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This Airplane's Been Repurposed Into a Classroom

Rip out the seats, leave the cockpit. The kids won't want to go home.

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Forget parking old airplanes in lonely desert graveyards or consigning them to the scrap heap. Gary Chapidze, the headmaster at a school Rustavi, Georgia, found a more creative use for an old Yak-42 airplane. He's had it repurposed into a "kindergarten where the children would not want to go home."

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Scientific Americans: A Program to Get 1,000 Real, Working Scientists in School Classrooms

The new 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days programs hopes to make connecting scientists with schools a lot simpler.

It's not easy for a teacher to randomly call up the biology department at the local college and ask, "Do you have someone who can come talk to my students about how viruses attack cells?" Likewise, scientists interested in working with students and helping support academic instruction in the classroom don't always know which schools really want their help. Thankfully, Scientific American is about to make connecting scientists and schools a whole lot easier thanks to their new 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days program. They're recruiting "scientists who are willing to volunteer to advise on curricula, answer a classroom's questions, or visit a school—for instance, to do a lab or to talk about what you do."

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Is the Education Reform World Filled with Too Much Jargon?

What does "authentic, inquiry-based learning" even mean? It might be time for a moratorium on meaningless edu-speak.

Have you ever wondered what it means when a school district official says they're "drilling down" into "student achievement data"? If so, you're not alone. With education reform hitting the mainstream, more edu-speak is out there than ever before—and it makes understanding just what is or isn't working in education reform confusing for everyone. Thankfully, on his Learning Matters blog, well-respected veteran education reporter John Merrow calls for a moratorium on the overuse of educational jargon.

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