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More High School Classes Going Online

virtual high schoolForty seven schools this year joined Virtual High School, a Maynard, Mass.-based nonprofit consortium that offers online courses, bringing the total number of participating middle and high schools to 419, the Boston Globe reports.

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Education Bill Aims at Early Learning

800px-Big_lego_blocksTucked away in an $87 billion higher education bill that passed the House last week was a broad new federal initiative aimed not at benefiting college students, but at raising quality in the early learning and care programs that serve children from birth through age 5, according to the New York Times.

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Chinese Immersion: A San Francisco Success

800px-San_Francisco_at_SunsetA Chinese-language immersion program begun 25 years ago in San Francisco ranks as one of the district’s shining stars, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Schools Urged to Promote a ‘Literacy Revolution’

Leading figures in education policy, academia, and philanthropy say nothing short of a “literacy revolution” is needed to keep students in school and ensure that they are able to learn the complex material that college and careers will demand of them.

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Lesson: Better Traffic Flow

trafficFrustrated by gridlock? Traffic engineers feel your pain. Using math, they devise ways to improve the flow of vehicles at busy intersections and on highways. Here is an example of the kind of problem they might try to solve. Designed for advanced high-school algebra students, it can be worked out most easily using Microsoft Excel.

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Feature: Teaching the How and Why of Science

Craig Kohn has an outside-the-box approach to education. His students take on real-world agriscience challenges, like converting algae to biofuel. “If our students walk away memorizing facts but are unable to use them, we have failed,” he says.

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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way, an ASEE partner, is a growing nationwide organization that provides curricula and teacher training to schools in both engineering and biomedical sciences.

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New Report Touts Benefits of K-12 Engineering

K-12 engineering education has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness about what engineers do and of engineering as a potential career, and boost students’ technological literacy, according to a new report from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

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Feature: Physics in Play

Even in an era when science teachers increasingly look for exciting classroom projects, Barbara Bratzel seems to break new ground.

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