A Security Guard, a Flyer, and a Second Chance

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Greater Miami Service Corps connects out-of-school youth to education, employment, and a chance to improve their community. This story is part of a series on the innovative ways that 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund community partners, supported by America’s Promise Alliance and the Citi Foundation, are placing low-income young adults on a path to career success.

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Kids Struggling With Addiction Need School, Too, But There Are Few Options

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When young people struggle through addiction or substance abuse, there's also the question of school. Getting behind academically can be detrimental to learning and future success, but traditional school can be tough for kids whose peer groups use drugs or alcohol and where treatment resources can be limited.

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A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According To Science

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​"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?" When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with plenty of encouragement.

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An Investment in Students is an Investment in Communities: Community Leader Spotlight with Nancy Leopold

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Turning dreams of college into reality is the foundation of CollegeTracks’ work, a nonprofit organization that helps students manage the challenges of the college experience so they persist, graduate, and find a path that allows them to achieve independence, support families, and give back to the community.

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Schools are Watching Students’ Social Media, Raising Questions about Free Speech

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As universities have started paying close attention to the internet presence of prospective students, high schools have also begun cracking down, sometimes hiring outside companies to police social media posts for bullying or abusive language. But monitoring raises other problems, and civil rights groups are paying attention. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Educat

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How Media Literacy can Help Students Discern Fake News

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Helping children distinguish between false information and fact-based news, it’s a distinction increasingly a problem for adults. In Washington state, educators and media literacy advocates have joined together wi

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Bodybuilding Builds Pride and Confidence for this Local Teen with Down Syndrome

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We travel to Norfolk, Virginia, to meet Jonathan Atkins, a 19-year-old bodybuilder with down syndrome who competed in the 2017 Body Sculpting Open. The story was produced by Student Reporting Lab at Granby High School.

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AP Test-Takers' Tweets May Not Give Away Answers, But They Raise Questions

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No one likes to take tests. Sitting down to take a standardized test on a beautiful Saturday morning would not, almost certainly, be categorized as a fun weekend activity. Yet, it's a requirement many of us face at one point in life. So we sharpen our No. 2 pencils and get to work.

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Whirring, Purring Fidget Spinners Provide Entertainment, Not ADHD Help

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Fidget spinners — the trendy toy of the moment — are causing a commotion. A lot of kids love them, just as many teachers hate them and some people think they're more than just toys.

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Column: Why Geography Matters for Students Now More Than Ever

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“Geography matters today more than ever, but only if we are looking at the right things,” writes teacher Chris Heffernan.

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Who inspired you to teach?

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In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, PBS News Hour asked their Teachers’ Lounge contributors this question: Who inspired you to become a teacher? These 21 responses offer little gems of teaching wisdom – and a lot of love.

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Engineering for Good: How to help students be good stewards, and thoughtful scientists

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As a science educator, not only do I want my students to be curious about natural phenomena and understand the process of science, I also want to cultivate in them an interest in caring for the environment. The Next Generation Science Standards are the first national standards to include a significant focus on human impacts on the environment.

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Bill Nye on His ‘Codebreaker’ Mom and How Science Teachers Can Change the World

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“These are my people,” Bill Nye said ahead of his lecture to some of the 10,000 science educators who attended the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) National Conference in Los Angeles last week. “You want teachers who are passionate and who pass their passion on to the students. We want to get kids excited about science for their whole lives.”

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Ready Or Not (For Kindergarten) Some Research Says, Enroll Anyway

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When I was 4 years old, my parents faced a decision. My birthday is in late November, so should they send me to kindergarten as the youngest kid in my class? Or, wait another year to enroll me? — A practice referred to as academic redshirting. Since I was already the oldest sibling, they decided it was time for me to experience something different. So, they sent me to school.

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A New Kind Of March Madness Hits Schools

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March Mammal Madness was created five years ago by Katie Hinde, an evolutionary biologist at Arizona State University, though now, she says, the competition depends on a whole team of volunteer scientists and conservationists: biologists, animal behaviorists, paleoanthropologists, marine biologists.

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