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Environmental literacy summit in Allegany County

A summit at a beautiful site in Allegany County, Md., brought more than 160 educators together to share ideas about teaching environmental literacy from every school system in Maryland. A time to learn and love the outdoors.


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Voxitatis releases graphic demonstration tool: compare fractions on wheels

Voxitatis has released a second hands-on “demo” in mathematics, aligned to grade 4 of the Common Core. This one is derived from the open-source version of an earlier demo about comparing fractions that may have unlike denominators. Use it as a demo in front of a classroom or study group, then let kids play on their own and explore fraction comparisons.



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K.C. school district seeks strip-search suit dismissal

A school district wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the mother of a female student who claims she was wrongfully strip-searched. The girl’s mother says her daughter was forced to lift up her shirt and bra, exposing herself in front of a school nurse and vice principal.


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Voxitatis releases math manipulative for comparing 4 fractions using fraction bars

Voxitatis has released the first of many hands-on learning tools to come, emphasizing our core belief that kids learn by doing and by exploring concepts in a trial-and-error fashion. This first one is about comparing fractions that may have unlike denominators, and it’s a lot better than online drills and practice problems. The US Common Core puts this at about Grade 4.


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Maryland 3rd-graders at a crime scene camp

Students in Maryland attended a crime scene camp last month, and from this we can see why juries have noticed a “CSI Effect” and why students learn by participating in activities that put information into a context of something that’s important to them.



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Illinois court allows suit against abuser’s former school

The Illinois Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit to proceed in which a student who was the victim of sexual abuse by a teacher in one district is suing that teacher’s previous district because they never told the district where she’s a student about the past sexual abuse history of that teacher. How would you decide? How would you advise schools to handle this case?