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Benefits of Social-Emotional Programs Far Outweigh Their Costs, Study Finds

For every dollar schools spend on six common social-emotional learning programs, those interventions return an average $11 worth of benefits.

That's the finding of "The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning," a study released this week by the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Columbia University's Teachers College. 

To arrive at their conclusions, researchers analyzed existing evaluations of six prominent social-emotional learning interventions, which are described in this graphic I pulled from the report.

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Osseo kids get Lucky in learning with instructional robot on wheels

OSSEO — Sitting at a table, Lex Globke watched as intervention specialist Trudy Horlacher held up flashcards with vowel sounds on them.

Using one of his fingers, he wrote the letters “ar” in the air, saying the sound as his index finger made the “a” and the “r.” Horlacher then held up another card and asked the third-grader at Osseo Elementary School to repeat the exercise, but this time, Globke didn’t provide the correct sound.

“We’ll get these, bud,” said Horlacher, who turned him over to a new kind of teacher’s aide — an instructional robot.

Named Lucky, the robot resembles an iPad on a small Segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle.

 

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Women’s History Month for the 21st Century Girl

March is Women’s History Month, both a helpful reminder to include women’s perspectives in the social studies we teach every month, and to set aside some time this month to highlight the contributions of girls and women. But when we look beyond the outsized shadow of dead-white-men’s history, the female half of the world population has thousands of years of documented history to pick from, so how do we choose what to teach this month?

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20 Top Pinterest Tips

Are you Pinteresting? Well, lots of educators are. The PEW Research Center has found that 28 percent of online users are using Pinterest(compared to only 23 percent using Twitter). Women dominate Pinterest with 42 percent of women online using the site. With over 80 percent of teachers being women (PDF, 1.5MB), it makes sense that teachers are all over Pinterest sharing ideas for lesson plans, centers, and resources.

Pinterest is different from other sites. When you pin something, people will be looking at and repinning it years later. Pinterest may be the secret powerhouse of educational sharing. Here are 20 power tips that you can use in many areas of schools and your classroom.

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