprofit uses arts programming to engage students in educational activities over the summer to combat learning loss. The director of differentiated learning for the district explains, "They don't even rea...

Wired

Tara Garcia Mathewson

29 November 2017

Fresno, California, United States

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The Fresno school district is getting surprising results following the rollout of Strides, a student portal app that gamefies the learning experience and in doing so incentivizes students to stay engaged. Like with ot...

The Atlantic

Tara Garcia Mathewson

19 April 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Living in poverty can impact brain functioning due to the consistent stress and can lead to difficulty with problem solving, decision making, and goal setting. A Boston-based project, EMPath, addresses this issue by ...

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